This is a quick guide on taking apart an Averatec 6200 laptop.
There’s nothing like dismantling a laptop to see if it still works when you get it back together, so this is what Max and myself decided to do. Many moons ago I stood up quickly when the laptop was on my lap. It had an ethernet cable plugged into it and this ripped the cable right out and broke the plastic that holds the connector in was broken. We wanted to see if there was a part/model number on the rj45 connector or the module that houses the rj45, phone jack, and usb ports to see if it would be possible to order a replacement.
You may want to think twice before trying this at home. This guy destroyed the ability to power his averatec up after taking it apart.
Per Bucho’s note and to reflect the order that I actually did this in unplug and take out the battery before proceeding.
The first thing we did was take out the harddrive. It turned out that we didn’t need to but here is how its done.
And pull that plastic loop:
You will want to start the dismantling process by taking the screws out of the bottom of the case. These two screws are longer than all of the others:
To get the top casing off you will need to take the cdrom out to get to some screws. Remove these two screws (you have to breark the warranty sticker to remove one of these screws):
Remove the battery and then you will remove the first piece of snapon casing like this (make sure the LCD is lying flat so that the piece can come off):
After that the keyboard is ready to be removed. This is trivial as each side just needs to be popped out over the nub and is done with a screw driver. (note that underneath the laptop is a wire that connects the touchpad to the motherboard):
Remove the touchpad ribbon by slidding the plastic tabs out from each side by where it is connected. After that piece is slid out the ribon should be loose.
The wireless antenna wires run over the piece of metal under the keyboard and then run up into the LCD. Since we have to remove the wires from here we are just as well to remove the LCD and now it will not get injured. First you will need to disconnect the wireless cards antennas wires. So flip the bad boy over and open up the big part on the bottom:
Check out that copper! No wonder this baby runs hot:
You will see the wireless card in there. Remove the antenna wires:
And remove the card if you so desire:
Then push the antenna wires through the hole to the top of the laptop, undo the tape and let the wires hang free:
Next disconnect the wires plugged into one side from the monitor and remove theses screws that are holding on the LCD (and bottom screws for the LCD if not done already):
Now you have a perfectly good frisbee. Have fun.
Taking off the last pice of casing is done by removing some more screws:
and the screws that were hidden by the cdrom drive:
You will need to slide out a piece of plastic by where its small ribion is connected to remove it:
Now all of the parts are pretty much exposed. We were able to get to and remove the rj45/phone/usb module and search for the parts. I was actually able to find the part here, but give me a break, 79 dollars is a little to much for this little piece. We were actually able to find the rj45/rj11 hardware and this cool schematic of them. I believe Max found the part through Sierra IC INC , so I’m considering giving them a call to see how much and how many I would have to buy.
Proof that it still works:
And if anyone is wondering, Unbuntu works perfectly on this laptop. As if it were made for it. The only thing that has to be manually configured was the rl2500 drivers. You may also have trouble finding packges in the repos built for 64 bit.
Check out those boomin’ speakers: