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Fixing a Compaq Evo n800w notebook and Adding Built-in Wireless (In Vancouver)

Updated on September 3, 2011
A brand new OEM motherboard
A brand new OEM motherboard
Wireless antenna and mini PCI wireless card
Wireless antenna and mini PCI wireless card
Cleaned the fan and applied silver thermal compound
Cleaned the fan and applied silver thermal compound
High resolution screen up to 1600 x 1200
High resolution screen up to 1600 x 1200
Re-painted the palm rest
Re-painted the palm rest
Bluetooth on the right
Bluetooth on the right
2.4GHz, 512 MB of RAM
2.4GHz, 512 MB of RAM

This HP Compaq Evo n800w Notebook attracted me because it has a fast 2.4 GHz CPU and a high resolution LCD screen of 1600 x 1200. It was owned by a lady before the LCD screen failed to display to her that she had to sell it.

The video problem is very likely because of video chip in motherboard. I tried to reflow it but it did not work. To make it up and running again, I ordered a brand new OEM motherboard for it. I also bought a WiFi antenna and a used Intel wireless card to upgrade it for built-in wireless.

When all parts arrived, I opened up the laptop and replaced the motherboard. At the same time, I installed the antenna and wired the cable to the Intel wireless card which is inserted to the mini PCI slot at the bottom. While assembling back the laptop, I cleaned up the fan to avoid overheating the video chip again. The CPU also needed new silver thermal compound. For the palm rest which had scratches on the paint, I repainted it using a spray-paint for plastic.

The hard drive does not have recovery partition. I installed the XP SP2 from CD and entered the license key from the COA label at the bottom. To activate the Bluetooth, I installed the driver from the HP website.

When the notebook was back into one piece, I tested the CD/DVD, Bluetooth, USB, touch pad and set the screen resolution to the highest to run YouTube video. Both sound and display are excellent. The battery is good as well. It last over 2 hours for web browsing.

The laptop was taken up by a family in Vancouver on 27Sep2010.


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