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Fixing a Dell Latitude C610 with Broken Screen and Keyboard (In Surrey)
I traded in this Dell Latitude C610 in mid July 2012. It had a broken screen and keys were missing on keyboard. The owner requested me to send back the photos inside the laptop when it is working again.
To fix this laptop, I ordered a used LCD screen and a keyboard to keep the total cost low for reselling. When the parts arrived, I took the laptop apart, inspected the inside, cleaned up the fan and re-applied the thermal compound to the CPU.
When I tried to start up the laptop, it has a password. I emailed the owner for password who replied me but it did not working. I am still waiting for her password to send her photos back.
I removed and saved the original 30GB hard drive and installed another 40GB hard drive to it so that I could test the laptop. After installing the Windows XP and drivers from Dell website, the laptop wireless, keyboard, LCD screen and DVD drive are working properly. However, the battery is totally dead. The battery is inserted at the front to a slot. There was a tape on the slot openning to secure the battery inside. I removed the tape and found that the latch locking the battery is missing.
Except dead battery and missing a latch, the laptop is ready to serve again. The owner bought it back on 21Mar2013.
On16Jun2013, the owner sent it back because the top pin inside the DC power jack was broken. The laptop had no power.
I bought a new DC power jack. On weekend when I had time, I disassembled the laptop which has a lot of parts insides. It took time but I did assembled it back without missing any screws.