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Old March 18, 2013, 01:35 PM
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That's how to get inside. However, removing the keyboard is another matter altogether.....
Gotcha. Is the keyboard welded to the top cover using plastic studs?
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Old March 18, 2013, 01:40 PM
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Gotcha. Is the keyboard welded to the top cover using plastic studs?
Nope. It is actually fastened behind several other components and you have to remove the entire trackpad to get at the connector hub.
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Now I know why you were posting in the Thinkpad thread :)

I have always found Sony laptops to be difficult to service. You practically have to disassemble the whole thing to change one component (like a CPU fan, or somethign as simple as the HDD).

Good luck on the repairs!
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Nope. It is actually fastened behind several other components and you have to remove the entire trackpad to get at the connector hub.
I had to do that for my HP laptop but I was stripping mine down to put some new thermal paste on and clean the heatsink fins so i was just taking everything apart anyways. You even had to remove the screen before you could remove the trackpad.
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Old March 18, 2013, 02:17 PM
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After reading this, i've realized that i'll probably lose it once my ~3.5 year old Elitebook goes :(

Looking at things, it's crazy to think that 3 or 4 generations of CPU's, GPU's, etc. have passed since it was made...
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ElektroTanya | Service manuals and repair tips for electronics experts

I've found a large number of harder to find service manuals on that site, could give it a try. Problem is it's in Hungarian.
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Old March 18, 2013, 06:22 PM
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There IS a Vaio Z repair manual out there but all of the links are officially dead.

I was actually mentioning on call to Dell today that if they had continued their V131 and just added a higher resolution screen and mSATA, I would have been all over it. Instead they have the Vostro 3360 which has at most 4 hours of battery life (with an integrated unit no less) and a shitty 1366x768 screen and no SSD option.

There are only two replacements I can think of right now if the repairs are impossible: the Lenovo Thinkpad X230 (again, a horrible screen resolution) or......a used Vaio Z.
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Old March 18, 2013, 06:39 PM
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Some new Lenovos coming out that might be good (not sure about the battery though):
Lenovo Revives ThinkPad With T431s Ultrabook. New Features In Old Package | Mobile & Apps
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4 cell battery unfortunately. :(
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4 cell battery unfortunately. :(
Read here that its actually 3 cell...:
Lenovo Unveils Mainstream Business Ultrabook, ThinkPad T431s | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

But Lenovo claims a 9 hour battery life in that link...is that realistic?
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