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Build My Own Laptop Computer Using Asus Parts


In April 2005, I attended a training session at Asus's US headquarter at Fremont California for white-book build-your-own (BYO) laptops. I shot some pictures of the entire process to show you how easy it is. Even I can do it!


Step 1. Place CPU

(1) Asus laptop barebone and parts - starting materials
asus-laptop-barebone-and-parts

(2) Remove laptop CPU compartment cover
remove-laptop-CPU-compartment-cover

(3) Remove the laptop heatsink
remove-the-laptop-heatsink

(4) Removing laptop heatsink
removing-laptop-heatsink

(5) Heatsink and fan removed
heatsink-and-fan-removed

(6) Mount CPU
mount-CPU

(7) Tighten up CPU
tighten-up-CPU

(8) Heatsink and fan put backon
heatsink-and-fan-put-backon

(9) CPU compartment cover back on
CPU-compartment-cover-back-on

Step 2. Place Memory and Wireless Board

(10) Remove screws for the memory compartment
remove-screws-for-the-memory-compartment

(11) Open cover for laptop memory compartment
open-cover-for-laptop-memory-compartment

(12) Insert memory to memory slot in notebook computer
insert-memory-to-memory-slot-in-notebook-computer

(13) Memory inserted into the slot
memory-inserted-into-the-slot

(14) Ready to insert the wireless connection
ready-to-insert-the-wireless-connection

(15) Connecting the wires to the wireless board
connecting-the-wires-to-the-wireless-board

(16) Wirelessboard in place
wirelessboard-in-place

Step 3. Place Hard Drive

(17) Unscrew the cover for the hard drive apartment
unscrew-the-cover-for-the-hard-drive-apartment

(18) Mount hard drive to laptop HD bracket holder
mount-hard-drive-to-laptop-HD-bracket-holder

(19) Screw HD to bracket
screw-HD-to-bracket

(20) Mount harddrive into place
mount-harddrive-into-place

(21) Put cover back on
put-cover-back-on

Step 4. Power on and Load Software (omitted)

(22) Open accessory box to retrieve battery
open-accessory-box-to-retrieve-battery

(23) Mount battery
mount-battery

(24) Battery in place
battery-in-place

(25) Now ready to turn on laptop computer
now-ready-to-turn-on-laptop-computer

The software loading procedure was omitted by using a hard drive with an already copied image.

Step 5. Configure, Test, and Start to Use!

(26) Bingo! The laptop was built, powered on, and ready to use. It worked on the very first boot. The whole process took 30 minutes or less. If I didn't need to take the pictures and on my second try, it may take only 15 minutes.
bingo-laptop-is-built-and-ready-for-use

(27) Final task: place the Asus logo
final-task-place-the-asus-logo
Nice thing about this program was that I got to buy this laptop I built at a very discounted price!

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