I disassembled ours earlier this build season. To get to the screws behind the keyboard, you must unclip and remove the keyboard. There are two white clips that must be “retracted” at the bottom of the keyboard. (By retracted, I mean pushed back forcibly with a small precision screwdriver or wago.) Once the keyboard is unclipped and lifted, it will still be connected by an inflexible ribbon cable of sorts. This is detached by lifting the clip at the motherboard-end of the cable vertically.
There are a bunch of screws and other components that need to be removed. It gets a little complicated, so I made a quick walk-through video today. I am in the process of encoding and exporting the video; I will post back when I get it uploaded to youtube hopefully tomorrow morning.
What heavy duty replacement did you use to fix it? My teams classmate died this weekend to the point where if you typed on the keyboard the wrong way it would shut off. I’m just not sure what part needs to be repaired/replaced.
Don’t replace parts if they aren’t causing a problem.
Try the simple things first.
Is your power meter showing problems?
Very low battery reserve will cause the Classmate to operate very, very slowly, as in click and wait 10 minutes for the action to complete.
That could be caused by a damaged battery that’s easy to replace, but it’ll show as red in the battery meter if that’s an issue.
I’ve seen netbooks with bad sectors on the Classmate Flash drive clobbering the operating system, such that it has to be reinstalled.
Memory card can be reseated easily if it’s a recurring memory fault killing your machine.
I think its an issue with the power connection. The drive team had been saying it was shutting off, and I noticed at one point that when our driver station board was placed down on the table that caused it shut off. We always kept the battery on charging between matches and it wasn’t low. There is no BSOD or Windows error, and when the classmate is on, there is no performance issue, it runs as expected. I would expect a memory issue to fail the post when it reboots or cause a blue screen, but I will double check to make sure its firmly seated. And just by lightly tapping the classmate I can cause it to turn off.