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Needing help removing touchpad of Averatec 3200 laptop

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Hi Everyone;

           Using the following link http://www.flickr.com/photos/dnhoshor/1375918991/in/set-72157602004333279/ given from a previously closed post, I am having difficulty lifting the touchpad as indicated in Step 6.  I have the front panel lifted a little which allows me to see inside of the laptop some, but, I need the boad fully exposed.  If someone can help me out with this step, I think I can handle the remaining parts.  

            Thank you.

            George
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George ... did you carefully pry it up as shown by the arrows on figure #5?   Note how the front should then separate a bit (as shown in figure #6).   You then push the panel to the rear to expose the ribbon cables; which you must CAREFULLY unplug (as shown in figure #06a) before you can lift the touchpad off the system.   Note the clip you have to push to loosen the ribbon cable (shown in figure #7).

I think if you carefully study the figures from 5 through 9 you should be able to remove the touchpad fairly easily.    But be VERY CAREFUL when handling the ribbon cables ... these are very easy to damage.
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Hi Gary;

        Thanks so much for your followup suggestions.  Perhaps this was an oversight on my part, but, I never saw any references within the link being made to removing the keyboard.  Should I remove the keyboard before removing the touchpad panel?  And, if so, can you give me a tip on how to carefully remove the ribbon cable which appears to attach the keyboard to the base plate?

         George
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Figure #10 in the same set shows how to remove the keyboard -- you simply disconnect the ribbon cable for it the same way you did the touchpad cable [Press the release clip like you did for the touchpad in Figure #7].
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Hi Gary;

          Thank you for reviewing my steps and providing some input here.  If it will not be too much of an intrusion, I do have a couple of followup questions related to this post.  First, I did not do Step 4 involving unplugging the video because the link indicated this step may not be necessary.  There is still a plate with screws covering this area.  And, secondly, there are two missing keys on this laptop, namely, the Esc key and the key to the left of the number 1 which I believe has an apostrophe symbol.  
And, finally, on the upper left side of this keyboard next to the missing keys, there is some visible structural damage, namely, a slight crack on the top side of the panel.  With these added concerns, could you possibly shed some light on any special considerations which should be given?

           Thank you.

           George
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Hi Everyone:

         Ok.. I figured out how to disconnect the ribbon cable from the motherboard to the keyboard.  Unfortunately, I can not find the release clip to remove the touchpad.  I will need further assistance on that part.  The monitor itself is still connected.... Should I go ahead and remove this before removing the touchpad?   By the way, the right side of the panel does lift some, but, the left side appears to be still connected down.  I think finding the release clip and knowing the logistics of properly using it will allow the touchpad cover to come off.  Hopefully, I can still leave the monitor part attached and not remove it.  If I do need to remove it, can someone give me some tips for doing that?

       In closing, I apologize for all of this confusion.  But, I want to see this project through and learn something from the experience at the same time.

           Thank you.

           George
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According to the diagrams, the touchpad should push backwards enough that you can expose the two ribbon cables that need to be released.   The large one has the same release mechanism as the keyboard.   The smaller one should simply unplug.
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Hi Gary;

        While I was never able to successfully remove the touchpad, I was able to successfully remove the small circuit board containing the DC recharge port by prying the cover on the right side which was completely loose and removing it.  Luckly for me, the part I needed to get to was on the right side of the cover panel.  I believe the problems experienced on the left side of the panel may have been related to the pre-exisiting structural damage.  There was a couple of cracks on the left side.  Also, the left side stayed firmaly attached too almost like there was a screw still holding it.  I looked over the bottom of the laptop several times tihnking I might have overlooked a screw, but, all of them appear to have been removed.  

           At any rate,  I was still able to access the board containing the DC recharge port on this Averatec 3200 laptop.  My main regret is that I was not able to follow proper procedure on this though.  Hopefully, I did not make matter worse here.  I was very careful throughout and did not tear or break any wires or cables, so, maybe everything will be fine.

            Thanks again Gary for you help.

            George
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