I have had to open up a few laptops to add memory. And with some Dell models that means you need to remove the keyboard to access the second channel. Usually by that time the warranty is long gone anyways.
I have a Toshiba Laptop that I added memory to. After I added the memory the laptop would not start or boot. I found from other users that you have to take the battery out and hold down the Boot/Power button for a period of time. After that you put the battery back in and it will bootup like normally. Apparently, there is some CMOS RAM in there that has to be cleared.
One of my pair of Sony earphone (with noise cancelation) would sometime start to stop working on one side when I turned noise-cancelation on. To make it work, I hate to twist the headphones a little and everything would be fine until I moved a bit too much.
I decided to opened them and see if I could do anything.
I open the half-broken side and *click* something fall off on the floor. it's a small metal pin with some adhesive paper on it. It was maybe holding something, I don't really know. Then, I start checking if all the cables are all right. They look like they do. They're so flimsy that I fear breaking one by looking at it so I rapidly close the headphones back without replacing the pin since I have no ideas where it goes.
Try them in my MP3 player, BAM. They work perfectly like day 1. lol.. I'm awesome.
A childhood compulsion, and as I've never grown up, I still indulge.
But it's much bigger than just opening up the box.
I prefer clear glass dishes. I even had those corning ceramic pots (it was some years ago) that you could see through whilst the cooking progressed (Now, I settle for stainless steel and a glass cover).
(Despite my best efforts, I can't seem to get a see-through camera)
As for PC stuff - I've only bought bare-bones desktops since my first experience with one - which, besides including all the manuals [to encouraging poking and fixing] means I get to look inside intimately.
Interesting (per original question), since the options for change are relatively small (and over priced), lap-tops aren't all that interesting while they still work.
"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." - Albert Einstein
"As far as we know, our computer has never had an undetected error." - Weisert
"If you are searching for perfection in others, then you seek dissappointment. If you are searching for perfection in yourself, then you seek failure." - Balboos HaGadol Mar 2010
I take broken things to bits, even if I know I can't do anything with them, just for a look.
Anything that can be salvaged, e.g. switches, buttons, displays, get stripped and thrown in a box just in case they come in handy one day (I find more and more things are since buying a few arduinos to play with).
I'm so glad to find out that someone else had heard of wirewrap! I was at Fry's Electronics and asked if they had wirewrap tools and supplies. I felt momentary joy when he said, "Sure, right over here." A few aisles later my heart sank as he showed me their supplies of cable ties, tubing, stick-on fasteners, and other stuff to neatly bundle cables together. I was wondering where the tools were that I was looking for, until it finally dawned on me what "wirewrap" meant to him!
2 years ago, i have bought a new high end computer with 4x 2,8 Ghz.
When i got my computer, the processor was only a 2x 2,0 Ghz. So i contact the seller for this mistake and he want to correct this problem and give me the right processor.
He has asked, if i can replace the processor by myself or i have to send the new computer to the seller and get it back with the right processor. I have answered with the question, if the warranty get lost in the case i replace a processor by myself.
He said: "No, but if you install a bios update, the warranty get lost.", so i have decided to replace the processor by myself. Now after 2 days, the right processor has arrived, i replaced the processor and find out, that the motherboard "needs" a bios update to be compatible with the right processor...
So i had to replace the 2,8 Ghz processor back to the compatible 2,0 Ghz processor, install the bios update and insert the 2,8 Ghz processor with the hope of working at least.
Not in the last decade, if the bloody thing breaks then I will growl at a tech to fix it. If it is mine then I'll pay to get it fixed or use the excude to buy a new one. Thankfully I am at last affluent enough that I can afford to pay some other poorer bugger to do the hardware bits.
OTOH my son has inherited some rahter nice bits of hardware!
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity