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Asus X551- HDD, RAM, Keyboard, Battery, CMOS Battery, Cooling Fan System, Thermal Paste, Replacement

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Asus X551C, X551CA, X551M, X551MA How to disassemble, take apart the laptop if you want to change, upgrade Hard Disk Drive, DDR3 SDRAM, optical drive, remove / replace Battery, Keyboard (KB), Wi-Fi card, BIOS / CMOS Battery, etc. If your system overheats, you must open the laptop, clean the cooling system and change thermal paste / compound to the processor (CPU). Video chronology: 0:08 - Upper cover, KB 1:37 - Battery 1:51 - HDD, Hard Disk Drive - SATA, Slim form factor 2:09 - Optical / DVD / Drive 2:24 - Wi-Fi half mini PCIe card 2:36 - Mother board / Logic, Main board / 3:23 - Fan, Cooler 3:51 - CMOS, BIOS Battery 3:58 - CPU Cooler, Cooling System 4:13 - Cleaning old Thermal Paste 4:51 - Processor - put new Thermal Paste, Grease, Compound 5:08 - Re assembling !!!!!! - Use a lint-free cloth to clean the old thermal compound. - If the thermal compound is solidified, you can use a flat end of any plastic tool to scrape it off. - Use again cloth with isopropyl alcohol to clean the Thermal surface. -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l17pmEshAzg -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
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Barkerwithamarker (16 days ago)
Would you happen to have a spare KB with top cover for the X551MA? I need one and I can't find one no where.
Barkerwithamarker (16 days ago)
Or any ways to replace the keyboard only?
Green Anonymous (7 months ago)
What Termal Paste you use?? is good for notebooks?? can you send- me the name
Madhu S (8 months ago)
Asus x551ca can we upgrade ram from 2 GB to 8 GB ....
Arif Ali (8 months ago)
Madhu S yes
Jefri Ortiz (8 months ago)
I have a question, recently I'm having some problems with my Wifi and i did even i could to try to figure out what was going until I open up this latop which is the exact same model. I saw that my Wifi card only has one wire and it came like that from stock and i just don't know what exactly should I do.. I mean I've Althought of throwing it out the window but I just wanted to give this laptop once more chance.
Abdulkadir Yıldız (9 months ago)
music ?
Marvin Paragas (10 months ago)
I have an asus x540sa. I removed my battery because it was dead. My problem is every time i plug in my charger it turns on automatically without pressing the power button. What is the problem? Thanks for the answer.
big jabaz (1 year ago)
use words that is important when teaching
big jabaz (1 year ago)
really stupid music
Shahfiee Bamadhj (1 year ago)
Hi z fix, does asus k401U have cmos battery?
The Zed Mania (1 year ago)
i just did that but my pc screen won't go on, pliz help
Azerul (1 year ago)
can I take out the fan without taking out the other stuffs first?
ZFix (1 year ago)
Atom azer No, you have to remove the mother board before removing the fan.
Neri (1 year ago)
Does the laptop really need a CMOS battery? mine fell out months ago (I could hear it moving around) but I opened up my laptop as it has not being turning on and just noticed it?
ZFix (1 year ago)
Yes it needs. CMOS is small amount of memory on the motherboardthat stores the BIOS settings like the system time and date as well as hardware settings.  Without CMOS battery your laptop will boots always to default settings.
Islam Bolatov (1 year ago)
how is asus x551ca laptop?? is the fan noisy??
Arif Ali (1 year ago)
Can you change the hard drive to ssd
Jamil King (1 year ago)
Thanks :D
Tarun Periwal (1 year ago)
sir, can we use its processor in desktop? If yes, how to remove it from motherboard
WorldStarPokéBattles (1 year ago)
What screw driver did you use in this video? (Dimensions?) and if you have a link to it I'd like that too
Azerul (1 year ago)
WorldStarPokéBattles bro just go to a dollar store and buy those packs of screwdrivers (small one) .. got mine for RM5 which is 1 US Dollar
The Hockey Channel!! (1 year ago)
Can I upgrade from 4 go ram to 8 or 6 and upgrade the processor to and I3 2.4 ghz quad core
Jordan Plays (2 years ago)
Thanks for the video, will need this since I may have broken the motherboard
extasist (2 years ago)
is it possible to upgrade asus x555l cpu?
Caine Williamson (2 years ago)
i want to upgrade to 8gb ram is that possible with the asus x551m
Zac Murphy (2 years ago)
+ZFix Hi there, can the RAM be upgraded on the Asus X551CA-SX024H at all (and what to)? I presume not, because the RAM is not labeled at any point in the video or in the video description. And in addition, can the HDD be replaced for a SSD?
LewisHD (2 years ago)
Can the CPU on the X553M be replaced?
Heavy Games (2 years ago)
may be you can in your pc but you have to know that you won't find a high cpu quality with less than 100$ and also you need to find a cpu that will work correctly with your computer.
Lawrence Szabo (2 years ago)
Where was the RAM at in that video? I don't think it was mentioned.
Rigel Sinco (10 months ago)
Hey there Joseph, my X542UQ has an additional ram slot at the back. I'm assuming this model is better than mine but from what you said, I am now confused about Asus's design and naming scheme lol.
Joseph Taylor (2 years ago)
Why not? Just curious. Was thinking about switch the OS on mine
Lawrence Szabo (2 years ago)
Joseph Taylor , perhaps for my other dedicated Linux laptop, but not for this Asus.
Joseph Taylor (2 years ago)
What about Linux Mint? Uses a lot less memory than Windows 10. Or 8.1
Lawrence Szabo (2 years ago)
Joseph Taylor , I already have a dedicated Linux laptop. I've had to change the operating system on that several times. Between the security issues of Ubuntu, to the instability of Elementary OS, and finally with Fedora but it's not as polished feeling as those other two. This Asus is not my Linux laptop. It's just a solid workhorse.
Jerel Young (2 years ago)
my asus x551m is in bios password mode the rescue password date is 2017/03/03 need help someone
Nautru (2 years ago)
with this pc you can change the graphic target?
ZFix (2 years ago)
No, you can't change / upgrade the video card, it's integrated.
DJ JOKEGE (2 years ago)
that's a awesome video help me a lot
ZFix (2 years ago)
Spearz210 (2 years ago)
yo my battry looks difrent
Andrey Paevskiy (2 years ago)
Hello Dear ZFix. My laptop is Asus X551MA-SX090D. Could you tell about RAM upgrade from 4Gb to 8Gb? I had already changed HDD to SSD, but it is not enouth for me. Thank you.
Mauricio Briceño (2 years ago)
hello can you give me some tips for disconnect the 3 flexs
ZFix (2 years ago)
Put the laptop vertically (as in the video) and use the plastic tool or your fingernail.
Wendell Tso (2 years ago)
@3:20 - I noticed that your motherboard doesn't have an expandable RAM slot, it would be left of the 4 soldered RAM chips... specifically, what model do you have!?!?! Because i have one of these (X551CA-RI3N15) being shipped to me and was wondering if I could be able to upgrade the RAM, I've seen some videos where this expansion slot is visible but in this video, it is clearly not there
Wendell Tso (2 years ago)
+ZFix okay, cool thanks for sharing, I really didn't want to take apart the whole computer just to see no expansion slot... :) thanks for saving me time and energy
ZFix (2 years ago)
+Wendell Tso X551CA-SX024H Yes, no expansion memory slot and the processor is integrated (soldered), this is a low cost laptop. I found this picture for your model: https://www.google.com.cy/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fimgs.inkfrog.com%2Fpix%2Fmontrealappletech%2Fio42859.jpg&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fm.ebay.com%2Fitm%2F161528250046%3Fcmd%3DVIDESC%26gxo%3Dtrue&docid=vA9Da_AcFRwbZM&tbnid=jNNfz5ha4NqqnM%3A&w=1500&h=1017&bih=653&biw=1366&ved=0ahUKEwipz7CTlsXMAhWpKMAKHQhPDdcQMwgdKAQwBA&iact=mrc&uact=8 If the model is correct, there are not an expansion slot for memory.
JakeThaGreat001 (2 years ago)
How many PCIe slots does this have. I have this exact same laptop
ZFix (2 years ago)
+JakeThaGreat001 You don't have extra PCIe slot. You have only one for the WiFi Half mini PCIe card.
Grapjas (2 years ago)
Hello, I have an Asus X551CA-SX086H and I'm thinking of upgrading the HDD with the Samsung EVO 850 SSD. I have Windows 10 installed so if I just replace the HDD and reinstall Windows 10 with an USB it'll be activated and fully working, right? Or do I have to change some settings in the BIOS first? After that I want to use the old HDD for my sister's Lenovo G505 since her HDD broke. We've already sent it to Lenovo to fix it but it broke again after a month. They said they replaced the HDD but I kinda don't believe them. Her laptop also has Windows 10 installed, so do I need to change some settings in the BIOS before reinstalling Windows 10? Thanks in advance! 😃
ZFix (2 years ago)
I thank you too.
Grapjas (2 years ago)
Thanks for the quick reponse! Also nice tutorial!
ZFix (2 years ago)
+Grap Jas Yes, the upgrade process to Windows 10 registers a unique ID associated with your PC’s hardware on Microsoft’s Windows activation servers and whenever you install Windows 10 on that PC, it will automatically from Microsoft’s activation servers. You will lost your license if you change the main board.
p o (2 years ago)
i wanna get thia laptop can i upgrade the RAM to 16
ZFix (2 years ago)
+brian ortega For the model in this video - no. There are not expansion memory slot, also the CPU is integrated (soldered) on the main board. Give me the full model of your laptop, like this: X551CA-RI3N15
Marioz1990 (2 years ago)
Hello can you please tell me is this model similar to asus r753ub (for disassembly) Thanks
ZFix (2 years ago)
+Mario Zula I think - not. Your laptop is 17".
Error3rror 3rror (2 years ago)
what changes/upgrades can we make on this laptop? for gaming or so.
ZFix (2 years ago)
+Error3rror 3rror For the model in the video - nothing :( The CPU is integrated (soldered) to the main board, no memory expansion slot. You can upgrade the HDD with SSD. For gaming - unusable.
Trinidad boy (2 years ago)
can you upgrade the CPU to i5 core CPU???
ZFix (2 years ago)
+Trinidad boy For this model the CPU is integrated (soldered) with the main board, you can't replace, upgrade it.
Aurelio Hernandez (2 years ago)
Nose como agradecerte Te amooo
ZFix (2 years ago)
+Aurelio Hernandez ᵒᴥᵒᶅ
Daniel Givoni (2 years ago)
is this model the same as asus d550c ? meaning i can not i can not upgrade ram memory to 8 gb?
Daniel Givoni (2 years ago)
+ZFix 😞 thanx
ZFix (2 years ago)
+Daniel Givoni No, you can't. The main board is same like the model in the video. The chipset supports 8GB but there are no soldered memory slot on the board.
Daniel Givoni (2 years ago)
+ZFix i have an Asus D550CA-SX060H and 4 GB ram, can i upgrade to 8 GB?
ZFix (2 years ago)
+Daniel Givoni This scpecs are for D550CA-RS31: http://www.cnet.com/products/asus-d550ca-rs31-15-6-core-i3-3217u-windows-8-64-bit-6-gb-ram-500-gb-hdd/specs/ The Max Supported memory Size is 8 GB Give me the full model of your laptop.
TropicScarf (2 years ago)
Hey is there any other hard drives that your not using that I could have? My other hard drive broke, my parents don't wanna get me another one and I'm trying to find one that's fairly cheap.
ZFix (2 years ago)
+Pastaboy1357 I'm in Europe, but someone from Indiana, USA can help you. Is there someone who can help Pastaboy? Someone who have at home unused HDD?
TropicScarf (2 years ago)
+Pastaboy1357 email is [email protected]
TropicScarf (2 years ago)
+ZFix Plymouth, Indiana
ZFix (2 years ago)
+Pastaboy1357 Where are you from?
Phillip Sam (2 years ago)
Thanks for the video. Very well done. May I ask you a question, as it seems you have a lot more knowledge about this topic than me xD. I tried to change the HDD with a SSD. It's shown in the Bios (advanced sata settings or sth like that), but i can't choose it as a booting device. I'm very happy about every hint ;)
ZFix (2 years ago)
+Phillip Sam You change your HDD or you add SSD? Win 7 or 8?
giorkatsoso (2 years ago)
Hello ZFix i have the Asus X551C and my problem is the laptop is fully "dead". My charger is ok, when i put the charger in laptop the 2 front indicator lights are not working. I try to put out the battery and i press the power button for 30 seconds, and after put the battery back again, but the problem not resolve. Do you know where is the problem?
ZFix (2 years ago)
+giorkatsoso Main board (the CPU is soldered to the board).
giorkatsoso (2 years ago)
+ZFix i tried to switch on the laptop without battery, but the problem still... I tried to take of the CMOS battery and take it back again but nothing...The AC adapter am sure is good because i put it in another laptop and was working good, and i try with other AC adapter but the problem still. The power on indicators on laptop is "dead", its has 2 indicators lights on laptop and the 2 not work... From your experience what do u think about the main board?
ZFix (2 years ago)
+giorkatsoso Try to switch on the laptop only on charger (without battery). Do you have power on indicator. If no and if you are sure for the AC adapter, the problem is with the charging line or with the main board.
lawrence tan (2 years ago)
I have the same situation like you, so yo solve the problem, just have to buy a new battery and replace it only right?
ZFix (2 years ago)
Yes, 90% this is a battery.
lawrence tan (2 years ago)
I guess my laptop battery is dead, it cannot use if i din plug in the charger to charge my laptop and i can see the battery icon there is mention " 0% battery, plugged in but not charging"
ZFix (2 years ago)
+lawrence tan What is the problem with your laptop?
PoZu (2 years ago)
mine keeps overheating now it was fine for 2 years
ZFix (2 years ago)
:)
PoZu (2 years ago)
don't worry,  punched it and it started working again
ZFix (2 years ago)
+A Duck After 2 years usage this is normal. Your laptop needs a new thermal compound.
Furyrulez (2 years ago)
Is the battery made by a series of 18650 batteries?
ZFix (2 years ago)
+Furyrulez The part No is 0B110-00250200
Coach Ray (2 years ago)
Great job. Saved my a**!
Luis Ruiz (2 years ago)
Thank you ! :D
tafari campbell (3 years ago)
could you make a video on how to create on how to connect an external gpu to asus x551mav? I really wanna turn up the gaming experience on this laptop
ZFix (3 years ago)
+tafari campbell http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-External-Graphics-Cards-for-Laptops.112162.0.html http://www.banggood.com/EXP-GDC-Laptop-External-PCI-E-Graphics-Card-p-934367.html
Rocky Math (3 years ago)
Where's the ram?
ZFix (3 years ago)
+Rocky Math Integrated (soldered) on the main board, 1:40 - 4x i.c. above the Wi-Fi card.
Renn Gurski (3 years ago)
what are your recommendations for a optical drive on this model? I have the same model save for the optical drive and how much does one cost?
ZFix (3 years ago)
+Renn Gurski The model of the optical drive is SN-208. Nowadays the optical drives are not used often and there is no statistics which models are better. In your place I would choose a device with a longer warranty.
Guys Who Do Stuff (3 years ago)
I may be a bit late but I have a queston. Can I take all the components from this laptop and transfer them to a mini pc case? Like just take the motherboard, processor, ram, hdd, and everything else? Or should I 3d print a custom case or make one with wood and stuff?
ZFix (3 years ago)
Too much work. When you made it, please share pictures.
Guys Who Do Stuff (3 years ago)
+ZFix I could use a usb extender and like run the power cable through a top vent because its skinny. Also since the motherboard has an ethernet port i could remove the wireless adapter from the pci express and use an external pci adapter for a more powerful graphics card.
ZFix (3 years ago)
+Guys Who Do Stuff Yes, with more skill. You need to think of how to bring out the USB ports, charging connector, optical drive, etc (maybe with expansion cables). You have to think also for the cooling system. By removing the main board you will break the air streams that pass through the laptop.
Passport (3 years ago)
can you upgrade cpu and graphics card
ZFix (3 years ago)
+Passport No, also, you can not upgrade the memory.
Qui Nguyen (3 years ago)
How can I add more ram to my laptop? it's the same model as the one in the video.
ZFix (3 years ago)
+qui nguyen If it's the same model, you can't upgrade the memory, because no expansion slot for memory modules.
VengefulBacon (3 years ago)
you didnt do ram
ZFix (3 years ago)
For this model no way, no expansion memory slot.
Alex JPH (3 years ago)
+ZFix How can I add more ram?
VengefulBacon (3 years ago)
Oh well thanks and sorry I was just having trouble finding it
ZFix (3 years ago)
+Blake Georgii RAM is integrated in the main board.
Kristen Lilly (3 years ago)
after I replaced the hard drive should it still be going to the bios screen? or start running windows?
ZFix (2 years ago)
+Kristen Lilly Sorry, I found this post marked as spam. You have to do a fresh Windows installation.
Jay Banks (3 years ago)
I bought a ASUS notebook Model x551M and when I turn it on the mouse works it move around but once I log on and it loads up I'm stuck it want do anything mouse want even move . I've tried to factory reset and it want even do that. Can you please give me some type advice. I called trouble shoot they want to charge me $149.0" take over notebook I only paid $199.00 last week at Wal-Mart
Jay Banks (3 years ago)
I bought a extended warranty for 2 years.
Jay Banks (3 years ago)
Thanks for information it work. But I will never buy another one.
ZFix (3 years ago)
+Jay Banks Why they want to charge you? It have to be in warranty? Connect external mouse, go in device manager and remove the mouse driver or download and install the latest touchpad driver: http://www.asus.com/support/Download/3/557/0/1/NjTBDAvwQa2EHvsG/41/ If this is a software problem, this will help you. For a hardware problem you need a help from a repair shop.
Turok Aot (3 years ago)
Since there is 4gb ram to start off with, could i put a new chip maybe 8gb or so?
Turok Aot (3 years ago)
+ZFix  Oh OK thanks
ZFix (3 years ago)
No, the memory is soldered on main board.
Turok Aot (3 years ago)
+ZFix Could i Replace the 4gb and but a 8gb? i have the exact model
ZFix (3 years ago)
+Turok Aot For the model in the video - no. There are 4GB integrated on the mother board but no slot for extra memory. At 3:18 you can see empty lines for a memory socked but in this board it's not installed.
RegularCaucasian (3 years ago)
Ok so i have another laptop that has a way better processor can i put that one into my x551m or would it not work?
RegularCaucasian (3 years ago)
+ZFix Thanks
ZFix (3 years ago)
+RegularCaucasian No. For this model the CPU is integrated on main board (soldered).
ZFix (3 years ago)
+Michael W _- I changed the Hard Drive from 500 to 1tb now my computer wont let me even factory recall it or change the Bios. do you know how i can fix it._ - Disconnect the HDD and reset the BIOS.
Tom Van Alst (7 months ago)
MW, did you get bootup with 1tb hdd resolved, if not change bios boot option, normal mode is UEFI, try changing to legacy boot and install windows.
ZFix (2 years ago)
The problem can be HDD or main board.  The freezing of the laptop can be result of HDD bad sectors, but to be sure, the HDD have to be tested. I told you most likely, because this is very common problem. Start the laptop in Troubleshoot menu, select Advanced options, then Command prompt and check you HDD with this command: chkdsk c: /f /r
bTFNd (2 years ago)
My HDD Seems Fine, The System Detects The Driver. Does that mean I need a new motherboard?
bTFNd (2 years ago)
+ZFix Wha at s the name of the SATA HDD?
bTFNd (2 years ago)
+ZFix nvm its the SATA HDD loo, thanks for the help
Michael Wahlstrom (3 years ago)
I changed the Hard Drive from 500 to 1tb now my computer wont let me even factory recall it or change the Bios. do you know how i can fix it.
manny55011 (3 years ago)
Thanks
manny55011 (3 years ago)
can you tell me what model is the optical drive or part number please
ZFix (3 years ago)
DVD Writer Model SN-208. But this is standard SATA, Slim design optical device for laptop. You have to remove the front bezel and a small metal plate from the back side (for the locking screw) and install them on the new one.
Anthony York (3 years ago)
Where is the RAM?
ZFix (3 years ago)
4GB - Integrated on the mother board. You can see 4x chips near to the Wi-Fi card  and 4x at the other side of the board. No slots for additional memory.
Kyurem (3 years ago)
The Spelling Of Battery is Wrong :)
ZFix (3 years ago)
Thanks :)

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