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 I followed those instructions. Here's my experience. I followed those instructions. Here's my experience.
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 +The same case is used on the VGN-A417S and VGN-A417M. The case for the pages I followed are for a VGN-A197XP, so I suspect this case is common for all VGN-A type Vaios.
 +
 +===== Battery and screws out! =====
 +
 +Begin work with the laptop close and lying upside down.
 +
 +{{ready-to-start.jpg|Laptop on its back}}
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 +First remove the battery.
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 +{{battery-out.jpg|Battery removed}}
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 +Next remove all the screws visible on the underside where the screw hole is marked with an arrow ''​=>''​. Be sure you know which screws go where when it's time to put them all back. I laid them out in a pattern reflecting their positions in the case.
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 +{{screws.jpg|Keep track of which screw goes where}}
 +
 +===== Keyboard out =====
 +
 +The next stage is to remove the keyboard. Turn the laptop the right way up and open it up so you can get at the keyboard.
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 +The keyboard has a couple of small catches at the front. Here you can see a pair of small screwdrives being used to push them back.
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 +{{keyboard.jpg|Releasing the keyboard}}
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 +Then lift the keyboard up from the front, being careful not to strain the ribbon cable.
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 +{{keyboard-up.jpg|Keyboard lifted up}}
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 +Gently lift the ribbon cable connector and ease the ribbon cable out.
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 +{{keyboard-disconnected.jpg|Keyboard disconnected}}
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 +Remove the keyboard and place it out of the way.
 +
 +===== Remove base top cover =====
 +
 +Next remove the two screws holding the top cover of the laptop base. The screwdrivers show where they are.
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 +{{baseplate-screws.jpg|Top cover screws}}
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 +Now very carefully ease the two small ribbon cables on the top cover out of their connectors. The screwdrivers show the location of the connectors.
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 +{{top-cover-ribbons.jpg|Top cover ribbon cables}}
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 +Now you can ease the top cover off. It is clicked in place along the screen edge. I just lifted it gently from the front, wiggled and persuaded until it came out.
 +
 +===== Remove the hard drive assembly =====
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 +The hard drive assembly is at the bottom left. Undo the six screws holding it in.
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 +{{disc-assembly.jpg|Disc assembly}}
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 +Fold the board covering the drive out of the way (you can do this without disconnecting anything).
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 +{{drive-and-header.jpg|Drive and header board}}
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 +Gently lever the header board up until disconnected. You will then be able to remove the drive + header board assembly. Ease the header board off the drive. Unscrew the drive from its casing, and replace it with the new drive.
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 +===== Reassembly =====
 +
 +Reassembly is, as you might expect, the reverse of removal.
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 +Ease ribbon cables carefully back into their connectors. After replacing the top cover, press it firmly at the back by the screen; there should be a few clicks as it pops back into place.
 +
 +
 +===== Thanks =====
 +
 +Thanks to StefanVGN-A197XP for the original instructions.
 +
 
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