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ASUS G55VW mSATA Install (Crucial m4 128GB mSATA) and CPU/GPU RE-PASTE TODAY!

MikeyV311
Level 8
Hello to all,
I figured I would let you guys in on what I am about to do with this beautiful laptop I just paid a grand for 3 weeks ago. Ever since I purchased it, I knew that at some point I would need to open it up, do thermal re-pasting, cleaning, and an install with a Micro PCI express SSD. My SSD has arrived in the mail, so now it is time to get down to bussiness!
I am going do my best to chronicle this entire process, while doing it solo. I plan to be methodical, clean, and successful! Currently I am posting this message on my laptop, but all of my future posts (concerning this topic) will be done from my tablet as I go through the process. (Kindle Fire... thanks mom!) With each step, I am using sketches, pictures, and labels etc. to make sure that everything comes apart well, and goes back the same.
To give you an idea of what I am working with for tools etc Here is a list:

Tools (not a complete list, these are some specialty tools needed for re-pasting etc.)

1. 11in x 17in charprint 920h tracing paper (for recording screw positions, etc)
2. Arctic Silver Thermal Solutions and paste (see below for details)
3. Magnetic tipped philips-head screwdriver, multiple other spatula and prying materials, (guitar picks are GREAT for this)
4. Coffee filters*** to assist with thermal surface purification. (I recommend you read this PDF that was included with the "Arc tiClean" Products.) http://tinyurl.com/kv8atm8

Hardware

1. ASUS G55VW-DS71 Model: G55V MB Ver. :G55VW ID:1A BIOS: G55VW.217 (cpu-z) DATE: 11/05/2012
Core i7-3610QM @ 2.3GHZ, Nvidia GeForce GTX660M Revision A2 2048MG GDDR5, 750GB WD Scorpio Black HDD, 12GB Hynix PC3-12800 (3 x 4GB, factory RAM), Hitachi-LG DVD Re-Writer Model GT51N. Windows 7 x64 Home Premium. (Also factory, upgraded to Windows 8 Pro using the "upgrade" method.)

2. Crucial 128GB m4 SATA 6Gb/s mSATA SSD. (http://tinyurl.com/lnb2zqr)

3. Céramique™ 2 Non-Conductive Thermal Paste (http://www.arcticsilver.com/cmq2.html)

So this is basically to give you an idea of what I am working with. After I finish this post I will be shutting down my new baby and begin to tear her apart! Stay posted for pictures, updates, gripes, and lots of my rambling!

-Mike

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jiming
Level 7
Hello Mike,
How is your installation of your mSATA ssd? Do you do System migration from your HDD to your SSD? What is the best software for the migration?
I am not sure to go for SRT or cloning the whole OS into the ssd.

jiming wrote:
Hello Mike,
How is your installation of your mSATA ssd? Do you do System migration from your HDD to your SSD? What is the best software for the migration?
I am not sure to go for SRT or cloning the whole OS into the ssd.


I chose not to do any migration, or cloning at all. I used a Windows 8 x64 Pro "Upgrade" Edition to perform a clean install on my new mSATA drive. I used the stock DVD-Drive with a Burned DVD (my legit Win 8), making sure those were the only 2 drives in my system. (My plan is to use the stock 750GB Scorpio Black for storage.)
I have made my factory DVD backup set, and also tested them, to be sure that they would work. My laptop came with Windows 7 x64 Home Premium from the factory. I was on the fence about Windows 8 with this laptop, but nothing is better than first hand experience. It's Windows 8 ALL the way for me with this baby.
Perhaps the fact that I had Win7 factory installed instead of Win8 changed my installation experience. I have heard of people having problems bc of certificate management within the BIOS level. I have not experienced anything of the such. Hope I have helped!

MauricioBR
Level 7
Excited to see the whole process! Keep us posted!

😛
My adventure was a long one, a bit arduous and frustrating at times, but totally worth it. Every goal has been achieved! (mSATA installed with fresh copy of Win 8 Pro, Heat-Sinks cleaned and re-pasted, laptop interior meticulously cleaned)

After about 8-10 hours (I lost track) of tracing this laptop on paper every time I took a new step, while also taking about 160 Pictures, I finally finished. I believe I began around 10:30AM, and was finally pulled (literally) out of my room @ about 9:30PM. Girls are good like that. LOL

The entire process was not as daunting as I had previously thought. I've rebuilt so many laptops.. wasn't scared that I would fail, I just get nervous when performing surgery on new hardware. However, the fact is that this new hardware inspired me to be much more methodical, and organized than I usually was.

Stay tuned for more info. Can't believe I'm still awake! haha long day. SUCCESS!!

-M

I have more, this was the best I could do at the moment guys.. 😃

http://s749.photobucket.com/user/MikeyV311/slideshow/ASUS%20G55VW%20mSATA%20install%20and%20Re-Paste

damn. you have a very detailed collection of g55vw dis-assembled images there 🙂

your 8 to 10 hours were well spent. after this you should be able to do this in an hour 😄

congratulations.

rewben wrote:
damn. you have a very detailed collection of g55vw dis-assembled images there 🙂

your 8 to 10 hours were well spent. after this you should be able to do this in an hour 😄

congratulations.



Thanks! I am getting much better at time management. Sometimes I get hyperfocused and waste time. But this laptop was ordered on eBay "open-box"... I knew as soon as I checked it out visually (when it came in the mail), that somebody had, at some time, been inside the machine before. They just basically threw a couple "Warranty Void if Removed" stickers on the backplate, and over one of the chassis screws.
So, I suppose I should have added this to my list:

- During disassembly, check for anything abnormal/out of place.


When I lifted up the plastic that covers the speakers and LCD Hinges, I found a tiny screw stuck to the magnet of the "pitiful excuse for a subwoofer/center channel" speaker. A loose screw shaking around in my machines doesn't make me happy. Good thing it found a happy magnet to play with. There is also a slight "bulge" in my LCD framing located right near the PWR button, and a piece of Black Felt electrical tape peeking out the side of the LCD assembly. At this point, I am very grateful that my machine is working SO well, so I will let those small things pass for now! I took a chance when ordering this open-box, and I got lucky!

Stay tuned for more info as I find and organize more pictures!

NOTE: It Seems my thermal application process turned out well! All of my Core Temps are at or below were they were before re-pasting. (Ceramique 2 claims a cure time of approx 24 hours)

ANOTHER NOTE: If you are planning on doing the "re-pasting" procedure, please take care when removing the Cooling fans! The clips are extremely weak for some reason!!! During my upgrade, the pins actually came out of the 4 holes of the connector while I was taking it out. This is the first time I have EVER had that problem with a CPU Cooling fan. (more evidence of prior tampering??)

I GOT LUCKY! Experience is important! IF I did not take my time and fix that problem correctly, I could've cost myself a nice wad with a new HSF Assembly.

Thank you guys for your interest. I actually feel like I am useful here.

-Mike

http://youtu.be/nrxhOmzx_KI

I wish I had a second pair of hands with me to help video record the entire process. But at least people will be able to get a nice close look at what the logic board looks like "naked" 😃

MikeyV311 wrote:
Thanks! I am getting much better at time management. Sometimes I get hyperfocused and waste time. But this laptop was ordered on eBay "open-box"... I knew as soon as I checked it out visually (when it came in the mail), that somebody had, at some time, been inside the machine before. They just basically threw a couple "Warranty Void if Removed" stickers on the backplate, and over one of the chassis screws.
So, I suppose I should have added this to my list:

- During disassembly, check for anything abnormal/out of place.


When I lifted up the plastic that covers the speakers and LCD Hinges, I found a tiny screw stuck to the magnet of the "pitiful excuse for a subwoofer/center channel" speaker. A loose screw shaking around in my machines doesn't make me happy. Good thing it found a happy magnet to play with. There is also a slight "bulge" in my LCD framing located right near the PWR button, and a piece of Black Felt electrical tape peeking out the side of the LCD assembly. At this point, I am very grateful that my machine is working SO well, so I will let those small things pass for now! I took a chance when ordering this open-box, and I got lucky!

Stay tuned for more info as I find and organize more pictures!

NOTE: It Seems my thermal application process turned out well! All of my Core Temps are at or below were they were before re-pasting. (Ceramique 2 claims a cure time of approx 24 hours)

ANOTHER NOTE: If you are planning on doing the "re-pasting" procedure, please take care when removing the Cooling fans! The clips are extremely weak for some reason!!! During my upgrade, the pins actually came out of the 4 holes of the connector while I was taking it out. This is the first time I have EVER had that problem with a CPU Cooling fan. (more evidence of prior tampering??)

I GOT LUCKY! Experience is important! IF I did not take my time and fix that problem correctly, I could've cost myself a nice wad with a new HSF Assembly.

Thank you guys for your interest. I actually feel like I am useful here.

-Mike


now i understand why the ground wire of your laptop was secured at the wrong place. it's supposed to be secured at the power port.

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as for the power cables to the cooling fans, normally it's better to pry the connectors and push it up at both sides gently.

.. and don't say that; everyone is useful here 🙂