Computer upgrades are among the most common tasks performed by a computer technician. With new technology coming out every day, it is a constant struggle to stay up to date. Before you can upgrade or repair a computer, you must know how to take it apart. A thorough understanding of how to disassemble a computer and put it back together is required by any computer professional. This chapter provides guidelines for successfully disassembling, upgrading, and reassembling a computer.
Before starting this chapter, you should review the previous chapters, which cover the physical components of a computer. Also review Chapter 13, "The Basics of Electrical Energy," especially Lesson 2: Electrostatic Discharge (ESD).