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xtkxhom3r

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laptop/ipod service manuals Dell, HP, Apple, Compaq, Lenovo, and more!

here are some service manuals to most major laptop manufactures

Dell (all laptop models)
http://support.dell.com/support/sys...aspx?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd&~subcat=85&~cat=12


HP (all laptop models)
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsuppor...s&contentType=SupportManual&prodTypeId=321957

service manuals for all IBM/Lenovo laptops, eg thinkpads/ideapads
http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/si...testyle=lenovo

Thanks to timix we have a bunch of other makers like sony, toshiba, IBM, Lenovo ect..

http://www.tim.id.au/blog/tims-laptop-service-manuals/

Thanks to RMParker now we have ALL the apple product manuals :)
http://download.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/misc/Service/servicemanuals/
 
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I.M.O.G.

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Not sure they have a comprehensive listing as other manufacturers do - you've gotta drill thru their support site to a specific model as far as I can tell.
 

timix

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Hi guys,

Dell, HPaq and Lenovo are the only laptop makers who actually host their laptop service manuals on their own website. A lot of others make them available to resellers/service centres and make people sign up to get at them. That's how most manuals found their way onto the net.

A few makers - I'll happily mention ASUS and LG here, to name two examples - seem to keep a very tight grip on their service manuals, making their laptops all the more difficult to work on.

Toshiba used to host their own up until a while ago, so there's a fair few older Toshiba manuals floating around but very little recent material is available. xtkxhom3r, did you end up calling them? I'd be interested to know their actual stance on the matter.

I happen to know this stuff because I fix computers for a living, and grew a bit tired of not having manuals for the laptops I was working on, and started a new project: I've spent the last month working on a page on my own website that catalogs every full laptop service manual I've been able to find, and hosting them for free.

It's here if you're interested: http://www.tim.id.au/blog/tims-laptop-service-manuals/. So far I've collected about 280 different manuals, accounting for something close to 500 different laptop models. I saw this forum thread while searching for more, so I thought I'd register and post this to help you guys along a bit :)

Let me know what you think. And if anyone happens to have a service manual that I don't, let me know about that too :)
 

I.M.O.G.

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Thanks for registering and dropping in Timix, thats a really nice list. Have you ever been contacted about hosting them yourself? I wonder if certain manufacturers would get twisted about that.

Homer, can you update the first post with the IBM/Lenovo/Tim links?
 
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xtkxhom3r

xtkxhom3r

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thanks a lot for the help timix couldnt have done it with out ya...

and i did try calling toshiba but they were really hush hush about their service manuals they transferred me to 4 different "service techs" then i gave up lol
 

timix

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I haven't yet had anyone request I take down what I've put up there yet. I know it's happened to a few sites before, and I'll be happy to comply with whatever, but in the interest of making the information available to the largest number of people I hope they don't. I'm not doing this for profit, like some sites are.

I haven't tried contacting the companies myself yet, I'm still finding manuals on free/cheap membership sites to upload. Once I've exhausted that I'll start canvassing them for help with more. :)

xtkxhom3r, you could add Lenovo's support site to the list of links in the first post if you wanted, it has service manuals for all IBM/Lenovo laptops, eg thinkpads/ideapads: http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/s...nePublicationsLandingPage.vm&sitestyle=lenovo
 
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xtkxhom3r

xtkxhom3r

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thanks again timix you have made a big contribution to this thread...

if the companys do make to take it down make sure to send me a pm with a link with all those pdf's in a zip folder ;)