Hello there! Replacing the mSata SSD on this model is not that easy as changing the SATA HDD, but you don’t have to be a rocket scientist - simply prepare to turn more than 5 screws. "Step 1: remove the battery" "Step 2: remove the screw in the center and take out the optical drive" "Step 3: remove the two screws from the bottom door and take it down. Next, remove 3 screws holding the HDD, detach two cables and one screw for the Wi-Fi module and remove the RAM memory" And we’ve reached the halfway, some more screws ahead. "Step 4: remove 8 screws from the bottom case" "Step 5: get some plastic opening tool (or an old credit card) to detach bottom case from the palmrest. Be gentle enough not to damage two cables between them. 1. Detach speaker cable from the MB 2. Detach screen cable from the MB" "And here it is - remove the last screw and get the old mSata SSD out" Hope this helps you. Cheers!
The simplest thing you can do is to replace the motherboard with a newer one from the same N551 series model. Asus N551VW can generally be considered a good option for such an upgrade: (1) motherboard is exactly of the same shape (consider replacing the cooling system) (2) all I / O ports and connectors are located in the same places (keep your old chassis) (3) it is equipped with a newer (6th gen) Intel processor (VS the currently installed 4th gen) (4) GTX 960M graphics has a higher memory bandwith (VS the currently installed GTX 845M) (5) total costs make not more than £300 (new MB with i7-6700HQ from China on eBay), and can be decreased by selling the old MB, for example So, there are possibilities for improvements, but it all depends on how far you want to go with this.
Hi all, just in case anyone needs it in the future. "Red: 2 screws (M2.5*10L) / connect bottom - hinge - topcase Blue: 4 screws (M2*5L) Purple: 2 screws (M2*3L)" "Here you’ll need 2 longer screws (M2*16L)" "These 6 screws (M2.5*4.5L) connect hinges to the bottom case" "Basically, this list is applicable to both gaming (ROG G551 / GL551 / G58 series) and non-gaming (N551 series) models. Some minor differences may exist for TOUCH models."
There are different options depending on the screw damage. I would advise you to share some photos of this problem with us - perhaps we will be able to figure out a better solution than Dremel or drill. ——— But answering your question, yes, Dremel can help. If the head is stripped, use Dremel cutting wheel to make a slot in the center of the head and remove it with a regular slotted screwdriver. "Like here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD7jYf8A..." Or if the head is completely broken, or part of the broken screw is stuck inside, you can try to drill it out using the drill bit for metal, just keep the following in mind: (1) choose an extremely small drill bit for metal (2) drill the screw in the center (3) apply power and pressure very slowly, don’t turn the drill too fast and don’t press too hard (4) stop drilling in some time and try removing the screw with pliers
Here you go, you can now replace not only “a lot of screws” in your laptop, but all 71 of them. "The following applies to both gaming (ROG G551 / GL551 / G58 series) and non-gaming (N551 series) models.However, there could exist slight differences for TOUCH models."