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How to Upgrade, Repair, Disassemble a COMPAQ Laptop or Notebook

Do you want to repair your Compaq laptop or notebook? Here is a collection of free take apart instructions, disassembly pictures or dismantling videos, upgrade and repair manuals, as well as do-it-yourself (DIY) tips and tricks for Armada, Contura, Contura Aero, Evo, Presario, LTE, TCx000 laptops and notebooks models made by Compaq. If you have written a repairing guide yourself (or if you know of a report not linked here), please submit a new entry. Also you can publish a guide in the Laptop and Notebook Repair Wiki.



COMPAQ Armada [archived link]This slideshow features step-by-step pictures telling how to remove the display.
COMPAQ Armada 100S (aka Mitac 5133S) [archived link]RAM upgrade, hard disk upgrade and AMD K6-2+ CPU overclocking as well as underclocking instructions (with jumper settings and voltage table). Battery replacement (in German).
COMPAQ Armada 100SHow to cure some display problems: random stripes and caused by a loosened plug/port, because if pressed at some point the display housing (you need to find out where) the stripes disappeared/appeared again. This is usually a sign, that something is loose inside. Solving the problem could be very simple - just take the laptop apart and try to fix the loose part.
COMPAQ Armada 1130TChanging a flat CMOS battery and upgrading the hard disk.
COMPAQ Armada 1592DTSome helpful hints about changing the hard disk.
COMPAQ Armada 1700/1750 [archived link]This guide shows how to clear the power-on password.
COMPAQ Armada 1750Fan repair and RAM update.
COMPAQ Armada 4120Disassembly and hard disk drive replacement guide with pictures.
COMPAQ Armada 4120  NEW  The inner workings of the docking station can be reached fairly easy. The base plate and interface module are easily seperated. Because of the build in leaver, leaving a plastic enclosed interface module to be opened up. Remove six screws to open up the plastic enclosure exposing the metal box containing the electronics. Another a row of screws is holding everything together, so once these were removed the printed circuit board came out easily.
COMPAQ Armada E500Replacing laptop keys (and keyboards).
COMPAQ Armada E700This guide explains how to rip off an old broken laptop and turn it into a Digital Picture Frame - DPF.
COMPAQ Armada M300Complete disassembly instructions, pictures from inside the battery.
COMPAQ Armada M700Complete disassembly guide with many pictures.
COMPAQ Armada M700Keyboard replacement instructions.
COMPAQ Armada V300 (E500)A detailed tutorial about turning a laptop into a speech controlled digital picture frame with network connection (in German).
COMPAQ Contura 4/25cxPictures from inside the laptop. Voltages on the power supply interface and battery pinout. Circuit diagram of the 4 MB memory module. Circuit diagram of the 16 MB memory module. Motherboard outline with chip product numbers.
COMPAQ (unknown model)Pictures from the inside of a Seagate model ST9440AG 420MB harddisc from an old laptop.
COMPAQ Contura AeroPlenty of diagramms, pictures, parts lists and HOWTOs about upgrading and repairing.
COMPAQ Contura AeroHow to replace the CR 1220 CMOS battery.
COMPAQ Contura AeroAn illustrated step-by-step CMOS battery replacement guide.
COMPAQ Contura Aero 4/33 [archived link]Aerogami: A laptop made from paper.
COMPAQ Contura Aero (misc. models)Disassembly picture gallery.
COMPAQ Contura Aero 4/25Pictures of the guts inside.
COMPAQ Contura AeroUpgrading the hard drive.
COMPAQ Contura AeroScreen disassembly, the tale of a journey inside, hinge repair.
COMPAQ CQ61This guide describes how to take apart the laptop to access and clean some accumulated dust from the cooling module.
COMPAQ Evo N610PartyBox: how to convert a broken laptop into an old school video arcade cabinet. Adding a joystick, a trackball and putting all the electronics into a wooden cabinet.
COMPAQ Evo N620cDisassembly manual about adding a wireless miniPCI card (based on Atheros chipset) and better antenna (in German).
COMPAQ Evo N1015vDisassembly crash course.
COMPAQ LTE 5000 [archived link]Disassembly guide with pictures.
COMPAQ LTE 5000 [archived link]This page discusses how to safely and easily clean the keyboard on a notebook computer.
COMPAQ LTE 5100Build your own battery.
COMPAQ Mini 700 (HP Mini 1000)A step-by-step take apart manual with pictures (in Italian).
COMPAQ PresarioPainted laptop art: The City - Oil on Laptop.
COMPAQ PresarioHow to turn an old laptop into a digital picture frame.
COMPAQ PresarioCOMPAQ Presario's have a bad habit of cracking and tearing the orange flexi-cable that goes through the hinges that connects the LCD to the main board. Here is an approach for a cheap repair of the defective display cable.
COMPAQ Presario 305This guide explains how to transfer an old laptop into a Digital-Picture-Frame - DPF (in Spanish).
COMPAQ Presario 700Disassembly instructions.
COMPAQ Presario 700ZDo-it-yourself display hinge repair tricks.
COMPAQ Presario 706EA [archived link]An illustrated take apart guide (in Spanish).
COMPAQ Presario 732USA laptop completely stripped down and converted to a second monitor, to create more screen real estate in a small package at a low price.
COMPAQ Presario 1200DIP settings.
COMPAQ Presario 1200CPU upgrade to a Pentium III 1000.
COMPAQ Presario 1200Laptop Hinge Hack: buy a lid support at a local hardware store and attach it to the case.
COMPAQ Presario 1210 (HP Pavilion XF235)Broken AC power plug repair.
COMPAQ Presario 1247Dissecting the case.
COMPAQ Presario 1600Dip settings, overclocking.
COMPAQ Presario 16xxNon-factory approved upgrades to repair damage to the power connector and upgrade the CPU.
COMPAQ Presario 1675 [archived link]Taking apart instructions.
COMPAQ Presario 1681Replacing an LCD CCFL backlight tube. Or, what to do when your LCD screen/laptop screen goes dark, black, red, orange, or any other annoying color.
COMPAQ Presario 1700Take apart and upgrading instructions.
COMPAQ Presario 1800How to use PolyGFX's Adhesives a laptopskin which resembles the quality of airbrush, but it's cheaper and it's removable.
COMPAQ Presario 1800TAdding temperature monitoring.
COMPAQ Presario 12XL500Ready your torx driver! This HOWTO will show you how to easily install a new hard drive and memory in your laptop.
COMPAQ Presario 2103EAIf you've got a slightly older noteboo, you might be feeling that the performance is somewhat lack-luster compared to more modern laptops. There are fewer upgrade options for laptops when compared with desktops but the most obvious upgrade is to increase or even max-out the installed RAM. The procedure for upgrading RAM on this laptop is very straight-forward. The RAM bay is located on the underside of the machine and requires only the removal of two screws for access.
COMPAQ Presario 2500Reattach a broken or lost keyboard key.
COMPAQ Presario 2580USThis guide explains how you can remove and replace keyboard, memory and hard drive for the laptop. The keyboard replacement procedure is relatively simple and you can easily do it yourself at home. Proceed on your own risk.
COMPAQ Presario B1800BIOS whitelist & hardware modification for Broadcom MiniPCI wireless LAN card.
COMPAQ Presario CQ50, CQ60, CQ70 (aka HP G50/G60/G70)In most notebooks you can replace the LCD screen without separating the display panel from the base but not in these machines. In order to replace LCD screen in these models you will have to remove the keyboard, keyboard cover and display panel.
COMPAQ Presario CQ50How to get access to the motherboard and substitute it.
COMPAQ Presario CQ61 (or HP G61)How to substitute the keyboard of the notebook. You can search for a new replacement keyboard using the part number (517865-001) from the keyboard sticker.
COMPAQ Presario CQ62 (aka HP G62)A guide to full laptop disassembly step-by-step.
COMPAQ Presario CQ62 (aka HP G62)These repair instructions will help with: replacing a failed or broken LCD screen, replacing a bad video cable and replacing damaged hinges.
COMPAQ Presario F730USThis guide explains how to teardown the notebook.
COMPAQ Presario F730USThe level of experience needed for this notebook teardown: advanced, this is not to say anyone should not be able to do this it will just take more time.
COMPAQ Presario F730US.If you want to replace the LCD screen or inverter board, it's not necessary to remove the whole display panel, you can do that while the display panel is still attached to the laptop base. But if you want to replace display hinges, you'll have to remove the display panel first.
COMPAQ Presario M2000If the backlight of your laptop stopped working and the image on the screen is so dim that you can barely see it under bright light, most likely you have a failed inverter board. There is a good chance to fix the problem if you replace the inverter board. If you replace the inverter board but the image is still dim, most likely there is a problem with the backlight lamp inside the LCD screen. If that's the case, try to replace the LCD screen. Note: it's much easier to disassemble the laptop display panel when the display panel is separated from the laptop.
COMPAQ Presario M2005USTaking apart the notebook. This guide should work for all other notebooks in the Presario M2000 line.
COMPAQ Presario R3000An illustrated step-by-step take apart guide.
COMPAQ Presario R3000 (and HP Pavilion Z 5000) [archived link]RAM and hard drive upgrade diagrams and photos.
COMPAQ Presario R4000Memory installation guide.
COMPAQ Presario V2000A step-by-step LCD replacement manual with illustrations.
COMPAQ Presario V2000Do it yourself notebook paint job.
COMPAQ Presario V2000Integrated Logitech V500 Mouse 2.4GHz wireless dongle: the dongle soldered to the USB port inside the laptop.
COMPAQ Presario V2000Most V2xxx keyboards shared the same problem; when typing in the area where the arrows are, you can feel that there is space between the keyboard and the metal casing. You can hear a vibrating sound, like if the keys were bouncing. The easy fix is to remove the keyboard, and put some kind of thin cloth, kleenex, whatever below the keyboard. The keyboard now becomes firm and easy to use.
COMPAQ Presario V2000To take apart the display panel and access the LCD screen, it's necessary to separate the display panel assembly from the laptop base. The model number is printed on the back of the screen: B140EW01. This guide also explains the replacement of the notebook keyboard.
COMPAQ Presario V5000USThis notebook looks quite old due to the rapidly changing of semiconductor's world, upgrading some components can extend its life for at least a few years. How about spending about $75 and getting a decent performance from your old laptop sound to you? To boost the performance, we have to max these two main factors. For memory, it might be a bit hard to get a good deal since this is DDR-333, not currently DDR2. For the CPU, in this case, the only choice you have is upgrading to Turion64 series, e.g. AMD Turion MT-37.
COMPAQ Presario V6000A step-by-step laptop take apart guide. By the way, some HP/COMPAQ laptops might have a known problem with the motherboard. Check out the HP/COMPAQ Limited Warranty Service Enhancement program.
COMPAQ Presario V6000This is a known problem with HP Pavilion DV2000/DV6000/DV9000 and COMPAQ Presario V3000/V6000 motherboards, the graphics chip (aka GPU or video chip) is soldered to the motherboard, sometimes there are bad solder joints between the graphics chip and motherboard, over time the graphics chip separates from the motherboard causing all kind of different video problems. A possible solution: baking the failed motherboard in a conventional oven preheated to 385 degrees Fahrenheit for exactly 8 minutes, This process should reflow the graphics chip solder joints and give the motherboard a second life. Proceed at your own risk only if you have nothing to lose. Otherwise, don't follow this guide and take your laptop to the professional repair shop.
COMPAQ SLT386s/20Installation of Memory Expansion Board.
COMPAQ X1000How to personalize a laptop by giving it a nice painting.
COMPAQ 486How to convert a laptop keyboard into a desktop keyboard.
COMPAQ TC1100Major invasive operation: dissection and fan replacement.
COMPAQ N.N.Installing an SODIMM in your notebook.
COMPAQ N.N.To make a custom digital picture frame strip an unused laptop of all its extra components. For example get rid of the DVD drive, along with the modem, keyboard, trackpad, and other various bits and pieces. Just keep the battery mounted since it may serve as a nice built-in UPS.

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