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How to Upgrade, Repair, Disassemble a Hewlett-Packard (HP) Laptop or Notebook

Do you want to repair your Hewlett-Packard - HP 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 EliteBook, Envy, LiveStrong, Mini-Note, OmniBook, Pavilion, ProBook, TouchSmart laptops and notebooks models made by Hewlett-Packard - HP. 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.



HP 530How to replace the top cover assembly to get access to one of a broken touch pad button. In order to replace the top cover you will have to disassemble the notebook completely and remove all internal parts including hard drive, keyboard, motherboard, cooling fan and other key components.
HP 1033CL Mini-NoteA short illustrated guide to keyboard substitution.
HP 1151NR Mini-noteHere is a short tutorial on how to get to the UMPC hard drive.
HP 1151NR Mini-noteTurn off the NetBook flip it over and here is what you have, remove the battery the latches now pry the memory cover to prepare the RAM upgrade.
HP 2000-210USHow to replace a broken screen: make some notes during the disassembly process about screw locations, because some screws have different length.
HP 2133 Mini-NoteRAM update tutorial from 1GB to 2GB memory [video].
HP 2133 Mini-NoteHow to remove keyboard, replace memory and access hard drive of the UMPC. In the battery compartment can find three screws, which are securing the keyboard to the laptop base. Remove these three screws and carefully lift up the top side of the keyboard. The small plastic latches securing the keyboard on both sides should not be a problem.
HP 2140 Mini-NoteThe memory upgrade to 2GB makes battery run time much better. Unlike most memory changes there is no memory door. You have to remove the keyboard. Take out the battery and remove the three small screws (the only three screws) with a #0 Phillips screwdriver. The one in the recess is hard to remove because you can easily drop it into the computer, so remove it slowly and invert the machine to drop it out onto a good surface.
HP Envy 15In this notebook the keyboard is mounted to the top cover assembly, after the assembly has been removed, you will be able to access the hard drive, internal memory modules, all three cooling fans as well as CMOS battery.
HP G62 (or COMPAQ CQ62)Though the notebook manufacturer provides service manual for these models, this free guide offers additional disassembly help.
HP G62 (or COMPAQ CQ62)You can use these instructions for the following repairs: replacing failed or broken LCD screen, replacing bad video cable, replacing damaged hinges and more.
HP OmniBook 4400Step-by-step opening instructions.
HP OmniBook 5700CTHow to turn the notebook into an electronical picture frame (in German).
HP Omnibook 5700CTAn illustrated tutorial about making a Digital Picture Frame from an old notebook and some wood (in German).
HP OmniBook 5700CTXExplains how to built a digital picture frame using MS-Windows 2000 and an old laptop.
HP OmniBook 5700CTXExplains how to built a digital picture frame using MS-Windows 2000 and an old laptop (in French).
HP OmniBook (different models)Manuals and inside pictures.
HP OmniBook XE2Laptop Case Mod - Respray your laptop, an illustrated tutorial.
HP OmniBook XE2WallPuter: a photoframe made from an old notebook.
HP OmniBook XE3Turning an old laptop into a DPF: the hardest part is the tearing apart the laptop to its components.
HP OmniBook XE4500Complete autopsy picture gallery.
HP Pavilion N5190Shared knowledge: a take apart picture gallery and disassembly guide. Cleaning the fan from dirt and remounting the CPU using thermal conductive paste. Upgrading the hard drive. Replacement of CD/DVD, LCD video driver board and BIOS battery. Fixing a broken power adapter jack.
HP Pavilion N5190Pink tinge LCD and backlight (aka Cold Compact Fluorescent Lamp - CCFL) replacement.
HP Pavilion N5250A disassembly picture gallery.
HP Pavilion N5425Reseating the keyboard connector.
HP Pavilion N5430 (aka OmniBook XE3Complete disassembly to solve power problems, includes also instructions how to take apart the display.
HP Pavilion XF145Laptop deconstruction, cooling mod.
HP Pavilion XZ355How to take apart the notebook and repair the power connection.
HP Pavilion DM3-1035DXTaking apart an Entertainment Notebook step-by-step.
HP Pavilion DM 4To search for a new replacement LED backlit LCD screen take the model number printed on the sticker at the backside of the screen: B140XW02.
HP Pavilion DM 4How to disassemble the laptop entirely to prepare different troubleshooting tasks.
HP Pavilion DM 4Video instructions for replacing a broken LCD screen.
HP Pavilion DV 4A complete disassembly guide for notebook troubleshooting.
HP Pavilion DV5How to troubleshoot a non-working LCD notebook display (in Italian).
HP Pavilion DV1000A tutorial about laptop keyboard key replacement.
HP Pavilion DV1000Multimedia Notebook A Breed Apart.
HP Pavilion DV1000Instead of keeping an old laptop, probably stashing it away in my closet you may get creative and use this detailed guide to construct your personal digital picture frame.
HP Pavilion DV2000A guide to keyboard key substitution.
HP Pavilion DV 2000How to substitute the LCD screen which is mounted between the display cover and bezel. The screen bezel is secured to the display cover with six screws hidden under plastic screw seals.
HP Pavilion DV 2000This is a quick post showing a complete notebook tear-down: level of experience needed: advanced (this is not to say anyone should not be able to do this it will just take more time).
HP Pavilion DV 3Do-it-yourself instructions for replacing a damaged screen without separating the whole display assembly from the laptop base as shown in the official service manual. You can search by the screen model number (LTN134AT02) to find the exact replacement screen.
HP Pavilion DV 3500Following this guide laptop keyboard replacement is not difficult and if you are careful enough, you can swap the keyboard in about 10-15 minutes.
HP Pavilion DV 5T-1000In order to remove the notebook screen, you will have to separate the display panel from the laptop base.
HP Pavilion DV 5T-1000Taking apart the notebook in order to replace the noisy cooling fan which is mounted deep inside the case under the motherboard.
HP Pavilion DV6To achieve some repairs or upgrades you need to take apart this laptop completely.
HP Pavilion DV6With the instructions from this guide you should be able do the following laptop repairs: replace LCD screen, change video cable and replace broken hinges.
HP Pavilion DV6000How to reattach a lost keyboard key.
HP Pavilion DV6000Fixing a laptop with a bad LCD screen. The lower part of the screen displays a garbled image and the upper part works just fine. An external monitor displays image properly. So it has an issue with a bad screen and it has to be replaced.
HP Pavilion DV6000This guide explains how to take apart this laptop. It shows how to remove memory, hard disk drive, wireless card, CD/DVD optical drive and keyboard. Please use this guide at your own risk and only if your laptop is out of warranty.
HP Pavilion DV6000This complete teardown guide provides insights not only for the advanced technician.
HP Pavilion DV6000How to Fix No Video issues with a Penny. This will also cure symptoms of no wireless connectivity or loosing the wireless card, or the system will loose the DVD/CD rom. They all have something to do with the Nvidia ChipSet.
HP Pavilion DV6000How to add a miniPCI BlueTooth module to the notebook. This assumes that the system board is capable of accepting the BlueTooth module.
HP Pavilion DV6000This laptop can be opened and disassembled very easily, this enables you (or your local computer repair shop) to perform a whole set of maintenance activities and to upgrade most parts without needing to send the laptop to some far authorized repair-center. This in depth arcicle contains pictures of all the disassembling process in order to replace its noisy faulty fan.
HP Pavilion DV6045NRAdding an internal Bluetooth miniPCI module into a laptop. This mod also avoids using up any free USB ports externally such as attaching a cheap BT dongle.
HP Pavilion DV6500 (DV6600, DV6700, DV6800)A complete teardown guide with many photos.
HP Pavilion DV 7T-1000This post explains how to disassemble the display panel.
HP Pavilion DV 7T-1000How to access both memory modules and hard disk drives, removal of most internal components, access and clean the cooling fan.
HP Pavilion DV8When the LED light on the DC jack starts flickering when adapter plug is moved, you can test the laptop with another known good AC adapter, but if this approach does not fix the problem you can assume this is a DC jack related failure and you need to replace it.
HP Pavilion DV8000TA keyboard checkup guide.
HP Pavilion DV9000The left hinge has cracked and in doing so, also broke the embedded locknuts in the top LCD cover. This guide explains a cheap remedy for the this common problem. The laptop now closes like new and the monitor turns off when in closed position. This fix works for part numbers 3JAT9HATP05 and 3JAT9HATP21. But probably could work for other models.
HP Pavilion DV9000Disassembly guide for removing the display bezel, LCD and inverter board.
HP Pavilion DV9000How to remove hard drive, memory, wireless card and keyboard.
HP Pavilion DV 9000Hard drive installation guide for the second HDD. Take a SATA 2.5" hard drive and a "DV9000 hard drive caddy". Make sure the caddy includes the SATA connector.
HP Pavilion DV9000Video problem BGA rework to fix a blank screen. This fix also works on the HP Pavilion DV2000, DV6000 and DV9000 and there are a couple more HP's with this BGA video issue. Also effected by this issue are a couple of COMPAQ (Presario V3000, V6000) notebooks.
HP Pavilion DV 9000A broken left hinge is a known issue with HP Pavilion DV9000/DV9100/DV9200/DV9400 series laptops. HP was fixing this issue at no charge under the service enhancement program. But this program has expired and now you are on your own. How to find correct parts for this repair is explained at the end of the guide.
HP Pavilion DV 9000The time for this 17 Inches monster notebook tear-down: 30 minutes.
HP Pavilion DV 9700Laptop cooling: it is the strangest thing that all laptops have the same design fault. If operated on the "lap", the needed cooling will be blocked off, it will overheat, and may even cause the battery to explode. Here's how to modify the machine so it will cool properly.
HP Pavilion G70-246USThe Cheapest Laptop Screw Management System explained by taking this laptop apart completely and keeping track of the many screws by punching holes into a sheet of paper.
HP Pavilion TX1000This guide tells how to replace a damaged keyboard.
HP Pavilion TX2000 (Tablet)An all purpose take apart guide for this tablet PC.
HP Pavilion ZD 7140USThis upgrade is all about getting more performance out of your existing laptop. Going from a 4,200 rpm to a 7,200 rpm HDD will result in a tremendous increase in disk access. The operating system will load faster, and programs will open quicker. Also, upgrading from 512MB of memory to 2GBs will greatly help when using memory hungry programs [Video].
HP Pavilion ZE 1000Keycap exchange: a concise guide.
HP Pavilion ZE 2005EAThis guide will explain how to get a Gigabyte (GN-WIAG02 - Atheros AR5005 GS) wireless miniPCI card working.
HP Pavilion ZE 4500Disassembly pictures and complete cleaning guide (in German).
HP Pavilion ZE 5400EAA complete disassembly with four objectives: clean fans and exhaust airways of dust to improve air flow and cooling - investigate poor wireless performance - investigate faulty power switch - investigate broken floppy drive.
HP Pavilion ZE 5517EACleaning & improving cooling of the laptop cured some BSOD's or simply locks up. The clogged-up cooling caused failures until the laptop was taken apart, cleaned from debris and some Arctic Silver 5 compound was applied. This in-depth tutorial provides pictures and all the details you need to know to get the job done.
HP Pavilion ZT 1000This CCFL backlight replacement pictorial explains a typical laptop disassembly. This is most likely not the exact model you will be servicing, however it is indicative of what you will find in most models. They are all relatively the same and this tutorial will give you a basic idea on the scope of backlight replacement.
HP Pavilion ZT 1141SHow to fix a broken power-connector. Disassembly photos and instructions.
HP Pavilion ZT 1175If the LCD display will goes dark this is in most cases due to the failure of a part known as an inverter. This guide provides an illustrated step-by-step instruction to repair the inverter.
HP Pavilion ZV 5000Cleaning Your Laptop Cooling System: this laptop uses two heat pipes with heat sinks and two fans to cool the processor. Through use, those heat sinks and pipes it collects quite a bit of dust reducing the machine's cooling capacity.
HP Pavilion ZV 5000Here are instructions for upgrading the laptop memory in seven relatively easy steps. Upgrading memory on this laptop could be tricky because one of the memory expansion slots is located under the keyboard.
HP Pavilion ZV 5000These laptops can be a mystery on upgrading RAM, but with this guide not any more.
HP Pavilion ZV 5460USDefeating HP's Wireless Whitelist for Fun and Profit: adding a Atheros based wireless miniPCI card.
HP Pavilion ZV 6000Memory installation guide.
HP N.N.Your laptop looks dead? Try to change the BIOS battery.

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