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Complete disassembly instructions for HP Pavilion


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On this page youll find complete disassembly instructions for a HP Pavilion dv7.
This is my second guide for HP Pavilion dv7 series.
In this particular case Im taking apart a HP Pavilion dv7-4177NR model.
I believe this guide should work for the all dv7-4000 series too.
READ THIS: I found that HP Pavilion dv7 come in different body types. If your laptop doesnt look like
one shown in this guide, check out my other guides. Youll find links to other guide at the end of this
post.
As you see I have a cracked screen. My target is replacing the damaged screen but Ill do a few extra
steps and show how to disassemble the entire laptop.
Its not easy to replace the LCD on this HP laptop. In order to do so its necessary remove the palmrest
assembly (STEPS 1-19), separate the display panel from the body (STEP 20-25) and only after that
disassemble the display and replace the LCD (STEP 33-48).
Also, I show how to remove the motherboard and access the cooling fan (STEPS 26-32) but its not
necessary to go though these steps in order to replace the LCD.
STEP 1.
Make sure the computer is turned off.
Unlock and remove the battery.

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STEP 2.
Loosen five screws securing the bottom hatch.
Lift up and remove the hatch.

STEP 3.
Under the bottom hatch you can access the following internal components:
both memory modules ( Ill leave them connected to the motherboard).
wireless card.
CMOS battery.
hard drive.
HP Pavilion dv7 has a bay for the second hard drive but in my case I had only one hard drive installed.

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STEP 4.
Remove screws securing the hard drive assembly.

STEP 5.
Unplug the hard drive cable from the motherboard.

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STEP 6.
Lift up and remove the hard drive assembly.

STEP 7.
Remove one screw securing the DVD drive.
Pull the DVD drive to the left to disconnect it from the motherboard.
Remove the DVD drive.

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STEP 8.
Remove two screws securing the keyboard on the bottom.

STEP 9.
Slide the keyboard release button to the left.
This button located in the battery compartment, on the left side from the battery connector.

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STEP 10.
After that you should be able to lift up the upper side of the keyboard.

STEP 11.
Move the keyboard towards the display assembly so you can access the cable connector underneath.
In the following two steps I explain how to unlock the keyboard connector and release the cable.

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STEP 12.
Carefully lift up the left side of the connector retainer with your fingernail.
The retainer will open up at a 90 degree angle.

STEP 13.
On this picture the connector is shown in the unlocked position.
Now you can pull the keyboard cable from the connector.

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STEP 14.
Remove the keyboard.

STEP 15.
Remove all marked screws from the bottom.

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UPDATE: Thanks to Just a Guy (comment 6):
On step 15 please see this image wait to remove screw with blue circle and SPECIALLY
screw with yellow circle. Another note there are also screw ping circle to remove!
Remove yellow and blue ONLY on step 18 having laptop in SAME position of step 18 image.
THIS IS IMPORTANT!!
So it why? Seeing step 24 image u can see that display hinges screw remaing are only 2! It
leave it very weak and can damage screw plastic part near cooler.

STEP 16.
Dont forget to remove three screws in the DVD drive bay.

STEP 17.
Remove two screws securing the palmrest assembly.
Disconnect the following cables:
wireless card cable.
touchpad cable.
finger scanning device cable.

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You unlock all three connectors using the same technique as for unlocking the keyboard connector.
Lift up the connector retainer.

Pull the cable from the connector.

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STEP 18.
Now you can start separating the palmrest assembly from the bottom cover.
Youll have to wiggle the palmrest in order to unlock hidden latches.

STEP 19.
Remove the palmrest assembly.

On the bottom side of the palmrest assembly you can access the following components:
power button board.
finger scanning device.
touchpad.

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STEP 20.
Now we are going to separate the display panel from the base.
First, well release the wireless card antenna cables and then unplug the video cable.

STEP 21.
Disconnect two antenna cables from the wireless card which is mounted on the bottom.

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STEP 22.
Unroute both wireless card antenna cables.

STEP 23.
Unplug the video cable connector from the motherboard.

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STEP 24.
Remove two screws securing the display hinges.

STEP 25.
Lift up and separate the display assembly from the base.
I will continue taking apart the display assembly and removing the screen in the step 33.

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Laptop motherboard removal.
STEP 26.
Remove two screws securing the motherboard.
Unplug the following cables (left to right):
left speaker cable.
USB board cable.
right speaker cable.

Both speaker cables have a regular male-female connector type.


Unplug the male part from the female part. Do not pull by the wires.

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STEP 27.
Lift up the right side of the motherboard a little bit and unplug the DC jack cable from the
motherboard.

STEP 28.
Also, in order to remove the motherboard, its necessary to unplug the hard drive cable.
Youll find this connector on the bottom side of the laptop close to the memory modules.

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STEP 29.
Start removing the motherboard from the bottom cover as it shown on the following picture.

STEP 30.
Remove the motherboard.

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STEP 31.
The cooling fan assembly is mounted to the bottom side of the motherboard.
Yes, its necessary to remove the whole motherboard in order to remove and replace the fan.

STEP 32.
The DC jack is mounted in the upper right corner of the base.
The DC jack harness can be easily removed after you remove one screw securing the DC jack bracket.

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LCD screen removal and replacement instructions.
As I mentioned before, in order to replace the screen its necessary to separate the display panel from
the base as it explained in steps 1-25.
STEP 33.
Youll find two screw covers located in the lower left and right corners of the display bezel.

STEP 34.
Remove both covers with a sharp object.
Remove two screws found under those covers.

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STEP 35.
Start separating the bezel from the display back cover. Im using the guitar pick for that (you can use
a piece of plastic).
Insert the guitar pick between the bezel and display back cover and move along the side. This will
help you to unlock the hidden latches.
Also, the bezel is glued to the screen with sticky tape. Youll have to apply some reasonable force to
separate the bezel.

STEP 36.
Continue removing the bezel on the upper part of the display assembly.

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STEP 37.
Lift up and remove the right hinge cover.

STEP 38.
Lift up and remove the left hinge cover.

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STEP 39.
Remove the screen bezel.

STEP 40.
Remove eight screws securing the LCD assembly to the display back cover.

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STEP 41.
Disconnect the cable from the web camera module.

STEP 42.
Now you can separate the LCD assembly from the display back cover.

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STEP 43.
Place the LCD face down on the table.
On the back side you can access the video cable and web camera cable. Both cables bundled into one
harness.

STEP 44.
Unglue the web camera cable from the back of the LCD.

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STEP 45.
Disconnect the video cable.

STEP 46.
Remove the LCD assembly.

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STEP 47.
Remove two screws securing the right hinge mounting bracket. Transfer this bracket to the new
screen.

STEP 48.
Remove two more screws securing the left hinge mounting bracket. Transfer this bracket to the new
screen.

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Now you can replace the damaged/failed LCD and assemble everything back together following this
guide in the reverse direction.
The best way to find a new replacement screen is searching by the model number.
The model number printed on the back side of the screen. In my case this is N173O6-L02 Rev. C.
When you search for a new LCD make sure the video connector on your new screen located in the
same place as on the old screen.

Related posts:
First HP Pavilion dv7 disassembly guide (for dv7-1000 series)
Third HP Pavilion dv7 disassembly guide (for dv7-6000 series)
Fourth HP Pavilion dv7 disassembly guide (for dv7-2000 and dv7-3000 series).

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61 Responses
Chris August 7, 2012 |

My tw o HP DV7s w ere both overheating and I found this instruction a very big help to open up the laptops and clean out the dirt in
the fans. There is one issue w ith step 15 w ere there are three screw s at the bottom of the battery compartment that must be
removed but is not indicated in this instruction. Thank for your help.

Juan Naranjo August 13, 2012 |

I have a question. I am about to undertake this because it seems the GPU is dead on mine. Is it integrated or is it a different card all
together? Reason being is because I get the black screen of death and the drivers arent w orking. Can you give me a step in the right
direction?

IML Tech August 14, 2012 |

@ Juan Naranjo,

I am about to undertake this because it seems the GPU is dead on mine. Is it integrated
or is it a different card all together?

The GPU is integrated into the motherboard.

Just a Guy August 14, 2012 |

Hi, ive disassembled it; ive just an advice for all.

On step 15 please see this image: http://i.imm.io/AzFA.jpeg w ait to remove screw w ith blue circle and SPECIALLY screw w ith yellow
circle. Another note there are also screw ping circle to remove!

Remove yellow and blue ONLY on step 18 having laptop in SAME position of step 18 image. THIS IS IMPORTANT!!

So it w hy? Seeing step 24 image u can see that display hinges screw remaing are only 2! It leave it very w eak and can damage screw
plastic part near cooler. I solved w ith no problems w ith a bit of plastic glue but basically it is dangerous do not follow my advice. My 2
cent Thx for author of this guide.

A grateful reader August 18, 2012 |

Thank you for this guide it helped me take apart a laptop now if I could just find reasonably priced parts, I w ould be set!

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Natzem Lima August 20, 2012 |

W hat kind of tools w ill I need to undertake this?

IML Tech August 20, 2012 |

@ Natzem Lima,

What kind of tools will I need to undertake this?

Probably one PH1 Phillips screw driver w ould be enough.

David August 20, 2012 |

Just a Guy, Oh My God, I w ish I saw your comment a bit sooner!!! a tiny metal/plastic piece broke off from w here the monitor attached
to the left side of the body

I w as so scared thinking I broke my $1200 laptop I managed to put it back together, and it seems to be w orking fine

I am not opening it again w ill try vacuum the vent This is too risky

IML Tech August 21, 2012 |

@ David,

Just a Guy, Oh My God, I wish I saw your comment a bit sooner!!!

I copied his comment into the main guide. I hope it w ill help other DIY-ers.

Chuk Gleason August 26, 2012 |

IML Tech

Excellent site; Ive fixed tw o HP laptops for my daughters; Pavilion DV6 & a DV7; clear directions, good pictures. Top notch.

In retrospect, both laptops had similar problems w ith the hinge tension being too tight; as I replaced the appropriate parts each time
I also loosened the tension; involves holding one side of the hinge & backing off the tensioning nut about 1/2 to 3/4 turn, each side.
In the DV7 it can be found under the hinge cover thats removed in Steps 37 & 38. Too much tension had caused the low er body case
around the screw in the upper right of pic in Step 15 to break (yellow circle in Just A Guys picture).
On the DV6, the problem manifested itself as broken hinge metal.

Just a clue to other people coming to your site for help.

Thanks, bunches!!

Chuk

Jim Septem ber 12, 2012 |

I recently replaced the CPU fan in my dv7-4165dx laptop. Prior to replacing the fan, my laptop battery w as w orking finecharging to

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full capacity. How ever, after replacing the fan and re-assembling the laptop, the onscreen battery information show s that the battery
w ill not charge.

There w as one screw in the battery compartment that w ould not tighten w hen I re-assembled the laptop. Other than that, both the
disassembly and the re-assembly w ent w elland, I follow ed these steps to-the-letter.

I did not see any information above that related to the battery connections (internally) in the laptop so, Im not sure how to trace the
path to see if something may not be connected inside.

Anyone have any ideas as to w hy the battery isnt w orking? All thoughts w ould be appreciated.

IML Tech Septem ber 12, 2012 |

@ Jim,

I recently replaced the CPU fan in my dv7-4165dx laptop. Prior to replacing the fan, my
laptop battery was working finecharging to full capacity. However, after replacing the
fan and re-assembling the laptop, the onscreen battery information shows that the
battery will not charge.
There was one screw in the battery compartment that would not tighten when I re-
assembled the laptop.

I w ould make sure all screw s are installed correctly. Its possible the laptop case is not assembled correctly and the battery doesnt
make good contact w ith the connector on the motherboard. Make sure its seated correctly.

Jim Septem ber 12, 2012 |

@IML Tech says, I w ould make sure all screw s are installed correctly. Its possible the laptop case is not assembled correctly and the
battery doesnt make good contact w ith the connector on the motherboard. Make sure its seated correctly.

Thanks for the quick response. So, can I assume:

1) That the battery makes its connection to the motherboard through the DC Jack Cable show n at step 27 ?

And

2) If the DC Jack Cable is making a good connection w ith the motherboard, then I w ill be looking at a battery replacement?

mike v Septem ber 17, 2012 |

@Chuk GleasonOMG!! That is exactly w hat happened! The left side clip w here the screen connects broke off because of the tension.
As a result, at some point w hen the top w as opened the screen got cracked. I asked my daughters w hat the heck happened and they
claimed they have no know ledge of anything happening. I figured they left it on one of our fold out tables and the cats knocked it
over. They didnt know anything and now it makes sense w hy. I sent my computer in for repair and they w ould not do anything
because of the cracked screenw hich is not covered under w arranty. So I bought another screen and put it in.thanks to this site!
Ive never w orked on laptops. I had no clue until I saw this site. Thanks so much!

W ith all that being said, this is my questionw ho do I take this up w ith? The w arranty people w ill try to get out of it because of
w hatever reason. So do I push up the ladder w ith them, or do I take this up w ith HP directly? There w as no fault on my / my
daughters parts. It is a manufacturers default and my stuff got broke as a result of it. Is this a w ell know n issue w ith HP? I had to pay
for the screen. I also bought a new set of rails because I thought the left side w as broken. But it w as in fact due to the fact that HP
tightens the stuff too much.

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Lomardi O ctober 7, 2012 |

Thanks a lot man for this tutorial ! your saved my life !

Kiro Novem ber 23, 2012 |

Thank you for the guide! It w orks perfectly. The part w ith the tw o bolts for the display hinges is really important.
I w ould like to tell you about a fan problem I had and how I fixed it. It may help other people.
I had problems w ith my fan. I used compressed air to blow the dirt from the outside w ithout disassembling the laptop but it kept
overheating and there w as even a w arning that a fan is w orking incorrectly and the system w ill shut dow n in 15 seconds. It w as
true the fan w as hardly moving (only 2-3 revolutions and stopping again). I decided to disassemble the laptop.
After I reached my fan I saw no dirt at all!!!
Then I removed the fan from its motor and put grease on the shaft of the fan and inside the motor opening. Turned the fan by hand to
spread the grease and assembled everything back.
W hen I started the laptop it w as w orking perfectly, no noise from the fan, no overheating.
Thanks again to the author of the guide and good luck to the users. Dont be afraid, just be careful.

Cody February 19, 2013 |

Thanks for the guide! My fan stopped w orking so I took it apart and removed an insane amount of dust from the fan. So now
everything is w orking fine.

Salient March 14, 2013 |

This is a w onderfully thorough guide. Thanks for w riting it.

Anyone w ho ow ns a dv7 know s they run hot putting a Radeon GPU and i7 CPU in a laptop is insane, given how hot they both get.
Ive finally solved my overheating problem sort of by literally cutting the case w ith a utility knife, removing the lattice in front of
the GPU fan (upper right corner w hen looking at the back of the laptop). If any other readers do this, also get four pegs to stand the
laptop on the fan just cant get any airflow otherw ise. (This w as after disassembling the unit cleaning the fan.)

To other dv7 ow ners looking to solve the slow s to a craw l and gets red hot problem: Best of luck to you. Seriously, youre basically
f**ked. Propping up the computer from underneath to improve airflow bought me about 5-10 degrees Fahrenheit improvement, and
cutting the lattice got me another 5-10 degrees cooler. Finally I can *do* shit w ithout the computer slow ing to a craw l for a couple
hours, at least. Once youve done that, disassembling the CPU fan unit and installing new thermal paste on the heatsink is your next
best heat-improvement task, but unless youve done that kind of thing before, its probably best to let a pro do it getting heatsinks
right takes some practice.

My next plan is to cut the top of the case near the pow er button, to get some top-to-bottom airflow . But thats a larger project; a
utility knife w ont cut it, so to speak.

Edmund July 7, 2013 |

Hey, great tutorial, thanks! In order to just clean my fan, is there a simpler w ay? Isnt it possible to loosen the screw s on the back and
clean it by the back? Thanks

IML Tech July 9, 2013 |

@ Edmunds,

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In order to just clean my fan, is there a simpler way? Isnt it possible to loosen the
screws on the back and clean it by the back?

Find an air compressor and blow air into the fan grill on the bottom of the laptop. After that blow air into the grill on the side. Do it until
all dust is gone.
Just make sure the air pressure isnt too high or you can damage the fan.

Terry July 27, 2013 |

I w ould like to know some info about removing and replacing the actual CPU.. not just the fan.. but the CPU itself..

IML Tech July 30, 2013 |

@ Terry,

I would like to know some info about removing and replacing the actual CPU.. not just
the fan.. but the CPU itself..

In order to access and replace the processor youll have to remove the motherboard as it show n in the step 31.
After that you loosen screw s securing the heatsink and remove the heatsink.
Finally, you open the lock located on the socket and remove the processor.

Robert August 17, 2013 |

Excellent instructions and good photos. Thank you.


I follow ed this guide to fix an overheating problem.
Dust gathers inside the fan cow ling at the cooling fins it is not visible before disassembly.
Remove the fan cow ling side cover (4 screw s) and vacuum/brush out.

Jason August 19, 2013 |

W hat steps w ould be required for replacing the left hinge, and how can I get a replacement?

IML Tech August 23, 2013 |

@ Jason,

What steps would be required for replacing the left hinge, and how can I get a
replacement?

Youll have to remove the screen bezel as it show n in the step 39. After that you should be able to replace the hinge.
W hen you remove the top cover, as it show n in the STEP 19, take a closer look at the hinge. Its possible the hinge itself is good but
mounting bracket on the case is broken.

Amy k August 26, 2013 |

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I have this exact notebook, Im not overly unexerpianced w ith taking computers apart but this is my first laptop. is it nessary to have a
clean room for this? (static/dust free room) Im afraid to do anything w ith my laptop as I cant afford to replace it, and its not under
w arrenty anymore. Its over heating every 15 mins or so even though I blew out the fan from the vent.

Also w hat is the purpose of the mesh that covers the access panels vents?

Hans Septem ber 28, 2013 |

Thanks for the detailed instructions. very helpful esp notes about the cooling fan and overheating. these hp dv7 laptops get crazy hot.
side note for anyone w ith similar heat issues, I picked up a cooling base that plugs in via usb. keeps it much cooler.

Domi O ctober 21, 2013 |

merci beaucoup pour toutes ces explications qui mont sortie de la galre bravo pour tout le boulot que cela a reprsent de faire un
tuto comme a. encore mille fois merci vous Domi

Andre Lourens May 12, 2014 |

Very comprehensive. Very w ell done.

Alex June 1, 2014 |

Thx a lot for your tuto


I w as able to clean this damned laptop

Next is a pro book 4520s now


Seems all hp have fan issue

Regards

Matt July 16, 2014 |

Thanks For the Guide!!!

I w anted to find out though, Have you ever had an experience w ith the laptop overheating?
Specifically the section w here the graphics card is located?
Do you perhaps know how to solve this, it is Driving me insane!!!

Shashen July 21, 2014 |

w ow i follow ed this step by stek and after cleaning a very dirty, totally blocked fan of dust and getting rid of old paste and putting
some new paste i getting a constand 57c-60c ,,,,, w ow ,,,,,,

Tips

unscrew the screw s that is mounted on springs that is marked 1-7 and also unscrew them in that order (now you also w ill have to
clean the heatsinks and cpus, look on youtube to do it the correct w ay. Now you can finaly w ork w ith the fan. To get to dust of the fan
unplug it first then unscrew 4 very very tiny screw s out and it flips open. But be carefull,,,its very tiny screw s. Voila.

Good luck and just take your time. I did it in 2 hours and it w as my first time.

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Jens Hessel August 1, 2014 |

Hi Thanks for a nice instruction. I have bought a new motherboard, and there is a 100 EFK K11 on my old one, that is not on my
new motherboard.
I w onder if I can mount the new motherboard even if?
The placement of 100 EFK K11 is on the bagside of the SD-slot
Can you advise me?

Marcianne August 16, 2014 |

Thanks so much! I just successfully replaced a broken screen thanks to you.

Keith Baker August 27, 2014 |

This w as great thanks so much I used it to disassemble and reassemble my laptop to clean the fan and to reapply thermal past. I
didnt remove the screen all the w ay but I did encounter the issue in step 15 w here one of the plastic screw mounts broke that holds
the monitor. Doesnt seem to have adversly affected it though.

One piece of feedback before step 18 you need to remove the 3 silver screw s in the battery compartment. They w ere not listed in
the guide above but w hen I got to step 18 I couldnt get the palm rest off and thats w hen I realized those screw s need to come out
too.

Other than that though, an excellent guide thanks!!

Quick question though! Do you or anyone else have any recommendations to keep dust out. I mostly use my laptop like a desktop
w ith an external kbd and monitor so it sits on a hard desk surface normally. Im w ondering if I should raise it up on something and if
theres anything I can use to keep dust from getting sucked in to the fan that w ouldnt adversely impact the air flow for cooling. Thats
said, the laptop is 4 years old maybe they just need a good clean out every few years??!!

Oh and one more thing theres a BIOS setting to have the fan be alw ays on w hich w as enabled and w hich I just disabled any
input on that? I thought the fan w ould just run as needed w hen the processor and graphics chips get hot!

Thanks so much for your help I feel pretty proud of myself too my first time to take a laptop apart and put it back together and I
couldnt have done it w ithout your guide!

Ariel Dormeau August 28, 2014 |

Thank you so much, w ithout your help,it w as impossible.


Ariel from FRANCE.
Best Regards

Michelle August 29, 2014 |

W ow , I really shouldnt be looking at this. I now w ant to take apart both my laptops, nothing to fix but w ould be so cool!
Maybe next vacation!

Ed Massie Septem ber 16, 2014 |

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I had the same issue as Keith Baker. I disassembled this 4000 series laptop due to the palm rest being separated at the left hinge
and the screen died at the same time. Im doing the repair for a friend. The bottom shell is broken w here the screw for the hinge
mounted and the outside screw has broken through the case. I think they may have dropped it.

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Keith Baker August 27th, 2014 at 1:08 pm

One piece of feedback before step 18 you need to remove the 3 silver screw s in the battery compartment. They w ere not listed in
the guide above but w hen I got to step 18 I couldnt get the palm rest off and thats w hen I realized those screw s need to come out
too.

Mike O ctober 6, 2014 |

I had the exact same issue as a couple of others. Someone is having me fix a 4000 (4286dx) series w ith the a cracked case and the
bracket anchoring the left side of the screen ripped out of the case. The laptop w orked except for the video to the monitor. I w ent
through and took apart the monitor case and found that the video cable connecting to the back of the screen w as partially
disconnected.

I plugged it back in and it w orked. Protip just connect the pow er cable and the video cable to test the monitor w ithout having to
completely reassemble the laptop. The laptop w ill start w ithout a keyboard detected.

As for the case itself, the plastic anchor ripped completely out. It looks like a flaw in the design of the case because the air vent is in
betw een the vga and the corner and the other side of the laptop is solid. That being said, if youre going to drop the laptop, try not to
drop it directly on that corner.

There doesnt appear to be a legitimate w ay to fix the case once it has been broken. There w ould have to be some innovative jerry
rigging to get that bracket to open and close w ithout breaking again.

A couple of helpful tools for anyone else w ith this issue:

http://h10032.w w w 1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c02666747.pdf manual for 4000 series


The bottom half of the case is called a base enclosure. The part numbers are 615443-001 for silver finish 605345-001 for finishes
other than silver.

Geoff G O ctober 21, 2014 |

Ok, so Ive follow ed the instructions, stripped it dow n & it looks like I have the broken plastic for the hinge problem. Short of getting a
new base is there anything I can actually do about this? Also, if I just left it w ith the gaping hole in the casing w ould I totally screw up
the laptop if say, I just left the laptop open all the time?

IML Tech O ctober 26, 2014 |

@ Geoff G,

Short of getting a new base is there anything I can actually do about this?

If the base assembly is damaged youll have to replace it w ith a new one.

Also, if I just left it with the gaping hole in the casing would I totally screw up the laptop
if say, I just left the laptop open all the time?

No, you should be fine unless you spill something on it.

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Noman Rais Novem ber 13, 2014 |

W here is bluetooth card ???

Computerdesk Novem ber 17, 2014 |

A w ay I have dealt w ith the bottom casing flaw is if you have all the broken parts, try to super glue them in there original space. Let it
set good. Then take an epoxy glue, spread it all around the plastic parts. Let it set overnight and it should be good enough to mount
your screen and use all the screw s. It w ill continue to cure as you put it back together and start using it. Ive done this w ith more than
the DV7 4,000 series, saves the customer a lot of expense for something that w as the design fault of the casing.

jason9922 Decem ber 10, 2014 |

Thank you for posting these w alk throughs. Its really nice being able to look at you go through the w hole thing w ith detailed
instructions and pictures compared to just a black & w hite service manual w hich are usually hard to understand the pictures.

@Computerdesk Thats one good method but not very strong unless you have enough room to layer the composite about 4 times. I
instead use original, not plastic or quick cure, only ORIGINAL JB W eld. W hat I do is mix the activator at 60% to 40% steel (it w ill get
w arm). W earing pow dered latex gloves (or add some extra baby pow der) Ive rebuilt many broken hinge supports on many different
models of laptops (usually brand new ones w hen parts are impossible to find or insanely expensive). W hat I do is get a bunch of q-
tips w ith a little cup w ith rubbing alcohol, and after placing the JB-W ELD onto the bottom base, let it get a little stiff, then I use my
fingers covered in pow der to mold w hats broken or support w hats broken. Then after quickly putting on fresh gloves, I use Q-tips
soaked in rubbing alcohol to push and finish molding and forming the JB W ELD. Also they w ork great to remove any excess JB W ELD
that doesnt look stock. I usually throw the piece in my oven set at 90F for the rest of the night. Next day I carefully drill out holes for
screw s if there w ere any (start w ith a super small bit and w ork your w ay up to the size hole you need. If you w ant (I alw ays do to
make it look stock) I w ill touch up any rough spots in the steel hard JB W ELD w ith jew elry files ($$3.00 eBay) I also quickly take some
black matte craft paint and even put a couple coats of craft paint over the JB W ELD. W hen all said and done the repaired areas are
usually stronger than they w ere originally. Ive made a decent amount of money fixing brand new laptops (especially Toshibas) that
arent covered by w arranty using this exact method mostly because there are no replacement parts out there yet or if there are they
are crazy expensive. The last one I did this to w as a Toshiba and they only replacement base on the entire internet w as listed at
$200! Just for the empty plastic base. Just thought I w ould share my method. Hope this helps someone.

Robin M. January 4, 2015 |

Thank you for a magnificent tutorial. Your instructions are clear and easy to follow , your photos w ith marked locations of screw s and
connectors are perfect. I needed to remove the motherboard NOT to replace it but, rather, to be used onstage as a prop in a
professional theatre production. [ Id acquired a laptop that w as on its w ay to be recycled anyw ay ] I could never have figured out
how to access the motherboard w ithout your help. Thank you much.

Tammie January 30, 2015 |

Very helpful. I replaced the cable for the display and its w orking again. A certain repair service couldnt get the part and w anted to
replace other stuff that w as cosmetic. Ordered part through Amazon for $20 and fixed it myself. I w ork in IT, but in softw are, so this
w as my first laptop repair.

masum February 15, 2015 |

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masum February 15, 2015 |

My display shutter lock broken.How to repair?

Ania March 6, 2015 |

These are so useful, but unfortunately my model doesnt seem to have that D-shaped keyboard latch used to open it up I cant seem
to find any instructions w hatsoever online on how to open the keyboard w ithout it! Could any kind soul help please?

Mark March 17, 2015 |

I have an HP DV7-1020US and unfortunately it doesnt have the normal cheesy plastic bezel in the front like the hundreds of other
laptop screens Ive replaced. Instead, w hen you unscrew the tw o bottom screw s it allow s you to remove the top cover and everything
is done from the back of the LCD. The part w here Im stuck is that w ith this stupid model, there is a plastic/glass screen that is in front
of the lcd and its actually GLUED in place w ith standard strip tape that goes on all 4 sides. I have NO IDEA how to pry the LCD screen
apart from the front screen-bezel. Any ideas/suggestions/links Thanks.

IML Tech March 17, 2015 |

@ Mark,
Heres the service manual I w as able to find for HP dv7-1020us laptop.
http://h10032.w w w 1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c01918142
Display disassembly starts at the page 77.
If the front bezel blued to the screen, I guess you can use a hair dryer to w arm up the bezel and soften the adhesive.

Jim Durand March 18, 2015 |

W orked perfectly. Cleaned the fan and back together again in an hour. aw esome. I missed the step about the keyboard lock release
because I w as on the w rong model, but didnt matter, all good

Danny March 25, 2015 |

Thank you for the guide, I used it to disassemble the DV7-4165DX laptop because the left hinge keep on opening. I replace the
palmrest and assemble the laptop back together, but now there is a blue hue/tint. FYI, I can still see through the blue tint, its just the
blue covers over everything. Everything still w orks, the new touchpad, pow er button, etc. w ireless and everything w orks, but I dont
know w hat causes the Blue tint. Im about to take it off again, but I w onder if anyone know s the cause and fix for it.

Tom H May 5, 2015 |

Great instructions, thanks. I replaced my CPU fan on DV7t-4000. W ell w orth my $20 contribution via paypal.

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@ Tom H,
Thank you very much for your generous contribution.

rschwaag July 28, 2015 |

Thanks for the great instruction how to disassemble this type of notebook. W ithout this instruction it w ould be more or less
impossible.

First I had no video signal and I redisassembled the laptop and saw that the pin of the fan w as not plugged in for 100%, just for 90%.
After that everything is w orking and im happy w ith it!

Thanks so far,
rschw aag

Laptop User August 14, 2015 |

w ill the machine still w ork if the monitor is removed and everything else is put back together w ithout the monitor at all? just w ant to
use the computer and keyboard w ith a larger monitor
Thanks,

S S Ragte August 26, 2015 |

HP Pvilion DV6 series : Is there shortcut w ay : Kindly brief servicing sticky key board only; W ithout dissembling full laptop.

Lee O ctober 10, 2015 |

My Pavilion dv7 has been randomly shutting dow n both w hile Im using it and w hen I stop using it and sometimes makes groaning
sounds w hen I turn the machine back on. Ive babied this computer and no drops or damage and still has original tags as new . Does it
sound like the hard disk needs replacing? Or w hat? It is i7-3610QP model CPU 2.3Ghz 64bit open system. Thanks for suggestions

rob January 12, 2016 |

Update to step 15 and comment 6. The original link provided for the picture is dead. Managed to get it from the archive and
reuploaded it to 2 different hosts.
http://imgur.com/xMmgJ1A
http://postimg.org/image/rmb0rtfu5/

Ted Crosses March 5, 2016 |

Hi,
Thnxs very much for your excellent w ork. Very clear and good illustrations.
Together w ith all the hints and suggestions from the comments that came after your first publication of/on it.
Far better than all the BS stuff about cleaning fans videos etc. on youtube and HP support sites.
From your publication, I have made some kind of manual out of it just for my personal use, in case of, I have to go for it, then I could
use it as some kind of reference.
Have a nice day and keep up the good w ork.

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