The warranty on your HP Pavilion DV2000 is expired, and there is something wrong with your hardware. Maybe the screen flickers in and out. Maybe the fan isn't working right. What do you do? Pay the "experts" hundreds of dollars to diagnose the problem? Instead, you should figure it out for yourself. If you have some technical knowledge, like to tinker and have a high risk-tolerance, you can attempt to disassemble the HP Pavilion DV2000 following the steps below.
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Things you need
- Small set of Philips head screwdrivers
Prepare a clear workstation. Turn off the Pavilion DV2000 and remove all power components including the power cord and the battery. Also remove any peripheral attachments like USB devices.
Turn the HP Pavilion upside down and unscrew all the screws. Try to keep them separate by size so you can put them back in the same spot when you are ready to reassemble.
Remove the hard drive and memory modules by pulling up on the rectangular compartments. The memory is located in the central compartment, and the hard drive is on the side.
Turn the laptop back over and remove the keyboard and power panel/media touch pad. Carefully pry the power panel up with a piece of plastic near the power button on the left side. Pull back the keyboard to reveal the connections. Disconnect the connections by carefully pulling on the tabs with your thumb and forefinger. If they are tight, wiggle back and forth while pulling to loosen.
Remove the screws that were underneath the power pack/media touch pad. Carefully pry up the top casing and set it aside.
Detach all visible connections to the motherboard by pulling gently on them and wiggling if stuck. Gently pull up from the right side of the motherboard and remove. The HP Pavillion DV2000 is now fully disassembled.
Tips and warnings
- Taking apart a computer is not a small or simple task. Plan to spend at least an hour getting all the screws out and taking the components apart.
- Computers contain many electronic components that are sensitive to electrostatic discharge (ESD). Touch a metal object away from the computer to discharge any potential static electricity before attempting any computer repair.
- Unless you are confident that you know what you are doing, taking apart your HP may not be a good idea. Computer connections and components are fragile and can be easily damaged.
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