How to Disassemble a Compaq Presario V6000

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How to Disassemble a Compaq Presario V6000
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Disassembling the Compaq Presario V6000 notebook computer is an extremely difficult procedure that should be done as carefully as possible if you want it to work after its assembled again. You pose a high risk of damaging the system through electrostatic shock to the hard drive and the motherboard, so make sure you either wear a wrist grounding strap or touch an unpainted metal object every now and then to get the static off your body. This job can take an hour or more, depending on how familiar you are with computer components, but with a good organizational system, you can get it done.

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Things you need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Paper clip

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Instructions

    Disassembling the V6000

  1. 1

    Back up all the important documents and files that are on the hard drive and shut down the system.

  2. 2

    Disconnect the power cable and all the cords and components running into the computer.

  3. 3

    Turn over the computer and remove the battery from the bay below the display hinge.

  4. 4

    Locate the hard drive compartment on the right side of the computer base, extract the two screws on the compartment cover and remove the cover.

  5. 5

    Lift the hard drive out of the bay by pulling up on the tab that's on top of it.

  6. 6

    Remove the rubber feet on the computer base.

  7. 7

    Locate the L-shaped memory module compartment to the left of the hard drive compartment and extract the three screws from the cover. Remove the cover.

  8. 8

    Spread the retainers on the sides of the memory module and it will pop up at an angle. Pull the module out of its port. If there are two modules, do the same to remove the second one.

  9. 9

    Locate the coin-cell battery (looks like a coin) in the bottom-left side of the memory module compartment, disconnect the cable on it and remove it from the compartment.

  10. 10

    Locate the Mini Card in the bottom-right side of the memory module compartment and disconnect the antenna cables on it.

  11. 11

    Extract the two screws on it and remove it from the compartment.

  12. 12

    Locate the optical drive on the left side of the base and extract the screw below the battery bay. Insert a paper clip into the optical drive release hole and the drive will pop out. Pull it out of its bay.

  13. 13

    Extract the two switch cover screws from the top-left and top-right corners of the base.

  14. 14

    Extract the three keyboard screws, two from inside the battery bay and one from between the top-right corner of the memory module compartment and the top-left corner of the hard drive compartment.

  15. 15

    Extract the eighteen top cover screws from the computer base. Nine are located along the left, right and bottom edges of the base; one is located in the middle of the hard drive compartment; six are found inside the battery bay; and the last two are found at the left of the coin-cell part of the memory module compartment.

  16. 16

    Turn the computer over and open the display.

  17. 17

    Flip the switch cover over the keyboard, disconnect the two cables on it and remove it from the computer.

  18. 18

    Lift the back of the keyboard, pull it toward the display and flip it over the palm rest. Disconnect the flat cable that connects it to the motherboard and take the keyboard off the computer.

  19. 19

    Locate the power button board at the top-left corner of the space vacated by the switch cover and the keyboard. Extract the screw on it and disconnect the three cables attached to it. Remove it from the computer.

  20. 20

    Disconnect the display cable from the left side of the switch cover space and take the antenna cables out of their channel that goes from the right side of the display to the middle of the computer.

  21. 21

    Extract the two screws from each display hinge and lift the display off the computer.

  22. 22

    Disconnect the two cables at the bottom-left corner of the keyboard space and the touchpad cable above the touchpad buttons.

  23. 23

    Extract the four top cover screws. Two are located at the top-left and top-right corners of the computer near the display hinges and two are found near the circular optical drive eye at the left side of the keyboard space (one at the lower-left side and one at the top-right side).

  24. 24

    Lift the top cover off the computer.

  25. 25

    Locate the audio board in the front of the computer where the audio ports are found and disconnect the cable on it. Extract the two screws on it and lift it off the motherboard.

    Disassembling the V6000, Continued...

  1. 1

    Locate the square-shaped Bluetooth module on top of the ExpressCard assembly at the right side of the computer and disconnect the cable on it. Extract the screws on it and remove it from the computer.

  2. 2

    Push in on the ExpressCard assembly and it will pop out. Remove it from the computer.

  3. 3

    Extract the four screws from the top of the ExpressCard assembly, pull it to the right to remove it from its port and lift it out of the computer.

  4. 4

    Locate the USB/power connector board at the top-right corner of the computer near the USB and power cable ports and extract the two screws on it.

  5. 5

    Disconnect the two cables on the USB/power connector board and remove it from the computer.

  6. 6

    Remove the USB/power connector cables from their channel.

  7. 7

    Extract the screws at the top-right and bottom-right corners of the motherboard.

  8. 8

    Lift the motherboard out of the computer by pulling up the right side first and then the left.

  9. 9

    Disconnect the fan cable from the motherboard, extract the four screws on the fan/heat sink assembly and lift the assembly off the motherboard.

  10. 10

    Locate the processor in the space vacated by the heat sink, twist the screw on it counterclockwise until it stops and lift the processor off the motherboard. Now the computer is completely disassembled.

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