How to Disassemble and Dismantle a Compaq Presario 2500

Updated February 21, 2017

Disassembling your Compaq Presario 2500 seems like a daunting task initially, but with a little guidance, you can have it apart in no time. Learning how to disassemble your Compaq will allow you to replace any broken components and make any repairs yourself. Taking apart the laptop will also allow you to clean the cooling unit and fans to prevent your laptop from overheating. Just remember to move methodically.

Disconnect the power cord and remove any peripherals connected to your computer. Lay the laptop face down on a table. Remove the battery by sliding the battery release switch and sliding the battery out of the laptop base.

Loosen the captive screws on the memory cover, located in the rear left corner of the laptop. Remove the cover. Use your fingers to press the latches on the sides of the memory sticks outward and slide the sticks out of their sockets.

Located the mini-PCI card cover in the front centre of the laptop. Loosen the captive screw and remove the cover. Disconnect the wireless antenna cables from the card. Press the latches outward and slide the card out of the socket.

Locate the hard drive in the very front of the laptop. Just below the mini-PCI card slot are two rubber pads. Remove the pads and remove the screws underneath. Slide the hard drive out of the hard drive bay.

Flip the laptop over and remove any screws next to the display hinges. Two of the four screws hold the keyboard cover in place while the other two help hold the display panel in place. Open the laptop as far as it will go.

Use a flathead screwdriver to carefully pry up the keyboard cover, located above the keyboard. Lift the keyboard cover up and disconnect the speaker cables. Remove the cover. Remove the screws holding the speaker assembly in place and disconnect the speaker assembly cable from the motherboard. Remove the speaker assembly.

Remove the four screws holding the keyboard in place. Lift the keyboard up and disconnect the keyboard cable from the motherboard.

Remove the switchboard by removing the two screws that holds it in place. Disconnect the cable from the motherboard and lift the switchboard up to remove it.

Locate the optical drive on the right side of the laptop. Remove the two screws holding the optical drive in place. Press the back end of the optical drive to slide it out of the laptop base.

Remove the six screws holding the display panel in place. Remove the two screws holding the antenna cables in place and move the cables out of the way. Disconnect the display cable from the motherboard. Slide the display panel straight up to remove it from the laptop base.

Lay the laptop face down and remove the 16 remaining screws from the laptop base. Check the rear panel of the laptop to make sure you have removed all of the screws from it. Turn the laptop over and remove the last two screws. Lift the top cover off the laptop base and disconnect the touchpad cable from the motherboard to remove the top cover.

Remove the floppy drive by removing the four screws that hold the drive in place and the single screw that holds the drive bezel in place. Slide the drive and bezel out of the base.

Remove the CPU and cooling unit. Remove the four screws holding the cooling unit in place. Lift the unit up and disconnect the two fan cables from the motherboard. Unlock the CPU by turning the locking screw counter-clockwise until it clicks. Lift the CPU up by the edges to remove it.

Remove any remaining components attached to the motherboard and remove the screws holding the motherboard to the laptop base. Lift the motherboard up and out of the laptop base.


Opening your laptop will void your warranty, so do not attempt this if it is still under one. Always wear an electrostatic wrist band when working on your laptop to prevent static electricity from damaging the components.

Things You'll Need

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Electrostatic wrist band
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Michael Scott is a freelance writer and professor of justice studies at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is a former prosecutor. Scott has a J.D. from Emory University and is a member of the Utah State Bar. He has been freelancing since June 2009, and his articles have been published on and