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Background and identification ¶
HP started using this system chassis in 2015 on Intel and AMD systems. HP continues to use it to this very day for most new systems.
The quickest way to visually identify these systems is to look at the bottom of laptop and see there are no access panels, since this series doesn't have any for easy component access. This is true for both the Intel and AMD models.
Another way to identify this system is to check for a p after the screen size indicator. One example of this machine series is the 15-p263nr. The digits after the p designation will depend on the specs and processor brand, since HP does not use a catch all model number for their consumer grade machines.
One of the problems with this chassis is it is very easy to mix up with a model you would assume has access panels since the chassis is strikingly similar to models with actual serviceability. The only surefire way to avoid this machine if you will have a problem with the upgrade difficulty is to check for a RAM access panel and make 100% sure it's not one of these machines.
Repair difficulty ¶
The HP Pavilion 15 P series system requires a partial or complete teardown to access basic components.
Memory: Access to the memory requires motherboard access. In order to replace the memory, expect to do a complete system teardown.
Hard drive: The hard drive on the vast majority of these machines is also difficult to access. In order to access the hard drive you need to remove the palmrest and disconnect the flat flex that connects the headphone jack daughterboard to the motherboard.
Wireless card: The wireless card not only requires the palmrest to be removed, but it is also whitelisted. You not only need to remove the palmrest to access the wireless card, but it also has to be an HP approved module as well.
The Realtek card also appears to be a nonstandard module size, judging from how wide the screw holes are on the HP module, compared to a industry standard module, along with PCB size. It may not be possible to use other modules in the Realtek model.
HP has opted to make many components in this system unnecessarily difficult to replace. The vast majority of components are still upgradeable but HP made them hard to access to discourage users to upgrade the system. Newer models are likely to be nearly as bad as the example used in the device page.
Due to the general nature of this Device page, specs are not provided. To look up the specs of your system, search the model number online through HP or Google.