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Introduction

This guide will walk you through the process of replacing a broken motherboard in the HP Envy TouchSmart m7 k010dx.

  1. Turn your computer over so that the bottom is facing up. Slide the left black switch towards center. You should see an unlock image exposed to the left of switch if done correctly.
    • Turn your computer over so that the bottom is facing up.

    • Slide the left black switch towards center.

    • You should see an unlock image exposed to the left of switch if done correctly.

  2. Slide the right black switch towards center to release the battery. Slide the right black switch towards center to release the battery.
    • Slide the right black switch towards center to release the battery.

  3. Pivot the loose edge of the battery closes to you by pushing it toward the back of the computer. The battery should slide out freely.
    • Pivot the loose edge of the battery closes to you by pushing it toward the back of the computer.

    • The battery should slide out freely.

    • If battery is not pivoted before sliding out, you risk breaking interlocking tabs on the battery or computer.

  4. With the computer turned over use a nylon spudger to pry the rectangular pads off to reveal two hidden screws. Using a Phillips head #0 driver, remove the screw that is under the rubber pad as well as the other holding down the black corner plastic piece. Repeat for other side.
    • With the computer turned over use a nylon spudger to pry the rectangular pads off to reveal two hidden screws.

    • Using a Phillips head #0 driver, remove the screw that is under the rubber pad as well as the other holding down the black corner plastic piece.

    • Repeat for other side.

  5. Use a plastic opening tool to pop the corners off by wedging between casing. Do this for both legs as depicted in the picture.
    • Use a plastic opening tool to pop the corners off by wedging between casing. Do this for both legs as depicted in the picture.

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  7. Remove the screw near the center of the computer closest to the Beats logo. Use your fingernails to pull out the optical drive. It will have some resistance to start, but will come out easily afterwards. Use your fingernails to pull out the optical drive. It will have some resistance to start, but will come out easily afterwards.
    • Remove the screw near the center of the computer closest to the Beats logo.

    • Use your fingernails to pull out the optical drive. It will have some resistance to start, but will come out easily afterwards.

  8. Using a JIS #000 screwdriver, remove the two screws that were revealed when the optical drive was removed. Use a Phillips #0 driver to remove all screws that are visible on the bottom.
    • Using a JIS #000 screwdriver, remove the two screws that were revealed when the optical drive was removed.

    • Use a Phillips #0 driver to remove all screws that are visible on the bottom.

    • There is an oval tab near the center of the laptop, use a nylon spudger to wedge it free to reveal another Phillips #0 screw.

  9. Open up the laptop and set it down normally. Use a credit card or spudger to wedge between the top and bottom keyboard casing. Slide the card all the way around the laptop, making sure to pop free all tabs.
    • Open up the laptop and set it down normally.

    • Use a credit card or spudger to wedge between the top and bottom keyboard casing.

    • Slide the card all the way around the laptop, making sure to pop free all tabs.

  10. Place the computer on the backside of the screen, so that the bottom of it is pointing up into the air. You may want to place a rag over the screen so that if the front panel touches it while being removed, no damage is caused.
    • Place the computer on the backside of the screen, so that the bottom of it is pointing up into the air.

    • You may want to place a rag over the screen so that if the front panel touches it while being removed, no damage is caused.

    • Carefully begin to separate the top case from the bottom case, as if you are opening it like a book from the edge nearest the touch pad.

  11. The two panels are connected with 4 flexible electrical ribbon strips. Begin by removing the two strips nearest to the opening. The ribbon strips have a locking tab that will need to be disengaged prior to removal. Picture 3 shows the tab unlocked The ribbon strips have a locking tab that will need to be disengaged prior to removal. Picture 3 shows the tab unlocked
    • The two panels are connected with 4 flexible electrical ribbon strips. Begin by removing the two strips nearest to the opening.

    • The ribbon strips have a locking tab that will need to be disengaged prior to removal. Picture 3 shows the tab unlocked

  12. With the two panels now separated, you can see the other two strips towards the back of the computer. Once all are unplugged, carefully remove the top case.
    • With the two panels now separated, you can see the other two strips towards the back of the computer.

    • Once all are unplugged, carefully remove the top case.

  13. There is a series of tabs that hold ribbon strips around the outside of the motherboard. Remove all of the tabs as you did when removing the front panel.
    • There is a series of tabs that hold ribbon strips around the outside of the motherboard. Remove all of the tabs as you did when removing the front panel.

    • To disconnect the 3 plugs, use your fingernails or the spudger to pry them free.

    • Some of these connections may be covered with tape that will need to be removed to gain access to the tab.

  14. In the top right of the motherboard is the wireless card, which is separate from the motherboard. Remove the one screw on it and unplug the two antennae, then pop it up and pull it out gently. Remove the one screw on it and unplug the two antennae, then pop it up and pull it out gently.
    • In the top right of the motherboard is the wireless card, which is separate from the motherboard.

    • Remove the one screw on it and unplug the two antennae, then pop it up and pull it out gently.

  15. Remove all screws around the outside of the motherboard.
    • Remove all screws around the outside of the motherboard.

    • Pop the motherboard up, then gently remove it.

  16. Flip the motherboard over to find the power connection. Remove the connection. Remove the connection.
    • Flip the motherboard over to find the power connection.

    • Remove the connection.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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