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.
    • 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.

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

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • Remove all screws around the outside of the motherboard.

    • Pop the motherboard up, then gently remove it.

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    • Flip the motherboard over to find the power connection.

    • Remove the connection.

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Conclusion

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

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