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Introduction

Replacement of the motherboard for the HP Pavilion 15-ab165us.

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    • Flip the computer over so that the bottom cover is facing you.

    • Slide the two locks to the "unlock" position and remove the battery.

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    • Remove the two 8mm screws underneath with a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

    • Use a plastic opening tool to remove the plastic feet.

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    • Remove the two plastic tabs with a metal spudger.

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    • Remove the sixteen 8mm screws that hold the bottom cover with a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

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    • Pull the Optical Drive out.

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    • Remove the 3mm screws that were hidden under the Optical Drive with a Phillips #0 screwdriver.

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    • Flip the computer back over.

    • Use a plastic opening tool to release the clips holding the keyboard section in place.

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    • Close the lid and pull the screen and keyboard section up and away from the disconnected bottom cover.

    • The hard drive is NOT screwed into place on the underside of the keyboard section.

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    • Locate the motherboard.

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    • Disconnect the wire connected to the Wifi card.

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    • Disconnect the speakers.

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    • Unlock and disconnect cables attached to the motherboard that connect to the display.

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    • Unlock and remove the cable connected to the optical drive.

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    • Unlock and remove the cable that connects to the hard drive.

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    • Unlock and remove the cables connected to the keyboard.

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    • Remove the 4mm screws holding the motherboard in place with a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

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    • Remove the 4mm screws holding the motherboard in place with a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

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    • Disconnect the fan pins.

    • Lift up to remove the fan.

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    • Release motherboard from the clip at the base of the hard drive.

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    • Lift the motherboard up and flip it around to reveal the cable connected on the underside.

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    • Unlock and disconnect the cable connected to the underside of the motherboard.

    • Pull the motherboard out of the chassis.

Conclusion

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

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