Introduction

Disassembly to clean dust from the fan and heat sink.

  1. Power off and unplug the laptop.
    • Power off and unplug the laptop.

    • Then, remove the battery. Move the switch in the direction indicated, take the battery out, and set aside.

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  2. Loosen the two screws indicated (they won't come out all the way).
    • Loosen the two screws indicated (they won't come out all the way).

    • Take your spudgering tool and release the plastic clips, starting at the top. There are no clips on the left side, just tabs.

    • Lift and remove to the upper right, in order to release the tabs.

    My Notebook 2000 does not have the two screws in the location shown in the picture. There are screws around the edges. Do I have a different model and a different way to doing step #2 ?

    Thanks!

    Wonder Woman - Reply

    • Slide the hard drive to the left, clear of the SATA connectors and lift it out.

    • If you're having difficulty removing the hard drive, insert your spudger into the gap and gently ease the hard drive away from the SATA connectors.

    • Remove the screw that holds the optical drive in and slide the drive out.

    • Remove the screw that helps hold the keyboard in.

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    • Move the two tabs outward to release the RAM stick, then pull it out. Repeat for the other stick.

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    • 9 plastic clips secure the keyboard.

    • Detail of a clip.

    • To release the clips, push them in with a screwdriver or similar tool, while lifting the keyboard up. The first few clips are the hardest.

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    • The keyboard is still attached to the laptop by a cable. Use caution when lifting the keyboard away.

    • To seperate, gently pull the black part up so it's vertical. Then pull the cable out.

    It is not clear how to do it (absence pictures), but it

    is a critical step and could be easily mishandles causing

    connector permanently damaged.

    That happened far too often.

    In some following steps for ribbon cable disconnecting,

    you references to that step, but connectors do not look

    like the keyboard connector.

    Looking forward to get better explanation.

    Thanks,

    Anthony

    Anthony Pek - Reply

    Hi Anthony,

    The ribbon connectors are all the same in principal, they just vary in size - the others are much smaller than the keyboard ribbon.

    Lift up the black notch from the side the ribbon enters the connection, remove ribbon. When replacing the ribbon ensure they are inserted flush then replace the black connector by clipping it back on top of the ribbon.

    HelpingHand -

    • Remove all of the indicated screws.

      • Note that these screws are smaller than the ones indicated with red circles.

      • The screw on the right is hidden under a rubber plug. Remove the plug with a pointy object such as a push pin, then remove the screw.

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    • Disconnect these cables in the same way you disconnected the keyboard cable.

    • Also remove the six screws labeled "M2.5x4".

    Where are the M2.5x4 screws in the pic? I think they should be circled.

    hmm778 - Reply

    • The top of the laptop is held on by plastic clips. Take your guitar pick/butter knife/opening tool and start undoing the clips. It's usually easiest to start at the gap where the optical drive was located.

    • During re-assembly, be careful not to pinch the display cable in the upper left corner of the laptop.

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    • Open your laptop screen to its widest extent and prop it against something. This will help with the laptop being top-heavy.

    • Detach the cables from the wifi card, noting the numbers on the cables and which ports they were plugged into.

    • Unplug the display cable on the left side. First, partly peel the tape away, then use a screwdriver to help detach the cable. There are small tabs on each side to help.

    How do you remove the LCD panel inside the screen?

    j123white - Reply

    • Remove these screws on the left side to detach the hinge.

      • Remember to put the cable back under the screw when you reassemble!

    • Remove these screws on the right side.

    • Lift the display assembly away and set it aside.

    • When reassembling, these screws can't be tightened all the way. Just make them snug.

    Which cable and the pic doesn’t show the cable under any screw?

    hmm778 - Reply

    • Unplug the speakers and lift them both out.

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    • Turn the laptop over and unscrew the wireless card. It will pop up, as the RAM did. Slide it out and set it aside.

    • Near the upper right corner back on the top of the laptop, unplug the cable for the USB port by raising the black part. Then unplug the power cable by pulling it out.

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    • On the bottom of the laptop, remove this screw, then lift the left side of the SATA assembly straight up to disconnect it from the motherboard. Remove and set aside.

    • Unscrew these three screws, then move the assembly to the right to disconnect it from the motherboard.

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    • Remove these three screws and move the motherboard to the right to lift it out of the frame.

    • The cooling assembly. Use compressed air to blow all the dust out! I wouldn't recommend removing the CPU heat sink unless you have thermal paste handy to reapply.

    Had a great deal of trouble extracting these three screws (marked M2x3). Ended up stripping them all and had to drill them out.

    William Vesey - Reply

    Very well done! The one I'm fixing is a slightly different model but the instructions were the bomb. Perfect!

    Pete Gannon - Reply

    Dude, instructions are far from perfect!

    hmm778 -

    Danke. Die Anleitung ist wirklich gut. Der Laptop wird nicht mehr heiß. Ich brauchte doch viel Mut. Der HP ist aber auch nicht sehr Verbraucher freundlich konfiguriert.

    Dagmar Ulrich - Reply

    These models tend to overheat and the OEM thermal paste dries out over time. Unfortunately, there’s too many steps and screws involved. It’s easy to screw up. For those who say this is a perfect instructional step, it’s not. It’s not showing the location of M2.5x4 screws and a few other steps. Plus, we are not shown how the heatsink and cpu look.

    There’s no instructions on how to take disassemble the heatsink and CPU. Afterall, that’s really the point of taking the laptop apart…to clean up the old paste/residue and reapply some arctic silver or other similar thermal paste.

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Conclusion

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

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after cleaning and put it back , now my laptop can't start

quahoangkimno01 - Reply

If you took reasonable precautions against static electricity, you probably forgot to connect one of the cables.

Patrick -

This guide was unbelievably useful, my G6 was heating up to 80+ degrees under light loads and turning off due to overheating, I was about to write it off, thought I might as well try this.

Once you get to the last step, it is possible to partly remove the fan (it stays attached at one corner) and clean out the gap between the fan and the bladed thing that looks like a barber's hair clipper.

That for me was full of a thick cake of dust, now that's gone the computer stays at 50+ degrees, and the battery life is massively improved (I was getting about 20 minutes due to the fan) and the fan is no longer louder than the speakers. Thanks uploader!

Jack Daniels - Reply

Absolutely amazing instructions! Better than the videos out there because the detail is so precise and easy to follow!

kellyjmahoney - Reply

This is horrifying. But thank you.

Dweed - Reply

Well put together guide. I found it easier to just leave the speakers in the chassis. For my needing to replace the thermal compound purposes I didn't need to remove the hing screws, but other than that it was very useful. Thanks

Isaac - Reply

thanks i was trying this without instructions and got stuck at the keyboard clips . i didn't even think of static protection .one question . my screen is busted so I use an external display .some times when I power up its difficult to switch screens and type my password . so can i leave the busted screen unplugged when I reassemble ?

Jimmy Miller - Reply

after cleaning fan,switched on,black screen,opened and re-checked 3 times..still black screen

COL - Reply

Make sure you've not severed or damaged the display cable, and that it is properly plugged in.

Patrick -

After reassembly, my laptop powers up. No display and beeps in sets of three.

teezbeez - Reply

Check and make sure your memory modules are seated properly and that they are in the correct slots. http://support.hp.com/ca-en/document/c03...

Patrick -

Excellent guide. But could you explain or include a picture of what spudgering tool is or looks like? Thank you.

Vincent Donatacci - Reply

A spudger is an antistatic prying and prodding tool, I added it to the tools list, and you can find a better description on its product page =)

Sam Lionheart -

Thank you so very much for making this tutorial! My laptop now works like a stalking cheetah(before it was a wild gorilla). You made this possible. Your instructions were precise and intuitive. Lots of love to you!

Vinay Pillay - Reply

Thank you so much for this tutorial, it was so straightforward and easy to follow, and the photos were likewise really clear and helpful. My fan's not working even after cleaning, haha, but nonetheless I'm really happy that my laptop survived being taken apart and put back together!

Kaye - Reply

Hi. Thanks for instructions. I managed to clean the fan it's perfect now and sounds like new ( not like a taking of plane) but now my screen is black and Caps Lock flashing. What did I do to it?

Thanks

Marie Ax - Reply

Thanks for the guide. It wasn't very difficult, got the fan cleaned out and new thermal paste on and it doesn't sound like a jet engine anymore. They sure make it more difficult than necessary to clean the laptops!

Clayton Boyle - Reply

How did you change the paste? Did you order some?

Aditya Putatunda -

It actually is very difficult. I tried on a dead G6. I wish people would stop misleading others online. It’s like saying running a 40 mile marathon was easy. It might be easy for some, but the majority it’s not.

hmm778 -

I fxxk up the header clip of the power button!! Can it be fixed?

Ming Lee - Reply

After the reassembly I could not get access to the wifi card, where could I have gone wrong

Mercique xD - Reply

Did you ensure you connected the cables in the right order?

Patrick -

Excellent set of instructions. My G6 was a little different to the pictures shown but nevertheless, job completed and laptop works perfectly. Thanks for your help.

Andy Bennett - Reply

after following the process and booting the laptop has no display and the fan sound a lot what could be the problem plz

JULIUS NGANGA - Reply

Got as far as the display cable and chickened out as no obvious way to pull it out without ripping the thin wires. It was far enough though to clean around the fan and blow the muck out the heat sink. Reversed the instructions and it works and its quiet now. Very useful. Thanks.

mark_1958 - Reply

Yeah, it's not the most obvious. IIRC I detached it it using a small slot screwdriver. Alternate between sides, gently and gradually prying it loose.

Patrick -

I just opened parts and about to clean hope everything goes well

praveen yadav - Reply

How did it go?

Victoria Chou -

My fan still isn't working it keeps cutting off. The copper thing looks a little singed.

Rain - Reply

Awesome tutorial! Thank you so much! ^_^

xela245121 - Reply

My touchscreen doesnt work pls help

ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ ΜΑΝΤΑΣ - Reply

Great instructions but unbelievable how much disassembly is required just to blow out dust, which should be done frequently!

Conwell Boccia - Reply

Oh this is definitely not something you need to do often. Spraying canned air inside the vents should suffice. This is more of a deep clean tutorial - something you'd do once a year or less, depending on where you live.

Patrick -

Oh this is definitely not something you do every time. Spraying canned air into the vents should suffice. This is a deep clean tutorial. I do this about once a year (may vary more or less depending where you live)

Patrick -

Fan cleaned and now working again, thank you

peter roche - Reply

My G6 - 2026tx Have a wifi issue. It’s not connected in first time. After several power cycles it connect. some times I use dongle in few minutes & reconnect wifi, then only it connects. Please help.

Laksha Maniyamgama - Reply

My G6 -2027tx have wifi issue. It’s not connect in once, need to reboot several times to connect. Sometimes I connect Broad band Dongle few minites & reconnect wifi then it’s connected. Please help

Laksha Maniyamgama - Reply

I have same issue. I have to reboot. My guess is this is a mobo issue. I vow never to buy HP again.

hmm778 -

I wanna know how to apply new cooling paste please

dslemas - Reply

Please let us know how to reapply cooling paste.

otherwise it was a great guide.

dslemas - Reply

Yeah, typical half-ass instructions online. That’s why I hate youtube videos and tutorials. There’s always crucial steps missing.

hmm778 -

Great Guide! This Will Help Someone Soon!

Maxim James - Reply

Couldn't have done it without the guide.

Robert Grimard - Reply

I can't put the back cover back on properly

Jay - Reply

Great Guide for dissembling. I have cleaned the dust and assembled everything. My laptop power is On, but the display couldn’t come. Where should I check? I have checked everything thrice and everything looks good.

Vinaya Sandela - Reply

Go back to step 10 and make sure the display cable is firmly seated

Patrick -

while taking it apart I took a look at the motherboard and cpu and I saw there is a piece of thick clear square plastic sticking out in between my cpu and the heatsinc I tried looking it up but could come up with nothing does anybody else have this piece sticking out

david.stofast - Reply

Great guide even though my G6 layout is different but it worked. I have to take it apart today as well, because after putting it all back together, now the laptop won’t turn on. I prob. forgot to connect a cable, I hope.

PsychoDad39 - Reply

As I commented in the problem areas where there needs to be further clarification/visuals, the instructions are good; however, a lot is still missing especially the key part about removing the heatsink and fan to reapply the thermal paste. The paste wears out over time and must be reapplied every 3-5 years. There is a lot of effort here and risk especially damaging existing parts, stripping of screws, not having the right tools (which should also be listed) but are not.

For me, I’m going to take my laptop to a computer store who will do the work for me. To all those who were successful with the teardown, kudos.

hmm778 - Reply

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