Tools Featured in this Teardown

Introduction

The motherboard died on this laptop so I thought, good enough excuse for a teardown?

Yup.

This guide should help you, regardless of whether you need to replace memory or the entire LCD.

This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your HP Pavilion dv6000, use our service manual.

Image 1/2: Image 2/2:
  • Remove the battery. If not removed, current electric charge may cause damage and/or shock.

Add Comment

Image 1/2: Remove the 5 screws from the battery compartment Image 2/2: Remove the 5 screws from the battery compartment
  • Remove the 15 screws around the under body, set aside.

    • Remove the 5 screws from the battery compartment

Add Comment

Image 1/3: Remove the mini-pci wireless card and memory, place in an anti-static bag. Image 2/3: Remove the mini-pci wireless card and memory, place in an anti-static bag. Image 3/3: Remove the mini-pci wireless card and memory, place in an anti-static bag.
  • Loosen the two screws from the memory shield and lift off

    • Remove the mini-pci wireless card and memory, place in an anti-static bag.

Add Comment

Image 1/3: Lift out the hard drive by grasping the plastic tab and pulling gently.  Place in an anti-static bag. Image 2/3: Lift out the hard drive by grasping the plastic tab and pulling gently.  Place in an anti-static bag. Image 3/3: Lift out the hard drive by grasping the plastic tab and pulling gently.  Place in an anti-static bag.
  • Remove the two screws from the hard drive shield and lift off.

    • Lift out the hard drive by grasping the plastic tab and pulling gently. Place in an anti-static bag.

Add Comment

Image 1/1:
  • Remove the one keyboard-branded screw in the memory compartment, and the one screw from the hard drive compartment.

Add Comment

Image 1/3: Remove the 3 screws exposed by removing the drive Image 2/3: Remove the 3 screws exposed by removing the drive Image 3/3: Remove the 3 screws exposed by removing the drive
  • Use an unbent paper clip or some other stiff wire-type tool to poke in the tiny hole in the cd tray, and grasping the tray firmly, pull slowly out of the laptop.

    • Remove the 3 screws exposed by removing the drive

Oh I forgot to mention I got a new motherboard for 100 and it's working again:)

tabormeister - Reply

Quote from tabormeister:

Oh I forgot to mention I got a new motherboard for 100 and it's working again:)

Be extra 110% sure to update the BIOS on that thing ASAP to keep it from happening again! The dying motherboard is a problem that plagues _all_ AMD-based HP dvx000's that haven't had their BIOS updated. Go to HP's site, enter your full model number (e.g. dv6258se - check the white sticker on the bottom), and look for a BIOS update. That'll help to prevent the problem in the future, but be sure to keep the heat sink clean!

Matt Falcon - Reply

Quote from Matt Falcon:

Be extra 110% sure to update the BIOS on that thing ASAP to keep it from happening again! The dying motherboard is a problem that plagues _all_ AMD-based HP dvx000's that haven't had their BIOS updated. Go to HP's site, enter your full model number (e.g. dv6258se - check the white sticker on the bottom), and look for a BIOS update. That'll help to prevent the problem in the future, but be sure to keep the heat sink clean!

Oh dude, definitely did that already 1st thing after I put it back together. I just checked again to be extra sure.

and as for the heatsink...it's got Arctic MX-2 on it, so I don't see how it could be overheating, though it does generally run in the upper 70's (laptop cooling fans I blame).

tabormeister - Reply

Quote from mac4life:

use your optical drive and harddrive in enclosures

No need, sir! the laptop again lives. I might update the teardown with pictures of it running.

tabormeister - Reply

Quote from mac4life:

did you put 7 on it?

I will eventually, but Vista is acceptable for now.

tabormeister - Reply

Quote from mac4life:

what version

Home Premium. it's decent with service pack 2.

tabormeister - Reply

Is there a wire with the cd player and can it be replaced after this step

saadrana2003 - Reply

Quote from saadrana2003:

Is there a wire with the cd player and can it be replaced after this step

What exactly do you mean? ...wire?

also, which step?

tabormeister - Reply

Quote from tabormeister:

What exactly do you mean? ...wire?

also, which step?

Regarding step 6... I can not fully understand how the cd player is connected to the rest of the frame .

saadrana2003 - Reply

Quote from saadrana2003:

Regarding step 6... I can not fully understand how the cd player is connected to the rest of the frame .

Ahh!

It doesn't have a wire or anything, there's a connector that plugs right in when you push the unit in, when you pull it out it...well, it pulls right out. no need to disconnect anything but the screws, just pull it out.

tabormeister - Reply

Image 1/2: Unclip the three cables connecting the bezel to the laptop, lift away. Image 2/2: If you are struggling to get the bezel disconnected try closing the laptop and flipping it over. I did this and when I opened it again the bezel disconnected by itself.
  • Pop off the bezel closest to the screen, taking care not to damage the delicate ribbon cables underneath.

    • Unclip the three cables connecting the bezel to the laptop, lift away.

    • If you are struggling to get the bezel disconnected try closing the laptop and flipping it over. I did this and when I opened it again the bezel disconnected by itself.

Add Comment

Image 1/3: Image 2/3: Image 3/3:
  • Lift up the back of the keyboard and slide it slowly towards the screen. Unclip the ribbon cable near the touchpad. Set the keyboard aside.

Add Comment

Image 1/3: A. Remove the screw on the left that holds the clip down, unclip it. Image 2/3: B. Remove the four screws at the base of the screen, and lift out, taking care with the antenna wires on the right. Image 3/3: C. Thread them out of the clips, towards the touchpad.  You can then pull them through the board, checking on the bottom to make sure they’re free.
  • Time to take off the screen.

    • A. Remove the screw on the left that holds the clip down, unclip it.

    • B. Remove the four screws at the base of the screen, and lift out, taking care with the antenna wires on the right.

    • C. Thread them out of the clips, towards the touchpad. You can then pull them through the board, checking on the bottom to make sure they’re free.

Add Comment

Image 1/3: Remove the three screws from the top of the touchpad bezel. Image 2/3: Remove the three screws from the top of the touchpad bezel. Image 3/3: Remove the three screws from the top of the touchpad bezel.
  • Remove the screw on the right, and remove the back bezel.

  • Remove the three screws from the top of the touchpad bezel.

Add Comment

Image 1/3: Unclip this clip and lift off the touchpad bezel Image 2/3: The two ribbon cables in the third image (one I took out before taking the picture) are simply seated in their clips, you will need to apply some force to get them out, just be careful to apply it straight away from the clips. Image 3/3: The two ribbon cables in the third image (one I took out before taking the picture) are simply seated in their clips, you will need to apply some force to get them out, just be careful to apply it straight away from the clips.
  • Remove the two standoffs on the bottom (5mm socket)

  • Unclip this clip and lift off the touchpad bezel

  • The two ribbon cables in the third image (one I took out before taking the picture) are simply seated in their clips, you will need to apply some force to get them out, just be careful to apply it straight away from the clips.

Add Comment

Image 1/3: Remove these three screws, and then these clips, (you can get at them better after you remove the screws, and the larger of the two should come apart first) and lift the board away from the shell, taking care with the audio jack cable. Image 2/3: Remove these three screws, and then these clips, (you can get at them better after you remove the screws, and the larger of the two should come apart first) and lift the board away from the shell, taking care with the audio jack cable. Image 3/3: Remove these three screws, and then these clips, (you can get at them better after you remove the screws, and the larger of the two should come apart first) and lift the board away from the shell, taking care with the audio jack cable.
  • Remove these four screws, and pull the express card module away from the motherboard.

  • Remove these three screws, and then these clips, (you can get at them better after you remove the screws, and the larger of the two should come apart first) and lift the board away from the shell, taking care with the audio jack cable.

Add Comment

Image 1/3: Heatsink-there are four screws to remove and the clip, and it simply lifts off. The processor comes out by turning this switch to the unlock position. Quite an easy last step. Image 2/3: Heatsink-there are four screws to remove and the clip, and it simply lifts off. The processor comes out by turning this switch to the unlock position. Quite an easy last step. Image 3/3: Heatsink-there are four screws to remove and the clip, and it simply lifts off. The processor comes out by turning this switch to the unlock position. Quite an easy last step.
  • You can now unclip the audio jack cable.

  • Heatsink-there are four screws to remove and the clip, and it simply lifts off. The processor comes out by turning this switch to the unlock position. Quite an easy last step.

You might want to unscrew both the power/USB connector board and the sound socket boards as it is easier not to disconnect them and they come away with the motherboard nicely. Replace them and guide the cables prior to reinserting the motherboard.

Brian T - Reply

Image 1/1:
  • Voila! This layout is without disassembling the heat sink, but I feel it’s adequate. To reassemble, simply reverse the steps in this guide. Good luck!

Add Comment

tabormeister

Member since: 12/04/2009

1,921 Reputation

2 Guides authored

5 Comments

Any idea who manufactures the touch sensitive strip and where to get a replacement?

cvisprogrammer - Reply

NIs anybody still connected to this article? My laptop stopped working quite some years ago now, and I can't remember what the problem was, I only remember that at the time I found that it was a known HP problem, being sorted stateside not in the UK!! Anyway I wasn't on with a desktop, (Apple) but now again need to run Windows, so am hoping to get this machine working, a source of components might also be helpful.

THanks in advance

B Turner

Turner39 - Reply

A quite common problem with this range and age of Dv6 laptops is that they generate a lot of heat and desolder the gpu from the motherboard. I had mine fixed twice under warranty, now it is basically unusable.

It will load windows but as soon as you put any load on the gpu it heats up far too quickly and it will shutdown.

Jared Turner -

Well, I cant say about your machine, however, my machine is purchased in 2008 and is still like new. The performance is same as the day 1 when I bought it in 2008. The only reason I am going for a macbook now is because now I have started feeling weight of this laptop after handling macbook air or for that matter dell xps 13 or x1 carbon or T460s. I dont wish to but I will have to let go off this master piece. let me know if you need this laptop for your research purpose. there's lot that can be done on this laptop hardware, but I don't have that much time to put on it. 9 years and still counting on. It still gives tough competition in looks as I have maintained it very delicately.

shorabji ssp - Reply

I have the same exact model and had it since 2008 roughly. I do not know anything about computers, let alone The internal components. Planned on recycling this computer and was 30 seconds away from using my Incredible Hulk strength to bust it apart.

Decided to Google how to disassemble the same exact computer and this forum popped up. Not only was it super ridiculously easy to take apart, but I actually enjoyed it as well. Just wanted to commend the author on a job very well done. The pictures along with the locations marked in red made it extremely easy and helpful!!

Jon Oneill - Reply

Add Comment

View Statistics:

Past 24 Hours: 5

Past 7 Days: 69

Past 30 Days: 359

All Time: 111,024