In this guide I explain how to disassemble a Compaq Presario v6000 series laptop.
Most likely this guide will work for some other Compaq Presario models.
Let’s take it apart step-by-step.
Turn it off, unplug the AC adapter and remove the battery.
Remove three (yellow) screws securing the power switch cover.
Remove three more (green) screws securing the keyboard.
Start removing the power switch cover as it shown on the picture below.
Be careful, there is a cable under the cover connecting the LED board to the motherboard.
Do not move the cover too far.
That’s the cable I was talking about.
Now you can lift up the keyboard and access the cable connector underneath.
The cable connector has to be unlocked before you pull the cable.
In order to unlock the connector, you’ll have to move the brown clip about 2 millimeters into the direction shown by two arrows. The brown clip must stay attached to the white connector base.
On the picture below the connector is shown in the unlocked position.
Now you can pull the cable and remove the keyboard.
Disconnect the LED board cable from the motherboard.
Remove the power switch cover.
Remove one screw securing the CD/DVD drive.
Push the CD/DVD drive from the case with a screwdriver and remove the drive.
Remove screws securing the hard drive and memory covers.
Remove both covers.
Lift up the right side of the hard drive to disconnect it from the motherboard.
Remove the hard drive assembly.
Remove the memory module.
Disconnect two antenna cables form the wireless card (green arrows). Remove two screws securing the wireless card. Remove the wireless card from the laptop.
Also, you can access and remove the CMOS (RTC) battery here.
Remove all screws from the bottom. Do not forget three screws in the CD/DVD drive compartment (red circles) and one screw in the hard drive compartment (green circle).
Remove two hex studs found on the left side from the Wi-Fi card slot.
Pull the wireless card antenna cable through the opening in the top cover.
Disconnect the power switch board cable from the motherboard.
Remove four screws securing display hinges.
Disconnect the LCD cable. You’ll find this connector close to the left hinge.
After I disconnected the LCD cable, I found that there is one more cable running from the display panel to the power switch board.
It’s easier to disconnect the cable from the power switch board if you remove the board first.
Remove one screw securing the power switch board, lift up the board and turn it over.
Now you can unplug the cable.
Put the power switch board back in place.
Remove the display panel assembly from the laptop.
Remove four screws securing the top cover assembly.
Disconnect the touch pad cable from the motherboard.
Start separating the top cover assembly from the laptop base.
Continue removing the top cover assembly.
As a case cracker I’m using a guitar pick.
Insert the guitar pick between the top cover assembly and base and move slowing along the side. This will help to release hidden latches.
The top cover assembly removed.
Remove six screws securing the motherboard assembly.
Lift up the right side of the motherboard and disconnect the PC card slot.
Remove the motherboard from the base. Do not forget to disconnect the audio board cable on the front.
Turn the motherboard upside down and disconnect two more cables underneath.
Those are the power cable and USB cable.
Remove the motherboard from the base completely.
The base without the motherboard installed.
Loosen five screws securing the heat sink assembly.
Disconnect the cooling fan cable from the motherboard.
Lift up the cooling module assembly.
Now you can access the processor (CPU).