In this post I explain how to completely disassemble a HP Pavilion dv6 laptop.
This guide will have two parts. In the first part (this post) I show how to remove all main laptop parts. In the second part I’ll explain how to take apart the display assembly and remove the screen.
UPDATE: I found that HP Pavilion dv6 have DIFFERENT body styles depending on the series. The disassembly guide on this page should fit HP Pavilion dv6-1000 and dv6-2000 models .
In my second take-apart guide I explain how to disassemble HP Pavilion dv6-6000 models.
In my third guide I explain how to disassemble HP Pavilion dv6-3000 and dv6-4000 models.
Replacement parts for HP Pavilion dv6 for USA visitors available here.
Before you start, make sure the computer is turned off and battery removed.
Loosen six screws securing the hard drive and memory covers.
One screw (green) also securing the DVD drive.
Remove both covers and pull the DVD drive out.
Lift up the hard drive assembly and disconnect hard drive cable from the motherboard.
Both memory module are located on the bottom.
You can remove both memory modules. I’ll leave them connected to the motherboard.
The CMOS battery located under the memory cover and can be easily removed/replaced without taking the whole thing apart.
Remove five screws (yellow) securing the switch cover.
Remove four screws (red) securing the keyboard.
Lift up one side of the switch cover and continue removing it with your fingers.
Be careful, the switch cover has two cables connected to the motherboard. You can see these cables on the next photo.
Move the switch cover towards the LCD so you can access three screws securing the keyboard.
Remove three keyboard screws.
Lift up the top side of the keyboard as it shown on the following photo.
Move the keyboard towards the LCD screen so you can access the cable connector underneath.
Before you remove the keyboard, you’ll have to unlock the connector and release the cable.
In order to unlock the keyboard connector, flip up the brown tab with your fingernail so it opens up at a 90 degree angle.
On the following photo the keyboard connector shown in the unlocked position.
Now you can pull the keyboard cable from the connector.
Remove the keyboard.
Disconnect two switch cover cables (I mentioned them in step 6) from the motherboard.
These connectors do not have locks. Simply pull each cable from the connector.
Remove the switch cover.
If you plan to remove the display panel, you’ll have to disconnect both antenna cables from the wireless card.
Remove one screw securing the wireless card and remove the card.
Disconnect two cables (one of them is video cable) from the motherboard.
Pull wireless card antenna cables though the opening in the bottom cover.
In order to disconnect the video cable simply pull it up by the black tab.
Remove four screws securing display hinges.
Lift up and remove the display assembly. In the next guide I’ll explain how to remove the LCD screen.
Remove all remaining screws from the bottom case.
One of the screws (green) located in the DVD drive bay.
Remove four screws securing the speaker assembly.
Disconnect speaker cable from the motherboard.
Lift up and remove the speaker assembly.
Remove five screws securing the top cover assembly.
Disconnect touchpad cable from the motherboard.
Start separating the top cover assembly from the laptop base.
Remove the top cover assembly.
Disconnect three cables from the motherboard.
In HP Pavilion dv6 models the DC jack is not soldered to the motherboard. The DC jack attached to a harness and can be easily replaced without soldering.
Remove one screw securing the motherboard. This screw located in the lower right corner of the motherboard.
Carefully lift up the right side of the motherboard.
Remove motherboard from the base assembly.
You’ll find the cooling fan assembly mounted on the other side of the motherboard.
Now you can clean the heat sink and fan.
Also you can replace the cooling fan assembly if it failed.