Today I will take apart an HP Compaq 2710p Tablet PC. I will explain how to access both memory modules, remove the hard drive and replace the keyboard.
RAM, HDD and some other components can be accessed from the door on the bottom of the notebook.
Turn it off and remove the battery before you start taking it apart.
Remove six screws securing the cover and remove the cover.
Under the cover you’ll find both memory modules, hard drive, WLAN (wireless LAN) module and WWAN (Wireless Wide Area Network) module.
In order to remove WLAN and WWAN modules, you’ll have to disconnect antenna cables from each card, remove two screws securing each card and pull each card from its slot. Each antenna cable has a lable with the connector number. All connectors on the cards are marked too, so there shouldn’t be any confusion where each antenna cable connects.
In order to remove the memory (RAM) module, simply spread latches on both sides of the slot until the memory module pops up at a 20-30 degree angle. After that you can pull the memory module from the slot by the edges.
HP Compaq 2710p Tablet PC can take up to 4GB RAM total. You can install up to 2GB RAM module into each slot
Use PC2-5300 DDR2 667MHz or faster RAM.
Here’s how you can remove the hard drive.
Remove two screws securing the metal plate covering the connector. Lift up and remove the plate.
1. Disconnect the HDD cable from the connector on the motherboard.
2. Slide the HDD assembly to the right (towards the WLAN and WWAN modules).
3. Lift up the hard drive from the notebook.
Remove it from the rubber shock protector.
Remove sticky tape securing the cable.
Very carefully unlock the connector and pull the cable from the hard drive.
The locking clip opens up at a 90 degree angle as it shown on the picture below. Be very careful with the connector.
Now you can replace the hard drive with a new one if necessary.
HP Compaq 2710p uses a smaller 1.8″ Toshiba MK1214GAH drive (same drive found in some iPods).
Now we’ll go through the keyboard removal steps.
Remove six screws securing the keyboard. One of the screws I marked in red because it’s hidden under the rubber screw seal.
You can remove the screw seal with a sharp object.
Insert a small flat head screwdriver between the keyboard and notebook base and lift it up as shown on the picture below.
You’ll find a few small plastic latches securing the keyboard on the top and both sides. Here’s one of them above the F11 key.
Carefully lift up the keyboard and force it through the latches.
When the keyboard is released, you can access connectors underneath.
There are two cables connected to the motherboard.
On the picture below I marked the pointing stick cable, you’ll have to disconnect this one first.
1. Unlock the connector by moving the white clip to the direction shown by two arrows. You have to move the clip about 1-2 millimeters, not more. The clip must stay attached to the connector base.
2. Pull the cable from the connector.
Turn the keyboard upside down and place it on the palm rest.
Now you can access the second cable.
Again, before you can pull the cable you have to unlock the connector.
On the picture below the connector is shown in locked position. Open the locking clip with your fingernail. The clip opens at a 90 degree angle.
On the next picture the connector is shown in the unlocked position.
Now the cable is released and you can pull it from the connector.
Finally, you can remove the keyboard and replace it with a new one if necessary.