In this guide I explain how to disassemble a HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15.
For this example I’m taking apart a HP Pavilion 15-n280us model.
Make sure the notebook is turned off before the disassembly process.
Unlock and remove the battery.
Loosen two screws securing the RAM/wireless card cover.
Using a plastic stick pry the cover out and remove it.
Under the cover you can access both RAM modules and wireless card.
We’ll be removing the wireless card and one of the RAM modules after step 27 in order to remove the motherboard.
Remove one screw securing the optical drive.
I had some trouble removing the optical drive from the case so I used the following technique.
Using a small screwdriver push the optical drive out through the screw hole.
The drive will move to the left a little bit.
Now you can pull the optical drive out and remove it.
Remove one screw securing the keyboard.
To remove the keyboard do the following.
Place the notebook on its side.
Push on the back side of the keyboard with a small screwdriver thought the screw hole.
While pushing on the back, you will see the front side separated from the top cover a little bit.
Insert your fingers under the keyboard.
Continue separating the keyboard from the top cover.
Turn the keyboard upside down and place it on the palm rest.
Now you can access the cable and disconnect it from the motherboard.
Unplug the keyboard cable in two steps:
1. Lift up the retaining tab – white piece in my example (yellow arrow).
2. Pull the cable out of the connector (green arrow).
Remove the keyboard completaly.
Remove all screws from the bottom cover.
Remove three more screws from the optical drive bay.
Remove screws securing the top cover assembly.
Disconnect the power button cable (yellow arrow) and touchpad cable (green arrow).
Here’s how to disconnect both cables.
Unlock the connector and pull the cable out.
Start separating the top cover from the bottom case using a plastic stick or any other similar tool.
Begin in the display hinge area.
Continue removing the top cover.
You can use a guitar pick to separate two parts.
Insert it under the top cover and move slowly along the side to unlock hidden latches.
Remove the top cover (palm rest) assembly.
On the bottom side of the top cover you can access the power button board, touchpad and touchpad button board.
In order to access and remove the hard drive you’ll have to disconnect and remove the USB/audio board first.
Disconnect the USB/audio board cable.
Remove one screw securing the board.
Lift up and remove the board.
Lift up the hard drive from the case and disconnect the SATA cable.
Now you can replace the hard drive with a new one if necessary.
In order to remove the motherboard it’s necessary to disconnect and remove the wireless card first.
Unplug both antenna cables and remove one screw securing the card.
Pull the wireless card out.
Also, it’s necessary to remove one of the RAM modules.
Disconnect four cables.
Unplug the display cable by lifting it up by the black tab on the top.
Disconnect the webcam cable located on the left from the display connector.
Disconnect the speaker cable.
Unlock and disconnect the optical drive connector cable.
Remove two screws from the bracket securing the power connector (DC jack).
Remove the bracket.
Separate the power connector from the case and lift it up.
You can disconnect it completely only when the motherboard removed.
Remove all screws securing the motherboard.
Start removing the motherboard on the right side as it shown on the following picture.
Remove it from the case completaly.
On the other side of the motherboard you can access the CMOS battery.
Now you can unplug the DC jack.
Remove two screws securing the cooling fan.
Unplug the fan cable.
Lift up and remove the fan.