Today I will walk you through a full disassembly of HP 15 notebook PC aka 250/255/256 G5 Notebook PC. All these models are very similar.
In the first part of this disassembly guide I will show how to take apart the notebook base. In the second part I will take apart the display assembly and remove the LCD screen.
There are many different HP 15 Notebook PC flavors and configurations. You should be able to use this guide for one of the following models:
HP 15-ac series
15-ac020nr, 15-ac113cl, 15-ac120nr, 15-ac121dx, 15-ac130ds, 15-ac136ds, 15-ac137cl, 15-ac143dx, 15-ac143wm, 15-ac147cl, 15-ac151dx, 15-ac157cl, 15-ac158dx, 15-ac161nr, 15-ac163nr, 15-ac177cl, 15-ac183tu, 15-ac185nr
HP 15-af series
15-af015nr, 15-af087nw, 15-af093ng, 15-af112nr, 15-af113cl, 15-af123cl, 15-af127ca, 15-af131dx, 15-af135nr, 15-af139ca, 15-af141dx, 15-af152n, 15-af175nr
HP 15-ay series
15-ay009dx, 15-ay011nr, 15-ay013nr, 15-ay018nr, 15-ay020ds, 15-ay039wm, 15-ay041wm, 15-ay065nr, 15-ay067nr, 15-ay068ca, 15-ay068nr, 15-ay078nr, 15-ay103dx, 15-ay122cl, 15-ay145nr, 15-ay163nr, 15-ay196nr, 15-ay173dx, 15-ay177cl, 15-ay191ms, 15-ay196nr
HP 15-ba series
15-ba009dx, 15-ba015wm, 15-ba018wm, 15-ba039au, 15-ba044au, 15-ba053nr, 15-ba057cl, 15-ba067cl, 15-ba079dx, 15-ba088nr, 15-ba113cl, 15-ba043wm
HP 15 notebook PC base disassembly.
As always, start the disassembly process with removing the battery. Replacement batteries available here.
Remove one screw securing the optical CD/DVD drive (yellow circle). Pull the optical drive out and remove it.
Remove all screws securing the bottom case.
Attention! There are two screws (green circles) hidden under two bottom feet.
Peel off the bottom foott from the case to access the hidden screw. Remove hidden screws from both sides of the notebook.
Using a plastic case opener separate the palmrest from the bottom case.
Turn the notebook upside down and remove the bottom case.
Remove three screws fixing the hard drive bracket to the case.
Disconnect the hard drive cable (yellow square) from the motherboard.
On the following picture I show how to unlock the connector and release the cable.
- Carefully lift up the locking tab to release the cable.
- Pull the cable out of the connector.
Remove the hard drive assembly from the notebook.
I recommend upgrading this regular hard drive to a 2.5″ SATA solid state drive to improve laptop performance.
If you are going to replace it with another hard drive or SSD, you will have to transfer the mounting bracket and the SATA cable.
HP 15 notebook PC motherboard has two memory slots. Remove both RAM modules if necessary.
You can install up to 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3-12800 SODIMM RAM modules into these slots.
Remove one screw fixing the USB LED status board. Disconnect the cable from the motherboard.
Remove the USB LED status board.
Remove one screw fixing the optical CD DVD drive connector board. Disconnect the cable from the motherboard.
Remove the optical drive connector board.
Remove two screws fastening the cooling fan to the case. Unplug the fan cable from the motherboard.
Remove the cooling fan. Fan part number: 813946-001.
In HP 15 notebook PC the DC power jack mounted under the hinge. Let’s remove it.
Disconnect the Wi-Fi antenna cable from the wireless card (yellow arrow).
Disconnect the DC power jack harness from the motherboard (red arrow).
Disconnect the display video cable (blue arrow).
Move all cables aside and remove two screws from the display hinge.
Open up the hinge and remove the DC power jack.
The power button board also mounted under the same hinge.
Remove one screw securing the board and unplug the cable from the motherboard.
Peel off the cable from the case (there is adhesive underneath) and remove the power button board.
Remove one screw securing the wireless card and pull the card out of the slot.
Remove five screws fastening the motherboard to the case.
Disconnect the keyboard cable (red rectangular), touchpad button board cable (yellow square) and speakers cable (green square).
Separate the motherboard from the top case and remove it.
Here’s the other side of the motherboard.
In HP 15 notebook PCs the keyboard is permanently attached to the top case with rivets.
When the keyboard fails, it’s necessary to replace the top case or try this repair hack.
The touchpad is glued to the top case but the touchpad button board can be removed.
HP 15 notebook PC LCD screen removal.
This part of the disassembly guide is independent from the first part. You can disassemble the display without going through all previous steps but don’t forget to disconnect the battery before you start.
Start separating the display bezel from the back cover. You’ll have to wiggle the bezel to unfasten it from the cover. Start on the top and move to the sides fo the display assembly.
On the bottom the bezel is attached to the LCD screen with adhesive tape. Carefully separate it from the screen.
Remove the bezel completely.
Remove four screws securing the LCD screen to the side brackets.
Separate the LCD screen from the back cover and place it the front side down on the keyboard.
Now you can access the video cable connector.
Peel off the grounding tape from the screen.
Peel off the clear tape securing the connection and unplug the video cable from the screen.
Remove the LCD screen completely and replace if necessary.
You can find a new LCD screen using the model number from the original one. In my case the model number is: B156XTK01.
These official service manuals can be helpful for more detailed disassembly instructions or notebook problems troubleshooting:
- HP 15 notebook PC (Intel processor) service manual.
- HP 15 notebook PC (AMD processor) service manual.