In this guide I show how to disassemble an HP Pavilion x360 14m-ba114dx Convertible PC (2017 model).
You can use this guide for many other models in the HP Pavilion 14m-baXXX x360 computer line: 14m-ba011dx, 14m-ba013dx, 14m-ba014dx, 14m-ba015dx and probably some others.
What I don’t like about this model?
– Both memory slots and the M.2 SSD slot are hidden under the motherboard.
– The display panel can be removed only after the motherboard removal.
– The DC jack bracket also blocked by the motherboard.
– The keyboard is not removable (pretty standard for newer laptops).
Repair tools needed for this disassembly: Phillips screwdriver #1 or #0, tweezers, case opening tool.
Top case and battery removal
Remove all screws located on the bottom of the laptop. Two screws (red) are hidden under the self-adhesive rear rubber feet. One screw (yellow) is hidden under the self-adhesive seal. All screws are different. Keep track of them.
Start separating the base assembly from the top case on the rear side of the laptop. You will need a thin case opener tool for that.
Open the display 180 degrees and continue removing the top cover with your hands. You’ll need to apply some reasonable force to remove the top cover.
Be careful while lifting up the top cover. The keyboard and touchpad are still attached to the motherboard. You need to disconnect three cables before removing the top case completely.
Here’s how to unlock the connectors and release the cables.
Lift up the locking tab to unlock the connector (red arrow). Lift up the cable and pull it out (yellow arrow).
Remove the top case assembly.
On the back side of the top case you can access the touchpad and remove it if necessary (secured by six screws).
HP Pavilion x360 14m-ba114dx keyboard is permanently mounted to the top case and cannot be easily removed. Here’s a DIY hack to replace the keyboard.
The battery is mounted under the audio jack board cable so we’ll be removing this board.
Remove two screws from the audio jack board. Disconnect the cable from the motherboard.
Lift up and remove the audio jack board with the cable.
Remove seven screws attaching the battery to the base assembly.
Lift up the battery to disconnect it from the motherboard and remove the battery.
HP Pavilion x360 14m-ba114dx battery model: BK03XL.
Remove one screw from the power button board and disconnect the cable.
Lift up and remove the power button board with the cable.
Disconnect the touchscreen cable from the motherboard.
Un-route the touchscreen cable from the guided path. Now you can access the wireless card antenna cables.
Disconnect both antenna cables from the wireless card. The cable labeled “M” connected to the port #2. The cable labeled “1” connected to the port #1.
Remove ten screws securing the motherboard and fan (red). Remove one screw from the wireless card (pink).
Disconnect the following color-coded cables:
– Speaker cable (green).
– Display cable (yellow).
– DC power jack cable (orange).
Start lifting up the motherboard from the fan side. Remove the motherboard from the base assembly.
The DC power jack can be removed only after the motherboard removal.
Remove the DC jack bracket.
Lift up and remove the DC jack.
Display panel removal
In order to remove the display panel it’s necessary to remove the motherboard.
Open the display 180 degrees. Remove three screws from the left display hinge and two more from the right hinge.
Lift up the display panel and remove it from the base assembly.
The motherboard has been removed.
Removing SSD and RAM module
The M.2 SSD and both memory slots can be access on the hidden side of the motherboard.
Remove one screws securing the SSD.
Peel off the SSD shielding from the M.2 slot (red arrow). Pull the SSD out.
I had a 128GB SanDisk SSD installed (HP spare part number 939841-001).
Peel off black tape attached to the memory cover.
Start separating the memory cover from the motherboard. The cover is secured by a few clamps located on the motherboard.
Under the cover you can access two memory slots. I had only one memory module installed.
According to Crucial, HP Pavilion x360 14m-ba114dx can take up to 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 RAM.
Now you can upgrade laptop memory to the max.
For the next generation (year 2019) models check out my previous HP Pavilion x360 14m-dh1003dx disassembly guide.
HP Pavilion x360 14m-baXXX Convertible PC Maintenance and Service Guide available here.