Today I post my second take-apart guide for HP Pavilion dv6 laptops.
HP Pavilion dv6 models have different body styles and they have different disassembly procedures. The following guide will work for dv6-6000 series.
In this particular case I’m taking apart an HP Pavilion dv6-6013cl.
You will find links to other dv6 models at the end of this guide.
Before you start taking it apart make sure the computer is turned off.
Unlock and remove the battery.
Slide the battery battery latch to the RIGHT and the service cover will lift up a little bit.
Continue removing the service cover with your fingers.
Remove the service cover.
Under the service cover you’ll get access to the following major laptop components:
– Both memory modules.
– Wireless card.
– CMOS battery.
– Hard drive.
I will leave both memory modules and CMOS battery connected to the motherboard. It’s not necessary to remove them for the purpose of my guide.
Remove four screws securing the hard drive assembly.
Unplug the hard drive cable from the motherboard.
Lift up and remove the hard drive assembly.
Remove one screw securing the DVD drive.
Pull the DVD drive to the right and remove it.
In order to remove the keyboard you’ll have to use the hole located on the left side from the wireless card.
Insert a small screwdriver into the hole.
NOTE: you’ll be pushing on the bottom side of the keyboard so don’t use a sharp screwdriver. I’m using a T6 torx screwdriver for that because it has a flat end. A small slotted screwdriver should work too.
Very genteelly push the screwdriver into the hole on the bottom of the laptop.
The top side of the keyboard will lift up a little bit and you should be able to insert your fingers under the keyboard.
Remove the screwdriver and continue removing the keyboard with your fingers.
Before you remove the keyboard you’ll have to disconnect the keyboard cable from the motherboard.
In the following two steps I explain how to unlock the connector.
On this picture the keyboard connector shown in the LOCKED state.
Carefully lift up the left side of the cable retainer (brown piece) with your fingernail.
The retainer will open up at a 90 degree angle.
Now you can pull the keyboard cable from the connector.
Remove the keyboard.
Remove all screws from the bottom.
Don’t forget three screws in the DVD drive bay.
Remove screws securing the top cover assembly.
Disconnect three cables from the motherboard.
Left to right:
– The power button board cable.
– The touchpad cable.
– The finger scanner device cable.
In order to disconnect these cables use same technique as for disconnecting the keyboard cable.
Lift up the cable retainer and pull cable from the connector.
Now you can start separating the top cover assembly from the bottom cover.
Use a piece of plastic for that. Continue removing the top cover with your fingers.
The top cover/palmrest assembly removed.
On the bottom side of the top cover you can access the following components:
– Finger scanner device.
– Power button board.
– Touchpad button board.
In the following steps I’ll be removing the laptop motherboard.
In order to remove the motherboard it’s necessary to disconnect the wireless card and unplug two more cables from the bottom.
Disconnect two antenna cables from the wireless card.
Remove two screws securing the wireless card.
Pull the wireless card from the slot on the motherboard.
Disconnect the DVD drive connector cable (left) and speaker cable (right) from the motherboard.
Disconnect the USB board cable (top) and power connector cable (bottom) from the motherboard.
Unplug the video cable (left) and webcam/microphone cable (right) from the motherboard.
Unplug the speaker cable from the motherboard.
Remove four screws securing the silver cover.
Remove the silver cover.
Remove three screws securing the motherboard assembly to the bottom case.
Carefully remove the motherboard assembly from the base.
The motherboard removed.
The arrow shows where the fan cable connected to the motherboard.
If you wan to remove the fan assembly you’ll have to unplug this cable first.
On the other side of the motherboard you can access the remove the cooling fan assembly.
You can search for the replacement cooling fan assembly using HP spare part number.
In my laptop the cooling fan assembly had this part number: 641476-001.
If you have a different HP part number just search for it.
For LCD screen removal instructions please proceed to this guide.
UPDATE: If your laptop doesn’t look like one shown on the picture above, make sure to check out my other guides:
In my first disassembly guide I explained how to take apart HP Pavilion dv6-1000 and dv6-2000 series.
In my third disassembly guide I’m covering HP Pavilion dv6-3000 and dv6-4000.