Having problems with your HP Pavilion dv4000 Notebook ?

How to take it apart

\015 A screw fell in and I need to disassemble the laptop. took all the screws out and I cant figure out what to do next\015

Answers :

I believe you need the Maintenance and Service Guide from HP Support.
(It's free to download. It's stated as a 'Guide', but it's a Service Manual)

The AC adapter and Battery are removed, correct? You are wearing an ESD Wrist device? Your body carries Static. Static will fry out your delicate laptop hardware components, in a Split Second!
An ESD Wrist S-T-R-A-P is inexpensive. About $6.
(Certain words are censored. S-T-RAP is one of them)

The ESD Wrist device wraps around your wrist. There is an exposed piece of metal, that contacts the skin of your wrist. Connected to the wrist device is a cord, which has an Alligator clip on the end. The alligator clip is attached to a good ground source.

I have an empty desktop computer case, that I connect the alligator clip to the metal frame of the case. You can also use a Anti-Static Mat to connect to. (I don't. I don't want my wrist connected to a ground plug in an AC receptacle in the wall)

Barring you do not have any of the ground sources listed above, you can make do with a temporary solution for this. Connect the alligator clip to a fairly large metal knick-knack. Set the Knick-knack on the table, and connect to it. (Small metal statue? Metal plate wall hanging?)
Some will argue that this is not a good ground source, but I have used it in a pinch. Have worked on computers for 20+ years, and haven't had a problem with this.

Example of an average ESD wrist device,


For the dv4000 Series of HP Pavilion laptop, there is one Maintenance and Service Guide. One guide for all of the dv4000 Series.
All of the dv4000 Series disassembles, and assembles in the same manner.

This is HP Support, and the download page for the Manuals.


On this page I would like to Left-click right on -
HP Pavilion dv4000 Notebook PC and Compaq Presario V4000 Notebook PC - Maintenance and Service Guide

This is a PDF file. Your computer has Adobe Reader on it, which uses PDF files.

After you click on it, you may not see anything happening for up to 30 seconds. Please be patient as it is downloading.
I downloaded it just now, and the first page came up in 7 seconds. It took 42 seconds to completely download the file.
(I use a medium speed DSL connection, and Adobe Reader 9)

I advise you to let the file FULLY download before looking through it. You could break the download connection if you don't.

You can save a copy of this Service Manual to your computer. This allows you to view it, without having to download it each time. It also allows you to burn it to CD disk, and delete it off of your computer, giving you more harddrive space.

To do so Left-click on the Floppy Disk icon. In the top header this is the second icon from the Left. Hovering your mouse cursor over it will briefly reveal, "Click to save this to your computer or another location"

After you click on the Floppy Disk icon, you will see the - Save a copy...
At the bottom of this window you will see - Filename:
,and a box to the right of it. In the box is - c00530488.pdf

Unless you want to go around looking for c00530488.pdf, I advise you do this;
Take your mouse cusor and Left-click Twice, right after the f, in .pdf
Then make 1 space with your spacebar, and type -
Pavilion dv4000 Service Manual

Much easier to find.

If you do not have your downloads set to save to your My Documents folder, (Documents for Vista), this file will go to your desktop screen.

To ensure that the file is saved to your My Documents folder, (Documents), you may want to do this;
Go up to the top of the Save a copy... window, and where you see -
Save in: you will see a box to the right of it.

Left-click on the blue down arrow to the right of the box.
Now Left-click on My Documents, (Or Documents)

To finish just go below to the right, and click on Save.

Page 105 starts with Removal and Replacement Procedures.
(The page number is in the box at the top, to the right of the blue down arrow. We have already discussed Static precautions, so I went past the Removal and Replacement Preliminaries chapter)

You should now be able to solve your problem. Should you need further help, please come back, and state so in an additional comment.
Take it to a professional.

Next time, pay attention before you start and take notes.
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