Fixing a HP/Compaq laptop yourself? Need some help with taking the laptop apart? Here are links to manuals with step-by-step disassembly instructions. All these manuals are available from the HP website.

Here’s how to get the manual:
1. Follow the link
2. Select your model
3. Go to manuals
4. Find the maintenance and service guide and open it up (pdf file, some of them are huge)
5. Go to Removal and Replacement procedures chapter, you’ll find disassembly instructions in there

Manuals for the following Compaq Armada Notebook PC series. Get maintenance and service guide.

Compaq Armada 110, Compaq Armada 110s, Compaq Armada 1100, Compaq Armada 1500, Compaq Armada 1500c, Compaq Armada 1700, Compaq Armada 1750, Compaq Armada 3500, Compaq Armada 4100, Compaq Armada 4200, Compaq Armada 6500, Armada 7300, Compaq rmada 7400, Compaq Armada 7700, Compaq Armada 7800, Compaq Armada e500, Compaq Armada e500s, Compaq Armada E700, Compaq Armada m300, Compaq Armada m700, Compaq Armada SB, Compaq Armada V300

Manuals for the following Compaq Evo Notebook PC series. Get maintenance and service guide.

Compaq Evo n150, Compaq Evo n160, Compaq Evo n180, Compaq Evo n400c, Compaq Evo n410c, Compaq Evo n600c, Compaq Evo n610c, Compaq Evo n610v, Compaq Evo n620c, Compaq Evo n800c, Compaq Evo n800v, Compaq Evo n800w, Compaq Evo n1000c, Compaq Evo n1000v, Compaq Evo n1005v, Compaq Evo n1010v, Compaq Evo n1015v, Compaq Evo n1020v, Compaq Evo n1050v, Compaq Evo n200, Compaq Evo n110, Compaq vo n115

Manuals for the following HP Compaq Notebook PC series. Get maintenance and service guide.

HP Compaq 2400, HP Compaq 4400, HP Compaq 6100, HP Compaq 6200, HP Compaq 6300, HP Compaq 6305, HP Compaq 7400, HP Compaq 8200, HP Compaq 8400, HP Compaq 9400, HP Compaq nc4000, HP Compaq nc4010, HP Compaq nc4200, HP Compaq nc6000, HP Compaq nc6400, HP Compaq nc8000, HP Compaq nw8000, HP Compaq nw8240, HP Compaq nx4300, HP Compaq nx4800, HP Compaq nx4820, HP Compaq nx5000, HP Compaq nx6130, HP Compaq nx7000, HP Compaq nx7010, HP Compaq nx7100, HP Compaq nx7200, HP Compaq nx7220, HP Compaq nx7300, HP Compaq nx9000, HP Compaq nx9005, HP Compaq nx9008, HP Compaq nx9010, HP Compaq nx9020, HP Compaq nx9030, HP Compaq nx9040, HP Compaq nx9100, HP Compaq nx9105, HP Compaq nx9110, HP Compaq nx9500, HP Compaq nx9500A, HP Compaq nx9600

Manuals for the following HP Pavilion Notebook PC series. Get maintenance and service guide.

HP Pavilion de2000, HP Pavilion dv1000, HP Pavilion dv2000, HP Pavilion dv4000, HP Pavilion dv5000, HP Pavilion dv6000, HP Pavilion dv8000m, HP Pavilion dv9000, HP Pavilion n Notebook PC series, HP Pavilion tx1000, HP Pavilion xf Notebook PC series, HP Pavilion xh Notebook PC series, HP Pavilion xt Notebook PC series, HP Pavilion xu Notebook PC series, HP Pavilion xz Notebook PC series, HP Pavilion zd7000, HP Pavilion zd8000, HP Pavilion ze1000, HP Pavilion ze2000, HP Pavilion ze4000, HP Pavilion ze5000, HP Pavilion zt1000, HP Pavilion zt3000, HP Pavilion zu1000, HP Pavilion zv5000, HP Pavilion zv6000, HP Pavilion zx5000

Manuals for the following HP Presario Notebook PC series. Get maintenance and service guide.

Compaq Presario 300, Compaq Presario 700, Compaq Presario 800, Compaq Presario 900, Compaq Presario 1000, Compaq Presario 1100, Compaq Presario 1200, Compaq Presario 1400, Compaq Presario 1500, Compaq Presario 1600, Compaq Presario 1700, Compaq Presario 1800, Compaq Presario 1900, Compaq Presario 2100, Compaq Presario 2200, Compaq Presario 2500, Compaq Presario 2700, Compaq Presario 2800, Compaq Presario 3000, Compaq Presario B1000, Compaq Presario B2000, Compaq Presario B3000, Compaq Presario C300, Compaq Presario C500, Compaq Presario F500, Compaq Presario M2000, Compaq Presario R3000, Compaq Presario R4000, Compaq Presario V1000, Compaq Presario V2000, Compaq Presario V3000, Compaq Presario V4000, Compaq Presario V5000, Compaq Presario V6000, Compaq Presario X1000, Compaq Presario X1100, Compaq Presario X1200, Compaq Presario X1300, Compaq Presario X1400, Presario X1500, Compaq Presario X6000

Manuals for the following HP Special Edition Notebook PCs. Get maintenance and service guide.

Special Edition L2000 CTO Notebook PC, Special Edition L2005A3, Special Edition L2005A4, Special Edition L2005CL, Special Edition L2005CM, Special Edition L2005CO, Special Edition L2005CU, Special Edition L2005CX, Special Edition L2005US, Special Edition L2098XX, Special Edition L2099XX, Special Edition L2105CA, Special Edition L2105CL, Special Edition L2105NR, Special Edition L2205NR, Special Edition L2300 CTO Notebook PC, Special Edition L2310CU

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  1. 159
    Donald A Zaron Says:

    Can the BIOS chip on a Compaq Presario F500 notebook computer replaced. If so please tell me where it is or how to get to it.
    Thanks, Don Zaron

  2. 158
    Troy Says:

    @David The only way i know how is to go to your display properties and click settings then advanced, then click on graphics properties under Intel Graphics Media Accelerator driver. If you have an external monitor there should be two options under display devices. Select the notebook option.

  3. 157
    Alfie Says:

    quote david:
    I have a Compaq Presario V5000. The screen is black when
    turned on. (I know the screen itself is good.) My computer
    works fine when hooked up to an external monitor. I’ve tried
    locating a loose connection to the screen by disassembling my
    laptop. Everything seems to be connecting fine. Can anyone
    help? Is there an easy way to toggle between external monitor
    and the laptop screen?

    David,
    Look at the keyboard. there should be a little screen thingy on one of the F keys (usually f3,f4,f5) Hold down Fn and press that key a few times until you have somthing on both monitors.
    Alfie

  4. 156
    Alfie Says:

    Got a compaq nx9020 (can’t remember xact mdl. its @ school)
    It won’t boot off my multi card reader (each memory card is a separate drive), but I have checked and it will boot off a memory stick. Any ideas?

  5. 155
    David Says:

    I have a Compaq Presario V5000. The screen is black when turned on. (I know the screen itself is good.) My computer works fine when hooked up to an external monitor. I’ve tried locating a loose connection to the screen by disassembling my laptop. Everything seems to be connecting fine. Can anyone help? Is there an easy way to toggle between external monitor and the laptop screen?

  6. 154
    cj2600 Says:

    tom kb,

    only half the screen works the lower half is just dead pixels, but if you press the bottom right hand corner of the screen the lower half works (just while pressure is applied). this makes me think there is a connection problem so i have disassembled the whole laptop (thank you for directing me to instructions!) but dont know what to look for (was hoping to find a trapped wire or something, but everything seems in order!)

    anyone any ideas?

    Your description sounds like a problem with the LCD screen, not the cable or wire. You’ll have to replace the screen.

  7. 153
    cj2600 Says:

    Moose,

    I have been having issues getting my Compaq F730 started. Over the last couple months, I’ve had about 5 times where the computer will not boot.

    It’s possible that one of the memory modules is bad. Try removing RAM modules one by one. Test the laptop with each module separately. Try installing RAM modules into different slots.

  8. 152
    Moose Says:

    I have been having issues getting my Compaq F730 started. Over the last couple months, I’ve had about 5 times where the computer will not boot. After pressing the power button this happens:
    - all indicator lights on the front light up
    - nothing is displayed on the screen, and the HD light never goes on again
    - fan runs
    - if DVD is in drive, this spins up
    - after ~20s the laptop shuts off and restarts.

    To troubleshoot the problem, I’ve tried this:
    - take out HD and put in another computer. The other computer read the HD fine.
    - boot with a linux or windows boot disk (it started once with the linux boot disk, but I think this was a fluke as subsequent restart problems were not fixed by this).
    - start with battery only
    - start with battery out (AC connector was lit up, so I don’t think it is a broken connector problem)
    - pressing F10, esc, del after powering on. Nothing shows on the screen
    - shut the lid and reopen it. (If I remember correctly, sometimes the light on the front went off after doing this, but this may have been when I was testing without the battery in).
    - hit the computer
    - reseated the RAM chips

    I’ve gotten out of the restart mode before but it seems to be random.

  9. 151
    tom kb Says:

    hi, there are a few comments regarding broken screens but no answer- hopefully someone can help me here-

    i have a compaq presario c300. only half the screen works the lower half is just dead pixels, but if you press the bottom right hand corner of the screen the lower half works (just while pressure is applied). this makes me think there is a connection problem so i have disassembled the whole laptop (thank you for directing me to instructions!) but dont know what to look for (was hoping to find a trapped wire or something, but everything seems in order!)

    anyone any ideas? cheers

  10. 150
    cj2600 Says:

    Ronald,

    why I can not get the internet working on my presario 1500,it says that I am connected. But thats it.

    There is no simple answer to this question. Could be just wrong settings. Are you running Windows XP?
    Try this:
    Start>>right click on My Network Places (in the right pane)>>Properties
    Right click on your network connection (wired or wireless)>>Properties>>Highlight Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click on properties button

    In the General tab you’ll see settings for IP address. This settings have to match your router/modem.
    In most cases it should be set to Obtain an IP address automatically. Is it?

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