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How do you remove the back casing?

There are 2 screw areas about 4-5" above the bottom of the casing that are different from the rest that seem to be holding it in place even though the screws are removed.

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There are plastic tabs that hold the back in place in order to get the screws to align. Use a flat head screw driver or kithchen knife to pry the tabs apart and slip the cover off.

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How do i open dv7-1451nr?



Shut the Pavilion dv7 down and close the screen. After unplugging all cables from the computer, turn it over and remove the battery.

Unscrew the six Phillips-head screws holding the large T-shaped panel to the bottom of the Pavilion dv7. Remove the panel and set it aside.

Remove the keyboard locking screw--marked by a keyboard-shaped icon--from the top part of the compartment exposed when you removed the T-shaped panel. Reserve the screw.

Remove the black Phillips-head screw from next to the wireless adapter inside the T-shaped compartment. This screw holds the Pavilion dv7 optical drive in place.

Pull the Pavilion dv7 optical drive gently out of its bay, and then remove the two Phillips-head screws from inside the empty drive bay. Reserve the screws.

Remove the Phillips-head screw next to the circular intake fan vent in the corner of the Pavilion dv7.

Remove the five Phillips-head screws from inside the empty battery compartment. You should now have removed 16 screws in all. Turn the Pavilion dv7 over and open the screen.

Insert a spudger or other flat plastic tool into the seam between the speaker grille and computer casing on the right side of the Pavilion dv7. Gently pry up to begin removing the speaker grille from the computer. As you do this, move the spudger to a new location to pry different areas until the grille is completely disconnected. Mind the ribbon cable connecting the center of the speaker grille to the logic board, and do not lift the grille any higher from the computer than the cable allows.

Push both sides of the speaker grille cable lock forward until the cable slides easily out of the logic board connector. Set the speaker grille aside.

Remove the four Phillips-head retaining screws above the top row of the Pavilion dv7 keyboard. Lift the keyboard up and forward, and place it face-down on the palm rest.

Unlock the Pavilion dv7 keyboard cable connector using the same method as for the speaker grille connector. Slide the cable out of the connector, remove the keyboard and set it aside.

Place the new Pavilion dv7 keyboard upside-down on the palm rest. Slide the keyboard into the connector, close the lock and rotate the keyboard down into the computer. Replace the four Phillips-head screws.

Slide the speaker grille cable into the connector and close the cable lock. Push the speaker grille into its original position above the Pavilion dv7 keyboard. Press gently on all parts of the speaker grille until it is flush with the computer casing.

Close the screen and turn the computer over. Replace the five screws inside the battery compartment, the screw next to the intake fan vent, the two screws inside the empty optical drive bay and the screw inside the T-shaped compartment.

Replace the t-shaped panel on the bottom of the Pavilion dv7 and its six screws.

Slide the optical drive back into its bay and replace the securing screw.

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Remove the cover on an emachine e525

Umm, well there are things like the motherboard and plamrest that have screws in them that might be holding it. You just can't remove the bottom cover, You have to start by Removing the bottom screws like you did, but then you have to remove other things before you can get the bottom case off. Also the VGA Port might have screws on both sides of it that keeps the bottom case from coming off.

Below are some steps to follow.

Look inside the battery case, hard drive case, memory case and dvd drive slot for screw. Some screws on the bottom case in inside of some of the device cases might have the icon of a keyboard next to it. Those screws hold the keyboard in place.

Turn the laptop over, remove the strip that is just above the keyboard but be careful because a cable might be attached to it. Then remove the screws that hold the keyboard in place that are under where the strip was and gently lift the keyboard out because there is definitely a cable under it.

Next you can remove the screws from the lcd hinges at the corners and lift the lcd screen off, also note that you will have to pull the antennas cable and the lcd cable when you remove the lcd.

Next start removing any screws that hold the palmrest in place. Take note of any cables that are attached to the palmrest and remove them then lift the palmrest off.

Next start removing any screws you see that hold the motherboard to the bottom case, then lift the motherboard out an start replacing the fan.

A digital camera to take pictures will be most helpful to refresh you memory of where things were.

May 31, 2012 | Computers & Internet

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Instructions to remove keyboard from compaq laptop

Remove the Power Cord, Remove the Battery. Close the LCD Lid then turn the laptop over. Look inside the battery case to see if there are any screws in there, if so remove them. Sometimes the keyboard might have screws inside the battery case too. If that's the case normally you will see the keyboard icon next to the screw. The purpose of removing screws in the battery case is there might be some that hold the strip that is above the keyboard in place.

You can look at the rest of the screws on the bottom of the laptop to see if you see any that might have the keyboard icon next to it. if so remove that screw. Also sometimes there might be a screw that holds the keyboard inside the memory slot or any of the other slots so just look for them. If you'd like you could just remove all the screws from the bottom of the laptop.

Turn the laptop back over after the screws are removed, then take a small flat head screwdriver and pry the strip that is above the keyboard aloose. Normally this strip has the power button on it. Be careful removing this strip because there will probably be a cable attached underneath it.

Once the strip is removed there might be screws that hold the keyboard in place a the top of the keyboard, if so remove them. Now you can just lift the keyboard out but be careful because there is a keyboard cable underneath the keyboard that has to be removed. If the keyboard does not just come out then more than likely there are little catches that help hold it in place either at the top or on the sides, just work with one side to pry it from the catches then you will be able to get the keyboard out.

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Cannot find the screw that secure keyboard on an everex step note laptop

Sometimes the keyboard is held on with a screw in the center, accessed from the bottom of the case. In most cases, though, the keyboard is held in place by 3 or 4 screws just above it under the bezel that you just removed.
I've also seen keyboards that are held in place by little clips at the top of the board and you need to push the clips in with a small screwdriver to release the top.

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I need a body case for my vaio vgn-nw120j/s

The panel you refer to is the Palm Rest Cover (Sony)

Covers the top of the body of the laptop, has the Touchpad in it, and the Keyboard is in the top/middle.

I would suggest going to Ebay, and looking at Laptops for Parts, or a laptop like yours that may have internal problems, or a bad LCD screen.

As for guidance in removal and replacement, I have no links to give you for this exact model.

I can however link you to guides that are similar, and should work;


The LED light/Power Button/Speaker Cover is different in shape.
(Strip of plastic below the LCD screen, and above the Keyboard.
There are different names for the various models)


In case you wish to replace the LCD screen, lol!
Used to compare against the VGN-FW series, and to let you know, I know the VGN-FW series is a little different.

However after you have disassembled many laptops, you see that there is a simple specific pattern, for all laptops.

A) Don your ESD wrist strap, and connect it to a good ground source.
(Electro Static Discharge)
Average cost is around $3 to $6.

(I connect it's alligator clip to an unpainted surface, of the metal frame of an open, empty desktop computer case)

B) Lay a towel on a table. Make SURE it is static free. (Unless you have a workbench like I do, and static cover)

C) Laptop off, closed, and upside down on the towel, remove ALL power to the laptop.
Remove the AC adapter (Charger) and Battery.

D) Look on the bottom to see if there are arrows pointing to screw holes. Remove the ones indicated to remove the Keyboard, strip of plastic above the Keyboard, (If there are any), and Palm Rest Cover.

[ Use a multi-compartment container for the various screws you will remove.
If no multi-compartment container is available, substitute with a clean egg carton.
Label each egg holder for the area the screw/s come out of.

SOME screws look VERY similar to other screws.
DO NOT mix them up.

Make a record as you disassemble. Make notes, drawings, and use a digital camera, if available, or a video camera. (Use good lighting)
It's nice to have a record to refer back to, in case you are interrupted ]

E) Turn the laptop over to it's normal position, open the LCD screen all the way back.
Pop the strip of plastic above the Keyboard loose, then remove it.
Use CARE as there may be speaker wires, and LED light wires going to this strip. If you use a tool, (plastic Spud Tool?), do NOT damage the wires. These will have to be disconnected.

F) Remove the Keyboard. There should be 2 or 3 screws at the top of the Keyboard, holding it in place, OR there were screws you removed from underneath. (Bottom of laptop)

The Keyboard tilts up at a 45 degree angle, (Lift the back, or LCD screen side), then slides forward a little. (Towards LCD screen)
The Keyboard Cable is still attached, so do not try to remove it all the way yet.

The Keyboard is Not brought up to a 90 degree angle, when removing.
There are plastic tabs formed at the front of the Keyboard, which slide into the Palm Rest Cover. These can be broken off.

The Keyboard Cable does Not remove from the Keyboard. It removes from the motherboard.
The Keyboard Cable is a FFC. Flat Flex Cable.

It does not have a connector on the end of it. It's just a few wires encased in plastic, in a ribbon shaped flat cable. The ends of the wires have a small metal contact strip.

The connector on the motherboard is a ZIF connector.
Zero Insertion Force.
It is a rectangular shaped piece of plastic, that is composed of Two parts.

A smaller part that resembles a thin rail, at the top, and a thick block at the bottom.

The thinner part slides UP, (Towards the LCD screen),
it flips up. There are two different styles.

For the style that the thinner part slides up, it DOES NOT slide out!
It only slides up just a little, to unlock the Keyboard Cable. (1/8th inch approximately)

Then the Keyboard Cable slides out.
(Be SURE to note which way the Keyboard Cable goes in! Even if it is twisted, it MUST go back in the same position)

If you slide the ZIF connector completely apart, you will have broken it, and the repair is to replace the entire motherboard.

[ Also note which way all cables are routed through the laptop. They MUST go back in the same route, or you will not get the laptop back together ]

G) You will have to disconnect the Video Cable on the motherboard side, and the Wireless Module cables on the Bottom side of the laptop.

The Wireless Module wires are then carefully fed through the Palm Rest Cover, and laid aside. (They go up into the Display Assembly)

H) Perform one last check for any cables, then pop the Palm Rest Cover loose. (It has tabs formed on the outside edges, inside the cover. These snap into matching tabs on the Bottom Cover )

For additional questions please post in a Comment.


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I have a Breville toaster and the lever will not lock when toasting. I was able to remove the screws, but I am unsure how to remove the handle on the lever to allow the case to be removed.

1. Remove bottom screws;
2. Remove side handle;
3. Only pry up the casing from the black bottom base;
4. Turn the toaster back in up-right position;
5. Facing the lever end, (may be easier with a helper), lift the casing about 2-3 inches and unplug the wire on your left side then lift it up completely but be careful because another wire on the right side will remain attached;
6. You are now facing an electronic card and behind it lays the source of your problem. A small 3/4" x 1" white plastic. An electro-magnet. Some bread dust, not crumbs but real dust. You need to clean them all. probably easy with an air compressor or even a can of compressed air duster used for computer. The worse scenario is to unscrew what hold the electronic card in place and the 2 screw that hold the electric cord in place. Then you get a very good access the the source of the problem.

Even after 19 months, I did get a new toaster from our canadian Breville's distributor but after another 24 months, this time they offered me a 40% rebate to purchase a new one. No thanks, I decided to try to fix it or buy a different brand. We succeeded, my son and I. Good luck to you.

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I actually had to permorm this action yesterday.
First remove the small strip above the keyboard by unscrewing the three screws at the back of the machine that hold it; then twisting the screen al the way back and lifting it up.
Second unscrew the keyboard (2 screws) and lift it away (don't detach the cable).
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There is nothing on the bottom you have to unscrew!

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