Question about HP Pavilion dv2120us Notebook
My battery release latch is stuck. How do I fix the latch to the normal postion. I can release the battery because the battery release latch is jam.
My battery latch got stuck in the open position after replacing the battery on HP's DV 6300 series. The battery was thus stuck. I used the 'screwdriver' technique but with a rounded end kitchen knife not an actual screwdriver to remove the battery. It is important to push the knife down a little into the groove at the outer long edge of the battery and pry that outer edge up. AFTER DOING THIS THEN GOING TO REPLACE THE BATTERY I REALIZED THE LATCH PROBLEM OCCURRED BECAUSE I HAD PUSHED THE BATTERY LATCH TO THE OPEN POSITION TO REPLACE THE BATTERY. THIS IS WHAT JAMS IT. TO REPLACE THE BATTERY 'DON'T TOUCH THE LATCH AT ALL'. LEAVE THE LATCH IN THE CLOSED POSITION AND REPLACING THE BATTERY WILL SET THE LATCH IN THE CORRECT CLOSED POSITION, READY TO BE SLID TO OPEN POSITION ONLY TO DO THE ACTUAL BATTERY REMOVAL.
Posted on Mar 21, 2009
This site was a great find ! The solution(s) worked ! Several people have offered correct solutions with slight differences that can be summarized as 1) Do not put the battery in while holding the release in the open position (pushed towards the outside of the case) 2) If that's what you've done then be aware that the release is already in the open position & stuck there so this release button has nothing to do with the problem at this point. The battery is simply stuck ! 3) Pull or pry the battery on it's inside edge - the long edge that is nearest the release button. That's the side that releases first so that the battery can be removed.
Posted on Jun 09, 2010
I was able to remove it without damaging anything. What you need to do is push the latch all the way to the right with a scissor or a screw driver. If you keep forcing it will pop off. You can either force it to the left or lift the plastic lever slowly. It is cheaply made. Once you have it removed you will see another hinge that if you push down it will release the battery. Push it down and pry the battery with your hands. You should be able to get remove it. All I had was a scissor. I have a light scratch from the back. I dont think I will be putting the battery anymore.
Posted on Jan 25, 2009
The battery was stuck -- with the latch in the open position -- on my HP dv2000, and I found that my cake frosting tool was the best for freeing it. I tried the thin flathead screwdriver first, but it left some little marks in the plastic around the battery compartment and bent up the tool. The cake frosting tool (looks like a big flat knife, only much thinner, very flexible and rounded) worked great. I just used it to pry the battery out by working it around the edges while applying some light pressure, just enough to flex the tool a bit. Battery popped right out.
This is the most use I've ever gotten out of that kitchen utensil. Ha-ha!
Posted on Jun 17, 2010
Ok, I fixed the problem by prying out the battery with a flat head watchmaker's screwdriver. My toolkit has a number of these screwdrivers both in philips head and flat head. I used the thickest flat head one. Quite a bit of force is required so the smaller screwdriver might have broken. The release latch popped into place and now it is working correctly.
You may also want to try to press the battery into place, particularly the outer edge, to try and get the release latch into position. If this doesn't help, the prying the battery out maybe the only solution. It did leave some scars on the edges of the battery compartment but saved me the trouble of sending the laptop back to HP.
Hope this helps.
Posted on Jan 26, 2008
You either need a flat screwdrive to pry it out. or safest way is to remove all screws from chassis and remove the halves and reset it that way. Here is a guide on how to disassemble a laptop
Posted on Jan 07, 2008
John898's resolution works. Pop the latch off by lifting up on it with a screw driver. Once the push latch is off you may see a sliding mechanism with a square hole towards the outside of the laptop (towards the CD/DVD ROM). This is the unlock position. Mine was messed up where the latch was to the unlock position, but the internal rail was caught in the locked position. Luckily, the hole was there just enough to get a pair of needle nose pliers on, and I tugged towards the CD/DVD ROM and heard it unlock. Still had to pry the battery off, but you can do it by hand (may need someone else to pull on the sliding hinge with the pliers while you tugged the battery out). Don't bother trying to take the laptop apart... there are screws under the battery to get the bottom off. The sliding rail catches on itself for me also so fat chance of releasing the battery properly once it's back in. This is a huge design flaw with the dv2000 or any HP laptop that has a crappy, plastic sliding battery ejecting mechanism. The thumb latch may not work anymore as in my case. The two little parallel plastic clips are too short so they pop out of the square hole making it useless.
Posted on Feb 16, 2009
I got mine open with the screwdriver. What a poorly designed lever system. The release button connects to a long slidind rod that catches on the battery, securing it in 3 places.
One of the 3 spots in mine was misaligned, and the tab broke off when the battery finally came free.
So I can remove it freely now, but it is only secured 2/3 as well as before.
Bit of a toss up.
Posted on May 12, 2008
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Posted on May 01, 2013
The HP Compaq Presario CQ62-417NR Notebook PC, which was the "newest" model in stock when I bought a laptop June 2011 has the same design flaw. Crappy plastic latch, that gets stuck in the open up position. One must be careful when putting a battery in to be sure the stupid crappy latch is not stuck all the way over to where they pushed it to get the battery out. Mine was stuck big time. Thanks to the comments on here I found my solution, which is the only one. (I am not going to risk taking a computer apart to re-set the latch; some times I lose my car keys for days on end, so taking it apart is not an option for me) My solution was to use one of the little flat head screw drivers - 3.00mm. I was able to slide it into a small crack on the side long part of the battery opposite the dvd drive, give it a small tug and the battery popped out. The latches are so cheap mine broke when I first encountered the problem because I tried to force the long knob. I did not realize it was in the open up position. Words of caution. Just pop the battery out, and you may save the latch knob. Just be careful when popping the battery out to stay away from the side where the contacts meet. A screwdriver could potentially cause problems in that area (towards the dvd drive). Cheers!
Posted on Dec 14, 2011
I was able to clear a stuck latch by forcing a wide screwdriver into crack around the battery and then prying the cover open.
Posted on Sep 20, 2009
I Have A Diffent Type Of Laptop
And Found That Tweezers Work If The Slider Bit Is Lost
Posted on Apr 07, 2009
I have an HP dv2000 and I also fixed the jammed battery using the thickest flathead screwdriver in my jewler's set. Just wedge the screwdriver all around the outer edge of the battery, including the sides. It pops out fairly easily, and you don't need to loosen any screws. I managed to do this with no visible scratches to my case once I put back the battery.
Note: the "open" position is towards the outside edge of the laptop. The "locked" position is towards the middle of the laptop. This fix is for a jammed battery while the latch is in the "open" position.
Posted on Mar 15, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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