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How the ?#$% do you get into the case on these?

I have removed the screws, popped the plastics off, but it is still connected down in the middle, and I don't want to force it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • John Dean
    John Dean Mar 19, 2008

    There are 7 screws in the bottom, which seems to free the top from the bottom. It is an ultra portable (Super Small) laptop, and does not come apart like all other laptops I have seen. Once the screws are removed the top is free, but something under the kbd area is still attached. I can't seem to remove the keyboard (there is no plastic retaining strip or set of screws holding it in) Is there a trick to removing the Keyboard on this model?

  • John Dean
    John Dean Mar 19, 2008

    The Bottom Panel to answer the question. Sorry, The palm rest is part of the top panel, no separation that I can see.

  • Patrick Michaels
    Patrick Michaels May 11, 2010

    what are you trying to remove? the palm rest or the bottom panel?


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You'll find that there are usually 2 to 3 smaller screws, which hold that top down. Look right above keyboard, for small, sometimes, color or arrow identified screws. that should get you there.

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Suggests a problem with the Video Cable, screen Inverter, or LCD screen.

However the diagnosis starts with the graphics chipset. It has to be ruled out as the problem before going on. Otherwise you would be foolishly replacing parts, (Video Cable, screen Inverter, LCD screen), when it would do no good.

1) Laptop OFF, monitor OFF, connect a VGA monitor to the VGA port, on the left side of the laptop.

This is an example of a VGA Cable, and VGA connector (port),

Scroll down a little for the VGA Cable example.

You can use a CRT type of VGA monitor, (Looks like a small TV), or a flat LCD screen monitor if it has a VGA cable.

Turn the monitor on. If a CRT type allow it to warm up.
Turn the laptop on.
By factory default settings the display should show on the external VGA monitor.
If not;

There are at least 3 display options;
A) Internal monitor of laptop ONLY
B) Internal monitor of laptop AND external VGA monitor
C) External VGA monitor ONLY

Press, and hold the Fn key down, and at the same time tap once on the F5 key. (The F5 key is the Display Toggle-Over key)
Still no?
Hold the Fn key down again, and tap once more on the F5 key.

Display is good on external VGA monitor?
Then problem is Video Cable, or inside the Display Assembly.
(screen Inverter or LCD screen)

Display is bad on the external VGA monitor, means there is a problem with the graphics chipset.
Most of the time, it is the MOUNTING of the graphics chipset TO motherboard, and not a faulty graphics chipset.

Video Cable:
The Video Cable connects to the motherboard, in an area under the Middle Cover.
(Middle Cover. Acer for Switch Cover. The plastic strip under the LCD screen, and above the Keyboard. Has the Power On button, LED indicator lights, and speakers)

It then runs under the left Hinge, and up into the Display Assembly.
From there a small cable comes off of it, and connects to the screen Inverter. The main part of the Video Cable, then connects to the back of the LCD screen.

So we have - Motherboard connection, screen Inverter connection, and LCD screen connection.

Due to the normal opening, and closing of the laptop; one or all of those connections could be loose.
The Video Cable could be pinched, and pulled on.

It can also cause damage to the Video Cable.
Example of Video Cable,

The large white connector at the Bottom, with black insulation around it; plugs into the motherboard.
The small cable with the smaller white plug connector, connects to the screen Inverter.

The main part of the Video Cable goes up, and ends in a large white plug connector. The smaller cable that goes on up from it, plugs into the webcam.

Start by checking the motherboard side connection of the Video Cable.
1) Remove ALL power. Remove the AC adapter (Charger), and Battery.

2) Open the laptop.
Remove the Middle Cover.
The Middle Cover pops off. HOWEVER be aware that there are cable STILL attached.

Come to the right of the Power On's rectangular button. See the parting line of the Middle Cover to Bottom Cover?
I use a thick guitar pick to insert in that parting line, and ease the Middle Cover up a little.

You can also use a Spudger Tool. I do NOT recommend using a metal tool, such as a metal flat tipped screwdriver.
You can mar the plastic parts very easily, and also can cause damage.

IF, this is your only recourse, make SURE the tip of the screwdriver does NOT go in more than 1/8th Inch. That is a tiny bit more than 3mm.

Ease the Middle Cover up, then use your fingertips, and go along the edges of the Middle Cover. You want to pop the Middle Cover off, then roll it over on the Keyboard; with the cables still attached.

The Video Cable motherboard connector, is to the left of the left Speaker, and below the left Hinge.
Visual inspection alone will NOT do. You have to physically try to plug the Video Cable connector in.

Now ease the Battery back in, and reconnect the AC adapter. Plug AC adapter back into power. Turn the laptop on. Fix the problem?
No? Go on.

Remove ALL power again.
This time you are going to check the screen Inverter connection, and LCD screen connection.

The plastic frame in front of the LCD screen is the Display Bezel.
Acer calls it the LCD Bezel.
There are 4 Screw Covers to remove. One in each corner.
Top Left, Top Right, Bottom left, and Bottom Right.

These are made of synthetic rubber, or plastic. They have a type of rubber cement on them, that holds them on.
I take a computer pick, and remove them. You may find a similar tool if you do not have a computer pick.

Start at the bottom edge where the Screw Cover, meets the Display Bezel. Lift up.
If you use care when removing you may be able to reuse the Screw Covers. Don't stick anymore? Apply a tiny dab of rubber cement with a toothpick.
I L-I-G-H-T-L-Y stick them to the Display Bezel for safekeeping.

(They like to stick to the computer pick, your fingers, and it seems sometimes passing satellites)

Remove the 4 Philips head screws. (No.1 Philips screwdriver, or comparable Jeweler's screwdriver)
The Display Bezel has TABS that go around the perimeter, of the inside edges.
These snap into matching Latches on the Display Cover.

The Display Bezel is flexible. Made of space-age plastic.
To remove use your fingertips on the inside edge at the bottom. Flex the middle of the bottom up a little.
When it is high enough, slide s fingertip underneath, and go along the Display Bezel at the bottom. Go towards the Right, or Left.

The Tabs/Latches should start releasing. Snap, snap, snap. Almost sounds like you are breaking it.
Bottom popped loose go up the Left side, or Right side. Pop those Tabs/Latches loose.

Once the Display Bezel has popped loose pretty far, it should come off. I state SHOULD. I have has Display Bezels where I had to fight it all the way off. Every Tab/Latch had to be released.

See the small circuit board at the bottom? That is the screen Inverter. You can physically check the connection, just to see if it was loose.
While you are here though, you need to check LCD screen connection. After that, then make sure the screen Inverter connection is tight.

Reason is you are going to partially remove the LCD screen, to check it's connection; and this could disconnect the screen Inverter connection.
(Remember; all connections have to be Physically checked. If the screen Inverter connection was popped partially loose, when checking the LCD screen connection, you may not see it.
Check screen Inverter connection, AFTER checking LCD screen connection )

LCD screen connection is tight, after physically checking?
Screen Inverter connection is tight?
Lay the LCD screen assembly back in the Display Cover, and Display Cover is tilted back a little bit.
(Don't want LCD screen to fall forward)

All power reinstalled, turn the laptop on again, and see if these connections were the problem.
I have run into this many times, and so have users who have posted on here, through the years.

Still no?
You MUST rule out the Video Cable as the problem before going on.
Means the Video Cable has to be removed, and checked for continuity. Nothing fancy here. You just want to make sure electricity, is passing through every wire in the Video Cable.
Test is performed with a multimeter set to OHM's (1K), and every wire is checked.
No access to a multimeter? Then suggest taking the Video Cable down to the nearest small computer shop, and have them check it for continuity. Should only be a couple of bucks.

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Laptops provide great convenience because of their small and portability, but those features can become a real pain when you have a part that needs to be replaced. If the motherboard goes out on your HP Pavilion laptop, you can replace it on your own at home, but the cramped quarters and small parts can make it a very challenging endeavor. Power off your Pavilion laptop and remove the power cable. Flip the laptop over and press down on the raised knob on the battery cover. Push the knob away from you and then use your other hand to pull out the battery. Set the battery aside and turn the laptop back over. Open the lid so that the screen is up and facing towards you. Slide the screwdriver in-between the two edges of the large plastic bezel piece above the keyboard on the bottom half of the laptop. Pry the plastic bezel upward. Remove the cable connected from the plastic piece to the motherboard and set the piece aside. Remove the screws holding the hinges in place that connect to the top half of the laptop. Pull the hinges out. Remove the screws that are holding the keyboard and then pull the keyboard off. Pull out all of the cables that are connected to the other components such as the USB port, the hard drive and the wireless card (if your Pavilion has one). Remove all of the remaining screws that are holding the motherboard into place. Carefully pull the motherboard out. Place the new motherboard into the laptop case and re-attach all of the screws. Connect all of the cables back into place and then re-attach the keyboard, hinges and plastic bezel. Pop the battery back in and turn the laptop on. Hope this helps.

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1) ALL power removed from the laptop. Remove the AC adapter (Charger) and Battery.

2) Open the laptop, lay the Display Assembly back as far as you can.

At the bottom on the outside corners, there are two rubber like screw covers. One in each corner.
Carefully remove these (2) with a computer pick, or similar device.

The screw covers are held on by a type of rubber cement. If you carefully start one edge up, and lift it off, you can reuse the screw cover again. Lay it down on flat surface, glue side up.
(Yes, they like to stick to the pick, and to your fingers)

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Remove them.

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Do the same with the right and left side.
The bezel will pop up, and out.

{The Display Bezel has protrusions that are tabs, going along the inside edge. These tabs snap into the Display Enclosure. The top cover of the laptop.

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It's under the Keyboard. It is referred to as an RTC battery. (Real Time Clock)

1) ALL power removed from the laptop. AC adapter (Charger) and Battery.

2) It would be in your best interest to buy, and wear an ESD wrist strap.
(Electro Static Discharge)
Connect the alligator clip to a good ground source.
The price of an ESD wrist strap averages from $3 to $12.
Carried in a multitude of stores.

Example of an ESD wrist strap,

[ Your body carries Static electricity.
Static will fry out (Short Circuit) the hardware components inside a computer.
You may not see it, or feel it.
Your computer will. POOF!
I connect to the metal frame of an empty desktop computer case ]

3) Keyboard Removal:

Laptop closed turn the laptop over. There is 1 Philips screw to remove down in the middle of the Battery Compartment, towards the inside edge. (Battery removed)

Turn the laptop over to it's normal position. Open it.
There is a slim strip of plastic that covers screws that hold the Keyboard in place.
The name of it is Keyboard Holder.

It is right above the Keyboard on the LCD screen side, and below the strip of plastic that contains the Power On button, LED lights, and speaker ports.

(This strip of plastic above is part of a cover, that removes when the LCD Display is removed. It isn't an LED/Switch Cover, per se)

Ease your fingertips in-between the latches that hold the Keyboard Holder in place, and the computer, lift up on the Keyboard Holder.

[To explain:
The Keyboard Holder is a slim strip of plastic. Going along it are plastic protrusions, or tabs.
These tabs are on each side of the Keyboard Holder.

Starting from the Left side there are tabs on each side of the Keyboard holder.
Go towards the Right side approximately 2 inches, and there is another set of tabs.
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You need to ease up on the Keyboard Holder by placing your fingertips under it, in-between two sets of those tabs.
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Keep going towards the next set of tabs, and keep popping the Keyboard Holder up.

Example: Start from the Left side. Come over about two inches from the Left end, ease up on the Keyboard Holder. Slide your fingertips towards the tab set on the Left. Pop the Keyboard Holder up. (The tabs will release) Now go to the right to the next set of tabs.

Once the Keyboard Holder is removed, there are two Philips head screws to remove, that hold the Keyboard in place.
These are at the ends of where the Keyboard Holder was. One screw on each end.
(You'll see plastic tabs coming from the Keyboard where the screws are)

Screws removed ease up on the Front of the Keyboard.
(Front is towards the LCD screen)

Turn the Keyboard over carefully towards you, lay it down on the Palm Rest Cover, (And Touchpad)
(Front of Keyboard comes up, and over towards you)

There will be a flat ribbon cable attached. You shouldn't have to disconnect it, or fully remove the Keyboard in order to access the RTC (CMOS) battery.

The RTC battery is similar to the normal batteries used in a desktop computer, (CR2032), but is smaller in size, and is enclosed in a plastic 'bag'. (Plastic holder)

There are two wires coming from it which end in a male connector. (White)
The male connector plugs into the motherboard of the laptop.
Use your fingernails to ease the male connector out.

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Go down to the line that begins with Tecra.
Go across to M2, and click on it.

This is a 16MB PDF file. Takes time for it to download. You won't see anything happening until the file is almost fully downloaded, then the first page pops up.
(Medium speed DSL connection it took almost 2.5 minutes to download. May have to have a talk with my ISPO, lol!)

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