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  • S1LV3R
    S1LV3R Sep 08, 2010

    You need to be a little more specific. Every laptop manufacturer is different. Make and Model of laptop please

  • joecoolvette
    joecoolvette Sep 08, 2010

    Generally for most laptops the strip of plastic above the keyboard, and below the LCD screen, is removed. There may also be one, or two screws to remove from the bottom of the laptop, that run up through the laptop to the keyboard. Post the laptop manufacturer's name, and the model number. (Post in a Comment) I may be able to give you a link to the Service Manual, as well as written guidance from me.

  • gordonspud Sep 08, 2010

    HP Pavillion dv9000. We put a new screen on but now that we put it all back together it turns on but the screen does not work. So we took it apart and checked the wires and then it worked. Put it all back together and now the screen does not work again. We are thinking that it just may be a bad connection in one of the wires. Do you have any suggestions? When the screen did work, it stopped working when i put the six screws back that go in the battery area. I appreciate your help and suggestions.

  • gordonspud Sep 08, 2010

    It is a HP pavillion dv9000

  • gordonspud Sep 08, 2010

    I am sorry it is a dv9922. the screen is the dv9000



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1) The Pavilion dv9000 you're referring to is one of the Pavilion dv9000 series. The specific model number is on the bottom of the laptop, in a white Service Tag. P/N is Product Number. HP's model numbering system.

Just posted for future edification should you have problems with another laptop. All Model Numbers will be on the bottom of the laptop, HP or no.

2) I would like to start with a link to the Service Manual, for your Pavilion dv9000 series laptop.

On this page scroll down to - HP Pavilion dv9000 Notebook PC - Maintenance and Service Guide, and left-click on it.
This is a PDF file.
May take up to 30 seconds before you see the first page. Additional time to fully fully download.
(Took 18 seconds to see the first page, and no additional download time, for me just now. Medium speed DSL)

Agree. Your diagnoses leads me to believe the Display Cable (Wire) has a break in it.
Switch Cover removed, (Plastic strip on top of the Keyboard, and below the LCD screen, I referred to before), the Display Cable is the cable (Wire) to the far Left. (Long connector) The cable next to it on the right, is the Microphone cable.
(Short connector)

(Next cable going to the right under is under the Keyboard, {But not connected to the Keyboard}, is the Camera cable. The long cable coming from under the Keyboard, and going off to the far right top corner, is the Wireless Antenna cable.

Also check the Backlight cable. This is the cable on the right side of the LCD screen, and goes to the Inverter mounted inside, at the bottom of the LCD Top Panel Cover. (The Lid, in otherwords) When you state your display does not come up, I assume you have checked the LCD screen with a flashlight, to see if the problem is just the Backlight Bulb is not working. An LCD screen does not provide enough light by itself. Needs that type of Florescent light bulb, (CCFL. Cold Cathode Florescent Lamp), to fully illuminate the LCD screen.

If the Backlight Bulb cable has a break in it, you won't be able to see the display.

Good news?

Not much I'm afraid, unless you're really good at soldering, or HP does indeed still sell that display cable, if it's bad. It's a multi-wire cable.

The Display cable also goes down through the laptop, and connects to the motherboard. You have to almost completely disassemble the laptop, to get to the display cable's connection on the motherboard.

Laptops are disassembled from the Top going Down. You do not just remove the Bottom Cover.

Things I would like to suggest.
FOLLOW Anti-Static Precautions, before you go any further into your laptop. (If you aren't following them already)

Anti-Static Precautions:
Your body carries Static electricity. Static WILL fry out Short Circuit) the delicate hardware components, inside a computer.

Relieve your body of Static BEFORE going deeper into that laptop.

With a desktop computer you just unplug it from power, and Touch the metal frame of the open computer case. The frame is made of steel.

The metal used inside a laptop is non-Ferrous. No Iron. Makes it so that the metal is non-magnetic. Also will not work for relieving your body of Static.

You can touch a doorknob to relieve your body of Static. The door better be within a one-step distance from where you're working. The movement of your feet, the rustling of your clothes, are 2 things that create Static.

Better method is to buy, and wear an ESD wrist strap, and connect the alligator clip to the metal frame of an open desktop computer case, unplugged from power.
[Electro Static Discharge. They run about 6 bucks)

In the PDF Service Manual ('Guide'), in the Bookmarks on the left side, scroll down to the section heading, Removal and Replacement Procedures, and click on the + sign to the left.

Now click on - 5.24 System Board. (Or Page 191 for the PDF page number)

Takes you through completely disassembling your laptop.

Check the Display Cable with a cheap multimeter set to Ohms. You are performing a Continuity Check of that cable. Wiggle the cable when checking with the multimeter.

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How to Repair, Replace and Change HP Laptop Keyboard

We are surprised that HP has done a nice job taking laptop market share from Dell and launching a slick marketing campaign using the slogan "the computer is personal again". Hewlett Packard laptop computers feature the functionality of a desktop computer in regard to their keyboards. However, because of size limitations, some laptops feature special keys that serve specific functions. Using these particular keys requires only the development of some new keyboard habits, like locating and pressing the "fn" button. With many HP laptops, the "fn" button is encircled.
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Step 3 Use a flathead screwdriver to pop up the HP Keyboard shield. Wiggle it under each side of the shield and carefully pop it up. The shield is located at the top of the front of the laptop (just above the keyboard itself). Place it aside and out of the way, since this shield can be easily damaged or warped after it is removed.
Step 4 Pull up on the keyboard carefully and slowly. Do not pull all the way; otherwise, you may damage the cable underneath. There is a keyboard cable holding the keyboard in place. De-attach it from the unit by locating the connector beneath the keyboard. Flip the connector lock into the up position and disconnect the cable. Remove the keyboard.
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A quick notes, when you unscrew the screw on the bottom of the laptop, just remove the screw with a "keyboard icon", not unscrewing every screw you see!
Related: offers a complete line of HP keyboards and compatible replacements for most laptop models.

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