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Anybody know how to take apart an HP laptop without mangling the screw covers?

Posted on 04/09/2011 3:51:37 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum

I bought an HP Probook 4525s from Newegg for $399 a couple of weeks ago. It's a lot of bang for the buck, and you can call HP to get the restore disks for 32- and 64-bit Windows 7 Pro. I bought 4GB of RAM, but the first step in taking the thing apart is to remove the mylar covers over some screws in the back.

I can do this, but the only way I see to remove the mylar covers is to destroy them.

Should I just destroy them? I hate boogering up a brand new computer.


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: lowqualitycrap

1 posted on 04/09/2011 3:51:39 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum
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To: E. Pluribus Unum


Probably not what you need, huh? :)

2 posted on 04/09/2011 3:55:37 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Where do YOU stand in your relationship with God???)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tr7om-fLkSA


3 posted on 04/09/2011 3:56:12 PM PDT by pennboricua
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

isn’t there a separate panel for access to the meymory boards? We have three HP laptops and each has a panel in the base to access memory. The diagram you are showing lookes like removal of the bas of the laptop itself.


4 posted on 04/09/2011 3:56:33 PM PDT by Always Independent
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

32 bit will only manage about 3.5 gigs of RAM.


5 posted on 04/09/2011 3:58:27 PM PDT by RobertClark (On a long enough timeline the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

IBTJ - In Before The Jokers!


6 posted on 04/09/2011 3:59:11 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: RobertClark

I thought of that. That’s why I got the 64-bit disks from HP.


7 posted on 04/09/2011 3:59:29 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("...crush the bourgeoisie... between the millstones of taxation and inflation." --Vladimir Lenin)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

RAM access is under the keyboard - remove from topside.


8 posted on 04/09/2011 4:00:33 PM PDT by RobertClark (On a long enough timeline the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.)
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To: Always Independent

That is from the HP repair manual. You have to take the whole thing apart. This is classified as business computer, and they don’t expect the consumer to be messing with it.


9 posted on 04/09/2011 4:01:37 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("...crush the bourgeoisie... between the millstones of taxation and inflation." --Vladimir Lenin)
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10 posted on 04/09/2011 4:02:06 PM PDT by Daffynition (DBKP ~ Death By 1000 Papercuts)
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To: RobertClark
RAM access is under the keyboard - remove from topside.

I got that straight from HP's service manual

11 posted on 04/09/2011 4:03:26 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("...crush the bourgeoisie... between the millstones of taxation and inflation." --Vladimir Lenin)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I just did this....on a Thinkpad. Sorry I have no clue on an HP.


12 posted on 04/09/2011 4:04:24 PM PDT by Drango (NO-vember is payback for April 15th)
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To: pennboricua
I appreciate the thought, but they are all freaking different.

Actually, this isn't a technical question. It's just how to remove the damned mylar covers without destroying them.

13 posted on 04/09/2011 4:05:38 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("...crush the bourgeoisie... between the millstones of taxation and inflation." --Vladimir Lenin)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
You could try to heat the mylar covers with a heat gun or hair dryer to loosen the adhesive. If the adhesive is loosened by the heat they should easily peel off.

In that way you might be able to put them back afterward. Heat them again and stick them back on.

14 posted on 04/09/2011 4:06:00 PM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I’ve been putting off getting dual cores & etc. for a long time. How does this compare to a good old 3GHz single core running sweetly (if you can remember!)?


15 posted on 04/09/2011 4:08:01 PM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
This site has pretty good tutorials:

Inside My Laptop

I didn't see one for the model you mentioned, but they might have one for a close model or Compac version of the same machine.

16 posted on 04/09/2011 4:09:15 PM PDT by Dan Cooper
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

There are three screws directly under the battery and one on each side under the mylar / rubber covers. Just use a pin or your thumb nail to pull them off (you can reapply them later if you would like with a dab of glue - most people just leave them off). Then turn over and open the laptop up. The plastic cover at the top of the keyboard will lift straight up. Removing it will reveal two screws (one at the top corner on each side of the keyboard) - remove them and then slide the keyboard forward (it will be tight) doing so will allow you to lift out the keyboard and access the RAM. Reverse to reassemble.


17 posted on 04/09/2011 4:13:41 PM PDT by RobertClark (On a long enough timeline the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
I bought an HP Probook ... a couple of weeks ago.
I think you'll void your warranty if you screw around - no pun intended.
18 posted on 04/09/2011 4:29:38 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER HP PIECE O CRAP EVER AGAIN


19 posted on 04/09/2011 4:48:28 PM PDT by Mr. K (Job #1 DEFUND THE LEFT Palin/Bachman 2012 -Unbeatable Ticket)
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To: raybbr
You could try to heat the mylar covers with a heat gun or hair dryer ...
... and make toasted cheese sandwiches at the same time.

20 posted on 04/09/2011 4:50:52 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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21 posted on 04/09/2011 4:54:16 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I recently watched a video on replacing memory in one of the newer HP laptops.

Do a google search on video+HP model+memory.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTSZR3VjlSA

The video above is 8 minutes and very informative.


22 posted on 04/09/2011 5:16:56 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Nuke...orbit...only way...be sure


23 posted on 04/09/2011 5:47:33 PM PDT by JRios1968 (Of course Laz would hit it!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Most times the little mylar covers fall out in time anyway. My work HP has half of them missing from normal travel wear and tear.


24 posted on 04/09/2011 5:55:19 PM PDT by sbMKE
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

You could always ask Carly Fiorina.


25 posted on 04/09/2011 6:33:14 PM PDT by Mobties (Reduce the government footprint! Let the markets work!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I got ya. did you check for anything on youtube?


26 posted on 04/09/2011 7:04:45 PM PDT by Always Independent
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To: Brad's Gramma; Daffynition; oh8eleven

Uh, folks... Please don’t smash your old computers!

There is a lot of life left in even the oldest systems. It doesn’t take much work to take a hard drive from one, a motherboard from another and have a working system that can go to someone who needs one.

My computer is 10 years old, and I’m praying to be able to get another one. Some of these computers I see on this thread — smashed and burning — are newer than mine.

That computer you are smashing could be the answer to someone’s prayers.

Please find some techie who can refurbish your old computer and get it in someone’s hands.

Bless you!


27 posted on 04/09/2011 7:12:14 PM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

HP owners may be interested in this link:

http://h20464.www2.hp.com/index.html

It comes in awfully handy... :)


28 posted on 04/09/2011 7:27:05 PM PDT by FAB (Just an IT bump in the road.)
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To: PastorBooks

Some of us are already there...half the machines we own are cobbled together from bits and pieces of the previous, and anything not in use is benched for a reason...mobo that blew a cap and let the magic smoke out, another with an IDE controller issue that causes it to eat hard drives.

Ok, so technically the second still boots and all, but it’s been stripped to the bare board for several years now, even if I don’t have the heart to pitch it....I’ve seen it destroy a drive that was in it less than two weeks.


29 posted on 04/09/2011 7:43:08 PM PDT by Fire_on_High (Stupid should hurt.)
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To: sbMKE

Thanks.


30 posted on 04/09/2011 8:07:39 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("...crush the bourgeoisie... between the millstones of taxation and inflation." --Vladimir Lenin)
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To: PastorBooks

Mine got a nasty virus this afternoon...fortunately my good friend and neighbor is *THE* IT specialist/primo geek for all of Bloomberg’s enterprises. I was afraid we were going to have a funeral.

Thanks JIM! Smooches!!!


31 posted on 04/09/2011 8:14:50 PM PDT by Daffynition (DBKP ~ Death By 1000 Papercuts)
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To: Daffynition

Daffynition,

Viruses can’t normally kill a computer, it only seems that way. The only way a virus or a rootkit can damage a computer beyond repair is to modify the BIOS on the motherboard, or some other high-tech hardware-related attack. They aren’t that common.

Most viruses are strictly Windows affairs that happen because Microsoft didn’t have their act together when they were writing DOS, Windows 3, Windows 3.1, Windows 95, etc. A LOT of the code in Windows XP and 7 date back to those days when “computer security” meant keep the door locked.

It’s like Microsoft built a skyscraper but forgot to put in any insulation. So they are constantly patching holes that they missed, and mice get in. There is no way to fix the codebase — the only way Windows will ever be secure is to re-write it from the ground up.

A good thing to do is go to http://www.ubuntu.com/ and download a ready-to-run Live CD of Ubuntu Linux. It’s free. If you ever get another virus, you can stick in the CD and run Linux right from the CD. You can get online and figure out how to fix Windows.

You might like Ubuntu, and Linux almost never gets viruses.


32 posted on 04/09/2011 9:37:17 PM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: PastorBooks

Thank you. This virus was strange...it popped its little self after I looked at a google image, I had planned to load to my Fotki account.

A window appeared that had the Microsoft shield logo and asked to exe. a fix...of *course* I clicked, but fortunately it did’t go any farther than that...The Trend-Micro stopped it. My geek friend fixed it. He said for some reason Microsoft holds on to a lot of junk in the background. After the fix my ‘puter is lightning fast!

I dodged the big one! ;D


33 posted on 04/09/2011 9:49:24 PM PDT by Daffynition (DBKP ~ Death By 1000 Papercuts)
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To: Mr. K

“I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER HP PIECE O CRAP EVER AGAIN”

Yep. I repair computers and HP laptops are consistently the worst in terms of durability and longevity. Absolute junk. Square Trade agrees and lists them as the worst as well.


34 posted on 04/09/2011 9:58:28 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Made from the right stuff!)
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