HP Pavilion Dv7 Heatsink Cleaning/Replacement (HD)




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Alan Stevens: I have this same computer and before I take it apart and test it I was wondering if you could give me an idea on whats wrong first.   It was working fine until the battery got to 6% and it shut down and now wont start up.  The power switch does nothing no fans no cap loc or num loc.  The led on the side where its plugged in is lit saying there is power to the machine.   Please help

NancyS: I'm in the same boat as so many of you…all is good except I have the black screen.  Did anyone find a solution?  I have double checked and reseated the cables from the monitor (both the left side of the screen and the right side of the screen) but still black.  Help!  Thanks.  Otherwise, great video and help.  Cleaned up my fan and the computer seems to be running fine - other than no screen :(

Sarah Paz: Hello, I did all this step by step both disassembly and assembly...and cleaned out the fan. Thanks for being so straight forward and informative. However, when I turn on my laptop now, the screen is black and the entire mother board is lit up (power button, volume, etc) and the caps lock and num lock is flashing every second or so. Please advise what you may think the issue is.

Karl Berakovich: I just wanted to thank you very much for the excellent video !!! It was clear, concise, and EXTREMELY helpful ! I had taken it upon myself to clean my fan on my "ancient" but still loved Pavillion. I was so organized in labeling all of the little screws in an ice cube tray, and made illustrations for myself. What I neglected to do was to note the ORDER in which it all goes back together !! ( DUH !!) I'm 68 and cyberly challenged, but you really helped this old guy out of a mess. Good luck to you and I will be watching more of your videos and telling everyone about your excellent commentary and instructions.

Julian C: Great video Elegant!! thanks it helped a lot I Just have One quick question: so I am replacing only the fan because it has broken fanblades but "how do I know if I also should replace the heat sink, how can I tell???"  Thanks

Jim Anderssén: Hello, Thanks for the great video, it helped a lot. But I got one problem. After I put everything back toghether, the computer starts up but the screen won't turn on. Do you have any advice for this kind of problem? Thanks for any answers!

Richard Medina: Hey man, I broke the little clips from the keyboard connector, do you know where can I buy it?

tony kupe: Thank you for this video!
As I started the laptop afterwards the hp wireless assistent doesn't work anymore?!

Paul Popovici (DeXTeR): So I dissassembled and reassembled the laptop exaclty how you showed in the video and now it doesnt start.
it shows on the right that its loading but it doesnt work.
do you maybe know why that happens, maybe i did something wrong?

Anastasios Mpoz: Great job !!!!!!  could you tell me the model( code number ) of the  motherboard on this hp ??? I have to change it with an other one !!!!! thnks !!!!!!

Florian Herve (Fr33H3rtZ): ...removes your hands !!! f#ck !"""

Alan Alicante: Hello Elegant Mess, I would like to thank you for your in-depth tutorial  on cleaning the heat sync for the HP Dv7 Great step by step instructions. My laptop is running much cooler thanks to your video. 

Kirill Ryadchenko: First of all Put the screws in order you disassemble the laptop. I putted them in a small containers in order of disassembly. Take photos as you advance before unscrewing the screws, I'll save you a lot of time when you try to remember whish crew goes where.

After the first assembly I forgot to put the fan power plug on, so I had overheating. Also I forgot two sets of screws So I ended up with an extra screws after everything is done. My advice
1_Don't forget to plug the fan tightly.
2_Don't forget four short black screws under the monitor hinge. (these are not very obvious
3_Don't forget two short white screws under the DVD-Rom. (these are also quite hidden)
4_While plugging the keyboard push the black clip on top toward you. It should not just clip on but also wedge in to press the connections of the keyboard tightly to the motherboard, otherwise half of the keys wouldn't work. Try pushing the black clip before putting the cable in to see how far should it move. It should be about 1mm.

To be sure that you assemble your laptop correctly and everything works, turn it on before putting the last screw. Be careful not to cause a sort circuit. I did it after plugging the keyboard to the motherboard. Put the RAM, HDD and battery back. Put the keyboard on top of the plastic rim and turn the laptop on. Check if the fan is rotating under the keyboard. Check if keys are working on the keyboard. If everything works. Turn it of and assemble everything back.

Kevin Hertel: Junge ganz ehrlich du redest dort zu viel und zeigst viel zu wenig ganz ehrlich mehr zeign weniger ehrklären okay very good aber du bist ja wahrscheinlich geistig behindert oder

Paul Popovici (DeXTeR): (at first , sry for my bad english ;D)
so i wanna thank you a lot for you tutorial , which helped me a lot. i never disassembled a laptop before but with your help i got it. but i have a problem now ,which i dont know how to solve and i hope that you can help me. so i was at that part where i had to disconnect the screen , and i already disconnected it on the right side and i took the screws out. after that i couldnt disconnect the left cable so i closed the laptop to look under it and see if i missed a screw there , which i didnt.
as i opened the laptop again i saw that the metal thing where the 2 screws came in was flipped to the top , so it didnt was as before. i didnt knew that i couldnt flip it back , so i followed the disassembling. finaly i finished , so i tried to flip the metal thing from the screen back but it didnt work , even with a bit of force. so now my question is , did i broke it or can i fix it back.
i think that its possible because it should flip , like you normally flip the screen , but im kinda scared to try and force it.
please help me , i dont really know what to do , i got a new fan but i cant fix that. =(

Captain Canada: A helpful video.  However a couple of points from a fellow tech:  The black tab on the keyboard connector does not need to be removed, it just flips up like a hinge and you can then pull the connector out.  Trying to remove it increases the chance of breakage needlessly.

Also, you did not illustrate correctly how to clean the fan.  The unit must be further disassembled; there are tiny black  screws on the casing (five of them) that are removed and then the casing comes apart.  It is impossible to clean this fan from the exterior using compressed air.  Hair and dust builds up on the vent inside and forms a thick mat.  This  is why the computer gets hot and the fan gets loud because it is at it's max speed and has no load due to interrupted airflow.  If the casing is disassembled, the fan can be cleaned properly and reassembly isn't difficult.

Finally, as an instructional video to do-it-yourselfers, my feeling is that more attention needs to be put into detailing the removal of all of the screws during disassembly of the case.  The most likely problem for the novice is missing a screw and then prying too hard on a component, thereby causing breakage.

Paulo Goulão: Is there any specific thickness for the thermopad in this model?
How do you even know before you open any laptop? I found no spec in the HP site and in the shop I went to buy the paste and the thermal pad, they had 3 thicknesses to choose from.

Jeff Carlton: I did this to my laptop and now the screen is blank/black.  Any suggestions as to why?  I was replacing the cooling fan (had to remove like 5 other systems/structures to get there ...optical drive, etc.).  Put it all back together.  Cooling fan seems fixed.  Now this problem.  Any advice on cords to check, etc???  Thanks!! :)

charliezinhu: Great video! i have an older model of this laptop (DV7-1000), but i was looking for an info that maybe you can help me out...
I'm having some freezing problems with my laptop, already switched hard drive, so it's not the issue, i'm suspecting of overheating...
The CPU uses thermal paste, but the GPU has a space between the heatsink and the chip itself, making mandatory the use of a thermal pad...
@15:50 you show the pad, can u tell me the thickness of the pad so i can order new ones to replace on my laptop? also, if it's possible, tell me which thermal pads are the best in your opinión

Thanks in advance!
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HP Pavilion dv7 Heatsink Cleaning/Replacement (HD) 5 out of 5

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HP Pavilion dv7 Heatsink Cleaning/Replacement (HD)