HP Pavilion Dv7 Heatsink Cleaning/Replacement (HD)




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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.

Paul Popovici: (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. =(

Paul Popovici: 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?

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

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

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!! :)

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 !!!!!!

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.

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!

David Ulmer: Gotta say thanks. I've worked on desktops for years, always hated working on laptops because each one is so different in design and so easy to break. I got a DV7 3079wm that I love (although I'm buying an Asus ROG G751 lol), and needed to do this for some time, but I've been scared of breaking the tabs. This helps allot, especially since it's the exact style of mine. This is the best quality in real time full disassembly out there that I've seen in over a year. Kudos

HumbleFollowerofJC: I wanted to add to all the thanks on this video! I have the same laptop and it started shutting off due to the overheating. I did a little research and learned of the heatsink(thermal paste issue). Until this my laptop just sat in the closet not sure what to do with it. Found your video and used it to perform the task and the laptop works perfect. So thank you for the detailed video!!! Greatly appreciated sir!! (replaced the thermal paste and cleaned the fan)

ibrark: You have shown this video in an excellent way. Except at 2 points which is due to camera move is not clear, i give 99 out of 100!! Thank you for this!!

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.

Preston Houfek: I also want to thank you for taking the time to show me how to disassemble this computer. This is the only video that shows my actual computer as the others are very different. I have this black screen issue. After trying the heat gun trick on the GPU I still have no picture. Do you have any other suggestions? thanks

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. 

Jasmina Ha: thank you so much for this video! since my mother tongue isn't english, I couldn't understand all the materials u mentioned at 1:00. Do u mind listing them for me? Thanks again for sharing ur knowledge with us :)

Arno Mulder: Great work, just did my HP pavillion 1220ed little different but i managed. 3 year cleaning! Thanks

Abdul Halim: Elegant Mess, I wanted to know if it's possible to upgrade the CPU?

Dmitriy Shibayev: I was waiting for such video for about a year, the repair would cost me about 200 euro. Thank you very much, now i can take care of my laptop myself and do it with your help absolutely confident. Just few questions, could you please write the name of the thermal paste which you have used, and maybe you know where can i buy a new fan in case if my doesn´t work anymore.

Kevin Ng: Thank for this video great and helpful and I'm sure that your laptop is pretty same as mine which is pavilion dv7-3112sa. Also, do you know which fan that I should buy since I have no Idea which fan to buy since my laptop is overheating :S and keep getting error every time i start the computer which is CMOS error 505 so does that mean i need to Find cmos battery for my model or i can use any cmos battery?

EnglishinTx: Great video. Thanks. Is there a way to know for sure that this is the issue causing overheating before I attempt this? I can see from task manger that not much is going on when it overheats - CPU usage is very low yet the fan runs full out like a little jet engine and it shuts down on me. One question on your procedure - don't I need to use some kind of static protection so I don't zap the motherboard? Any recommendations on that? thanks!

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

Vanessa Lindores: Thank you so much for this. I really appreciate you doing it in real time. I'm a Mom that has (had!) no experience taking apart computers but I wanted to get my old overheating Pavilion working well for my kids to use. We took on the project together and did great until it came time to take off the screen. The last screw ended up stripped. We gave the fan area as good a cleaning with the compressed air as we could and backed out from there. Any suggestions for dealing with this? These tiny screws aren't very forgiving it seems. The computer seems to be working well but I would like to try going all the way. Thanks again. It was fun doing as much as we did.

Otto Lund: Thanks abeldanger.net

BabayBunny: I was wondering do you need to put the thermal compound on the GPU and the CPU or just the CPU?

5150pb: How did you unplug the screen from motherboard? Does it slide out or pop up?

Dalarna Skogen: Hi elegant nice video! I got an dv7-3090eo with a broken cpu fan, is it possible to just replace the fan or do i need to replace the fan with heat sink etc. Best regards

Leonardo Berwian: Thanks Man! Ill have a beer now

Andy Lao: which thermal compound should i use to replace my current one for my dv-7 notebook

Savatage Kindu: Thank you very much..... What if I use silicon compound instead of arctic silver, would be possible to be OK...?

Hilco Smit: you made a little mistake the keyboard connector the black clip has to stay on you'll have to lift it slightly towards you it works like a hinge if you clip it out you'll damage the hinge

Bill Colak: At 36:50 the black thing that holds the cable and the underneath of the power button kept on falling off so I typed it on (don't judge me) and now my computer is not starting lol

flyingtrackerz22: Is it the same for a HP pavilion dv7 beatsaudio ?

cbbitstomper: Wanted to thank you for the great video. I used it to replace the fan in my fathers computer and everything went very well. Thank-you once again!

Tiago Sousa: Estive a desmontar o portátil de trabalho para limpar e lubrificar a ventoinha, que não se calava, mesmo sem estar muito quente. Nestas modernices de portáteis, isto equivale a desmanchar o portátil inteiro até ficar com a motherboard na mão. Incrivelmente consegui montar tudo de novo, sem sobrar parafusos, e aparentemente tudo funciona... E ficou silencioso (viva o WD40). Claro que isto só foi possível com o vídeo em anexo :) (mesmo assim o tipo induz em erro na parte de desligar o teclado; se não fosse um colega meu, ainda devia estar a olhar para o teclado na altura de montar...)

Bill Colak: The white speaker bezle cord and the black hinge keeps falling off on mine :(

Gera Tokyo: Thank you very much!!!!! you helped me a lot!!

Lisa Featherston: Most have "poo-poo-ed" the dv7 but it was a laptop ahead of its time and when well maintained, continues to provide me performance that supersedes most offered on the retail shelves today. Thanks for providing this video. Well done and very helpful!!!

justintime506: Man, you're a life saver this was too scary to go in blind. Thanks a milion! You would think a high maintenance part like the fan would be more accessible....

Jimmy Hers: What a first class job! Thank you for your time spent on this issues. Like many others I am having to depend on repairs vs replacement if practical. The tutorial on disassembling and reassembling the HP DV7 Pavilion is by far the best I have seen. As for where to obtain the compounds you used I'll start looking at my local mom & pop hardware store for those or like. I have found these businesses usually offer a higher level of knowledge or experience than the big chains. 

Slava Harelik: Sorry for stupid question - what is a thermal paste far? Is it just special grease?

NipponEngie: This video was amazingly helpful! I feel a bit better tackling this myself. I noticed you didn't mention anything about grounding yourself in the video. That is the one thing I'm most afraid of when I think about disassembling my laptop. I don't particularly want to invest in a strap or mat, and a lot of tips suggests always touching something metal, in terms of a laptop that seems a little harder to do. What would you suggest? 

Arthur Hildebrandt: Replaced the fan and screwed down heat sink with new thermal paste. Now how do I reassemble the laptop?

pontebuso: What did u use to clean the gpu with the cutip?

Pau Zen: Great job, very informative, most neatly disassembling of a laptop on the web. Deeply appreciate your effort. What is the best thermal paste would you recommend? I have also discovered if you elevate the laptop, or simply put two small foams or objects to jackup the laptop at the back side, the fan runs cleaner and the computer is less susceptible to overheating. The farther away from the surface where the laptop sits the better.

Dean Hamlin: that was great thank you. good quality and very clear. i was just looking at where the little battery was, i could see it after you popped the cover. i would like to clean the cpu as its 4yrs old and the fan cuts in all the time..

M MOT: Very nice work!! I hate to question anything here, but the video didn't show how to disconnect the screen cable on the left side. My guess is this occurred when the camera memory filled up and the video restarted a bit further forward. I'm nervous to just start pulling or pushing without a sense of what to do (like with the wireless connections on the back side that ere a bit stubborn but did come off per your detailed steps). Could you identify what to do for that disconnection? Thanks SO MUCH!

Nicks Gea: I broke the plastic piece that holds the keyboards wire to the motherboard. :(

spudbutt33: just finished cleaning the fan and heatsink! The computer is working just as good as it did when i bought it! My laptop was a little different than yours but your video was a fantastic help! keep posting good stuff man
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