My TX2000z succumbed to the ever popular overheating issue a few weeks ago. The intention, with this post, is to provide a step by step guide to pulling out your motherboard. I have seen site after site, video after video talking about how to fix the motherboard, but little on pulling it out. Also, it seems everyone is bitching and moaning about the issue appearing just after their warranty was up as if HP devised some internal bomb to go off. I had all the options, just like everyone else, to extend that warrantyùI should have. I am not saying I deserve to have purchased a piece of shit, but let’s face it, it’s an HP. I’m not pretending I haven’t been warned.
In the process of dismantling your tx2000z, I take no responsibilities for any harm that may befall you, your laptop, your clothes, your home, your girlfriend/wife/toy, your first born, your pet or anything I can think of for using the information found on this post.
You’ve Been Warned!
So let’s get to it, shall we?
In a nutshell, I needed to re-seat the Nvidia chip, clean and re-thermal the CPU, and add the ‘copper penny’ shim to the heatsink; so, obviously, I needed access to the MB.
Advice: Label everything.
- Screw Detail
- WiFi Card
- Memory Modules
- Hard Drive
- Case Top
- Audio Strip
After the keyboard is removed, you can get to the last two screws holding the case top down. Disconnect the mouse pad (don’t forget to remove the remote control unit) and now the top can lift off. There are a few friction points that hold the top in place, but it should come up pretty easily. Don’t forget the screw which was hidden by the hard drive.
Now that the top has been removed, carefully flip the laptop over and remove the cover protecting the screen wires via the single screw circled in yellow. Then gently pull the wires and remove the two screws, again circled in yellow. Flip the unit over and locate the connector at the front. Carefully pull the connection and then remove the last two screws holding the screen in place. Be ready to catch the screen as it may fall. Pull the screen away from the laptop carefully making sure to feed the wires from below out the hole.
The rest is upto you, but if you have the overheating issue, you can follow the myriad of videos on setting the Nvidia chipset and adding the penny (c.1982 or earlier) or a copper shim. I used the Micro-Therm flame-less heat gun to do the trick. When putting it all back together, do not skimp on quality with regard to the thermal compound. I used Arctic Silver. Be sure to use only what’s necessary, a paper thin layer to fill in any defects on the surfaces.