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In the following guide I remove the motherboard from a Compaq Presario CQ50 laptop. Also this guide should work for Compaq Presario CQ 60/CQ70 and HP G50/G60/G70 laptops. If you need replacement parts, you can find them here. Just search by the part name and laptop model. Start laptop disassembly with removing the battery. STEP 1. Remove memory, hard drive and wireless card covers.

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STEP 2. Remove three screws securing the hard drive assembly. Slide the hard drive assembly to the right, disconnect it from the motherboard and remove from the laptop.

STEP 3. Remove both memory modules. Disconnect two antenna cables from the wireless card. Remove two screws and remove the wireless card from the laptop.

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STEP 4. Remove one screw securing the DVD drive. Pull the DVD drive from the laptop.

STEP 5. Remove all screws from the bottom of the laptop. Disconnect the CMOS battery cable from the motherboard.

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STEP 6. Carefully lift up the keyboard as it shown on the picture below.

STEP 7. Access the keyboard cable connector underneath the keyboard. Unlock the connector before removing the keyboard.

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In order to unlock the connector youll have to move the locking clip (white) about 2-3 millimeters towards the LCD screen. The locking clip must stat attached to the connector base (dark brown) as it shown on the picture below. Now you can release the cable and remove the keyboard.

STEP 8. Unlock the power button cable connector.

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On the following picture you can see the connector in the unlocked state. Now you can remove the power button board cable from the connector.

STEP 9. Remove the plastic cover.

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STEP 10. Disconnect the video cable connector from the motherboard. Disconnect the webcam cable. Pull the wireless card antenna cable through the opening in the top cover.

STEP 11. Remove screws securing the display hinges.

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STEP 12. Remove the display assembly from the laptop. In the next post I explain how to remove the LCD screen, inverter board and hinges from the display assembly in HP G50/G60/G70 laptops. Its similar for Compaq Presario CQ50/CQ60/CQ70 laptops.

STEP 13. Disconnect the touch pad cable from the motherboard. Remove screws securing the top cover assembly.

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STEP 14. Start separating the top cover assembly from the laptop base.

You can use a guitar pick in order to split the laptop case.

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STEP 15. The top cover assembly has been removed.

STEP 16. Remove one screw securing the left speaker. Remove the left speaker from the base.

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STEP 17. Remove four screws securing the motherboard. Disconnect four cables from the motherboard.

STEP 18. Remove the motherboard from the laptop base.

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STEP 19. Disconnect the cooling fan cable from the motherboard.

STEP 20. Loosen four screws securing the cooling fan assembly.

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STEP 21. Remove the cooling fan assembly from the laptop.

STEP 22. In this model the power jack is not soldered to the motherboard. You can unplug the power jack cable from the motherboard and replace it with a new DC jack harness if its bad.

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240 Responses to How to remove motherboard from Compaq Presario CQ50, CQ60 or CQ70 laptop
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June 15th, 2012 at 5:58 am

Hello! What kind of screwdriver do you need? 239 samir kanso Says:
June 11th, 2012 at 11:16 pm

hello Mr. please i need your help. i have the same motherboard and my problem is the input diode and the IC near it is broken too and i can t read the number of both hope you can help me and tell me the number of both i can attach a picture but the number of the diode is D33 and the IC is u1 and plus the resistance r1 . i hope u can help me and thanks in all way 238 freD_Die Says:
May 30th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Hey Bro,you have a really nice website..please,can you help meactually I have a problem with Presario CQ60..it seems that theres a problem inside the laptop..the power button is on, but the lcd screen cannt seen..yesterday actually there still no big problem,just small problem with the windows (I thoink),and I try to reinstall it..after a few times I try to install it, theres always stop at the processing timeso I think that I must save the file to the other computer,,and then I removed the HDD..after I check to the other computer,I know that actually my HDD was broken,so I decide to buy a new one..because I still have a few work,so I decide to buy the HDD on the next day..but after I came to my place (the next day), change the HDD, and I try to open my laptop..I press the power button,but it become worse..the lcd screen didt seenI try to re open the HDD,and I didnt use it..cos I think that maybe this HDD was broken too..but its the sameso I try to change the memory (RAM),but it still the sameI try to opened the wireless device and the result just the samecan you help me pleasecos this laptop was my customersI really wont make my customer dissapointed..thank you very muchIll wait for the reply 237 Reem Says:
May 25th, 2012 at 2:04 am

@ DealeX: I used copper shims for both the CPU and GPU and I bought them off ebay. Their size is 20 mm x 20 mm x 1.2 mm. BTW I encourage everybody who was helped by this website to donate a bit as I did. 236 DealeX Says:
May 11th, 2012 at 8:10 am

@Reem and Laptop Tech: Can you tell me which copper shim i can use (for the GPU)? Cause i refurbished my notebook and the CPU got much cooler. However i didnt knew how thick the new cooling pad for the gpu should be. My local dealer said, there are several pads with different thicknesses and its important to choose the right one! So how thick should it be? Respectively how thick should be the copper shim? Obviously i choose the wrong thickness, cause the GPU temperature now rises very quickly when i watch movies 235 Bankerjohn Says:
April 30th, 2012 at 7:10 pm

The 4 screws that secure the display hinges to the display enclosure are Phillips PM2.5X7.0 screws. 234 no one Says:
April 1st, 2012 at 2:54 am

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Great tips! Have just one problem. Got a CQ50-112EO and after repairing it just cant seem to find the 4 screws that affix the screen hinges. Could somebody give me their size and details so I could look them up and buy them, please? 233 linda Says:
March 30th, 2012 at 1:24 pm

I have used your site a number of times now. Thank you thank you thank you!!! It and the answers you give to people are easy to follow and AWESOME! 232 zavalini Says:
March 29th, 2012 at 11:12 am

Thanks for the tutorial. Saved us a lot of time figuring it out on our own. 231 Laptop Tech Says:
March 15th, 2012 at 11:09 am

@ steve O, came back to check my posts for reply and page 24 is gone now lol any insight or help would be very appreciated You posted all your comments in a different post: http://www.insidemylaptop.com/laptop-does-not-start-bad-power-jackmotherboard/ Pages: [24] 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 1 Show All

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