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my touch pad is screwed up, the left click button is loose and although it still works, it is annoying to use. i have taken several laptops apart, fixed screens, replaced keyboards, etc. i have never encountered a laptop like my own.

taking it apart was a nightmare, there were a million screws, each one was hidden, they even put one of the keyboard screws behind the wifi card, which is under the HDD.

so i get it torn apart, but still cannot get it to the point i need it, the stupid thing is held on by something, and i can't find the screws, and don't want to force it too hard.

eventually i said screw it and put it all back together.

i get everything back in, and start it up. the screen doesn't turn on, and i get three beeps. my heart sinks

i try a couple more times, and it stops beeping, but nothing is responisive.

after troubleshooting, it turns out the ram cards were in reversed. apparentally HP built this laptop with the 2 cards unable to be switched. so after nearly giving myself a heart attack, putting the 4gb ram card in the bottom and the 2gb card on top made it work.

seeing my laptop not work sucked. it is the only computer i keep here at my mom's house. my gaming machine is at my dad's, so i would have been left with only my parents computer that was built for the lowest requirements of vista, and even upgrading to 7 didn't help out much.

so if you ever are working on an HP, make sure to put the ram back just how you took it out
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To be honest, the first time I tried opening up a HP laptop was unfortunately my last time. For some reason, they make it complicated as hell for no reason at all. I have had many Dell's and they are the easiest laptops to take apart and put back together.
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To be honest, the first time I tried opening up a HP laptop was unfortunately my last time. For some reason, they make it complicated as hell for no reason at all. I have had many Dell's and they are the easiest laptops to take apart and put back together.
What? There's no reason why I have to take off the screen to get to the keyboard to get to the ram to get to the fan so I can clean it.
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To be honest, the first time I tried opening up a HP laptop was unfortunately my last time. For some reason, they make it complicated as hell for no reason at all. I have had many Dell's and they are the easiest laptops to take apart and put back together.
HP sucks I agree. I have Two ... never again.

At least it wasn't apple. They have 50 screws and no 2 seem to be the same. Even if you tackle the screw problem everything is held together with glue. That was my experience with an old white 15 inch macbook anyway.
    
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I've tried dismantling my HP laptop a couple times. One of those times the screen didn't turn on when I powered it back on the first time... I was SO worried and depressed for a few moments. But then it worked fine.
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Troll ^.
Hush.

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What? There's no reason why I have to take off the screen to get to the keyboard to get to the ram to get to the fan so I can clean it.
Um. Are you talking about a Dell laptop?

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HP sucks I agree. I have Two ... never again.

At least it wasn't apple. They have 50 screws and no 2 seem to be the same. Even if you tackle the screw problem everything is held together with glue. That was my experience with an old white 15 inch macbook anyway.
So true. They did get better, but now they have hid everything inside and you have to go to Apple for everything. Can't even replace the battery yourself without ripping it apart. How sad.

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I've tried dismantling my HP laptop a couple times. One of those times the screen didn't turn on when I powered it back on the first time... I was SO worried and depressed for a few moments. But then it worked fine.
I took apart a HP netbook of mine, and I got it all apart. Put it back together how it should, and come to find out. I ripped the WLAN antennas. It's like they were built to be put together and to be never taken apart. EVER.
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just hearing those 3 beeps and no picture on screen made my heart sink. i was about 2 seconds from going to ebay for parts. lol. luckily the ram swap fixed it. all that trouble, and my problem still isn't fixed. all i want is the stupid mousepad to work correctly.
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My M11x is a breese to pull apart, as was my old asus laptop. Never going to touch anything else though from what you guys are telling me
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At least it wasn't apple. They have 50 screws and no 2 seem to be the same. Even if you tackle the screw problem everything is held together with glue. That was my experience with an old white 15 inch macbook anyway.
The new unibodies are cake. Although I did hear the old ones were a pain in the ass to put back together.
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