Wednesday, February 24, 2016

HP Pavilion ZE5500 (ZE5521) SPECS AND DISASSEMBLING


I bought a 12 year old Notebook for 12$ on the 12 of February...


I don`t know really why I bought this huge heavy brick, maybe because it was brand new, not a single scratch on it, no signs of wear...or because it had 3 vents and looked solid as a rock... Don`t know but I got this unit out of a flea market.

I searched 2 days on the internet about some specs regarding this machine but nothing showed up only that it has an Intel Pentium 4 Processor running at 2.66Ghz, 512 DDR1 RAM by factory, max. 1 GB, 2X512MB, ATI Radeon 64MB video card and a 60GB HDD\IDE.

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Notice even the store sticker? its written in German: "Desktop performance machine"
How can a notebook survive from 2004 to 2016 without a single scratch? Who buys a notebook and just forget about it?

The machine had no OS installed. Its internal battery acts like a new one. It lasts up to 2 hours, considering that this PC uses a standard Desktop chip not a mobile version!

I wanted to disassemble this brick but I found a "How to disassemble" tutorial on the web so there is no need to. I will probably install WinXp Home edition and put it to rest for a while...


Nobody builds machines like this anymore!



DISASSEMBLY

Battery

It should go without saying, but here you can see how to remove the battery.



Screen
Start by removing the 6 screws from the rear of the unit.



Here you will need one or possibly two screw drivers to remove the ‘screen dashboard’. Gently wedge the screwdriver tip under the sleeve covering the screen hinge and lift. Do this to both sides until the ‘screen dashboard’ lifts enough to get your fingers under it. This ‘dashboard’ is only clipped into place, once the screws from the previous step are removed.





Then just unplug the ‘dashboard’.



Now that the hinges are revealed, we can see that each hinge has 4 screws. Remove all eight screws to remove the screen (the screen will fall off, so be prepared and/or prop it up before removing all the screws).




Only on the left side, there is what appears to be a ground wire.



Don’t forget to detach the head from the body.




Keyboard

Moving on, we can see the 4 screws needed to remove the keyboard.





To remove the keyboard ribbon from the mother board, lift up on either side of the clip with a fingernail. The ribbon will most likely pop right out.




Top

Remove the 2 screws from this mini circuit board.



Then carefully lift up at the attached end to pull it from the socket. Then just detach the wires.





Now lets flip it over carefully and remove the 15 bottom screws.



Also we need to disconnect the wi-fi card from the antenna’s. Remove the screws from the cover plate.



Grab the wires at the plug end. They are like a button snap that snap’s on and off.



Remove the single screw at the battery compartment.



Time to remove the hard drive. There are 3 screws, the center of which is hidden under a rubber plug.



After the screws are removed, you can pull the hard drive out. Keep in mind that at the other end, the hard drive is snugly plugged into a receptacle and therefore can be a bit tight to get moving, but should pull out easy after the initial start.



Now we flip the laptop over again carefully, and remove additional screws and the touch pad ribbon.



Time to pull the top off. This part can be a bit tricky. First we need to be sure to thread the wi-fi antenna’s through the body, and keeping the front of the laptop as the hinge, we open the top



Voil├ , top removed, innards revealed.


Miscellaneous

CD Drive – No disassembly required: Just pull.



There are the three screws at the top of the cd drive rail.



Then the 4 input plug screws.



Now you can slide out the drive rail/input cover plate.



Here is where I jumped the gun and pulled some of the motherboard screws before pulling the heat sink. Wishful thinking that I would not need to pull the heat sink (I did not have any thermal compound in my toolbox).



Here are those six screws again from a different angle. If you want to jump ahead and pull the heat sink first, be my guest.



Once those six screws are pulled, you will need to remove the heat sink in order to get to the last two motherboard screws. Don’t forget the wire plug.



Let’s remove the Heat sink so that we can get to that last motherboard screws.



Pull these 4 screws and then gently pull up the heat sink. There may be a little resistance as the old thermal compound between the heat sink and the cpu gives way.


Motherboard

Almost there. Just two more screws and a couple more wire jacks and the motherboard is as good as pulled.



Here are the last two wire jacks



Now you can pull up the motherboard. Again, pull up by hinging at the rear of the unit. This allows you to avoid conflict with the rear input jacks.



One last word of advice. DO NOT FORGET THE THERMAL COMPOUND when putting it all back together.


Picure source: http://www.odiousfunk.com/2006/12/05/disassembling-an-hp-pavillion-ze5500

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