Replacement HP Touchpad

Some manufacturers use common sense when building a laptop. Easily replacable parts, good internal layout, easily accessible. HP are not amongst them.

I was asked to replace a touchpad on a HP laptop, the current one ‘worked’ in the sense you touched it and the mouse moved a bit but it was very unresponsive. The gentleman that contacted me to replace it had already purchased the spare part (always appreciated!) so it just needed fitting.

I picked up the laptop and the spare part, which had been delivered in a pizza box.

Normally when replacing a touchpad you can get away with lifting off the keyboard and then at most the front cover, well HP for some curious reason (presumably to do with aesthetics, or because they hate me) decided that they’d mould the touchpad IN to the top cover.

Therefore the replacement part was not just a new touchpad but a new top cover to the laptop.

HP also decided that doing that wouldn’t make things trick enough so they set the laptop case up so that to take the top cover off you need to remove the bottom cover.

And the monitor.

And the motherboard.

So what should have been a relatively straight forward replacement turned in to me dismantling the ENTIRE of the laptop, here’s a pic of the whole thing in pieces:

Laptop Touchpad Repair

I have a ‘system’ when dismantling laptops, it’s not brilliantly technical but it works. I draw out a picture of the underside on to a sheet of A4 and then when I remove screws I sellotape those screws to the A4 paper, this way they always go back where they should (and I don’t get the dreaded ‘why are there ten screws left over’ moment at the end of the job). When I get through to a new layer, for example taking out the motherboard, I start on a new A4 sheet.

By the time I’d finished this job I almost had a book of screws.

Regardless it wasn’t an overly complex process, just a needlessly lengthy one. I fitted everything back together, came to test it and realised I hadn’t picked up the laptop charger with the laptop. Dang.

The customer came round a couple of days later to pick up the laptop so I asked them to bring the charger cable with me when they did. Fingers crossed I plugged it in and turned it on, huzzah! A working touchpad.

My fee: £25
Parts: Provided

Total: £25

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