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Remove and Replace the Optical Drive for HP Pavilion Gaming 15-akXXX Notebook PCs

This document applies to HP Pavilion Gaming 15-akXXX notebook computers.
HP Pavilion 15-ak000 notebook computer
Before you begin
  • Have available a Phillips-head screwdriver.
  • Turn off the computer. Disconnect the Ethernet or modem cable. Disconnect the power cord.
  • Transfer the computer to a clear, flat, stable work surface over a non-carpeted floor.
  • HP strongly recommends the use of an anti-static wrist strap and a conductive foam pad when working on the computer.
  • Do not remove a component from its protective packaging until you are ready to install it.
  warning:
Make sure the computer is disconnected from power before starting. Before starting, power off the computer and wait for components to cool before starting these procedures.
  caution:
This product contains components that can be damaged by electrostatic discharge (ESD). To reduce the chance of ESD damage, work over a noncarpeted floor, use a static dissipative work surface (such as a conductive foam pad), and wear an ESD wrist strap connected to a grounded surface.
  caution:
Procedures in this document are provided by HP for qualified service agents and as a courtesy to its customers. Servicing internal components increases the risk of damaging the computer which might not be covered under warranty. Understand the risk and refer to the product's warranty before attempting to service the computer.
Video overview
View the following video before using the steps in this article.
  note:
The video and graphics in this article depict a specific configuration of notebook computer. These same removal and replacement procedures apply to all configurations of HP Pavilion 15-akXXX notebook computers.
Removing the optical drive
Follow the steps in this section to remove the optical drive.
Step 1
Find the battery lock latch identified by the lock icon on the bottom of the computer and slide it to the unlock position.
Sliding the battery lock latch to the open position
Step 2
Find the battery release latch identified by the battery icon and slide the battery release latch to the release position to partially eject the battery.
Sliding the battery release latch to release the battery
Step 3
Lift the front edge of the battery and remove the battery from the battery bay.
Lifting and removing the battery
Step 4
Remove the 6.5 mm P1 Phillips-head screw that secures the optical drive to the base enclosure.
Screw that secures the optical drive
Step 5
Grasp the optical drive bezel and carefully slide the optical drive out of the base enclosure.
Removing the optical drive
Replacing the optical drive
Use the steps in this section to replace the optical drive.
Step 1
Insert the optical drive into the optical drive bay...
Inserting the optical drive
...until the optical drive bezel is flush with the side of the base enclosure.
Optical drive is flush with the side of the computer
Step 2
Replace the 6.5 mm P1 Phillips-head screw that secures the optical drive to the base enclosure.
Screw that secures the optical drive
Step 3
Insert the rear edge of the battery into the battery bay and lower the battery until it is properly seated and the battery release latch clicks.
Replacing the battery into its bay
Step 4
Slide the battery lock to the lock position to secure the battery.
Sliding the battery latch lock into the lock position

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