11/12/2013, 11:42 AM
Glad to be of help!
Originally Posted by a30guy
With the new battery, my Touchpad came to life right away, when I swapped the original battery back in it (which was dead), it took a few minutes for the home button to light up, then switched it to the Touchstone, confirmed that I was seeing the home button doing it's glowing left to right thing, and a few hours (I forget how many but quite a few) before I got the battery icon. I left it overnight and in the morning it was almost fully charged... by the evening it was fully charged.
That you do have the low battery icon, it should be a good sign as this is a sign of actual life for the Touchpad. The only worry is that your battery is completely depleted, is dead beyond saving, and won't charge anymore.
If this is the case.. which you should confirm with Dr. Battery (Preware) as you might get it working while plugged in, then you`ll need to get a new battery which I found mine on eBay for about 40$.
Opening the Touchpad can be tricky until you've done it once and see how it`s built.
If you need instructions, let me know... but a quick version is:
You need to push a thin tool where the rubberized "gasket" around the screen at the proper locations, where the holding pins are. You need to push them correctly to prevent breaking them, and once you get one side, the screen will pull forward. Carefully as there's ribbon (and other) cables that aren't very long.
You unplug a few of these cables and you'll have the Touchpad fairly accessible.
To remove the battery without having to completely take it apart is doable, but you need to apply pressure to widen the gap where the battery plugs in, then pull the connector out. Then reverse the steps.
Otherwise, you need to continue taking the Touchpad apart to free the motherboard to access the socket that the battery plugs into.
There's these instructions that I used: HP TouchPad Battery Replacement - iFixit
The hardest part is getting those clips to unsnap, without breaking them.. it's doable as I never broken any (after opening my Touchpad a good 5-7 times during my ordeal.
For me, it was locating them by feel that I had trouble the first time, once I knew where they were, it was much easier.
Here's a graphic I did to explain the clips: