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Use this guide to replace the trackpad of the HP EliteBook 1040 G4. The trackpad is an essential laptop component used for controlling the cursor without an external mouse. If a drastic decrease in trackpad sensitivity is noticed and/or if the trackpad clicker buttons no longer function properly, then the trackpad should be repaired or replaced.

Before replacing the trackpad, make sure your battery isn't swollen. Swollen batteries can disrupt trackpad function, and can be dangerous. Replace and properly dispose of swollen batteries immediately.

To complete this guide, you will need a T5 Torx head screwdriver and a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

Before beginning, be sure to completely power off and unplug your computer.

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  1. HP EliteBook 1040 G4 Trackpad Replacement, Back Cover: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Use a T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the eight 5 mm screws securing the back cover to the chassis.

  2. HP EliteBook 1040 G4 Trackpad Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 2 HP EliteBook 1040 G4 Trackpad Replacement: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Lift the back cover up and off the device.

  3. HP EliteBook 1040 G4 Trackpad Replacement, Battery: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips #00 screwdriver to remove the eight 4 mm screws securing the battery to the motherboard.

  4. HP EliteBook 1040 G4 Trackpad Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 2 HP EliteBook 1040 G4 Trackpad Replacement: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Use a plastic spudger to carefully disconnect the battery pin connector from its port, slowly lifting the pin connector from each side until it releases.

  5. HP EliteBook 1040 G4 Trackpad Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 2 HP EliteBook 1040 G4 Trackpad Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Lift and remove the battery from the device.

  6. HP EliteBook 1040 G4 Trackpad Replacement, Trackpad: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Peel back the foam cover to reveal the underside of the trackpad.

  7. HP EliteBook 1040 G4 Trackpad Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Carefully disconnect the white ribbon cable attached to the underside of the trackpad.

  8. HP EliteBook 1040 G4 Trackpad Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Carefully disconnect the black ribbon cable attached to the chassis.

  9. HP EliteBook 1040 G4 Trackpad Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Use a Phillips #00 screwdriver to remove the six 2 mm screws securing the trackpad.

  10. HP EliteBook 1040 G4 Trackpad Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Lift and remove the trackpad from the device.

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To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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