Set Up Your TouchSmart's VESA Mount

A little while back, my man Jon Rayner tore down an Omni 27  to its base components (you can find that here). Somewhere along the way, he mentioned the virtues of VESA Mounting. You know, when you want to mount a modern flatscreen TV, it has four screws holes in the back so that you can screw it into a wall. Well, same goes for our TouchSmart computers. You just need to know where to look. Like in this story.


You see, since then I've noticed a couple questions pop up around the VESA on the TouchSmart 420. Where is the VESA mount? How do you get to it? How do you set it up? Well, I looked around and found a quick photo session to walk you through the process on a TouchSmart 420. So, follow along step-by-step....


Let's get the obvious stuff out of the way.


Before you begin
  • Turn off the computer and disconnect all cables.
  • Transfer the computer to a clean, flat, stable work surface over a noncarpeted floor. HP recommends that you put down a blanket, towel, or other soft cloth to protect the screen from scratches or other damage.
  • Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can damage your processor, disk drives, expansion boards and other components. HP strongly recommends the use of an antistatic wrist strap and a conductive foam pad when working on the computer. (Me? I make sure to tap grounded items and discharge anything before touching any electronic's guts.)
  • Do not remove a component from its protective packaging until you are ready to install it.
  • Look both ways before you cross the street
  • Floss your teeth every day
  • You get the idea



First you need to take the sweet-looking stand off the TouchSmart 420. If you must.



Step 1

To remove the stand, first remove the USB dongle cover, the USB dongle, and the back cover.

For instructions, see the HP support document, Removing and Replacing the Back Cover .
Removing the back cover
Step 2

Remove the eight screws that secure the stand to the back of the computer.
Location of the eight screws
Step 3

Place the computer face down on a table, allowing the stand to hang over the edge of the table.
Placing the computer face down on a table
Step 4

Slide the stand down, and then pull the stand away from the computer.
	Sliding the stand down and away from the computer


All right, with that out of the way, you're in business.


ALSO: Head over to the HP Shopping page and dig up this VESA mounting kit. I'm told that this should do the trick with the 420.


You now own a It's a VESA-moutable use all precautions that you would with any TV you'd consider mounting somewhere. Like on a stand, in a home entertainment center a swivel mount you anchor into a wall....or just the wall. (I found this guide for wall mounting over at



But let's say you miss those funky struts and want to set up the TouchSmart 420 back on the stand. You know, for novelty sake. Here's how you put it all back together:


Step 1

Find the two tabs at the top of the stand...
Finding the two tabs on the stand
...that fit into the left and right slots on the outside of the front bezel of the computer. Finding the left slot on the front bezel

Finding the right slot on the front bezel
Step 2

Find the small edge on the right side of the stand...
Finding the edge on the right side of the stand
...that fits under a hook on the computer. Finding the hook
Step 3

Place the tabs on the stand over the slots on the front bezel and the edge of the stand under the hook on the computer, and slide the stand into the computer...
Sliding the stand into the computer
...until the screw holes on the stand align with the screw holes on the computer. Aligning the screw holes on the stand with the screw holes on the computer
Step 4

Replace the eight screws.
Replacing the screws for the stand
Step 5

Replace the back cover, the USB dongle, and the USB dongle cover.

For instructions, see the HP support document, Removing and Replacing the Back Cover .
Replacing the back cover
 All right, we good? That help?


Labels: how-to
by PhotoOtaku
on ‎04-07-2012 12:53 PM

This is was very cool, ...I think we need a few more articles like these!!!

by GizmoGladstone
on ‎04-09-2012 10:44 AM

Thanks! Will do....we got more stuff coming this week that might help you. We are looking out for your questions and comments so if you have questions, hit me!





by Andrei_Dubna
on ‎01-12-2013 10:10 AM

Thank you!


It's very useful information for me!


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