ASUS Eee PC 1018P Keyboard Replacement

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This guide will show you how to remove the keyboard and check the ribbon cables underneath.

  • Author: Michael
  • Time required: 20 to 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: Moderate

In addition to possibly needing repair or replacement in its own right, the keyboard is the part of the ASUS Eee PC 1018P that must be removed in order to access most of the interior components.

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Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

  • Lay the laptop flat on a hard surface with the bottom facing up and the battery pack on the side closest to you.

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Use both index fingers to push both spring tabs inwards towards the center of the laptop.

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • With the spring tabs pressed inward, use your fingernails to lift of the edge of the battery, pivoting it up and towards you.

  • Pull the battery pack up and away from you to completely free it from its recess in the case.

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Edit Step 4 Keyboard  ¶ 

  • Remove the screws securing the bottom case to the keyboard.

    • Remove the six 3.68 mm screws and the single 4.45 mm screw that had been concealed by the battery.

    • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the two rubber covers located at the upper left and right corners.

    • With the rubber covers gone, two 4.52 mm screws should now be visible. Remove these screws.

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Pry the cover free from the chasis by inserting the plastic opening tool between the keyboard and the lower body of the Asus Eee PC 1018P.

    • Prying a keyboard from a laptop requires a lot of force, but the keyboard also has fragile connectors underneath. Use caution so as to avoid breaking these connectors.

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Lift the outside edge of the keyboard upward and inward towards the screen. (See warning below.)

  • Take care not to lift the keyboard very far, as this may sever the ribbon cables that are still attached.

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Remove the black ribbon cable from the motherboard.

    • Use the tip of the plastic opening tool to push the black tabs on both sides of the white connector forward toward the display.

    • Pushing forward on one side will push the other side back toward the touch pad. Repeat the previous step until both black tabs will not move any farther.

    • Carefully pull the black ribbon cable horizontally toward the display until it slides free from the white motherboard connector. If it does not move when pulling on it, repeat previous steps until it does.

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Remove the white ribbon cable from the motherboard.

    • Insert the plastic opening tool under the small lip of the white ribbon connector, and pry upwards to pop the motherboard connector up.

    • Carefully remove the white ribbon cable by pulling it horizontally towards the touch pad.

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Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • The keyboard can now be removed from the main body of the Asus Eee PC 1018P.

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

For more information, check out the ASUS Eee PC 1018P device page.

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