You can now move on to replacing your keyboard assembly, keep in mind it will take a lot of effort when removing the back panel.

  1. Flip the laptop over to the back.
    • Flip the laptop over to the back.

    • Slide the right latch to unlock, then simultaneously slide the left latch outward while pulling the battery out.

  2. Unscrew all twelve 3mm Phillips screws with the J1 screwdriver.
    • Unscrew all twelve 3mm Phillips screws with the J1 screwdriver.

    • Unscrew two 3mm Phillips screws on the black panel using the PH0 screwdriver.

    • Lift the black panel upward by inserting your fingernail in the space provided.

    • In the RAM and hard drive compartment, unscrew the four 3mm Phillips screws using the J1 screwdriver.

    • Gently pull out the hard drive.

    • Unscrew six 3mm Phillips screws in the RAM and hard drive compartment with the J1 screwdriver.

    • Pull the CD drive outward with your left hand.

    • Insert and gently twist the flat metal spudger between the keyboard assembly and the bottom plastic cover so that a small seam is opened.

    • Put in the metal spudger in the seam to hold its place while twisting and levering the flat metal spudger along the whole keyboard.

    • Be careful not to hit any of the internals with the metal spudger. The regular black nylon spudger should be used whenever possible, especially around batteries or sensitive internal components.

    • You will need add a lot of pressure to open the laptop. Expect to hear snaps as the clips holding the two pieces are released.

    • Slowly pry off the back

    • Unlatch the clip attaching the white flattened flexible cord with a blue tip to the circuit board with your thumb.

    • Pull out the white flattened cord.

    • Pull back yellow tape attaching the metal colored flexible flattened cord to the circuit board.

    • Lift up the latch at the end of the cord.

    • Pull out the cord to release the keyboard.


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

Ashley DeHuff

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How do you remove the keyboard from the palm rest is what I'd like to know...what a goofy design

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