Introduction

Keyboard issues are common, thankfully this replacement is easy and should only take you 5 minutes to complete. It is very easy to break a key or to even spill something on to the keyboard. This guide will teach you how to replace this keyboard but there are very important details to remember. If you press to forcefully on the clips for the keyboard they will break. This goes the same for the locking ZIF connectors on the end of the ribbon cables. Along with this, do not fully remove the keyboard until you disconnect from the ZIF connectors. This will cause damage to the computer if you try to pull it out without completely disconnecting. If you have any further questions you can leave a comment and we will respond as quickly as possible!

Parts

No parts required.

Unfold the laptop so that you are looking at the keyboard. At the top right of the keyboard you will notice two clips above the 'Del' and 'End' keys. Using your spudger, press these clips in to unlock the keyboard from the laptop
  • Unfold the laptop so that you are looking at the keyboard.

  • At the top right of the keyboard you will notice two clips above the 'Del' and 'End' keys.

  • Using your spudger, press these clips in to unlock the keyboard from the laptop

    • Be careful not to press too forcefully on these clips with the spudger as they may break

  • Slide the spudger along the top of the keyboard until the keyboard is able to easily be lifted up out of the laptop

    • Do NOT attempt to fully remove the keyboard as there is still a cable on its backside connected to the computer that can be damaged

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Now that the keyboard is outside of the laptop, you will see a ribbon cable coming from the back of the keyboard connected to the laptop. To detach this cable you must use the pointed edge of the spudger to press down on the locking mechanisms on each side. Do not use too much pressure when  disconnecting the ZIF connector.
  • Now that the keyboard is outside of the laptop, you will see a ribbon cable coming from the back of the keyboard connected to the laptop.

  • To detach this cable you must use the pointed edge of the spudger to press down on the locking mechanisms on each side.

    • Do not use too much pressure when disconnecting the ZIF connector.

  • After unlocking both sides of the ZIF connector remove the keyboard for replacement.

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Conclusion

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

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