Introduction

Replacing the keyboard is an easy repair that is unfortunately necessary in certain cases. This guide will take you through the process of removing your keyboard step by step.

  1. Remove the six 19 mm long screws with a #2 Phillips head screwdriver. Remove the six 19 mm long screws with a #2 Phillips head screwdriver.
    • Remove the six 19 mm long screws with a #2 Phillips head screwdriver.

  2. Release the catch by pushing it in using a plastic opening tool. The catch is off-center, but in line with the middle of the speaker underneath.
    • Release the catch by pushing it in using a plastic opening tool.

      • The catch is off-center, but in line with the middle of the speaker underneath.

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  4. Slide the case toward the ports on the back, then grip under the catch and pull up while moving toward the ports to remove. Slide the case toward the ports on the back, then grip under the catch and pull up while moving toward the ports to remove.
    • Slide the case toward the ports on the back, then grip under the catch and pull up while moving toward the ports to remove.

  5. Lift the handle straight up to remove. Lift the handle straight up to remove.
    • Lift the handle straight up to remove.

  6. Tilt the keyboard up while detaching the ribbon connection by pulling it straight up.  You may have to wiggle the connector sideways to loosen it. Be careful not to force the ribbon while pulling it out to avoid tearing.  Do not try to pull the ribbon out by pulling the keyboard as it may cause tearing.
    • Tilt the keyboard up while detaching the ribbon connection by pulling it straight up. You may have to wiggle the connector sideways to loosen it.

    • Be careful not to force the ribbon while pulling it out to avoid tearing. Do not try to pull the ribbon out by pulling the keyboard as it may cause tearing.

Conclusion

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

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