Introduction

Without a keyboard the computer becomes essentially unusable. In this guide, you will learn how to remove and replace the keyboard.

Shutdown the computer.
  • Shutdown the computer.

  • Remove all external devices.

  • Unplug the power, and any other cords, from the laptop.

  • Turn the laptop upside down, with the front towards you.

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Slide the battery release latch to the left until the battery pops up. Lift the front edge of the battery pack and swing it back to remove it.
  • Slide the battery release latch to the left until the battery pops up.

  • Lift the front edge of the battery pack and swing it back to remove it.

  • When reassembling, first align the back of the battery with the chassis, then press the front downwards until it latches.

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On the optical drive there is small pin hole. Insert a paperclip or similarly sized object in the hole. The Drive will pop a short way out of the computer.
  • On the optical drive there is small pin hole. Insert a paperclip or similarly sized object in the hole.

  • The Drive will pop a short way out of the computer.

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Remove the 7mm Phillips #1 screw that secures the optical drive to the computer. Grip the sides of the Optical Drive and slide it out until it is completely removed from the computer. When reassembling, slide the optical drive straight in until it clicks.
  • Remove the 7mm Phillips #1 screw that secures the optical drive to the computer.

  • Grip the sides of the Optical Drive and slide it out until it is completely removed from the computer.

  • When reassembling, slide the optical drive straight in until it clicks.

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Remove the two 4mm Philips #1 screws that secure the switch cover to the computer.
  • Remove the two 4mm Philips #1 screws that secure the switch cover to the computer.

  • Turn the computer display-side up with the front panel toward you.

  • Open the computer display as far as possible.

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Insert a plastic opening tool into the slots located behind the [F5] key and lift the front edge of the switch cover until it disengages from the computer.
  • Insert a plastic opening tool into the slots located behind the [F5] key and lift the front edge of the switch cover until it disengages from the computer.

  • Insert a plastic opening tool into the slots located behind the [Insert] key and lift the front edge of the switch cover until it disengages from the computer.

  • Remove the switch cover.

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Remove the four 3mm Phillips #1 screws that secure the keyboard to the computer. Swing the rear edge of the keyboard up and forward until it rests on the palm rest. Swing the rear edge of the keyboard up and forward until it rests on the palm rest.
  • Remove the four 3mm Phillips #1 screws that secure the keyboard to the computer.

  • Swing the rear edge of the keyboard up and forward until it rests on the palm rest.

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Use your fingernails or two plastic opening tools to push the white portion of the ZIF connector towards the hinge of the computer.
  • Use your fingernails or two plastic opening tools to push the white portion of the ZIF connector towards the hinge of the computer.

  • Remove the ribbon cable from the ZIF connector.

  • Remove the keyboard.

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Conclusion

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

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