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Dell Chromebook 3100 (Touch) Keyboard Replacement

  1. Dell Chromebook 3100 (Touch) Keyboard Replacement, Detach Bottom Cover: step 1, image 1 of 2 Dell Chromebook 3100 (Touch) Keyboard Replacement, Detach Bottom Cover: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Unscrew the nine PH#0 captive screws on the bottom of the device.

    • Use a pick to run along the outside of the device popping all the clips. Prying should not be necessary.

  2. Dell Chromebook 3100 (Touch) Keyboard Replacement, Keyboard: step 2, image 1 of 3 Dell Chromebook 3100 (Touch) Keyboard Replacement, Keyboard: step 2, image 2 of 3 Dell Chromebook 3100 (Touch) Keyboard Replacement, Keyboard: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • Disconnect the keyboard ribbon cable and pull it free. Make sure to undo the latch all the way; you shouldn't have to put hardly any force into pulling the cable out.

    • When re-inserting the cable, make sure the white line is parallel about 1mm away from the edge of the connector as shown in the first image.

  3. Dell Chromebook 3100 (Touch) Keyboard Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Open the computer to a 90º angle for the next step.

  4. Dell Chromebook 3100 (Touch) Keyboard Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 3 Dell Chromebook 3100 (Touch) Keyboard Replacement: step 4, image 2 of 3 Dell Chromebook 3100 (Touch) Keyboard Replacement: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Locate the two screw posts connected to the keyboard, and give them a hard "push" with your blunt tweezers, spudger, screwdriver, or anything else vaguely stick-shaped.

    • Don't be afraid to put some muscle behind it. There are clips around the entire perimeter of the keyboard holding it in place, which require a decent amount of force to remove.

    • This step has a high chance to permanently damage the keyboard, if it's not already broken. DO NOT try this if you don't have another keyboard at hand, as you will likely be unable to put the old keyboard back in.

  5. Dell Chromebook 3100 (Touch) Keyboard Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 2 Dell Chromebook 3100 (Touch) Keyboard Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Now the other side.

  6. Dell Chromebook 3100 (Touch) Keyboard Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the keyboard, freeing any clips that didn't come detached in the last step.

    • When installing the new keyboard, it is necessary to push down all around the keyboard about every inch, including in the middle. You'll notice that the backplate comes up to meet the keys in certain spots, and that is where you press down to set the clips.

Conclusion

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

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