If your keyboard on your Dell Inspiron N5030 is not working, and you have tried all of the steps on the troubleshooting guide, use this guide to replace your keyboard.

  1. Turn the computer over on its back so the battery compartment faces towards you.
    • Turn the computer over on its back so the battery compartment faces towards you.

    • Place your fingers on the small buttons with arrows pointing outwards.

    • Push and slide the buttons outward to unlock the battery compartment.

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  2. Grab the battery and pull it towards yourself.
    • Grab the battery and pull it towards yourself.

    • Remove the battery.

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    • Use a Phillips #0 screwdriver to unscrew the sixteen 0.6 mm screws on the back panel.

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    • Flip over the laptop and open it so that the screen faces you.

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    • Use the plastic opening tool and your fingers to pry off the top panel.

    • Pry the panel off starting at any one of the corners and then continue around the edges of the computer.

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    • Be careful when lifting off the keyboard panel. There are multiple delicate cables connecting the panel to the motherboard.

    • Pull up on the blue plastic tab connected by the white strip to unhook the keyboard panel from the motherboard.

    There is a ribbon cable, another cable with blue tab and a connector that all has to be unhooked before the keyboard comes off.

    Nancy - Reply

    You are not right!!!

    YY W -

    Step 4 A,

    Remove keyboard before removing cover, small flat blade along top edge of keyboard will work.

    then you will have access to ribbon cable (flip latch to release) for keyboard and also cable for touchpad (lift edge to to release)

    also allows for reassembly

    Todd - Reply

    Yes that's 100% right if not you can tear all wires. Ifixit please update in main instructions....

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    • Flip up the small locking flap on the keyboard cable ZIF socket and disconnect the keyboard ribbon cable.

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    • Pull up on the wire tab with the blue, white, black, and red wires to detach the speakers from the motherboard.

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    • Remove the top keyboard panel.

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

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What if i broke the blue ribbons connection to the keyboard

oibrahimopeyemi - Reply

This solution is quite troublesome and does not explain how to disconnect / re-connect the wide flat keyboard cable. For a simpler solution see :

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