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Dell Latitude 7420 Keyboard Replacement

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    • Remove the eight, 7 mm screws from the back case using a Phillips #0 screwdriver.

    • Use an opening pick or opening tool and work your way around the periphery of the base cover to separate it from the chassis.

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    • Be sure to use an anti-static band or mat from this point onward.

    • Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the five 5 mm screws securing the battery to the motherboard.

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    • Use a spudger to pry up each side. Then, lift the connector straight up from its socket.

    • To reinstall, carefully position the connector, and then press it straight down until it snaps into its socket. Finger pressure is all that is required. If it won't snap home it'll be because it isn't correctly positioned. Sometimes it can take a little patience to find exactly the right position.

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    • Gently remove the battery from its housing.

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    • Use a Phillips #00 screwdriver to remove the two 2.0 mm screws holding down the SSD cover.

    • Remove the SSD cover.

    • Notice that the left screw is also pinning the SSD card in place.

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    • Pull the SSD card by its left edge to slide it out of the socket.

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    • Keeping the vents on the case of the laptop clean of dust or debris and clear of obstruction is important for the device to maintain its temperature.

    • Use a cloth and dust blower to clean the vents.

    • It's best to clean the vent when the back case has been removed from the device.

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    • If the fan is dusty, a soft cloth can be used to gently clean it.

    • Use a Phillips #00 screwdriver to remove the six 2.5 mm screws securing the fan assembly.

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    • Use the pointed tip of a spudger to carefully push on each side of the connector and remove it from the socket.

    • Remove the fan assembly.

    • When replacing the fan assembly, make sure there is thermal paste under the heat sink. Follow this guide for more information.

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    • Use a Phillips #00 screwdriver to remove the single 2.5 mm screw from the audio board.

    • Use a spudger or your fingernail to flip the black cover open.

    • Slide the ribbon cable out from the ZIF connector.

    • Remove the audio board.

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    • Use a Phillips #00 screwdriver to remove the screws securing the motherboard to the device.

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    • Remove the connectors to the system board.

    • Place the tip of your opening tool under the edge of the connector, and pry the connector straight up from its socket.

    • Use the tip of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the small locking flaps from these ZIF connectors. Then, you can safely pull the cables out.

    • Slide a thin, ESD-safe pry tool or tweezers under the wire until it's snug against the connector, and pry straight up from the board to disconnect these coaxial cables.

    • To remove the blue connector, pull the cable away from the connector in the same direction that the individual wires are running.

    • Pull evenly on the full width of the cable so that no individual wires are overly strained.

    • Lift the final connector up from the socket.

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    • Remove the motherboard.

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    • Use a Phillips #00 screwdriver to remove two 4.0 mm screws from the I/O board.

    • Remove the I/O board from the device.

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    • Use a Phillips #00 screwdriver to remove the twenty 1.7 mm screws securing the keyboard.

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    • Use the tip of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the small locking flap on the remaining cables. Then, you can safely pull them out.

    • Pull the keyboard out from the chassis.

Conclusion

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

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