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Introduction

This guide demonstrates how to safely remove and replace a damaged or malfunctioning keyboard. Following these steps should ensure a simple replacement for a keyboard that has experienced a spill, is missing keys, or otherwise does not function correctly.

  1. Ensure the laptop is completely powered off and power adapter is unplugged before removing the battery.
    • Ensure the laptop is completely powered off and power adapter is unplugged before removing the battery.

    • Turn over laptop so that the bottom is showing.

    • Unlock the latch.

  2. Remove the back cover and you will then be able to see the battery.
    • Remove the back cover and you will then be able to see the battery.

  3. Unlatch the two latches securing the battery in the case.
    • Unlatch the two latches securing the battery in the case.

  4. Use a plastic opening tool to lift and remove the battery.
    • Use a plastic opening tool to lift and remove the battery.

  5. Remove the two Phillips #0 screws securing the keyboard to the laptop.
    • Remove the two Phillips #0 screws securing the keyboard to the laptop.

    • Turn the laptop over and lift the display to reveal the keyboard.

  6. Insert the plastic spudger between the keyboard and the housing.
    • Insert the plastic spudger between the keyboard and the housing.

    • Start at the corner.

  7. 4 tabs are located at the top of the keyboard, which lock it in place. Pry and twist the spudger along the top of the keyboard until each tab is released. Pry and twist the spudger along the top of the keyboard until each tab is released.
    • 4 tabs are located at the top of the keyboard, which lock it in place.

    • Pry and twist the spudger along the top of the keyboard until each tab is released.

  8. Pull back the keyboard from the top.
    • Pull back the keyboard from the top.

    • Be mindful of the fragile cables behind it.

  9. Flip up the connecting flap on each of the three ribbon cables. The small cable on the last picture ist only there, if you have a backlit keyboard. If you want to replace a keyboard without backlight, there will be no cable on your original keyboard. The small cable on the last picture ist only there, if you have a backlit keyboard. If you want to replace a keyboard without backlight, there will be no cable on your original keyboard.
    • Flip up the connecting flap on each of the three ribbon cables.

    • The small cable on the last picture ist only there, if you have a backlit keyboard. If you want to replace a keyboard without backlight, there will be no cable on your original keyboard.

  10. Remove each of the three cables by gently pulling them from their respective connectors. Remove each of the three cables by gently pulling them from their respective connectors. Remove each of the three cables by gently pulling them from their respective connectors.
    • Remove each of the three cables by gently pulling them from their respective connectors.

  11. Remove the keyboard from the housing.
    • Remove the keyboard from the housing.

Conclusion

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

Lauren Vance

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Good guide. Thanks!

But you missed step 1. Remove two screws that hold the keyboard in place

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