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Introduction

Please note that laptop keyboard removal is not an easy process and will take time and patience, particularly when reinstalling your new keyboard.

  1. Before you remove the battery, make sure the laptop is powered off.
    • Before you remove the battery, make sure the laptop is powered off.

    • Slide the black battery latches inward to remove the battery.

  2. Pull the battery out towards you while your fingers are still holding the latches in place.
    • Pull the battery out towards you while your fingers are still holding the latches in place.

  3. Remove one 7 mm screw with a Phillips #1 screwdriver.
    • Remove one 7 mm screw with a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

  4. Use a metal spudger to push the CD drive out of its slot for removal. Use a metal spudger to push the CD drive out of its slot for removal. Use a metal spudger to push the CD drive out of its slot for removal.
    • Use a metal spudger to push the CD drive out of its slot for removal.

  5. Remove fifteen 7 mm screws with a Phillips #1 screwdriver.
    • Remove fifteen 7 mm screws with a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

  6. Remove the thin plastic cover using the flat metal spudger to expose  another screw. Remove one 7 mm screw with a Phillips #0 screwdriver.
    • Remove the thin plastic cover using the flat metal spudger to expose another screw.

    • Remove one 7 mm screw with a Phillips #0 screwdriver.

  7. Use a metal spudger to remove  the rubber "feet" to expose  two screws. Use a metal spudger to remove  the rubber "feet" to expose  two screws.
    • Use a metal spudger to remove the rubber "feet" to expose two screws.

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  9. Underneath each rubber foot, there is a screw.
    • Underneath each rubber foot, there is a screw.

    • Use the Phillips #1 screwdriver to remove a 4.8 mm screw on each side.

  10. Remove the two black end caps to expose more screws.
    • Remove the two black end caps to expose more screws.

    • The end caps will require some force to remove.

  11. Remove the following six screws with a Phillips #1 screwdriver:
    • Remove the following six screws with a Phillips #1 screwdriver:

    • Two 7 mm screws.

    • Two 7 mm screws.

    • Two 4.8 mm screws.

  12. Remove two 2.4 mm broadhead screws from the CD Drive bay with a Phillips #0 screwdriver.
    • Remove two 2.4 mm broadhead screws from the CD Drive bay with a Phillips #0 screwdriver.

  13. Flip the laptop back over. Then, with the laptop open, move the plastic prying tool around the top cover to pry it from the enclosure. Flip the laptop back over. Then, with the laptop open, move the plastic prying tool around the top cover to pry it from the enclosure.
    • Flip the laptop back over. Then, with the laptop open, move the plastic prying tool around the top cover to pry it from the enclosure.

  14. Partially lift the top cover from the enclosure.
    • Partially lift the top cover from the enclosure.

  15. Remove the ribbon connecting the power button to the motherboard. Remove the ribbon connecting the power button to the motherboard.
    • Remove the ribbon connecting the power button to the motherboard.

  16. Remove the ribbon connecting the mousepad to the motherboard. Remove the ribbon connecting the mousepad to the motherboard.
    • Remove the ribbon connecting the mousepad to the motherboard.

  17. Remove the ribbon connecting the keyboard to the motherboard. You may now fully lift the front panel from the rest of the laptop.
    • Remove the ribbon connecting the keyboard to the motherboard.

    • You may now fully lift the front panel from the rest of the laptop.

  18. Turn the front panel over and partially remove the clear plastic covering the keyboard casing.
    • Turn the front panel over and partially remove the clear plastic covering the keyboard casing.

  19. Plastic debris may scatter while lifting the metal housing. These pieces are indicated in red. Use a metal spudger to remove the metal housing from the front panel.
    • Plastic debris may scatter while lifting the metal housing. These pieces are indicated in red.

    • Use a metal spudger to remove the metal housing from the front panel.

  20. Lift the metal housing from the front panel to separate the keyboard from the top panel. Lift the metal housing from the front panel to separate the keyboard from the top panel.
    • Lift the metal housing from the front panel to separate the keyboard from the top panel.

Conclusion

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

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The main problem with this repair, is that the keyboard and laptop palmrest/bezel are a sealed unit. You have to remove dozens and dozens of little melted plastic pins to separate the metal keyboard rear plate, and dozens more plastic pins to remove the keyboard from the front bezel itself. And then getting these pins to line up again for assembly is a major PITA. I repair laptops for a living, and I will never try and replace a keyboard on this model again… its just not cost effective. I will seek out the entire keyboard/bezel unit if one of these ever comes to my shop again.

jetskier - Reply

Excellent point and observation, I have one in now for replacement and luckily had one on the shelf for parts, replacing the whole bezel and keyboard is the way to go!

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