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Introduction

When keyboards become worn or unresponsive, it's typically time to replace them. Replacing a keyboard can be especially difficult, as it's normally secured by many screws. This guide outlines all the steps needed to access the keyboard.

Image 1/1: Locate the battery removal switch next to the battery compartment
  • Turn the laptop over to expose the bottom side.

  • Locate the battery removal switch next to the battery compartment

  • Important: Before doing any repairs on the laptop, make sure it is completely powered down and unplugged.

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Image 1/2: Lift the battery out. Image 2/2: Lift the battery out.
  • Slide the switch all the way to the left to release the battery. The battery should pop up.

  • Lift the battery out.

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Image 1/2: Remove the 7mm keyboard screw located towards the center of the laptop with a Phillips #1 screwdriver. Image 2/2: Remove the 7mm keyboard screw located towards the center of the laptop with a Phillips #1 screwdriver.
  • Remove the six 5 mm screws in the battery compartment using Phillips #1 screwdriver.

  • Remove the 7mm keyboard screw located towards the center of the laptop with a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

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Image 1/1: Lift out the plastic panel containing the power button and flip it over.
  • Flip the laptop over and open the lid.

  • Lift out the plastic panel containing the power button and flip it over.

  • Be careful, the panel is still attached by a small ribbon cable.

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Image 1/3: Using a spudger, unplug the ribbon cable by pushing the brown tab away from circuit board and sliding the ribbon out with your hand. Image 2/3: Set the plastic panel aside. Image 3/3: Set the plastic panel aside.
  • Locate the ribbon cable attached to the underside of the plastic panel.

  • Using a spudger, unplug the ribbon cable by pushing the brown tab away from circuit board and sliding the ribbon out with your hand.

  • Set the plastic panel aside.

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Image 1/3: Carefully lift the keyboard up (no more than a few cm) and slide it forward, towards the laptops monitor to reveal another larger ribbon cable. Image 2/3: Be extremely careful as the keyboard is still attached to the computer by the larger ribbon cable. Image 3/3: Be extremely careful as the keyboard is still attached to the computer by the larger ribbon cable.
  • Using a Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the three 5mm screws holding the keyboard in place.

  • Carefully lift the keyboard up (no more than a few cm) and slide it forward, towards the laptops monitor to reveal another larger ribbon cable.

    • Be extremely careful as the keyboard is still attached to the computer by the larger ribbon cable.

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Image 1/3: Gently pull the ribbon cable from the connector housing. Image 2/3: Remove the keyboard. Image 3/3: Remove the keyboard.
  • Use a spudger to push the black tab forward and slide it away from the white connector.

  • Gently pull the ribbon cable from the connector housing.

  • Remove the keyboard.

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Conclusion

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

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Please I have a problem with my hp laptop the keyboard and there is noise on it, repair it automatic. thanks you

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