Introduction

Components below the laptop need to be removed before you can detach the keyboard. This is a guide to remove your laptop's keyboard.

Parts

No parts required.

Flip the computer so the bottom is facing up with the battery away from you.
  • Flip the computer so the bottom is facing up with the battery away from you.

  • Turn off the computer and disconnect the charger.

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Slide the battery switch to the left until the battery unlatches from the base of the laptop.
  • Slide the battery switch to the left until the battery unlatches from the base of the laptop.

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  • Lift the battery from its compartment away from the laptop.

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  • Loosen the two 5.7 mm screws on the bottom panel using a PH00 screwdriver.

  • The screws do not come out of the panel due to small washers. Do not try to remove the screws completely.

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  • Use the metal spudger all around the panel to pop it up from the base.

  • When working with electronics, it's important to choose a tool that's ESD-safe to avoid accidental damage to the device. The regular black nylon spudger or a plastic opening tool should be used whenever possible.

  • Using your finger is acceptable but not entirely recommended. Be gentle if you choose to use your hands.

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  • With your hands, lift the panel completely off the base of the laptop.

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  • Using a PH 00 screwdriver, remove the screw located next to the wireless card.

  • You can remove the wireless card for this process but it is not necessary.

  • This screw has a small keyboard icon next to it.

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  • Flip the laptop over and open it.

  • The components beneath your computer may be loose and fall out when you flip the laptop. Be careful when turning it over.

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  • Insert a plastic spudger or similar pry tool, beneath the keyboard, near the "insert" key, and pop the keyboard up from the laptop.

    • When working with electronics, it's important to choose a tool that's ESD-safe to avoid accidental damage to the device. The regular black nylon spudger or a plastic opening tool should be used whenever possible.

  • Starting at the opening you just created, run your fingers around the outside of the keyboard separating it from the rest of the computer.

  • Only lift the keyboard up a few inches because it is attached to the laptop by a ribbon cable.

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  • Slightly angle the keyboard back so the ribbon connector underneath it is visible.

  • Remove the ribbon cable by using your fingers to pull up and away from the connector.

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  • With the ribbon cable detached, you can now completely remove the keyboard.

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Conclusion

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

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