Introduction

Lost or wore out some of your keys? This guide will help you replace the keyboard on your laptop.

Image 1/1: Flip your device over so the bottom panel is facing up.
  • Working on your device while it is turned on may result in electric shock. Make sure to shut down and unplug your device before you begin.

  • Flip your device over so the bottom panel is facing up.

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Image 1/1: The battery is held in by a latch in the front and tabs in the back.
  • Slide the lock switch below the bottom right of the battery to the left.

  • The battery is held in by a latch in the front and tabs in the back.

  • Lift up the battery, rotating it up and away from you, then pull it out.

  • To put the battery back in, line it up with the battery bay and the holes for the tabs. Then let the battery rotate towards you and press down until the latch engages and you hear a click.

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Image 1/1: The screw is on a spring and attached to the panel. It will pop up, but will not separate from the back panel.
  • Unscrew one Phillips #1 screw from the back panel.

  • The screw is on a spring and attached to the panel. It will pop up, but will not separate from the back panel.

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  • Slide the back panel down and pull it up.

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  • Unscrew the 7 mm Phillips #1 screw next to the keyboard icon.

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  • Flip the laptop over and open the screen.

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Image 1/2: Carefully pry up one of the top corners of the keyboard with a prying tool. Slide the tool along the top of the keyboard to release it from the housing. Pull the top of the keyboard towards you an inch or two. Image 2/2: The keyboard may make some cracking noises as you pry it from the casing. This is expected.
  • A ribbon cable is attached to the back of the keyboard. Avoid lifting or moving the keyboard more than a couple inches before you disconnect the ribbon cable or you may damage it.

  • Carefully pry up one of the top corners of the keyboard with a prying tool. Slide the tool along the top of the keyboard to release it from the housing. Pull the top of the keyboard towards you an inch or two.

  • The keyboard may make some cracking noises as you pry it from the casing. This is expected.

  • Pull the keyboard up and away from you, as it is held in by clips in the front. It is not yet disconnected.

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  • Gently turn keyboard over, towards you, to reveal the silver cable ribbon.

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  • Using a prying tool, flip the black clip up and to the right. Pull the silver cable out and to the left, the keyboard is now detached from the laptop.

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Conclusion

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

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