Introduction

The HP TouchSmart 15-r015dx has a Cruus NSK-CN6SC keyboard.

Turn off your laptop.
  • Turn off your laptop.

  • Ensure your laptop is off. Removing the keyboard while it is on may harm your laptop.

  • Flip upside down in order to release the keyboard.

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Remove the two Phillips screws securing the keyboard. One of the screws lies on/under the label.
  • Remove the two Phillips screws securing the keyboard.

    • One of the screws lies on/under the label.

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Flip the laptop back over and pull the screen up. There are 16 (sixteen) latches holding the keyboard in place. Gently pry the keyboard up using your plastic opening tool.
  • Flip the laptop back over and pull the screen up.

  • There are 16 (sixteen) latches holding the keyboard in place.

  • Gently pry the keyboard up using your plastic opening tool.

  • Don't pull the keyboard up more than 2-3 inches as there is a film-material connecting the keyboard to the laptop.

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There is a film-material connecting the laptop to the keyboard. There is a small black latch holding the film-material in place. Flip the black latch up to release the film-material.
  • There is a film-material connecting the laptop to the keyboard.

  • There is a small black latch holding the film-material in place.

  • Flip the black latch up to release the film-material.

  • Once flipped up, simply pull the film-material out from the laptop to release the keyboard.

I used this guide to upgrade the memory on an HP 15-r011dx, and found that the keyboard ribbon is very finicky. In fact, the first time I put the PC back together, many of the keys on the keyboard didn’t work! Two more tries did the trick. I finally realized that the teeny, tiny teeth on the ribbon must be carefully threaded into the connector (i.e., lined up exactly in each tiny track) in order for the keyboard to work. I usually work on Macs and have never encountered this issue before now, but next time I take apart this, or any other PC laptop, I’ll know this is a quirk.

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Conclusion

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

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