Introduction

The keyboard bezel is part of the chassis that protects your laptop’s interior components. Cosmetic damage may be unsightly, but doesn’t affect your laptop’s functionality. You may need to remove the keyboard bezel to access interior components.

  1. Power off your laptop before beginning disassembly.
    • Power off your laptop before beginning disassembly.

    • Open the laptop to locate the keyboard.

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  2. Insert a plastic opening tool in the seam between the keyboard and laptop body.
    • Insert a plastic opening tool in the seam between the keyboard and laptop body.

    • Carefully run the tool around the top and sides of the keyboard to pop out the 9 tabs holding in the keyboard.

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    • Lift the keyboard up, then pivot it towards you to lay it facedown on the trackpad and palm rests.

    • Be careful when lifting the keyboard up. The ribbon cable connecting it to the motherboard is very short, and the connector is fragile.

    My keyboard was also stuck down with double sided tape near the sides 1cm down from the top edge. These didn't want to let go easily, be careful pulling them away.

    Frank Puranik - Reply

    Also, on my keyboard there are metal latches under the keyboard. To remove the keyboard it needs to be slid towards the screen a few mm before you can lift it. When reassembling do the reverse, engaging the latches, or the keyboard will not stay down properly.

    Frank Puranik - Reply

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    • Locate the ribbon cable connecting the keyboard to the motherboard.

    • Use the tip of the opening tool to lift the black flap on the connector.

    • With the twezers, gently lift the ribbon cable out of the connector.

    • Be careful when reinserting the ribbon cable.

      • Ensure the cutouts on the end of the cable match the tabs on the connector.

    The cable is not lifted . It should be pulled parallel to the line of the memory chips. The Lenovo service guide makes this clear.

    Frank Puranik - Reply

    Getting the cable back i was tricky. in the end I almost had the keyboard vertical to east the bend on the connector as I pushed it back in gently - then it finally went in. When you push the retaining flap back down the white line on the ribbon cable should just be showing - then you have it in properly.

    Frank Puranik - Reply

    also you may think you’ve not got the cable in enough but actually when you flip the tab down if you can see about a.1.5mm of cable above the white line you should be good. just turn on the computer to check keyboard works before screwing back together

    Tollon Adkins - Reply

    • Locate and remove the screws holding the bezel to the laptop body:

      • Two 3 mm Phillips screws

      • Three 5.5 mm Phillips screws

    I found my Nextek (+) 2.0 x 40mm fitted these well. PH000 wasn't bad but not quite the right fit

    Frank Puranik - Reply

    • Flip the laptop over.

    • Locate and remove the screws holding the bezel to the bottom panel:

      • Ten 4.5 mm Phillips screws

    These were not philips on my machine. A Torx T5 fitted well.

    Frank Puranik - Reply

    If you find it too tighten (especially for Torxes), press the body near the screw with thumb and index finger - it should help.

    Nikola Tesla - Reply

    • There is now nothing securing the bezel to the laptop body. However, there are still two cables connecting the bezel to the mainboard. Ensure the bezel remains in place until the cables are disconnected.

    • Flip the laptop back over.

    • Locate the small trackpad ribbon cable and use the opening tool to lift the black flap on the connector.

    • With tweezers, gently pull the ribbon cable out of the connector.

      • You can use the clear plastic tab on the top of the ribbon connector to help pull the cable out.

    Again pull the ribbon cable parallel to the circuit board not up away from it.

    Frank Puranik - Reply

    • Locate the power board cable and disconnect it by pulling the cable head towards the front of the laptop.

      • You can use a metal spudger to push the head out of the socket.

      • Be careful to not damage the socket.

    I found it hard to get anything into the gap until I used a modelling knife set's pointer. I could ease this very gently into the gap which then created a narrow space i could use to ease the connector out. As staetd above take extreme care to use only light force so as not to damage the cable or socket. again the direction to ease it out is parallel to the circuit board.

    Frank Puranik - Reply

    • Lift the keyboard bezel off the laptop.

      • You may need to flip the screen around to get the necessary clearance at the hinges.

    There are clips around the edge of the bezel so it does not just lift off. I used a thin plastic store card to go right around the edge to ease the bezel away. You could use your plastic opening tool from step 1, but I used store cards for that step too as I don't have a plastic opening tool.

    Frank Puranik - Reply

    I had to solve interesting problem when reassembling: there are two neodym magnets at both front corners. Those neodyms consists from two components: one larger is a part of the bezel and another smaller sits freely in their nests in the bottom plastic backs, but when you lift the bezel, you will find them clipped to their bigger brothers.

    My problem was that the left smaller magnet wasn’t able to stay at the correct position - it tended to stay cca 3 mm further in direction of, touchpad so it wasn’t able to “sit to it’s nest” when reassembling the bezel and there stayed a gap between backs and the bezel near to the power button, where that left magnet is. After a few unpatient experiments I used a piece of double sided adhesive tape, which keeps the smaller magnet in it’s place and solved this strange problem perfectly.

    Nikola Tesla - Reply

Conclusion

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

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