Introduction

Along with the trackpad, the keyboard is one of the primary input devices for a laptop. If broken, a standalone USB keyboard can be a temporary workaround until the integrated keyboard is replaced.

Parts

No parts required.

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

    • Open the laptop to locate the keyboard.

  2. 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.
    • 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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  4. 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. The top corners of the keyboard may be stuck to the laptop bezel with double sided tape.  See rectangles in Image 3.  Be careful as you lift the keyboard up and pivot it toward you.
    • 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.

    • The top corners of the keyboard may be stuck to the laptop bezel with double sided tape. See rectangles in Image 3. Be careful as you lift the keyboard up and pivot it toward you.

  5. 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.
    • 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.

Conclusion

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

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