Introduction

To replace the trackpad or keyboard of the Lenovo N21 Chromebook, the whole panel including both parts will need to be replaced.

If you are trying to replace other parts within the Lenovo N21 Chromebook, the trackpad and keyboard panel will have to be removed from the bottom housing in order to access these interior parts.

Power down the Chromebook before starting any repair. Opening up your Chromebook voids the manufacturer warranty.
  • Power down the Chromebook before starting any repair.

  • Opening up your Chromebook voids the manufacturer warranty.

  • Use a screwdriver to remove the six 5.0mm Phillips screws from the bottom housing of the Chromebook.

Use a plastic opening tool to pry off the four rubber pegs from the bottom housing. Use a plastic opening tool to pry off the four rubber pegs from the bottom housing.
  • Use a plastic opening tool to pry off the four rubber pegs from the bottom housing.

Use a screwdriver to remove the four 5.0mm Phillips screws located under the rubber soles. Use a screwdriver to remove the four 5.0mm Phillips screws located under the rubber soles.
  • Use a screwdriver to remove the four 5.0mm Phillips screws located under the rubber soles.

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Flip the laptop over and open the screen. Gently pry the keyboard and trackpad panel away from the bottom housing using a plastic opening tool. Once completely separated, do not immediately pull the panel completely away from the bottom housing. There are wires that are still connecting the panel to the rest of the internals of the Chromebook.
  • Flip the laptop over and open the screen.

  • Gently pry the keyboard and trackpad panel away from the bottom housing using a plastic opening tool.

  • Once completely separated, do not immediately pull the panel completely away from the bottom housing. There are wires that are still connecting the panel to the rest of the internals of the Chromebook.

Disconnect the keyboard ribbon cable by lifting the ZIF connector lock with a plastic opening tool or fingernail and gently pulling the ribbon cable straight out of its socket. Disconnect the keyboard ribbon cable by lifting the ZIF connector lock with a plastic opening tool or fingernail and gently pulling the ribbon cable straight out of its socket.
  • Disconnect the keyboard ribbon cable by lifting the ZIF connector lock with a plastic opening tool or fingernail and gently pulling the ribbon cable straight out of its socket.

Disconnect the trackpad ribbon cable by lifting the ZIF connector lock with a  small prying tool or fingernail and gently pulling the ribbon cable straight out of its socket. Disconnect the trackpad ribbon cable by lifting the ZIF connector lock with a  small prying tool or fingernail and gently pulling the ribbon cable straight out of its socket. Disconnect the trackpad ribbon cable by lifting the ZIF connector lock with a  small prying tool or fingernail and gently pulling the ribbon cable straight out of its socket.
  • Disconnect the trackpad ribbon cable by lifting the ZIF connector lock with a small prying tool or fingernail and gently pulling the ribbon cable straight out of its socket.

Remove the keyboard and trackpad panel away from the device.
  • Remove the keyboard and trackpad panel away from the device.

Has anyone gone through the experience of replacing JUST the keyboard? It looks like they are available as a separate component, e.g. https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-for-Lenovo-... but I haven’t found a tutorial on removing the keyboard from its bezel. Thanks!

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Conclusion

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

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