Introduction

This guide is for users whose VAIO VGN-FW590 keyboard no longer functions. Before starting please be aware that keyboards warps easily during the removal/replacement process. If you wish to reuse/replace your keyboard be very careful and perform each step gently.

  1. Turn the computer off, close the LCD screen, and insure the computer is unplugged from any outlet. Turn the computer over so that the bottom of the computer is facing up and the "screen swivels" (DC in port and On button) are facing away from you.
    • Turn the computer off, close the LCD screen, and insure the computer is unplugged from any outlet.

    • Turn the computer over so that the bottom of the computer is facing up and the "screen swivels" (DC in port and On button) are facing away from you.

    • Locate the battery pack between the two "screen swivels" at the top of the computer back.

  2. Locate two sliding release switches below the battery pack. Slide the "Lock" release to the right toward the center of the computer.
    • Locate two sliding release switches below the battery pack.

    • Slide the "Lock" release to the right toward the center of the computer.

    • Slide the "Release" switch to the left, toward the center of the computer. It must be held in place because it is spring loaded.

  3. While holding the "Release" switch toward the center of the computer, press on the raised portion of the battery pack away from you. The battery  pack will pop up. Once the battery pack has popped out of its compartment, lift it out of the computer.
    • While holding the "Release" switch toward the center of the computer, press on the raised portion of the battery pack away from you. The battery pack will pop up.

    • Once the battery pack has popped out of its compartment, lift it out of the computer.

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  5. Remove the circled screws using the Phillips #0 screwdriver.
    • Remove the circled screws using the Phillips #0 screwdriver.

    • The outer two screws are 7.7mm

    • The center two screws are 2.5mm

    • The bottom screw is 7.6mm

  6. Open the computer
    • Open the computer

  7. Remove the audio panel above the keyboard.
    • Remove the audio panel above the keyboard.

    • Lift one corner gently with a flat tool or fingernail.

    • Pull the rest of the panel gently out by hand.

  8. Lift the keyboard gently, starting with one of the top corners.
    • Lift the keyboard gently, starting with one of the top corners.

    • Pull keyboard gently from body of computer to prevent warping or breakage.

    • Caution Do not remove completely.

  9. Locate the connector ribbon behind the keyboard. Gently pull the ribbon from the locking device. It may take a few tries. Caution Do not tear the ribbon.
    • Locate the connector ribbon behind the keyboard.

    • Gently pull the ribbon from the locking device. It may take a few tries.

    • Caution Do not tear the ribbon.

Conclusion

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

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