Introduction

This guide will inform readers on how to safely uninstall the keyboard of the Sony VAIO VPC-EB33FM laptop.

Parts

No parts required.

Image 1/2: Turn the laptop onto its backside. Image 2/2: Turn the laptop onto its backside.
  • If the laptop isn't turned off, then do so by holding down the power button.

  • Turn the laptop onto its backside.

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Image 1/1: The battery is shaped as a long rectangle with rounded edges.
  • Locate the battery below the screen attachment.

  • The battery is shaped as a long rectangle with rounded edges.

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  • Press into the release button while holding the unlock button in position.

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  • Lift the battery out at the notch while holding the release button.

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  • Remove all charge from the laptop by holding down the power button for at least 5 seconds.

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  • Turn laptop onto its backside and locate the hard drive cover panel.

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  • Use a Phillips #00 screwdriver to remove the two 7.75-mm cover screws on the bottom corners of the panel.

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Image 1/3: You may need to use your other hand to safely remove the panel. Image 2/3: You can also use a spudger for this step Image 3/3: You can also use a spudger for this step
  • Use a finger/fingernail to grip the notch at the bottom of the panel to lift it off.

  • You may need to use your other hand to safely remove the panel.

  • You can also use a spudger for this step

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Image 1/1: Remove the two remaining 7.75-mm screws using the Phillips #00 screwdriver.
  • The hard drive should now be exposed.

  • Remove the two remaining 7.75-mm screws using the Phillips #00 screwdriver.

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Image 1/1: Hold the hard drive securely in a horizontal position using your other hand.
  • Grab the tab between your thumb and index finger.

  • Hold the hard drive securely in a horizontal position using your other hand.

  • Push the hard drive to the left using the plastic tab to disconnect it from the laptop.

  • To prevent damage of the connection on the hard disk drive or the laptop, perform this task slowly and with care.

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Image 1/2: Pull the hard drive out. Image 2/2: Pull the hard drive out.
  • While still holding the plastic tab, lift the right side of the hard drive out at a 45º angle.

  • Pull the hard drive out.

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Image 1/2: Remove the two 3.67-mm screws from either side of the bracket with a Phillips #00 screwdriver. Image 2/2: Lift the bracket off the hard drive.
  • If you need to remove the bracket from the hard drive, follow the next few steps:

    • Remove the two 3.67-mm screws from either side of the bracket with a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

    • Lift the bracket off the hard drive.

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Image 1/3: The screw cannot be removed from the RAM casing cover. Image 2/3: The screw cannot be removed from the RAM casing cover. Image 3/3: The screw cannot be removed from the RAM casing cover.
  • Remove the one screw with a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

  • The screw cannot be removed from the RAM casing cover.

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Image 1/2: The RAM will make a "pop" sound and the RAM stick will rise for ease of handling. Image 2/2: The RAM will make a "pop" sound and the RAM stick will rise for ease of handling.
  • Pull the two retaining arms away from the center of the RAM chip.

  • The RAM will make a "pop" sound and the RAM stick will rise for ease of handling.

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Image 1/3: To remove the second stick of RAM, repeat steps six and seven. Image 2/3: When installing RAM, make sure sticks are firmly in place or the computer will not register them. Image 3/3: When installing RAM, make sure sticks are firmly in place or the computer will not register them.
  • Pull the RAM stick out of its socket.

  • To remove the second stick of RAM, repeat steps six and seven.

  • When installing RAM, make sure sticks are firmly in place or the computer will not register them.

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Image 1/1: Two 3.8-mm screws
  • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver remove the following screws securing the back cover :

    • Two 3.8-mm screws

    • Two 8.9-mm screws

    • Twelve 7.75-mm screws

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Image 1/1: Using both hands separate the back cover by lifting from the back and working around the perimeter to release tabs.
  • Check to make sure all screws have been removed.

  • Using both hands separate the back cover by lifting from the back and working around the perimeter to release tabs.

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Image 1/1: During the removal of the back cover, a screw that attaches the optical drive to the laptop is also taken out. This means the optical drive is ready to be removed.
  • Uninstalling the keyboard may require a second set of hands.

  • During the removal of the back cover, a screw that attaches the optical drive to the laptop is also taken out. This means the optical drive is ready to be removed.

  • Remove the optical drive by sliding it out.

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Image 1/2: Once you hear this sound, it means that a section of the keyboard has been ejected. Image 2/2: Once you hear this sound, it means that a section of the keyboard has been ejected.
  • Once the optical drive is removed, locate the keyboard ejection button and press down on it until you hear a snap.

  • Once you hear this sound, it means that a section of the keyboard has been ejected.

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Image 1/1: Locate the area where the section of the keyboard was ejected.
  • Turn the laptop onto its frontside and unfold the laptop so the keyboard is fully visible.

  • Locate the area where the section of the keyboard was ejected.

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Image 1/2: Be careful not to break any of the hooks that attach the keyboard to the laptop. Image 2/2: If it seems difficult to remove the keyboard with your hands, then use a plastic opening tool.
  • Start to pry out the keyboard with your hands.

  • Be careful not to break any of the hooks that attach the keyboard to the laptop.

  • If it seems difficult to remove the keyboard with your hands, then use a plastic opening tool.

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Image 1/2: Continue all the way around the keyboard until you can detach it from the laptop. Image 2/2: Continue all the way around the keyboard until you can detach it from the laptop.
  • Remain cautious to not break the hooks.

  • Continue all the way around the keyboard until you can detach it from the laptop.

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Image 1/2: Turn the keyboard on its face and locate the green tape and the ribbon attachment. Image 2/2: Using the metal tweezer, remove only the green sticker.
  • Do not immediately pull the keyboard away from the laptop. There is still an attachment between the keyboard and laptop.

  • Turn the keyboard on its face and locate the green tape and the ribbon attachment.

  • Using the metal tweezer, remove only the green sticker.

  • Place the sticker at any location as long as you remember to use it for installing the keyboard.

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Image 1/2: Using the plastic opening tool, pull the retaining arms out. Image 2/2: The retaining arms will not come off completely.
  • Locate the black retaining arms.

  • Using the plastic opening tool, pull the retaining arms out.

  • The retaining arms will not come off completely.

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Image 1/2: Lift the retaining arms with the plastic opening tool at an angle so that the ribbon attachment can be pulled out. Image 2/2: Lift the retaining arms with the plastic opening tool at an angle so that the ribbon attachment can be pulled out.
  • It is safe to touch the ribbon attachment.

  • Lift the retaining arms with the plastic opening tool at an angle so that the ribbon attachment can be pulled out.

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Conclusion

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

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