Introduction

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

Parts

No parts required.

  1. If the laptop isn't turned off, then do so by holding down the power button.
    • 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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  2. Locate the battery below the screen attachment.
    • 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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    • 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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    • The hard drive should now be exposed.

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

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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Remove the one screw with a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

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

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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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