Introduction

No keyboard no sound. It's easy as that. But don't be afraid, replacing it is also very easy.

This guide shows you how to replace the keyboard of your OP-1.

Image 1/3: The four longer keys from the fingerboard are to be handled from the left side to get them off. Image 2/3: The eight smaller keys need to be levered from the bottom up. Image 3/3: The eight smaller keys need to be levered from the bottom up.
  • To get to the screws beneath the keyboard you need to take some keys off. You can use either an opening tool or an opening pick. The first picture shows how it should look like with all the necessary keys off (12 in total).

  • The four longer keys from the fingerboard are to be handled from the left side to get them off.

  • The eight smaller keys need to be levered from the bottom up.

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Image 1/2: By using again an opening tool or opening pick these can be snapped off easily. Image 2/2: When reassembling be sure to place them in with the correct side facing upwards.
  • The scissor mechanism of the eight small keys are obstructing the underlying screws.

  • By using again an opening tool or opening pick these can be snapped off easily.

  • When reassembling be sure to place them in with the correct side facing upwards.

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Image 1/3: Then just pull off the four rotary knobs and the volume knob. Image 2/3: Now it is possible to slightly lift the keyboard and set it back. Image 3/3: Now it is possible to slightly lift the keyboard and set it back.
  • Loosen those 12 screws with a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

  • Then just pull off the four rotary knobs and the volume knob.

  • Now it is possible to slightly lift the keyboard and set it back.

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Image 1/2: Now you can pull the flex cables out and remove the keyboard completely. Image 2/2: When installing the new keyboard, make sure to remove the protective film underneath the screen.
  • Unlock the flex cables by pushing the two black nibs on both sides of each connector.

  • Now you can pull the flex cables out and remove the keyboard completely.

  • When installing the new keyboard, make sure to remove the protective film underneath the screen.

  • The OP-1 has a mode to test specific functions. You can enter it by holding the "COM" button while powering on, then choose the function test (3). You don't have to complete every test and can power off after the keyboard test.

Don't forget to add the metal parts of the new plastic keys and press the keys down until you hear a click.

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Conclusion

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

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Tobias Isakeit

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Nice guide Tobias!

Worked like a charm. My OP-1 feels brand new.

Thanks iFixit X TeenageEngineering for providing these replacement parts!

Keep it up <3

Flavius Ivancu - Reply

Awesome guide! Thank you!!!

Jason Wasiak - Reply

After reassembling everything I have one key ( the upper A) which retriggers the sound randomly if I press the key.

I hope that the reason is not that I put the flex cable back too loose … and i have to open it again. Anyone had this before?

Raimund S - Reply

Perfect. Thanks :)

kristianottosen - Reply

Did this along with with replacing the connector board and it all seems as good as new. Recommended getting the Opening Tool, Spudger and for the connector board job the Jimmy. Well done TE for providing this to option for repairs.

Toby Curnow - Reply

Usually when a key retriggers or triggers multiple times on one press, it's because the plastic that holds the metal on the inside of the key has broken. It still sits in place, but the key would need to be replaced.

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