Introduction

Is your keyboard broken? Got a new one to replace it with? We'll show you how!

Parts

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Close the laptop and turn it over so that the base is facing upwards and the spine is facing away from you. Find the battery compartment. Slide the left slider which is just beneath the battery compartment into its leftmost position.
  • Close the laptop and turn it over so that the base is facing upwards and the spine is facing away from you.

  • Find the battery compartment.

  • Slide the left slider which is just beneath the battery compartment into its leftmost position.

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Slide and hold the right slider into its rightmost position. Lift the battery out of the compartment. Do not touch the gold nodes inside the compartment. Do not touch the gold nodes inside the compartment.
  • Slide and hold the right slider into its rightmost position. Lift the battery out of the compartment.

  • Do not touch the gold nodes inside the compartment.

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Turn computer over so that the battery compartment is facing up and is at the top. Locate and unscrew one captive Phillips #1 screw located at the center. A captive screw cannot be completely removed from the device's component.
  • Turn computer over so that the battery compartment is facing up and is at the top.

  • Locate and unscrew one captive Phillips #1 screw located at the center.

  • A captive screw cannot be completely removed from the device's component.

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Use a plastic opening tool to open the motherboard access cover. Do not touch the motherboard. Do not touch the motherboard.
  • Use a plastic opening tool to open the motherboard access cover.

  • Do not touch the motherboard.

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Remove one 1.5mm Phillips #1 screw located near the top left edge of the opening. Remove one 1.5mm Phillips #1 screw located near the top left edge of the opening. Remove one 1.5mm Phillips #1 screw located near the top left edge of the opening.
  • Remove one 1.5mm Phillips #1 screw located near the top left edge of the opening.

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Flip your device right side up, and rotate it so that the optical drive is facing you. Insert a paper clip into a manual release switch located to the right of the automatic release button.
  • Flip your device right side up, and rotate it so that the optical drive is facing you.

  • Insert a paper clip into a manual release switch located to the right of the automatic release button.

  • Optical Drive will not release if you insert the clip diagonally. Make sure to insert the clip straight into the switch.

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Gently pull out the disk drive until you can see the metallic case of the optical drive. Hold the metal case and continue to pull the drive out toward you.
  • Gently pull out the disk drive until you can see the metallic case of the optical drive.

  • Hold the metal case and continue to pull the drive out toward you.

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Once you see the yellow labels on the disk drive, fully retract the disk mount until you hear a click. Once you see the yellow labels on the disk drive, fully retract the disk mount until you hear a click. Once you see the yellow labels on the disk drive, fully retract the disk mount until you hear a click.
  • Once you see the yellow labels on the disk drive, fully retract the disk mount until you hear a click.

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Continue to pull the disk drive toward you until it is completely removed from the laptop's housing. Continue to pull the disk drive toward you until it is completely removed from the laptop's housing. Continue to pull the disk drive toward you until it is completely removed from the laptop's housing.
  • Continue to pull the disk drive toward you until it is completely removed from the laptop's housing.

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Place laptop right side up on a flat and clean surface. Open the laptop. Find the strip just above the keyboard and locate the gaps behind the F1, F8, and Insert keys. Remove the strip by sticking your plastic opening tool into these gaps in order, and pulling up.
  • Place laptop right side up on a flat and clean surface. Open the laptop.

  • Find the strip just above the keyboard and locate the gaps behind the F1, F8, and Insert keys.

  • Remove the strip by sticking your plastic opening tool into these gaps in order, and pulling up.

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Locate the two 2.3mm Phillips #1 screws at the top of the keyboard that attaches the keyboard to the frame behind it. Remove screws.
  • Locate the two 2.3mm Phillips #1 screws at the top of the keyboard that attaches the keyboard to the frame behind it.

  • Remove screws.

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Find the latch above the F8 key that overlaps the keyboard. Use a plastic opening tool to press the key board's tab downward, until the key board is released. Use a plastic opening tool to press the key board's tab downward, until the key board is released.
  • Find the latch above the F8 key that overlaps the keyboard.

  • Use a plastic opening tool to press the key board's tab downward, until the key board is released.

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Pull the keyboard out by shifting it forward towards the screen and pulling up. CAUTION: Do not pull it out all the way yet. It is still attached to the laptop by a cable.
  • Pull the keyboard out by shifting it forward towards the screen and pulling up.

  • CAUTION: Do not pull it out all the way yet. It is still attached to the laptop by a cable.

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Find the ribbon cable that connects the keyboard to the laptop. Look for the black tabs on both sides of cable at the laptop end of the cable. Using a pair of tweezers, pull the black tabs on both sides of the cable connector towards the screen until the cable can be pulled out easily. Pull out the cable and completely remove the keyboard.
  • Find the ribbon cable that connects the keyboard to the laptop. Look for the black tabs on both sides of cable at the laptop end of the cable.

  • Using a pair of tweezers, pull the black tabs on both sides of the cable connector towards the screen until the cable can be pulled out easily.

  • Pull out the cable and completely remove the keyboard.

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Conclusion

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

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