Introduction

If your keyboard is damaged or not working properly, it is fairly easy to replace.

Parts

No parts required.

Close the laptop lid and flip the laptop over.
  • Close the laptop lid and flip the laptop over.

  • Switch the lock button on the left to the unlock position. (The unlock position is to the left side.)

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Push the release button to the right. Hold the release button to the right and lift the battery out of its housing. Hold the release button to the right and lift the battery out of its housing.
  • Push the release button to the right.

  • Hold the release button to the right and lift the battery out of its housing.

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Open the laptop so the keyboard is facing you and the locate the thin plastic cover located directly above the keyboard. Using your fingers, remove this long piece of plastic gently. Do not apply too much force when removing the cover piece as it can break.
  • Open the laptop so the keyboard is facing you and the locate the thin plastic cover located directly above the keyboard.

  • Using your fingers, remove this long piece of plastic gently.

  • Do not apply too much force when removing the cover piece as it can break.

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Remove the two 4.8 mm type-0 Phillips head screws located underneath the plastic cover piece.
  • Remove the two 4.8 mm type-0 Phillips head screws located underneath the plastic cover piece.

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Starting at the top, gently raise the keyboard enough to remove it from the socket. DO NOT pull out the keyboard after its out of its socket. The keyboard is connected to the hard drive through a data cable and removing forcefully could damage the cable and laptop.
  • Starting at the top, gently raise the keyboard enough to remove it from the socket.

  • DO NOT pull out the keyboard after its out of its socket. The keyboard is connected to the hard drive through a data cable and removing forcefully could damage the cable and laptop.

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Locate the data cable that is connected to the motherboard. Pull the white ZIF connector towards the screen to remove it.
  • Locate the data cable that is connected to the motherboard.

  • Pull the white ZIF connector towards the screen to remove it.

  • Pull the black ribbon cable away from the screen.

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With the black ribbon cable now disconnected, remove the keyboard from  its housing.
  • With the black ribbon cable now disconnected, remove the keyboard from its housing.

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Conclusion

Congratulations, you have removed the laptops original keyboard and can now replace it with a new one.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order with the new keyboard.

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It's not so easy to do step 3.

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