Introduction

The keyboard is subject to some of the most abuse experienced by a laptop. Whether it is from over use or even water damage, the keyboard can stop working. With the removal a couple screws and the release of a few tabs, the keyboard can be replaced with little effort.

Parts

No parts required.

Make sure the battery lock switch is switched to the unlocked position. The battery is unlocked when the battery lock switch is slid to the side with an image of an unlocked lock. The battery is unlocked when the battery lock switch is slid to the side with an image of an unlocked lock.
  • Make sure the battery lock switch is switched to the unlocked position.

    • The battery is unlocked when the battery lock switch is slid to the side with an image of an unlocked lock.

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Slide the battery release switch to the left. The switch is spring loaded, so you must hold the switch in place while removing the battery.
  • Slide the battery release switch to the left.

  • The switch is spring loaded, so you must hold the switch in place while removing the battery.

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Using a finger, lift up the battery. The battery release switch must be held in place.
  • Using a finger, lift up the battery.

  • The battery release switch must be held in place.

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Remove the 5 Phillips screws holding the panel in place. These screws are permanently fastened to the panel; they are designed to be removed only partially to avoid loss. These screws are permanently fastened to the panel; they are designed to be removed only partially to avoid loss.
  • Remove the 5 Phillips screws holding the panel in place.

  • These screws are permanently fastened to the panel; they are designed to be removed only partially to avoid loss.

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Use a finger to remove the panel by lifting up on the provided removal tab. Use a finger to remove the panel by lifting up on the provided removal tab. Use a finger to remove the panel by lifting up on the provided removal tab.
  • Use a finger to remove the panel by lifting up on the provided removal tab.

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Remove the two screws holding the keyboard in place. Two 5.7 mm Phillips screws. 'KB' is written alongside the screw holes. This indicates the screws hold the keyboard in place.
  • Remove the two screws holding the keyboard in place.

    • Two 5.7 mm Phillips screws.

  • 'KB' is written alongside the screw holes. This indicates the screws hold the keyboard in place.

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There are three tabs holding the keyboard in place. They are located under the ESC, F8, and DEL keys. Expose the tabs by pressing down on adjacent keys.
  • There are three tabs holding the keyboard in place.

    • They are located under the ESC, F8, and DEL keys.

  • Expose the tabs by pressing down on adjacent keys.

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While you press down the ESC key, push the tab with the spudger to release that side of the keyboard. Use a finger to prevent the keyboard from locking back in place. Repeat the previous step for the tabs under the F8 and DEL keys.
  • While you press down the ESC key, push the tab with the spudger to release that side of the keyboard.

    • Use a finger to prevent the keyboard from locking back in place.

  • Repeat the previous step for the tabs under the F8 and DEL keys.

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Pick up the keyboard. This exposes a cable that connects the keyboard to the laptop. Lift the keyboard gently. The cable connecting it to the computer is  a ribbon. If pulled too hard, the ribbon may be damaged. Lift the keyboard gently. The cable connecting it to the computer is  a ribbon. If pulled too hard, the ribbon may be damaged.
  • Pick up the keyboard. This exposes a cable that connects the keyboard to the laptop.

  • Lift the keyboard gently. The cable connecting it to the computer is a ribbon. If pulled too hard, the ribbon may be damaged.

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Gently unplug the ribbon cable connecting the keyboard to the laptop by pulling horizontally. Gently unplug the ribbon cable connecting the keyboard to the laptop by pulling horizontally.
  • Gently unplug the ribbon cable connecting the keyboard to the laptop by pulling horizontally.

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Conclusion

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

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Great instuctions plus photos. Spot on, tx

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