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.

  1. Make sure the battery lock switch is switched to the unlocked position.
    • 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.

  2. Slide the battery release switch to the left.
    • 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.

    • Using a finger, lift up the battery.

    • The battery release switch must be held in place.

    • 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.

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

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

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

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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