Introduction

If your keyboard is malfunctioning and you want to replace it, or you need to take it out to get to a part underneath it, then use this guide to learn how to do so.

  1. Flip the laptop over so the bottom is facing upward and the battery is on top.
    • Flip the laptop over so the bottom is facing upward and the battery is on top.

    • Slide the tab below the battery to the left.

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  2. Slide and hold the tab on the right side of the battery to the right.
    • Slide and hold the tab on the right side of the battery to the right.

    • While holding the right tab, slide the battery upward and out its socket.

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    • Place the head of a plastic opening tool underneath the plastic strip lining the top of the keyboard, right above the "PGUP" button.

    • Next, pull the strip up using a plastic opening tool with a light force, until it pops off.

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    • Lightly lift from the side that was popped up earlier in order to pop the rest of the strip off of the laptop.

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    • Use a #1 Phillips screwdriver to take out the four 4mm Phillips #1 screws that were underneath the plastic strip.

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    • Be careful to not lift up on the keyboard too quickly or harshly; there is a ribbon cable connecting the keyboard and the base which may be breakable.

    • Lightly lift up on the keyboard from one of its top corners and pull it towards the screen so you can safely remove the ribbon cable.

    • At the base of the ribbon cable, there is a tiny tab that runs across the width of the connector. Flip it up. You can now pull the ribbon cable free with no resistance towards the monitor.

    • With the cable unplugged, the keyboard can be lifted away from the laptop.

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Conclusion

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

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