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Your laptop keys are sticky and some of them are missing or your keyboard isn’t working at all then you can usually replace the entire keyboard. This operation isn’t as hard as you might think and by performing it you have the advantage of not removing and replacing each key individually. Every laptop is different, usually removing your laptop’s keyboard involves simply unsnapping a cover and removing a few screws by disconnecting its cable.
You can do this In the comfort of your own home. However, a working laptop is a terrible thing to waste if any damage might occur to your machine if you try to take it apart. Furthermore, if you duplicate the process you may require to actually open your entire laptop. For that, you need to call a professional if you want to remove anything more than a handful of screws. Finally, before doing anything else check to see whether your laptop is still under warranty. If it is under warranty then you can get it replaced for free.
Find a Replacement Keyboard
Obtaining the right keyboard for your laptop is the first step of the replacement process. Then compare the prices by checking them on eBay, Google, and various online stores which specialize in replacement hardware such as LaptopKeyboard.com, Spare Parts Warehouse, and LaptopsKeyboard.com. The keyboard which you buy should be matching your laptop’s exact model number that you may find printed on a label attached to the underside of the laptop or on your screen bezel. By specifying the keyboard’s part number you can also simplify your search further which you may be able to find on the laptop manufacturer’s website or by calling their support or service department.
Replacing the Keyboard
Check online for more-precise instructions on how to replace your particular laptop keyboard than the general steps mentioned here as there’s a small chance that your laptop is unique and may require a very different replacement process from the standard one outlined here. Check your laptop manufacturer and the website from where you bought the replacement keyboard to see whether they can offer specific instructions for DIY repair. Some manufacturers provide you with service manuals with detailed instructions on a variety of servicing tasks; also try searching on the Web for “how to replace keyboard” with your laptop’s model number.
Confirm whether you have purchased the appropriate replacement by placing the new one on the laptop and seeing if anything appears of the right shape and size. Then gather your tools such as a small Phillips screwdriver for removing the small screws and a butter knife or other thin, small, flat tools for prying off any covers.
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Make sure that your laptop is completely powered off: Then the power cord must be unplugged by taking the battery out.
Usually, a trim piece or removable cover offers access to the keyboard.
Then examine the cover or trim piece that sits between the screen and the keyboard that usually affords access to the keyboard. Check for any screws and remove any screws which appear to hold the cover piece on while some pieces cover the screen hinges that may have small screws on their backs.
Be aware that it may have a data cable on the back which is connected to the laptop before you remove the cover. Usually, this cable is very important and doesn’t have much slack so you need to be very cautious when removing the trim piece that holds your laptop’s keyboard in place. You don’t need to rip the cable from the laptop by ruining the connector or the cable.
The cover or trim piece lies under a data cable that is attached to the laptop.
When your cover is loose then with your bare hands you need to gently remove the cover or trim piece if necessary and carefully use a butter knife or other thin flat tool to pry it up. Don’t use extreme force or you may break the cover that would snap off fairly easily with a small amount of force. Recheck for any remaining screws that may be holding it on if it doesn’t seem to be coming off underneath the laptop by removing them.
When you’ve removed the cover or trim piece then set it aside. If it’s still attached to the laptop via a data cable then carefully try to move it out of the way without damaging the cable. There are usually two to five such screws that are located along the top of the keyboard. Find those screws by removing them which hold the keyboard in place.
The laptop keyboard is held by two screws in place.
You need to note that the back of the keyboard is attached to the data cable which in turn connects to your laptop before pulling the keyboard up. Usually, the cable doesn’t have much slack either so be very careful when pulling it up. Avoid ripping the cable from the laptop as it is crucial for it may ruin the connector.
A small flat data cable on the back of the keyboard is connected to the laptop.
You need to carefully pull the keyboard up without ripping the data cable from the laptop and unlatch the data cable connector. Usually, by flipping up the small latch on the connector remove the data cable and set the old keyboard aside.
Then pick up your new keyboard align it without setting it down and attach it from the data cable to the connector on the laptop. Usually, by inserting the flat cable as far as it will go you need to flip the small latch on the connector back down to grasp it. With the data cable connected set the keyboard in place by being careful not to pull it or damage the cable in any way. Then reinsert the screws to hold the keyboard down by reattaching the cover or trim piece that usually requires a little force to snap back into place. Reinsert screws if you removed any from the cover earlier.
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When you’re done with these steps you can reinstall your battery and boot up the laptop. If everything runs smoothly you will have a perfectly working keyboard at a fraction of the cost instead of the professional repair service of having to do the work!
We hope that our Laptop users will be able to remove and replace their keyboards with the information mentioned in this blog.