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How To Replace A Laptop Keyboard

You can have a trained specialist carry out a laptop keyboard replacement for you, but if you want to do it yourself, it is a moderately easy thing to do. Some people may want to do it themselves either to save money or because they enjoy working on computers. In general, for this task, all you really need to know how to do is use a screwdriver. Also, it should be noted that the directions below are general directions since laptops can differ by manufacturer and model. It is always handy to have your laptop manual around when doing any hardware replacement.

Things Needed:
  • Screwdriver
  • A new Laptop Keyboard
Step 1: Keep a notebook handy to jot down all the steps involved as you attempt to remove the laptop keyboard. This is especially important for people with little or no technical skills, as they would have to start from the last step and move up in order to successfully replace the laptop keyboard. In other words, when you get the new keyboard in, these steps backwards will help you to put the computer back together.

Step 2: Remove the AC Power and Laptop Battery. This is a safety precaution.

Step 3: Remove the Keyboard Bezel. This is the visible casing around the laptop keyboard.

Step 4: Remove the two or three screws holding the keyboard to the laptop base.

Step 5: Gently unplug the keyboard connector. You can usually find the keyboard connector below the keyboard itself but above the mouse touchpad.

Step 6: Next, you will need to remove the keyboard ribbon cable from the old keyboard. Move the edge of the connector up a little bit. This will allow you to take the ribbon off easily.

Step 7: Now, to install a new keyboard, reverse the process: connect the laptop ribbon cable to the new keyboard. Reconnect the keyboard connector and place the laptop in the frame. Last, screw it down and replace the keyboard bezel.

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