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How to Clean, Upgrade, Repair, Disassemble a Laptop or Notebook Keyboard

How to clean, upgrade, repair or disassemble a laptop or notebook keyboard. Links to tips, tricks and HOWTOs.

N.N. One or more keys fell off the laptop keyboard and you are not sure how to put them back? Don't worry, most likely you can fix the keyboard and it's not necessary to buy a new one.
Acer Aspire 5100 This guide will explain how to take apart the laptop and exchange major components such as CD/DVD drive, memory, hard drive, wireless card, cooling fan and keyboard.
Acer Aspire 5315 Under the battery cover you can find three black screws which appear to correspond to the cover above the keyboard on the upper side of the laptop. Unscrew these to get the keyboard replaced.
Acer TravelMate 800LCi A short guide explaining how to remove the laptop keyboard (in German).
Acer TravelMate 6592G This is the guide to replace the keyboard on this laptop. It is fairly straight forward to do and all the tools you need are: #1 Phillips screwdriver and a small flat screwdriver.
Acorn A4 Dismantling the laptop as far as the motherboard, removing the screen and replacing the LCD panel, pictures from the motherboard and keyboard details.
Alienware D9T How take the keyboard out of a gaming notebook.
Apple iBook Dual-USB A fiber optic backlit keyboard for the notebook.
Apple iBook Dual-USB A keyboard illumination hack, describing how to use white or blue LEDs to backlit the notebook keyboard.
Apple iBook G3 Zen and the art of keyboard maintenance. How to take all the caps off and fix a broken keyboard cable.
Apple iBook G4 Keyboard blues: make a hybrid keyboard of a G3-iBook-keyboard and G4-iBook-keyboard.
Apple iBook G4 Zen and the art of keyboard-maintenance.
Apple iBook G4 Keyboards can rapidly be covered with mud. But they can keep on for years if one takes carefully care of them and do not use them as a food tray! Quick cleaning of an iBook keyboard.
Apple iBook (White) Tips, tricks and pictures about cleaning the keyboard.
Apple PowerBook 1xx Memory upgrade, hard disk upgrade, modem installation, keyboard exchange (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook Duo Overclocking, cleaning the keyboard, changing the CAPS LOCK light to a red LED, adding a hard drive activity light, adding a ADB port in place of the modem, repairing the AC adapter port.
Apple PowerBook Duo 2xx Memory upgrade, keyboard exchange, hard disk upgrade, modem installation, backup battery replacement (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook 5xx Memory and hard disk upgrade, keyboard exchange, modem installation, CPU upgrade (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook 1400 Memory and hard disk upgrade, keyboard exchange (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook 2400 Key-cap replacement instructions.
Apple PowerBook 3400/G3 Memory and hard disk upgrade, keyboard exchange (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook 5300/190 Memory and hard disk upgrade, keyboard replacement (in Japanese).
Apple PowerBook G3 Series Worried about an overly flexible keyboard?
Apple PowerBook G4 15'' Poison Powerbook: how to make the backlit keyboard glow red, Apple logo color mod, keyboard cleaning and take apart instructions.
Apple N.N. Your quick guide to replacing Apple keys: there are several types of Apple laptops and therefore a lot of different keycaps. Luckily, most of the keys work the same way across all of the PowerBook, iBook, and MacBook models. The only tool that may be needed for key replacement is a flat head tool such as a nylon spudger or a flat head screw driver [PDF].
ASUS A4740KBP How to integrate the receiver of an external cordless Logitech USB mouse and keyboard into the laptop case between the rear panel and GPU/chipset heatsink.
ASUS A8J (and W3J) Replacing a laptop keyboard isn't difficult, if you know what you are doing. Most of the time, because laptops keyboards seem so well integrated, it is tough to get started without knowing where to start.
ASUS Eee PC 701 4G How to add a light to illuminate the keyboard from above.
ASUS Eee PC 701 4G What good is that portable PC if you can't type anywhere and anytime? Clearly, a keyboard backlight like those found in higher-end laptops is the answer to your nocturnal typing woes. And for less than $15, such a backlight can be installed with minimal fuss.
ASUS L3800C This guide reveals the secret trick to get the keyboard removed and get access to the inside of the notebook.
ASUS M6N How to make the notebook silent, by fixing the rattling keyboard.
Averatec AV3250 Laptop Keyboard Repair: Not all notebook keyboards are made the same, and the keyboard you get when buying one of those budget notebooks isn't always a high durability keyboard, especially if you are a heavy typist. This laptop had a few keys that died after about two years of usage. This HOWTO describes repairing the silicon membranes instead of buying an expensive original keyboard. After disassembling the defective keyboard, you will see that the silicon membranes that provided the support for each key where independent, unlike their desktop counterparts, where there is usually one big membrane covering the entire keyboard. So you may use the membrane of one of those slim desktop keyboards that are cheaply available everywhere.
COMPAQ Armada E500 Replacing laptop keys (and keyboards).
COMPAQ Armada M700 Keyboard replacement instructions.
COMPAQ LTE 5000 [archived link] This page discusses how to safely and easily clean the keyboard on a notebook computer.
COMPAQ 486 How to convert a laptop keyboard into a desktop keyboard.
COMPAQ Presario 2500 Reattach a broken or lost keyboard key.
COMPAQ Presario 2580US This guide explains how you can remove and replace keyboard, memory and hard drive for the laptop. The keyboard replacement procedure is relatively simple and you can easily do it yourself at home. Proceed on your own risk.
COMPAQ Presario V2000 Most V2xxx keyboards shared the same problem; when typing in the area where the arrows are, you can feel that there is space between the keyboard and the metal casing. You can hear a vibrating sound, like if the keys were bouncing. The easy fix is to remove the keyboard, and put some kind of thin cloth, kleenex, whatever below the keyboard. The keyboard now becomes firm and easy to use.
DELL Inspiron 1100 "Captain Disassemble" to the rescue: how to replace the keyboard.
DELL Inspiron 1100/1150/5100/5150 Keyboard removal instructions.
DELL Inspiron 3700/3800 Keyboard replacement tutorial.
DELL Inspiron 6000 How to exchange a broken or lost laptop keyboard key.
DELL Inspiron B120 This article tells about keyboard key replacement.
DELL Latitude C840 The keyboard removal and replacement procedure is pretty much straightforward and shouldn't take more than 15 minutes.
DELL Latitude CPx Keyboard replacement guide.
DELL Latitude CPx The Ultimate DELL 8IK Keyboard Fix: how to replace the original laptop keyboard with a small USB keyboard.
DELL Latitude CPx There is a problem with some of Dell's notebook/laptop computers periodically or permanently a diagonal row of keys 8 i k , will stop functioning. Here is a simple but unofficial method of repairing a laptop that had the dreaded 8ik keyboard flaw.
Fujitsu-Siemens LifeBook S-2110 Replacing the keyboard: an illustrated step-by-step guide.
Fujitsu LifeBook P-5000 All the tips and trick to get a keyboard key exchanged.
Fujitsu LifeBook P-7230 Taking the keyboard out is the first step of everything in most notebook. Thus, you will find it much easier when trying to upgrade anything else. What's surprising most is you don't have to have even a screw driver to complete this job since the manufacturer decided to use a sticky tape and plastic lock mechanism to stabilize the keyboard instead of any screw and it gets the job done nicely.
GateWay 4000 Need to fix a broken or fallen off keyboard key? This illustrated HOWTO explains all the dirty work.
GateWay M275 You need to replace a broken keyboard key? Here is a useful guide.
GateWay MT6704 How to substitute the laptop keyboard.
GateWay MX7000 How to substitute a keyboard key: step-by-step explanations and pics.
GateWay Solo 400SD4 Keycap substitution guide.
HP Pavilion DV1000 A tutorial about laptop keyboard key replacement.
HP Pavilion DV2000 A guide to keyboard key substitution.
HP Pavilion DV6000 How to reattach a lost keyboard key.
HP Pavilion DV8000T A keyboard checkup guide.
HP Pavilion DV9000 How to remove hard drive, memory, wireless card and keyboard.
HP Pavilion N5425 Reseating the keyboard connector.
HP Pavilion ZE 1000 Keycap exchange: a concise guide.
HP Pavilion ZV 5000 Here are instructions for upgrading the laptop memory in seven relatively easy steps. Upgrading memory on this laptop could be tricky because one of the memory expansion slots is located under the keyboard.
HP/COMPAQ NC6320 This guide explains how to remove and replace the display panel from. Also you can use this guide for: replacing or upgrading the memory module installed in the internal memory slot, removing and replacing the keyboard, removing and replacing the cooling fan, cleaning the heat sink, removing and replacing the CMOS (RTC) battery.
HP/COMPAQ NC6400 [archived link] How to remove the keyboard (aka: Where is the second RAM Slot?)
HP/COMPAQ NC6400 This laptop has two memory slots. One of them could be easily accessed from the bottom but the second one is hidden under the keyboard. In order to replace the memory module in the internal slot you'll have to remove the keyboard.
IBM ThinkPad 560 [archived link] Repairing a design flaw of the keyboard.
IBM ThinkPad 770 DaliPC: an old laptop being transformed into an "electronic painting". Booting with no keyboard hack.
IBM ThinkPad 770E Take apart an old notebook and reassembly it as a digital picture frame. The keyboard hack describes how to go along without keyboard.
IBM ThinkPad 770Z An illustrated explanation of the key mechanism, how to remove the spring, ring and frame of a keyboard key.
IBM ThinkPad i1400 HOW-TO: Laptop resurrection and upgrade, battery revival, membrane keyboard repairs, trackpoint transplant, adding USB ports and wireless LAN.
IBM ThinkPad R50 Revitalizing an aging notebook on the cheap: this tutorial will show you how to clean the notebook up, replace its slow and overloaded hard disk drive, install extra memory, replace the keyboard, and gave it a software tune up.
IBM ThinkPad R500 This HOWTO explains how to substitute the keyboard of the notebook.
IBM ThinkPad T20 How to change a broken keyboard key.
IBM ThinkPad T20, T21, T22 Keyboard replacement instructions.
IBM ThinkPad T40/T40p, T41/T41p, T42/T42p According to the official hardware maintenance manual these laptops can take up to 2GB memory total. You can install up to 1GB memory module into each slot, but before you have to take off the keyboard.
IBM ThinkPad X300 Keyboard replacment made easy.
IBM ThinkPad N.N. How to repair a missing notebook key.
LG S1 How to remove the keyboard from the laptop.
One Laptop Per Child - OLPC XO So let's say that your XO laptop keyboard doesn't work. No matter if it's due to the "sticky keys" problem, or if you happened to dunk it in the kitchen sink in a foolish waterboarding test. Either way, you'll need to strip your XO.
Packard Bell Easynote MZ35/MZ36 (aka Argo C2) A detailed procedure for getting the keyboard off the laptop.
Panasonic ToughBook Putting a LED into the case to light the keyboard (includes take apart pictures).
Panasonic CF-50 ToughBook How does the hinge mechanisms under the keyboard key work? Key exchangement tricks.
Panasonic CF-S23J8 Let's Note How to open the keyboard to get access to the hard disk drive (in Japanese).
Samsung X10+ XTM1700 RAM, hard disk and keyboard upgrade, with disassembly pictures.
Sony VAIO PCG-C1MZX Keyboard removal guide with pictures.
Sony VAIO PCG-FX501 How to change the CPU, fixing the noisy keyboard (in German).
Sony VAIO PCG-K This short step-by-step tutorial explains how to change a single keyboard key.
Sony VAIO VGN-FE Keycap substitution: how to fit the plastic hinge mechanism into the metal keyboard hooks.
Sony VAIO VGN-S150 (aka PCG-6C2L) How to remove the laptop keyboard and clean it from spilled soda.
Sony VAIO VGN-SZ160P How to fix the spacebar (video).
Toshiba Libretto 50CT A quick guide on how to install PS/2 mouse and keyboard connections to the standard port replicator.
Toshiba Portege M200 How to replace individual keys on your laptop's keyboard.
Toshiba Portege M600 How to remove and replace the keyboard on this laptop.
Toshiba Satellite A15 Individual keyboard caps replacement guide.
Toshiba Satellite A75 Keycap replacement guide.
Toshiba Satellite A215 These instructions show how to remove the wireless card from the laptop. Also, you can use this guide for removing the keyboard.
Toshiba Satellite P15 If you need to replace the key of this laptop or similar models this tutorial tells you all you need to know.
Toshiba Satellite U305 How to remove and replace the laptop keyboard.
Toshiba Tecra M9 How to remove the keyboard to get access to the memory slot.
N.N. Cleaning a laptop keyboard.
N.N. How to reattach or replace a laptop keyboard key.

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