How do I replace the keyboard?

I have the replacement keyboard, i'm just not sure how to get the old one out, i tried to get to it by disassembling from the back, but i couldn't fully loosen up the motherboard, and i didn't want to pull to hard.

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@gajaundi , gagebowser55, Perhaps the video link below showing the Key board being replaced below will help. Good luck. I hope this helped you out, if so let me know by pressing the helpful button.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpzRkdgp...

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To start, Thanks for the response , but i found this video during my googling, the keyboard isn't like normal ones. I've done a bunch of keyboard replacements but this laptop is odd. The keyboard is more internal than anything, the top plastic housing is all once piece. The keyboard fits underneath the plastic, and the keys actually come up through the plastic housing, so there's no undoing some screws and prying at the keyboard from the top...

I'll post some photos so you can see exactly what i'm describing.

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@gajaundi, I did try searching for your models service manual with no luck, was hoping the link would have helped more. The question will remain open and hopefully some other volunteer's will be able to assist.from the pic's. I see what you mean. Good luck.

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gagebowser55, You may be absolutely correct, those plastic pins look like they were probably press/sonic welded and you may have to get a plastic ribbon/rod of same plastic material to reweld mushroom type retainer head back on by adding material. You may be able to rent a plastic welder from a rentall store or use a solder iron with a flattened tip carefully. Rentall may have the plastic ribbon/rod also.

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This keyboard is an insert, looks like this. The shell must be opened and the backing sheet removed then you lay in the new keyboard . The connector is the same as other keyboards just that the keyboard itself is attached to the face plate by a dozen plastic dowel pins . Take care when pulling the keyboard off the dowels that you don't break the dowels. Hope this helps

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ok i'll try that now, i just had trouble with the motherboard, i couldn't get the %#*@ thing to actually come up..i got all the screws off of it, all the wires were off, but something was still giving me resistance when i tried to pull it up.

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ok i've gotten the motherboard removed, every part is out of my way..

now it's just me, and this metal playing over the keyboard that has those dowel pins you spoke of.

I'm posting three new photos of where my progress has led.

The 1st photo is showing where the keyboard itself is exposed.

The 2nd is a close up of the two dowel pins i attempted to pull up (marked with red A)... which led to the mushroom cap of the plastic just popping off....

Marked with the blue B Is also where i attempted to grip the end with pliers/tweezers, and turn counter clockwise. It only led to crushing it..

The 3rd picture is a closer overview of the metal, i just don't get how to remove that metal panel without having to re plastic weld caps on those pins after i replace the keyboard... They aren't popping through for me.

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@gajaundi apply heat and lift they should lift out if not drill top off just enough to clear then apply glue to reattach

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Thanks for all your comments here. I just completed this repair, below are my tips.

First : remove the motherboard, speakers, power cable, wifi, and lan/usb module.

Second: The metal plate needs to come off but its held down by a million plastic rods that were melted and pushed on top of the metal plate. Like @jimfixer said, use a small hot air gun - I used the benzomatic that looks like a fat marker. Apply upwards pressure on the metal plate as you heat and each plastic pin will give way one by one - proceed all the way around the plate until the metal plate is out. You will have to unscrew the metal plate from the hinges as well. It's important to do like @jimfixer said because if you break of the plastic pieces then you won't be able to melt them back after the replacement.

Third: Use the same heat and pull procedure to remove the old keyboard. Then, using your small heat gun, rescupt the plastic pins by heating them a little and pushing them together. I found it best to use my fingers to smush them together, the plastic cools quickly so smush in one direction, rotate 90 degrees and smush again. The goal is to make the pin small enough to fit through the original hole. If you don't resculpt the pins, then the new keyboard won't sit flush against the plastic housing of the laptop, I tried that first andthe keys don't come through the front all the way . When all the pins are re-sculpted slide the new keyboard into position - here you may have to push down around each of the pins to make sure it sets flush. Then to remelt the pins, hold the keyboard down with a screwdriver around the pin, to make sure it is flush, then heat the pin and smush down the pin while still holding everything down. It's actually kind of fun when you get the hang of it.

Four: Repeat the sculpt and melt pin procedure for the metal bracket. There are a lot of them but it's ok - keep going.

Five: Put everything back together then throw away that bluetooth keyboard you were using in the interim.

p.s. I didn't know the repair would be so involved when I got the replacement keyboard, but since I already had it - why not give it a shot?

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I have just finish mine. I was scared by the mushroom type welded pins and the number of they.

First I get my welder and lightly touch the upper part of them til they dissolve, one by one til I can get the metal plate and the keyboard off.

To install just reverse order, press with your thumb next to every pin and when it pass through, just weld again, wait to solidify and there you go.

One more thing. Since i replace the keyboard with the back lit version and my motherboard does not have the four pin connector, is it possible to install the connector and get the keyboard lit?

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