Removing and replacing keyboard

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These instructions will help you to remove and replace keyboards on various laptops. I will not be able to cover all models but you’ll get the idea. Steps for removing and replacing the keyboard are similar for most laptops.

If your keyboard is missing a key, it’s not necessary to replace the whole keyboard. You can fix it using this guide: how to fix keys on a laptop keyboard.

– if your laptop is still covered by the manufacturer’s warranty, do not open the case or you can loose the warranty.
– always remove the battery and unplug the AC adapter before you open the laptop case.
– if you damage the keyboard connector on the motherboard you’ll have to replace the whole motherboard.
– proceed on your own risk.

Sony laptop

I took these pictures from a Sony Vaio PCG-K33 (model PCG-9S1L) notebook. Should be similar for some other Sony notebooks too.

Remove keyboard bezel

Insert a small flathead screwdriver under the keyboard bezel and carefully lift it up. Continue releasing plastic latches and removing the keyboard bezel with your fingers.

Bezel connected to motherboard

Be careful, on some models the bezel might be connected to the motherboard as it shown on the picture above. If you accidentally pulled the cable, connect it back. It is not necessary to disconnect the keyboard bezel from the motherboard in order to remove and replace the keyboard, just put it aside so you can access the keyboard screws.

Removing keyboard

Remove three (or more) screws from the top of the keyboard. Carefully lift up the keyboard from the laptop case.

Disconnecting keyboard

The keyboard connects to the motherboard via a flat ribbon cable. Before you pull the cable from the connector, you’ll have to unlock the connector.

Keyboard connector

The image above illustrates how to unlock the keyboard connector. Carefully move the connector lock 2-3 millimeters up and after that pull the keyboard cable. To install the keyboard, follow the above mentioned steps in the reverse order.

Toshiba laptop

The following pictures were taken from a Toshiba Satellite A135 laptop. The keyboard removal instructions will be almost the same for most modern Toshiba laptops.

Keyboard bezel removal

The keyboard bezel removal procedure is similar to the above mentioned Sony Vaio laptop. Lift it up with a small screwdriver and remove using fingers. On most Toshiba laptops the keyboard bezel doesn’t have any circuit board underneath, it’s just a piece of plastic and you don’t have to worry about cables.

Removing keyboard

After the bezel is removed you get an access to the keyboard screws. Remove two (or more) screws. Release the plastic latch pointed with the red arrow and lift up the keyboard. Carefully put the keyboard aside so you can access the connector underneath the keyboard. Do not forget that the keyboard is still connected to the motherboard.

Disconnecting keyboard

Before you remove the keyboard, you’ll have to open the connector and release the flat ribbon cable.

Keyboard connector closeup

Here’s a closeup picture of the keyboard connector on the motherboard. Be careful, this type of connector is fragile. On the left image the connector is closed. On the right image the connector is opened. Unlock the connector by moving the lock up as it shown on the right image and after that release the ribbon cable. Remove and replace the keyboard. For assembly instructions follow all the steps in the reverse order.

UPDATE. What can you do if the keyboard connector was damaged?

If you are looking for laptop disassembly instructions, check out laptop service manuals.

95 Responses

  1. mary claire ida ricare

    hai.. is there any available keyboard model for toshiba satellite L310? please reply..

  2. plis how to replace keyboard modul axioo neon

  3. hi! i have a OCZ 17′ laptop (OCZDIY17B1-US). can you show me to open its keyboard ! thanks.

  4. My laptop (Sony VAIO VGN-FE770G) was Coke damaged by my 5 year old son. I have replaced the keyboard with a new one.
    Unfortunately, this didn’t solve my problem – incorrect typing : I type letter “a” it types “ade”, I type “s” it types “swq”, and so on… Every letter is typing this way.
    Can someone help, plase…

    Thanks in advance!

  5. i have a Compaq Presario CQ50-110US Notebook PC would you be able to help in guiding to install new keyboard. Thanks

  6. I was fixing the motherboard on my laptop and lost the connector lock that held the ribbon in place to the motherboard…anyone know where I can find a replacement…

    HP TX1000

  7. thanks for your help. I needed to replace a vaio keyboard, and I am non techie. Your instructions worked perfectly.

  8. Need to replace the keyboard on my Toshiba satellite ,will give it a try and see if it works.

  9. awesome.. thanks, had trouble figuring out the locks too. but eventually got them to lift. thanks you thank you!!

  10. YankeeEsq

    Thanks for the description re the Toshiba keyboard. It helped much.

    Just want to note that the pictures showing the keyboard connector ribbon locks could be larger. It’s next to impossible to see, which is a problem cause they are so damn small in real life.

    To those trying to figure them out, there are 2 tabs, at the corners of where the ribbon connector plugs in. They slide up (towards the monitor, parallel to the surface you are working on) (NOT up toward you looking down at the computer from above).

    Thanks for the help.

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