The hack begins with removing the top case assembly from a HP Pavilion laptop. The keyboard is riveted into the top plate assembly, along with the trackpad, which would normally necessitate their replacement as a total unit. However, if properly armed with a soldering iron, these plastic rivets can be melted to allow the backing plate and keyboard to be removed. A replacement part can then be sourced, and the remaining rivet stubs can be remelted to hold the new part in place.
Some machines are actually designed this way specifically, the keyboard has drains which will allow liquids to pass through and out the bottom of the computer rather than reaching the motherboard. As you might imagine, this is usually an option to look for when buying laptops that will be used in school settings.
This page is a general reference guide and may not apply to your laptop, as your laptop may have a different keyboard key design. Additionally, if you're trying to remove or put a key back on a desktop keyboard, see: How to remove the keys on a keyboard.
If you're unsure what direction the laptop key retainer goes, check the orientation of the metal hooks on the base of the keyboard. These metal hooks help determine the orientation of the key retainer laid into them, as the retainer should align with the hooks.
I have a HP Spectre x360 - 13-4105dx. This is a convertible laptop. So when it is flipped into tablet mode, my assumption is that it disables the keyboard and touchpad. The keyboard and mouse was working before I did any work on the unit. This model had a cracked screen and so I replaced it with a new model.
The result on this was I needed to disable the integrated sensor. But so far no response from hp as to why this has to happen with a screen replacement. The Unit now does not detect and disable the keyboard and touch pad when the laptop is in tablet mode.
It looks like you're correct - however, the potential for damage when replacing a keyboard is not insignificant. If you are within the 21 day satisfaction guarantee period, return the system and re-order a new one with a backlit keyboard.
Hello All... My name Pravin and I own a HP PAVILION DV6-3217TU Laptop couple of years ago.Well, when I visited a near by HP Customer service center for the replacement of some components in it, the HP Technician has told me that My HP PAVILION DV6-3217TU Laptop is compatible for the up-gradation with Backlit Keyboard as he found the required sockets available for a backlit keyboard on my laptop's Mother Board. I felt pretty happy to hear about that, as it sounds real cool for the guy like me who works mostly at night time...
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. Next, remove the data cable and set the old keyboard aside.
Pick up your new keyboard, align it (without setting it down), and attach the data cable to the connector on the laptop, usually by inserting the flat cable as far as it will go and then flipping the small latch on the connector back down to grasp it. With the data cable connected, set the keyboard in place, being careful not to pull at or damage the cable in any way. Reinsert the screws to hold the keyboard down and reattach the cover/trim piece, which usually requires a little force to snap back into place. If you removed any screws from the cover earlier, reinsert those as well.
If you are changing out a keyboard, screen, track pad, etc... on a laptop without a removable battery, you should be able to disconnect the internal battery connector since you will already have the chassis apart for this repair.
Today I show how you can replace only the keyboard without replacing the full laptop top case even though the keyboard is not removable. This is a DIY hack so proceed at your own risk but I guess you have nothing to lose anyway.
I have a question; I spilled some coffee in my keyboard, (black no sugar), immediately shut the laptop down and waited a couple days for it to dry. It still works wonderfully with the exception of a few keys kind of stick. Not too bad, but annoying. Is there a way to clean the keyboard without disassembly? Or shall I just live with it?
The Apple representative said the turn-around time for keyboard replacements usually took 1-2 business days. Even with the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, I found this to be the case. As part of the process, Apple sends out emails indicating when work begins and ends on the laptop. In my case, the emails were separated by only a few hours.
When Apple replaces the keyboard on your MacBook, it must also replace the battery, aluminum top case, and trackpad. As someone who uses his laptop for 10-12 hours per day, I appreciated seeing a zero cycle battery count. My machine even felt snapper because of it!
You love your laptop and find that it is ideally functional for you. However, you wish you had a backlit keyboard. There are a few things you can do to achieve a backlit keyboard. You could buy one of the best laptops with a backlit keyboard already, or you can make your own.
There are mouse pads you can get that are relatively large, used primarily for gaming, but they are lit with LED lights. Some are single lit, and others are multi-colored. These mouse pads are great for adding light around your keyboard without lighting up much else. You can rest your laptop on it, and the area around it will light up in LED lights.
The most complicated and time-consuming way to get a backlit keyboard is to replace your keyboard entirely. You can take apart your entire laptop, and change out your ordinary keyboard for a backlit one. Though this option is still cheaper than getting a new laptop, it does require a level of technical skills.
What you need to do is turn off the laptop completely, open it up, and remove the old keyboard. Then you replace it with one that is backlit. How it gets plugged in and ready to go depends on the keyboard and the laptop. You also need to find out if that is even an option for your laptop.
Looking to make your laptop keyboard a backlit one can be as simple as just replicating the lighting you would get with a backlit keyboard or by changing out the whole thing. There are many options you can go with when it comes to achieving the lighting you want.
You can put a US, or German, or Arabic keyboard for that matter, if you wish. The problem is that, (1) Apple does not sell such parts to consumers, and, (2) replacing the keyboard is a seriously non-trivial task. You can buy a spare keyboard off eBay, but -- given that you're not experienced and you haven't been trained to do this -- you're more likely than not to damage the laptop. Your only other alterantive is to take it to an AASP, and that's not going to be cheap -- Apple parts come at a premium, and the labour involved is significant.
You could be working on your laptop, when one key suddenly stops working. Or maybe a whole section of keys is taking forever to respond. Worse yet, the keyboard cuts out entirely. This can be a huge hassle, but there are a few things you can try before you call for help.
If that doesn't bring the keys back to life, or if the Keyboard icon isn't even visible in the Device Manager, head to the laptop manufacturer's support page and install the latest drivers for the keyboard. (If there's no keyboard driver, try reinstalling the chipset and/or USB drivers.) You can read more about downloading and updating drivers in this guide.
Hold your keyboard (or laptop) upside down, or at the very least at a 45- to 75-degree angle from horizontal and give it a good shake. Sometimes crumbs from working lunches or your last snack break can get stuck under the keys. This is more of a problem for older laptops, but it's worth a shot even on a new one.
Sometimes the keyboard loses connection with the laptop's motherboard, and you have a keyboard that either works intermittently or not at all. If you're an IT pro, removing the outer case and reconnecting the ribbon cable on the bottom of the keyboard should be child's play.
If you're still in your warranty period, try your laptop manufacturer's tech support line. If they determine you're using a defective keyboard, you should be able to get it replaced at a service depot without too much hassle. 2b1af7f3a8