You may need to replace the keyboard on HP laptop if the entire keyboard is not working, half of the keyboard is not working, or half of the keys are dead, or it needs some repair. In this article we will show you how to replace a keyboard on HP laptop.
You can do this nice and quick. It is a simple process and doesn’t require any special tools. Let’s have a look at a step by step process of removing and replacing the keyboard.
What do you need?
For removing and replacing the keyboard you will need:
- A set of screwdriver
- A small pry tool
- Replacement keyboard
How to Remove Keyboard on HP Laptop?
- Make sure that there is no power to the device.
- Remove the battery to avoid any damage.
- Identify the base of the laptop.
- There are screws securing the keyboard in place. We have six screws to remove so go ahead and remove them.
- After removing the screws turn the laptop over.
- Lift the LCD panel up and there is our keyboard now. Typically, the keyboard will be held in place by some plastic key tabs along the edges.
- By pressing down the keys and working your way around the keyboard you should be able to see these plastic key tabs that are holding it across the top and down the sides.
- Take a pry tool and insert it alongside one of the edge key tabs and just pry the keyboard slightly in order to raise the middle of it.
- Slide your fingers underneath it and just grab hold of it and lightly, gently pull up on it until all the key tabs release along the edges.
- Be careful at the bottom because the tabs are a bit longer and they extend into the bezel so at this point now the keyboard has been released from the key that is all around.
- Slide the keyboard forward gently
- Lean the keyboard up against the LCD panel in order to expose a ribbon cable that extends from the keyboard and attaches it to the motherboard.
- The ribbon cable is secured in place by as if connector a zero insertion force and typically these connectors have a small Brown latch.
- Take the prying tool and very lightly always be very gentle when you are doing this because you don’t want to break this if connector just gently pry up on the ground tab.
- It flips open and releases the ribbon cable
- Remove the keyboard now.
How to Replace Keyboard on HP Laptop?
- Take the new keyboard
- Make sure that the ribbon cable is fully inserted into the ZIF connector.
- Press down the latch so that it’s secured in place.
- Slide it down aligning the slots and work your way around the keyboard making sure that the key tabs are locking and securing the keyboard in place.
- The reason we do this is because we don’t want any bulging or sagging in the keyboard and we don’t want that cushiony soft bouncing when we are typing so making sure here that it is fully secured all the way around.
- The edges close the laptop lid
- Simply turn the laptop over and reinsert the battery
- Power up and test the keyboard. If it’s still not working it is possibly because you did not push the ribbon cable all the way in. If this is the case, you will have to repeat the steps above.
- After doing everything correctly replace the battery and the screw at the back.