OMG! What a nightmare!
by imppress - 9/22/13 6:42 AM
In Reply to: Re Keyboard M5010 by ramiro81584
Thank you for the warning about the tape!!!
Tutorials on removing a keyboard from an m5010 are sadly incomplete.
Maybe so technicians seem like brainiacs? I hate that. Hide critical info and make it look easy.
Here's the scoop, folks, it isn't hard.
Thanks to the tape warning, I devised a pretty easy extraction process.
1. Press down the home key and locate the slot that contains the first tab at the top of the keyboard. Using a small flathead screwdriver, push down above this tab and pry the tab/keyboard down slightly so the very small tab clears the bezel around the keyboard. You should be able to lift the keyboard a half centimeter up.
2. Slide something under the corner of the keyboard so it doesn't come down and latch again. I used a toothpick.
3. Slide a fingernail under the keyboard to slightly pry the keyboard away from the laptop until you get to the second tab above the + and - keys. Press down on that tab with the screwdriver and pry it away like you did with the home key slot-tab so the keyboard is free of the bezel. Repeat this sliding of the fingernail over to the tab above the "6" key and free that tab. Ditto the last tab over the "1".
4. The top of the keyboard is free, You may wish to slide another toothpick under the top left corner so IT doesn't drop down and latch.
5.. With the top now free, keeping the keyboard flat against the laptop surface and bezel, (no lifting is involved here) and getting your fingers UNDER the keyboard if you can to avoid placing pressure on the keys, slowly rotate the keyboard counterclockwise. Moving the right side of the keyboard towards the screen. This slides the rightmost bottom tab out of it's slot. Continue rotating and as the 2nd tab from the right frees from its slot you may start to hear the tap ripping loose. Torq is doing the job that lifting doesn't do easily.
6. When you feel that the tap is no longer giving resistance, move the keyboard up towards the screen to free all 4 bottom tabs from their slots. You'll probably then wish to flip the top edge of the keyboard towards you to reveal the keyboard connector.
This took me 40 minutes to figure out. You should be able to do it in ten.
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