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  • Removing old keyboard
     Removing old keyboard

    How many of you use laptops? How many of you eat food? And how many of you combine those two activities? Now look down at your keyboard - there is enough food between keys to feed an African village. For a year. Unfortunately it is not easy to clean it, and sometimes it can damage your keybord so badly that you have to get a new one.

    My nephew decided a week ago to fix an overheating Asus K50AB by cooling it with some apple juice. At least I think that was his intention. A fast reaction prevented serious damage, but half of the keys stopped working. I've found a cheap keyboard on eBay and decided to change it myself. It is really easy and most of you shouldn't have any problems with that.

    Removing the damaged keyboard

    - you will need a knife and a small, flat screwdriver (though you will not need to loosen a single screw)

    Step 1

    Look around your keyabord to find holders (in K50AB they are under keys [Esc], [F5], [F9], [Prt Scr] and [End])

    Step 2

    For easy access to the clips, you can firmly but softly remove some of the keys.


    Step 3

    Use the knife to lift up the keyboard near the clip and press the clip with a screwdriver at the same time in the direction of laptop screen.


    Step 4

    After the clip is released, the keyboard should lift up a little. Repeat that for all five points of attachment of the keyboard.


    Step 5

    After dealing with all clips on the top, just slide the keyboard forward to release it from the bottom holder (near spacebar) and then lift it up.


    Step 6

    The  keyboard is connected to the motherboard with a wide tape


    Step 7

    Release the tape by loosening two clips on both sides.



    Step 8

    You can now pull out the tape from the connector and set aside the defective keyboard.

  • Installation of a new keyboard
    Installation of a new keyboard

    How many of you use laptops? How many of you eat food? And how many of you combine those two activities? Now look down at your keyboard - there is enough food between keys to feed an African village. For a year. Unfortunately it is not easy to clean it, and sometimes it can damage your keybord so badly that you have to get a new one.

    Installation of a new keyboard

    The new keyboard does not have to look the same as the old one - for example, my new keyboard has larger gaps between the keys. It is important that all clips are at the same place.

    Step 1

    Slide the tape to the connector as far as you can but watch out not to bend it.


    Step 2

    Close clips on both sides of the tape. It is best to do it on both sides at the same time but you will need someone to help you (I didn't let my nephew do that, despite his pleas)



    Step 3

    Fold the excess of the tape flat to avoid breaking it during the installation of the keyboard.


    Step 4

    Slide the keyboard into bottom holders


    Step 5

    Press down the keyboard in the upper part at the locations where the clips are. They should click without any problems.


    Step 6

    Remove the protective foil and check if all keys are working (if not - check the connection of the tape to the motherboard)