When you're typing on your Acer Aspire and the words suddenly stop appearing on the screen, and all the troubleshooting in the world doesn't solve the problem, the time may have come when you need to replace the keyboard. There's no need to panic. The Acer Aspire is easily disassembled. You can remove the keyboard and replace it without a problem, just as long as you're gentle with the hardware, and you refrain from damaging the motherboard, which is directly beneath the piece you're replacing.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Flathead Screwdriver
- Phillips-head Screwdriver
Power down the laptop and give it some time to cool down. Ground yourself by touching an unpainted metal surface while you wait (you don't want to introduce static into the internal components of the computer).
Fold the LCD screen backwards so that it's flat like the keyboard.
Use your flathead screwdriver to lift the piece directly above the keyboard that has the "Power" button and other commands on it. Once it's lifted, you can take it off with your hand.
Remove the screws above the "F5" and "F10" keys with a Phillips-head screwdriver, and put them in a place where they won't be lost.
Lift the keyboard away from the laptop, but don't pull it too hard because it's still attached to the motherboard by a ribbon.
Use your fingers to push out the tab that secures the ribbon to the motherboard and disconnect the ribbon from the computer. The keyboard should now be free from the laptop. Put it to the side and get the replacement keyboard.
Insert the ribbon into the motherboard, and close the tab to secure the ribbon.
Lay the keyboard down in the laptop so that the screw holes line up. Replace the two screws that you removed in Step 4.
Use your hands to replace the piece of the laptop that has the "Power" button on it. Just lay it in place, and secure it by pressing gently with your hands.
Fold up the LCD screen to ensure that everything is connected properly. Turn on your laptop and test the keys on your login screen.
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