How to Replace the Keyboard on a Sony VAIO

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When individual keys pop off your Sony Vaio you can usually just push them back into place, but in some instances you may need to replace the entire keyboard. If your keyboard has stopped functioning or has been physically damaged it isn't necessary to pay a technician to fix it for you. The keyboard on your Vaio is only connected by a single screw, so you can remove the malfunctioning keyboard and replace it with an entirely new one.

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Things you need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Notebook keyboard

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  1. 1

    Turn off your Sony Vaio notebook computer and close the LCD screen lid. Disconnect the Vaio's power cable and any devices connected to the USB ports.

  2. 2

    Turn the Vaio notebook upside-down. Press in the battery release latches and pull the battery unit out of the Sony Vaio.

  3. 3

    Remove the single keyboard screw below the battery with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Turn the notebook computer over and lift open the LCD screen lid.

  4. 4

    Push the edge of a flathead screwdriver underneath the edge of the keyboard. Lift the keyboard upwards and set it down on the Vaio's palm rest.

  5. 5

    Locate the flat cable running from the back side of the keyboard to the port on the Vaio's motherboard. Push the motherboard port's locking mechanism to the side and then disconnect the cable from the motherboard.

  6. 6

    Set the old keyboard aside. Connect the cable from the new keyboard to the motherboard port. Push the locking mechanism back into place and then set the keyboard onto the Vaio.

  7. 7

    Turn the notebook computer back over and reattach the keyboard screw. Put the battery into place and power on the Vaio.

Tips and warnings

  • Some Sony Vaio models have a series of locking clips that hold the keyboard in place. Locate the four plastic clips along the top edge of the keyboard. Push the clips into the unlock position using the edge of a flathead screwdriver. Insert the screwdriver under the edge of the keyboard and then lift it up and set it on the palm rest.
  • You can find keyboards that are compatible with your Sony Vaio through online stores that sell notebook computer components.
  • The motherboard in your Sony Vaio notebook can be damaged through static electricity. Before removing the keyboard, ground yourself by tapping your hand against a metal object that is touching the floor.

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