The Basics of Laptop Repair – Dealing with Sticky Keys
By Thomas James, Author of Laptop Repair Made Easy
Most people don’t think about laptop repair until they actually began to suffer a malfunction. Perhaps you were typing at your laptop’s keyboard some night and suddenly noticed that the keys on your keyboard began to stick, resulting in lines of characters appearing in the middle of your text. If this has happened to you, there’s no need to worry about it. Replacing a laptop’s keyboard may not be as easy as replacing a desktop PC’s keyboard, but it’s not that difficult either.
You may not have known of this before (or perhaps you did), but most of the electronics goods on the market today are all made in China. This means that no matter what company claims credit for your keyboard, it still means that it was made according to the same manufacturing norms. This means that all keyboards use more or less the same principles, and therefore are all relatively easy to replace.
The first step in laptop repair is to turn off the power. I know it seems rather silly to mention this, but, on the other hand you’d be surprised at how many people try to repair their laptops without powering down the devices first. So make sure you not only switch off your laptop, but also unplug the AC power cable as well.
Another thing it would be nice to have would be the user manual for your laptop. User manuals are not something that manufacturers keep secret, and it is possible to download most service and repair manuals right off the manufacturer’s website.
Since, as I said earlier, most of the keyboards are made in China, just about any user manual can help you with repairing your laptop. Of course it’s best to find the manual that deals with your particular brand of keyboard, but if you can’t, just about any manual for a current make of keyboard will do.
Now you need a replacement. Ebay is a great place to buy a replacement for your keyboard. You’re your replacement arrives, all you have to do is fit it to your laptop. There’s a panel underneath your laptop dedicated to the keyboard. This is the panel you have to remove. You’ll find a trim piece situated in between the keyboard and the screen, you’ll need to remove this very carefully. Be careful not to damage the clear plastic. After this carefully disconnect the keyboard and replace it with the new one. That’s all it takes to replace a laptop’s keyboard, and most laptop repair jobs are just as easy.
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