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How to remove (and disassemble?) keyboard on Amilo D8830?  Topic is solved

Postby Palsam » Tue Jul 03, 2007 11:01 am

A friend of mine has a D8830 where 2 of the keys are malfunctioning ('A' key sometimes gets stuuuuuuck, 'Alt' not responding). It might be caused by dirt stuck in the keyboard, so I want to see it I could clean it before recommending purchasing a replacement (approx 410 NOK). Either way I need to know how to remove the keyboard.

I can't find a service manual for the D8830 online. If somebody know where to find the manual (not user manual), or how to remove the keyboard, please let me know.

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Postby aspettl » Tue Jul 03, 2007 7:51 pm

Did you already search this forum for these kind of keyboard questions? You probably won't find something about your model, but all are very similar.

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Postby Palsam » Thu Jul 05, 2007 10:39 am

I figured out how to remove the keyboard, and thought I'd share the solution with the forum members.

The (Norwegian) keyboard on the D8830 which I've recently serviced, is held in place by 3 spring loaded metal tabs (see red arrow in attached image) located above the F1, F8 and Num lock keys. 4 more tabs below the Fn, Space, "right-click menu" and right arrow keys are inserted from the keyboard backplate into slots in the laptop chassis.

To remove the keyboard you need two small slotted (flat) screwdrivers (or similar equipment). Always remember to disconnect the AC-adapter from the laptop and remove any electrostatic charge from your body before handling computer parts.

1) Carefully insert one screwdriver between F1 and the leftmost metal tab (red arrow).

2) Gently push the tab away from the keyboard by tilting the screwdriver towards the keyboard.

3) Insert the second screwdriver between the keyboard backplate and the chassis (yellow arrow).
PS! Make sure the screwdriver gets hold of the backplate, and NOT the ESC key.

4) The tricky part is using the second screwdriver to tilt the upper rightmost part of the backplate above the first tab so that you can use the first screwdriver on the next spring loaded tab. With some patience and a few (or many) attempts you'll succeed.

5) Continue with the remaining uppermost tabs by repeating the procedure in steps 1-2 and use the second screwdriver (or your fingers) to tilt the backplate further away.
PS! The backplate should only be tilted above the tabs until it is released from the third tab (above the Num lock key).

6) Tilt the keyboard approx 30 degrees and slide it towards the screen to release the lowermost tabs from the slots in the chassis. If the keyboard is stuck, try gently rocking it from side to side.

7) Tilt the keyboard 90 degrees and disconnect the flat cable which runs from the keyboard into the chassis.

Hope this helps others. As with most computer parts, brute force is seldom a good solution. :-)

Regards, Palsam
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Postby sgankers » Sat Dec 29, 2007 3:41 pm

Thanks for this post.
I have a D7830 that needs its keyboard removing, and I think the procedure you mention will work. I will let you know how I get on.


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Postby sgankers » Sat Dec 29, 2007 4:11 pm

That worked great, anybody know where I can get a D8730 keyboard from ?
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Re: How to remove (and disassemble?) keyboard on Amilo D8830?

Postby el gizmops » Sat Jul 26, 2008 1:03 pm

Ebay has one for sale if you are still looking.
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