A couple months ago my coffee met my netbook keyboard. It was not a pleasant meeting as I immediately lost the ability to use the back button and my cursor would randomly move. Some of my letters would stick causing me GREAT frustration as I wrote my blog posts. One day I had had enough and started pulling “unnecessary” keys off my keyboard, hoping to end the incessant moving of my cursor. This helped but then I lost the use of those keys.
I came to the conclusion that I was going to have to have my computer serviced and I knew that would not be very budget friendly. But you gotta do what you gotta do, right?!
Enter a moment of brilliance. Why not see if I could replace the keyboard only? A quick youtube search showed me how simple it was to replace just the keyboard. And get this…it only cost $10.99 for the replacement keyboard!!! $10.99 people!!! Isn’t that CRAZY??
Ok, so here’s how My Better Half did it…
First off, he disconnected the computer from its power source and removed the battery.
My netbook had a few little buttons along them top and side of the keyboard that needed pressed for the keyboard to release. My Better half used a razor blade as his only tool for this project.
Once those buttons are pressed, you can start gently pulling up the keyboard.
The keyboard is only connected by the data cable.
There is a tab on each side of the data cable connector that must be pulled out to unplug it. Then the whole keyboard can be removed.
Now all you do is take your new keyboard and carefully plug it back in…in reverse of the way you took it out.
Then gently pop the keyboard back into place. We heard it click, confirming it was in place.
Then replace your battery and give it a try.
I really am blown away by this easy, inexpensive fix. If your keyboard has seen better days, this might certainly be an option. A couple minute of searching the internet to see if this is an option for your computer could save you big bucks!
Just a little disclaimer, I am not a computer expert, nor am I equipped to offer technical advice. I’m just planting the idea seed! Check it out…it may work for you too!!