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How to replace the W Series keyboard

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    !! These instructions are presented in a general way. Sony VAIO of Europe hereby informs you that the self-replacement of keyboards should be performed with care. If any damage is caused to components of your VAIO while replacing the keyboard, their repair or replacement will be considered as out of warranty and therefore chargeable. !!

    1. Shut down the computer and disconnect all peripheral devices.
    2. Unplug the computer from the AC-Adapter and remove the battery pack.
    3. Touch a grounded metal object to discharge static electricity, for example a radiator or a tap.

    4. Remove 3 screws (marked in red in Figure 1) and then detach the access door they fixed in by lifting it up at the center screw and releasing the dents on the sides.

      Figure 1 - Removing 3 screws from the bottom

    5. Remove 3 screws (marked in red in Figure 2).

      Figure 2 - Removing 3 screws from the bottom

    6. Open the VAIO and place it on it's side on the table. Push carefully with your screwdriver into one of the screw holes in the battery bay. This will allow you to easily grasp the keyboard's top edge.

      Figure 3 - Releasing the keyboard

    7. The keyboard is held in place by hooks on the sides and dents towards the touchpad. Bend it upwards as shown in figure 3 while releasing the hooks on the sides, then move it slightly towards the display to disengage the dents from the palmrest. Place the keyboard upside down on the palmrest.

      Figure 4 - Unlocking the keyboard

    8. To get better access to the keyboard's flat plastic connector, pick up the keyboard as shown in figure 5, take care not to touch the display with the keyboard to prevent scratches.

      Figure 5 - Preparing to detach the keyboard from the mainboard

    9. If any tape secures the keyboard flat plastic connector to the connector, carefully peel it off.

    10. Caution:
      • If the keyboard connector is broken, the mainboard needs to be replaced. The cost of replacing the mainboard may exceed the value of a used VAIO.
      The mainboard’s keyboard connector is composed out of two parts: a fixed part (beige) and a bracket (brown), which holds the keyboard's flat cable in place. Carefully unlock the bracket from the connector by pushing gently at it's corners as shown in figure 6.

      Figure 6 - Detaching the keyboard's flat cable

      The keyboard's flat cable should then be free and will slip out of the mainboard's connector without effort.

    11. To install the new keyboard, reverse the procedure while taking note of the following:
      • To avoid unnecessary work, test if the keyboard's flat cable is well connected before continuing with the reassembly. To do so, connect the AC-Adapter to the VAIO, press first the power button and then F2 as soon as the VAIO logo is displayed to enter the BIOS. If that works, switch the VAIO off again, detach the AC-Adapter and proceed with the reassembly.