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How to replace the S 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. Place the unit upside down on a table. Use a piece of cloth to protect it against scratches.

    5. Remove 2 screws (marked red in Figure 1), slide the door to the unit's edge to release it and set it aside.

      Figure 1 - Removing 2 screws from the bottom

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

      Figure 2 - Removing 3 screws from the bottom

    7. The keyboard is fixed with hooks on towards the display and with dents towards the touchpad (see Figure 3).

      Figure 3 - Hook (red circles) and Dent (yellow squares) positions

    8. Inside the battery is a round opening towards the keyboard. This opening is used to lift the center of the keyboards top edge  up and make grasping it easy (see Figure 4).

    9. Figure 4 - Location of the access opening in the battery bay

    10. Open the VAIO and place it on it's side on the table. Push carefully with your screwdriver into the opening illustated in Figure 4 above, grasp the keyboard's top edge with your other hand and pull gently to release the hooks in the top edge corners (see Figure 5).

      Figure 5 - Releasing the keyboard's top edge

    11. Once both hooks are released, place the unit in working position on the table. Then, move the keyboard slightly towards the display to release the dents, then place the keyboard upside down on the touchpad area as shown in  Figure 6.

      Figure 6 - Preparing to release the keyboard's flat cable

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

    13. 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 7.

      Figure 7 - 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.

    14. 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.