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HP Keyboard Mislabeled December 19, 2013

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In the past couple of years, HP has released a lot of their popular Pavilion DV6 and DV7 models. As keyboards go bad quite often, we have continued to carry keyboards for these models, but, as I started to get them into my warehouse, I realized that different keyboards had the same HP part number label on them. I received similar calls from customers stating that they ordered the keyboard from me based on the part number which they read on the label of the old keyboard, even though the laptop does not normally use this keyboard part number. It was as if HP had too many “SPS 639396-001” stickers laying around. This keyboard goes in the DV7-6000 series.
639396-001-rear-view
But the DV6-6000, which uses a 640436-001 keyboard had the same 639396-001 sticker on it.
640436-001-rear-view
As you can see, they have different cables and a different screw hole pattern, so they are clearly not interchangeable. I even got a call that the DV7-7000 had the same sticker. The lesson here is – confirm the model compatibility, and don’t go by the part number when you attempt to replace your keyboard.

If you have questions about HP keyboards, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find keyboards for most HP laptops available at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber

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The New Style Of Laptop Keyboards December 18, 2013

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In the last couple years, laptop manufacturers have changed to a new style of keyboard, what they call “island style” keys. This means that the keys stand up with gaps between them like little islands. If you ask me, I think they just want to copy the MacBook. Anyway, when you go to replace the keyboard, you may find different versions of the keyboard, with and without frame.

With Frame
keyboard-with-frame

Without frame
keyboard-without-frame
The frame is a plastic overlay that pops off the keyboard, it is held on by plastic rivets and can be snapped back on. Sometimes, a little rubber cement is required to keep the frame down. In some models, the keyboard is part of the palmrest but the bare keyboard may still be found out of China or importers of keyboards from China.
keyboard-frame
If you have questions about keyboards or keyboard frames, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find keyboards with and without frames for most laptops available at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber

Trying To Replace A Keyboard Connector December 11, 2013

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One of the more popular requests I get is for keyboard connectors. I have posted about this before but I wanted to be more specific about it and give a visual aid to explain this very bad situation I hope you don’t find yourself in. Most times I am asked for a replacement keyboard fastener, also known as a retainer clip but sometimes I am asked if the keyboard comes with a connector. Keyboards rarely ever have a connector any more. On all recent and new models, the keyboard cable has no connector at the end, it is just a flat ribbon cable, sometimes folded, that slides into the connector. The retainer clip provides the pressure needed to connect the leads in the cable to the connector on the motherboard. While it is possible to remove the retainer clip from the connector soldered to the board, it is not meant to be separated. This clip is half the connector mounted on the system board and is not sold separately.

Example of keyboard connector with retainer clip released
keyboard-connector

Once you have damaged this clip, there is not much you can do to use the keyboard. The only solutions I have heard is hot glue and stuffing manila folder into the slot in place of the retainer clip.

If you have any other questions about keyboards, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find a keyboard for your laptop available at our website www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber

Can I Upgrade To A Backlit Keyboard? December 11, 2013

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I often get requests for backlit keyboards. Sometimes, it is for a replacement of a bad keyboard but it is not uncommon to get a request from someone wanting to upgrade. While most models were not offered with a backlit keyboard option, for the ones that were, even these may not be upgradeable. A backlit keyboard is essentially the same as a standard keyboard only it has transparent key caps so the light can shine through. It also has a light pad with a cable that plugs into the motherboard to power the light pad attached to the back side of the keyboard. If your laptop does not have a connector on the motherboard for this cable, often identified with “KBL” or “KB Light” label, your laptop is not upgradeable.

Examples of KBL motherboard connector
and no KBL motherboard connector
kblno-kbl

If you have any other questions about keyboards, feel free to write me at info@laptoppartsexpert.com. You can also find many of these keyboards available at www.laptoppartsexpert.com.

Jeremy Schwaeber

Laptop Keyboard Cables May 18, 2009

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I get asked every now and then whether the cable on a laptop keyboard is connected. For those that are not aware, laptop keyboards have a thin Mylar wiring sheet under the keys that electronically send data to the keyboard controller on the motherboard. The sheet continues on to the cable which plugs into the motherboard. You can see from the example below how the cable is attached to the keyboard.

Bottom view of Sony keyboard

Bottom view of Sony keyboard

There are two versions of the cable that connects to the motherboard. There is the kind that has a connector that snaps into the motherboard and there is the kind that is a bare cable that feeds into a connector on the motherboard. They are fairly simple to install if you know where the mounting points are for the keyboard fasteners or screw holes. If you have lost the lock for the keyboard connector on the motherboard, you can read my earlier post here. If you need help finding a keyboard for a major brand laptop, please feel free to contact me at jeremy@laptoppartsexpert.com.

Keyboard Connector Missing April 29, 2009

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Today, we got a call about the little connector that holds down the keyboard ribbon. This is a popular call. Unfortunately, the fastener end of the connector is part of the connector soldered to the motherboard and is not sold separately.

Our only suggestion is to call our friends at Preferred Computer Parts. They do motherboard level repair and they have some of these connectors. Their phone number is 818-885-4130. Hope this helps some of you.

The NEW Laptop Parts Blog April 26, 2009

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Welcome to my new blog!
I hope to bring relevant topics to you, the reader, on laptop parts and laptop repair. To start out, I will offer an amusing anecdote from a question I get at least once or twice a month.

Every once in a while, I get a customer call and say that the keyboard they received must be defective because when they type, numbers come up instead of letters. So far, it has always been the same issue. Many people don’t realize that the 10-key to the far right of a desktop keyboard is built into the smaller laptop keyboards, from U-P and down to N->. As it turns out, all these people had the Num Lock key on and were typing in numbers on purpose without knowing it. So, if this has happened to you, you are not alone.

I will try to add a new item every day. If you would like to email me a question, you can send it to me at jeremy@laptoppartsexpert.com or instant message me if you have AOL IM at LaptopPartsSales. You can also visit my website for parts at http://www.laptoppartsexpert.com. Finally, please sign up for our twitter feed here: http://twitter.com/laptopparts. I look forward to the feedback.