My power button broke and is completely missing. I can not power my notebook. Two questions: how can I power on my Gateway 7330 without the power button, and what are the steps to remove the keyboard bezel with power button?
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All them are pretty basically the same. Pull out power cord and battery... Remove the bezel piece top of the keyboard "the thing the power button sits in". When you remove it there should be 2 screws very tiny holding the keyboard down remove them. Under the keyboard there will be the power ribbon DO NOT JUST PULL IT OUT!! There will be like a brown/white clip that locks the ribbon to the board. The brown may be black or even blue that is the locking piece. Carefully lift the clip up and gently pull the ribbon out. If its stuck you have not unlocked it. Pull the old keyboard out and repeat the steps backwards.
Try attaching an external keyboard, either via a standard keyboard port (usually called a PS/2 port) or via USB. If this works, the internal keyboard may be defective or have a bad connection. Try removing and reinstalling the internal keyboard; if that doesn't work, replace it.
Depending on the laptop model in question, removing the keyboard can be simple or more complex. In some cases, the keyboard can be lifted free of the system by removing a couple of screws on the bottom of the case to enable the top of the bezel around the keyboard to be removed; on some systems with a snap-apart case, you release the bezel with a flat-bladed screwdriver or special case-removal tool. With other models, additional steps might be necessary.
To determine which steps are necessary, check the notebook computer vendor's Web site for repair (subsystem tear-down and replacement) documentation. I like to use the Google search engine's site-specific search feature.
Be very careful when you work with the integrated keyboard. A fragile ribbon cable is often used to connect the keyboard to the motherboard; if this cable is loose or damaged, the keyboard will malfunction.
Keyboards become worn out over time. Individual keys can become damaged, become less sensitive to key strokes, or disengage from the keyboard. Keyboards can also become corroded from spills. Many keyboards on HP laptops can be replaced. Hewlett-Packard has made hundreds of different laptop models. Each model may require slightly different steps for replacing the keyboard. To locate a replacement keyboard, you can contact HP directly or another online or offline source that sells computer parts.
1.Power off the laptop. Flip the laptop over to access the device's underside.
2.Remove the battery cover and take out the battery.
3.Remove a screw to the left of the memory bay. This screw will be one of two resting in the middle of the underside of the device. You want to remove the right screw, the left screw is attached to the CD/DVD-ROM drive, not the keyboard. (This screw may be red in color.)
4.Flip the laptop back over and raise the laptop screen so you have access to the keyboard area. Insert the tip of a Flathead screwdriver along the bezel and detach it. Carefully pull the bezel up and set it aside. The bezel is connected to the device with a ribbon cable. Do not remove this ribbon cable. (The bezel is the above the laptop and is the cover that houses the power button.) Once the bezel is up, notice the three screws that are beneath it.
5.Unscrew the three screws holding down the keyboard.
6.Lift the keyboard forward toward the mouse area. Be careful, it is still connected to the motherboard by a keyboard cable.
7.Release the cable from the keyboard. Push both ZIF connectors on the side of the cable upwards, toward the laptop screen. Pull the cable from the connector and the keyboard is now released.
8.Insert the keyboard cable of the new keyboard into the ZIF connector. A pair of tweezers may be required to put the cable in place. Lay the keyboard flat down and rescrew in the screws. Replace the bezel cover. Flip the keyboard over and replace the screw on the underside near the memory bay. Insert the battery and battery cover.
Hello there Please follow these easy instructions with picts ok Lift up the keyboard bezel using a small flat-head screwdriver.
Continue removing the bezel with your fingers.
2> Lift up and remove the keyboard bezel. 3. Remove two screws securing the keyboard. 4'Lift up the keyboard and place it on the laptop cover so you can access the keyboard cable connector.
Unlock the connector and pull the cable.
Remove the keyboard.
Click on the link below for a detailed guide with pictures on how to remove the keyboard bezel. The guide is to remove the keyboard but you have to take off the keyboard bezel first. Its not your model but I believe it could work for yours. Check under the battery for any additional screws that maybe holding it in place.
let me know if you have any other questions, yes its another model but its very similiar, I have a compaq laptop here and a acer laptop, on both laptop I would replace the keyboard pretty much the same way - I've had the keyboards off from both of these, and its very similiar on both brands I don't have a toshiba here but looking at those steps / picture its pretty much the same process.
You may have to remove the keyboard to check the connection.
Look at the bottom of the laptop for screws to remove any bezels that do not come up but simply lightly prying on them. Notably, above the keyboard there is usually a bezel containing your Power and various LEDs. Try removing just that bezel as you may be able to re-seat the keyboard connection by only removing that bezel and any now accessible screws.
The problem could be your bezel. Remove the 3 screws from the hinges from the rear and you will be able to remove the black strip above the keyboard (after removing the screws, make sure laptop is layed wide open) once removed, press the button on the motherboard under where the power button is. If the unit still does not power up, then your motherboard is bad and needs to be replaced. If it does power up, you need to replace the bezel.
I have not worked on your model before but have done many laptops.
be sure the part you have is correct.
get some small screwdrivers,
as you disassemble it, lay the screw around it where they came out.
some times case screw are hidden under stickers on the bottom. (nice hu?)
be VERY careful with the data/ribbon cable (probably dark gold in color)