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I have a compaq Presario C500 laptop and I need to replace the keyboard. Do you have any ideas on how to do this?

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Http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c00681607.pdf

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Hello,
The first thing you should do (if you are willing to take your laptop apart) is hunt for a good deal on a replacement keyboard. I was able to find one for ~17$ USD by using Google's shopping search:

http://www.google.com/products?q=compaq+C500+replacement+keyboard&oe=UTF-8&scoring=p

After you receive the keyboard, you could attempt to replace the old yourself using instructions found on the internet, but I was unable to find them. If and when I need to replace my keyboard, I would begin removing screws and try to figure out how to remove the keyboard while being as gentle as possible. Once you get your laptop taken apart, (I have opened a few up previously) the keyboard is usually connected to the motherboard by way of a thin ribbon-like connection which can be unclipped and slipped out of the connectors. The keyboard can then be swapped out with a new one.

I wish I could find some instructions for you, Compaq's site used to be so informative, but now I can't even get disassembly instructions. If you don't feel comfortable with ripping your laptop apart, you could try FixYa's repair directory to find a fair price for a repair:
http://www.fixya.com/ServiceCategories.aspx

You could skip all this and contact Compaq about replacing the keyboard, but that seems like an expensive solution to me.

-AF333

Posted on Oct 29, 2008

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