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Dented keyboard area...

I have an Asus M3000n laptop that has physical damage in the touchpad/spacebar area caused by a falling object. The laptop appears to funtion ok, but I would like to ''straighten out'' the depression caused by the accident. My question is; how do I take the laptop apart to get to the underside of the keyboard area?

I would also be interested in knowing how to go about getting a service manual for the laptop.

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I could not locate a free service manual, but from my experience on DELL laptops it's more trouble than it would be worth to take it apart just for a dent. You'd be only risking further damage in the disassembly and possibly not be able to completely remove all signs of the dent anyway. Again I do not access to the service manual, but all laptops I've serviced requires removal of the hinge/control cover, antenna wires, display and keyboard just to be able to remove the palmrest.

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