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Need to clean the keyboard of Compaq Armada 110

I've never cleaned a laptop keyboard before. This is not a new's not a new laptop, but it's the only one I can afford and the fan is going on alot as it warms up on the upper left part of the keyboard. Also it has slowed down alot. I can't seem to find a free manual online that I can look at and just print the pages I need to know how to successfully open this laptop and clean out the keyboard. What would be the best tool or sol'n to clean it with? and do I just use a screw driver on the lower back swivel or closing part of the screen, remove the screen and then separate the top framing around the keyboard by lifting it up? Also, I was looking at the only free online service manual for the Compaq Armada 110, but it kept asking for me to load a removeable drive (memory stick) with a disk. There was no way of being able to look at the service manual online and choose the page(s) that I need to print out. Also, I was looking online to add memory as this only has 10kb I think. The site had the info. of what could be placed in the laptop to add memory and how much it costs, but it only showed the new presario memories to order and place in my cart. This was a U.S. company that costs 1/3 the price of the memory for shipping. Is there any site in Canada that you know of? I figure the computer has slowed down due to a very dirty keyboard, etc. or not enough memory. Although that doesn't make alot of sense to me as I've transferred any pictures or letters etc. onto a memory stick, removing junk from the trash can and the cookies from history that I don't need. Sorry so wordy I don't know how to say this stuff in short form. Is there any advice or info you can help me with? Thank-you in advance, Gnome

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Getting the keyboard out of an Armada 110 is fairly easy. First, you will need to carefully unclip and remove the plastic panel right above above the keyboard (the one with the speaker holes, switches and lights) This is easier to do if you lay the LCD panel right back as far as it will go. Then simply use a very small flat blade screwdiver, place it between the top row of keys and the panel then gently unclip it - much easier to do than it sounds - really. Once the panel is off, you will see two black philips head screws. Each is about 4cm in from either end of where the panel was. These hold the keyboard. Simply remove them and the keyboard can be removed. NOTE: don't be too over enthusiasic about just yanking the keyboard out otherwise you could break the flexable connector - gently does it. If you are just going to clean the keyboard, I would suggest you leave it connected as you can still lay it face down over the mouse pad out of the way while connected. While you have the keyboard out, and if you're game, I would suggest removing the panel (which also contains the CPU heatsink) below the keyboard and blowing the dust out of this area too particularly around the fan. The fan on the 110 is prone to injesting hair which seems to get tangled around the fan and will eventually stop it turning so if you see any, try to pluck them out with a pair of tweezers. Once you are happy that everything is sweet you can put it back together. (Note: I would also remove the old heat transfer compound from the top of the CPU and heatsink and replace it with some new stuff while you have access- just in case). You will note the the keyboard has 5 prongs on the connector side, these need to be slid into the slots in the case correctly otherwise things won't go back together properly. Then replace the screws and the plastic panel.
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Ok there should be 3 little black sliders near the top of where the keyboard ends. they should push down once you push all three down the keyboard lifts up. i hope this helps? other than that.. an air compressor?

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