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Can one replace a broken connector latch for the keyboard cable of Insp 5720

I broke the connector latch when trying to reconnect the keyboard cable to the system-board connector. Is there a way to replace/repair the latch. I have tried to connect the cable but I only get about 8 keys working.

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I am afraid you maight go for change the whole keyboard, try to frind the latch from acer service center

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personnally I would not try this. If this is the only laptop you have. now if its just a machine you tinker with you can try it. but for functunality I would leave the keyboard intact incase you ever want to use the portability of the laptop.

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Can you lift the plastic bar at either side on the board where the cable was pulled from?.If so,just lift both sides,one at a time till the plastic bar is loose,then seat your cable straight down until it will go no further and then push both sides of the bar back down to secure the cable...hope that fixes your problem:)

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No exact guides. Using experience, and one video I found.

Three styles are generally used to fasten a Keyboard to a laptop;

1) Screws come from the Bottom of the laptop, up into the Keyboard.
Not always, but most of the time; there is a marking near the screw hole.
KB, or Keyboard, or a Keyboard symbol; and an arrow pointing from it, at the screw hole.

Screws removed there may be Keyboard Cover screws to remove, and remove the Keyboard Cover also.

2) Keyboard Cover. Cover is above the Keyboard, and below the LCD screen.
Once removed, there are generally 2 to 3 screws, to remove at the Top of the Keyboard; or screws come up from the Bottom of the laptop.

3) Detent Latches.
Spring loaded little latches, immediately above the top edge of the Keyboard.
Usually 3 to 5 latches.

Generally start at the Left side, depress the first latch.
Let's say it is the 3 latch design.

One clip to depress, may be above; and in-between the F2 and F3 keys.
The next clip at the top in-between the F7 and F8 keys.
The last clip at the top in-between the F12 and Insert (Etc), keys.

This is the style I think you have. Amount of spring loaded latches,
I do not know. I base it off of this disassembly video,

I base it on 10:53 through 10:58 in the video.
He's holding the Top Cover (Palm Rest Cover) in his hand, and the Keyboard is still attached.

(Nope. Never removes Keyboard, lol!)

1) Suggest lay a soft Static free cloth, on the table you're working on.
Helps prevent scratching the table, and laptop.
(DO not perform this on a bed, couch, or directly on a carpet floor.
HIGH areas of Static electricity)

2) Remove ALL power. Remove the AC adapter (Charger), and Battery.


Linked for specifically showing the spring latch design.
Go to Steps 5 through 11.

Steps 5 through 8 for the spring latch info;
9 and 10 for the Keyboard Cable removal, from the ZIF motherboard connector.

A) Keyboard Cable STAYS with Keyboard. It disconnects FROM the motherboard connector.

B) The Keyboard Cable is an FFC. Flat Flex Cable.
It has NO plug connector on the cable, for the motherboard connector.

Just a flat cable with flat terminal contact strips on the end,

It MUST go back in the motherboard connector, the SAME way it came out.
For this reason, you may wish to make a mark on one side of the cable, and a matching mark on the same side of the motherboard connector. (Sharpee?)

Then when installing new Keyboard (If this is what you are after), you compare the two; and line the Keyboard Cable up off of the old one.

The bottom rectangular part, that is white in this example; is the BODY.
It is Stationary to the motherboard.

The upper part, that is Black in this example; is the Locking Bar.
When closed, the Locking Bar wedges the Keyboard Cable, in the Body. Can also be stated as when Locked.

I call this style the Flip-Up style. (Pretty technical, huh? lol!)
You may also have this style, the Slide style,

Closed (Locked),

Open (Unlocked)

All you can see of the Locking Bar here, are two 'Tabs' on either side of the Keyboard Cable.
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Use a metal tool, and you can slip. Possibly break the motherboard connector, and could stab the motherboard.

It ONLY moves about 2mm. That is a little more than 1/16th of an Inch, or about the width of this capital letter -> O <-

Being detailed because IF you BREAK the motherboard connector, you are looking at MOTHERBOARD REPLACEMENT.

Be careful, go slow.


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Never have seen a Keyboard's Flat Flex Cable, that had a connector on the motherboard end.

The motherboard connector is a type of ZIF connector. Zero Insertion Force. It is composed of TWO pieces, but DOES NOT come completely apart.

The bottom piece is the BODY. The top small piece is the Locking Bar.

IF, the Locking Bar is broken off, you may be looking at MOTHERBOARD REPLACEMENT.

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To fix a blacked-out laptop screen, troubleshoot the screen settings, check the LCD connector and see if the computer is awake and receiving power.

Touch the touchpad or move the external mouse to see if the computer is asleep or hibernating. If the computer fails to respond, press "Enter" on the keyboard.

Press the power button if the screen remains black. Confirm that the power indicator light, found at the front of the computer or above the keyboard, is glowing solid green or blue.

Confirm that the power adapter is plugged into the computer and into a wall outlet. Confirm that battery indicator light is glowing solid green or blue.

Hold down the "Fn" key. Press the up-arrow to see if the screen brightness increases. Some computers also use the "F6" or "F7" keys to increase screen brightness.

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Slide the battery latch to eject the battery. Pull the battery out of its compartment. Turn the computer back over, open the lid, and insert the edge of a flathead screwdriver or other flat, solid object beneath the bezel above the keyboard.

Wedge the edge of the keyboard bezel off of the top cover. Work your way along the edge of the keyboard bezel to loosen it. Pull the bezel off the laptop.

Trace the cable coming from the laptop screen to the connector found beneath the bezel. Reconnect the display cable to the motherboard if the cable has come loose from the connector.

Line up the tabs on the bezel with the slots along the top of the keyboard. Insert the right edge of the bezel into the gap above the keyboard, and then push the bezel back in place.
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I have a A100 notebook and my son has ripped off three of the keys and I need to get replacements. Is this something I can purchase from you?

No sir/maam it is not.

FixYa is a product support website, and does not manufacturer, nor sell computer parts.
We try our hardest to solve product problems.

You could replace those missing keys, or you may want to consider replacing the Keyboard itself.

Follow Steps 9 through 12. You can click on the photos to enlarge.

The Keyboard Cover they state, is a Speaker Cover according to Toshiba.
(I'm looking at the Service Manual right now)

It is just a plastic cover, with no attaching wires.
Still, use care when inserting a tool to pop it up. Do not insert the tool too far.

The outside edge as shown is eased up until a built-in tang releases.

The outside edges of this plastic strip have tangs formed on the edges. They snap into a matching depressions in the Keyboard, and Top Cover.
The tang, and the matching depression is named a Latch.

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The Speaker Cover also has formed covers which are an integral part of it, and these covers cover the Hinges.

As the Speaker Cover is eased up on one side, you'll hear a snap sound as the Latch releases.
Same thing for every latch to follow.
Just wanted to note this so you do not think you are breaking something.

(For your first time it may make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. Snap, snap, snap, as the Latches release. The Speaker Cover is made from a space age plastic.
Pretty tough stuff. It can be broken, however)

Once the Speaker Cover is removed it's time for the Keyboard.
There are two Philips head screws to remove, at the top of the Keyboard.
This is shown in Step 11's photo. (Click on it to enlarge)

Now the top of the Keyboard is lifted up a LITTLE, and slid towards the LCD screen, a LITTLE.
The Keyboard still has the Keyboard Cable attached.

The cable coming from the Keyboard is an FFC.
Flat Flex Cable.

Looks like a plastic strip with wires in it. There is NO connector on the end of the cable that goes into the motherboard. The end of the FFC that inserts into the connector on the motherboard, just has exposed contact points for each wire in the cable.

The connector on the motherboard is a ZIF connector. Zero Insertion Force.
The connector is composed of two parts, but Does NOT come completely apart.
It just opens a little bit.

The ZIF connector is a small rectangle. It has a smaller rectangular part that goes across the top. (LCD screen side)
This smaller rectangle is the only part that moves. The larger lower part of the connector is attached to the motherboard.

The top 'half' is eased up. It only moves approximately 1/8th inch.
One top corner is eased up, then the other top corner is eased up.
This action unlocks the ZIF connector, and allows the Flat Flex Cable to be removed.

Reverse these steps to reinstall the Keyboard.

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Before you begin, Follow these steps carefully;
  1. Shut Down to turn off your computer. Ensure that the computer is off and not in a power management mode. If you cannot shut down the computer using the operating system, press and hold the power button for 4 seconds.
  2. Disconnect your computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets. Disconnect any telephone or network cables from the computer
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  4. To help prevent damage to the system board, you must remove the battery from the battery bay before you service the computer. to do this, Turn the computer over, Slide the battery release latch until they click into place. Slide the battery out of the battery bay.
  5. Turn the computer top-side up, open the display, and press the power button to ground the system board. Now you are ready to remove your Keyboard;
  6. Removing the Center Control Cover, Remove the two screws securing the center control cover from the battery bay,
  7. Turn the computer top side up, and open the display as far as it will open.
  8. Insert a plastic scribe into the indent to lift the center control cover on the right side and ease the center control cover up.
  9. Disconnect the cable from the media control buttons connector located underneath the center control cover. NOTICE: To avoid damage to the data cable connected to the system board, ensure that you do not pull hard when you are raising the center control cover. NOTICE: To avoid damage to the center control cover, do not lift the cover on both sides simultaneously.
  10. Remove the center control cover.
  11. Remove the two screws at the top of the keyboard. NOTICE: The key caps on the keyboard are fragile, easily dislodged, and time-consuming to replace. Be careful when removing and handling the keyboard.
  12. Lift the keyboard and hold it up and slightly forward to access to the media control buttons connector.
  13. Disconnect the media control buttons connector and remove the media control buttons cable.
  14. Lift the keyboard and hold it up and slightly forward to access to the keyboard connector.
  15. To disconnect the keyboard cable from the keyboard connector on the system board, rotate the keyboard connector latch toward the front of the computer.
  16. Slide the keyboard cable out of the keyboard connector.
  17. Replacing the Keyboard
    1. Slide the keyboard cable into the keyboard connector.

    2. Rotate the keyboard connector latch to secure the cable.

    3. Align the tabs along the bottom of the keyboard and slide them under the palm rest.

    4. Press on the right edge near the top to snap the keyboard into place.

    5. Replace the two screws on the top of the keyboard.
  18. Replacing the Center Control Cover
    1. Reconnect the media control buttons cable to the connector below the keyboard.

    2. Align the tabs along the bottom of the keyboard and slide them under the palm rest.

    3. Press on the right edge near the top to snap the keyboard into place.

    4. Replace the two screws on the top of the keyboard.

    5. Reconnect the media control buttons connector to the center control cover.

    6. Insert the left edge of the center control cover.

    7. Press from left to right until the cover snaps into place.

    8. In the battery bay, replace the two screws that secure the center control cover.

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