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Replace keyboard on Y510

I need to get directions and or photos on how to replace the keyboard on Lenovo Ideapad Y510

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  • makala001 Mar 08, 2009

    This is an Ideapad notebook, not a Thinkpad. I couldn't find any screws on the bottom with any symbols by them. Thank you for your efforts. It is appreciated.

  • makala001 Mar 08, 2009

    I didn't underlined "notebook" on first comment.

    I found the solution!! The piece above the keyboard (has lines on it) must be removed. There is a slot between F2 and F3 that you can slip a straight blade into, then twist slightly, this will start to loosen the cover. Just keep twisting along the edge until it pops loose. Then, just gently lift up the keyboard from the top, stand up and gently push the bottom forward (there are little hooks on the bottom. Lift up and remove. Gently remove the ribbon cable. Reverse procedure to install new keyboard. Thanks for your help.


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OK, Here is the official Lenovo Service Manual for every component on the Y510.

However, removing the panel above the keyboard is not as simple as just removing the 4 screws located in the battery compartment and the three along the back edge on the bottom. Yes there are some "L" brackets on either end that are a pain to get to let go, but I found that by removing the DVD drive and removing the screw in the bay edge closest to the top panel, it helped loosen things to remove the top bezel. You may have to use a small flat blade screwdriver to pry the front edge up by the PF keys. Be careful removing the top bezel though, there are two small electrical ribbons attached to it for the volume and other controls. Once you have the top bezel ose, you simply have to lift the top edge of the keyboard and release the connector ribbon by flipping up the front edge of the connector. the manual illustrates this. Then it's just a matter of reversing the order. Reassembly is must easier and faster than disassembley.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010

  • Jadineva Nov 03, 2010

    This manual you linked to is for the Y450, not the the instruction the same?

  • joecoolvette
    joecoolvette May 06, 2012

    NO, the LCD Front Bezel does not come off that way.


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The keyboards on ThinkPads are easy to replace.
On the bottom of the laptop there are screws that hold the keyboard in place (possibly 3 or 4 screws). These screws can be identified by the tiny keyboard symbol next to these screws. Remove these screws, you need a small Phillips screw driver. You can now lift the keyboard off, you may need a small flat screw driver to lift it off. The keyboard is attached to the motherboard by one or two ribbon cables, they are held in place by slide catches, slide these catched to release the tension on the ribbon cable/s so you can withdraw the ribbon cable/s.

When you insert the new keyboard make sure the cable catches are in the released position before you insert the ribbon cable, insert the cable fully home and press the slide catches home to lock the ribbon cable to the motherboard.
At this stage I suggest you power up the laptop and test the keyboard to see if it is functioning correctly. If is not working properly, then the ribbon cable/s may need reseating again. When all is OK now fix the keyboard in place with the screws.

Posted on Mar 08, 2009

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    Chris Hingee Mar 08, 2009

    I saw Lenevo heading and assumed it was a ThinkPad model, anyway I have worked on a lot of laptops and they most of them fix the keyboard the same way as the ThinkPad,

    You will notice the keyboard screws are located under the keyboard and not in the corners of the laptop. Remove these screws and gently lift the keyboard free, if it won't budge then look for other possible screws on the bottom of the laptop at the LHS and RHS of the keyboard. The ribbon cable attachment can be plug connection (easier to remove and attach) or ribbon cable attachment as previously described.

    If in doubt, remove all the screws, take a note of where the various screws are located as they can vary in length. There maybe other screws under the battery, CD/DVD drive and hard drive compartments.

    The top and bottom of the laptop case are held together with plastic clips and therefore the case will not fall apart on you.


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Here's another point: When you start to lift the keyboard up from the back, there are three little plastic "L" clips on both the feft and right sides of the laptop's top case enclosure that are used to keep the left and right sides of the keyboard down in place. So what you need to do to keep from damaging those little "L" clips is to gently bend the keyboard in the middle a little while you are lifting the keyboard up. That will make the overall width of the keyboard shorter and it should more easily clear those little "L" clips.

Don't forget what was previously said about getting the bottom on the keyboard out. You need to get the keyboard up in the air to about 90 degrees or a little less, then shove down a little to get the "L" hooks (on the keyboard this time) to clear the case (ie. the bottom of keyboard comes out moving towards the back of the laptop.

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