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First step is to buy a keyboard...preferable new... the actually process to change it is not that complicated and do not require the need for to open the laptop totally ..You have to remove the front part ...that covers the hinges...and to do that look for screws(most laptops do not have ) ..and if they are not present ..than insert a plastic tool near the F1 and F11 one by one ..and it will snap out ..For some models you have to close the display ...and see that in the middle of the hinges..there is the line where this lid will bind with the rest of the body ...In that line you have to insert a flat tool like a screwdriver..and enlarge ...It will also snap out ..cause the lid is clipped on .. After removing the hinges cover lid...there will be exposed a few screws and you have to remove them ..and once the screws removed...the keyboard will slide an inch towards the display ..and after that you can get it out ...carefully!..it has a ribbon to connect to the board...and it is quite short and sensitive...You need to unplug it ..by removing the protective cover..(its just some kinda device to lock it in place ..Its different from a model to another but if you take a look you will figure out how to unlock the ribbon ...After that place the other one ..and slide it in place ...screw it down ..snap the hinge;s cover back ..and go for it .. here is a link with some guidance http://www.insidemylaptop.com/replace-damaged-keyboard-dell-inspiron-1525-laptop/ its for an Inspiration model ..but I wanted to make an idea what I'm talking about ..cause there are pictures on it ..and the procedure is the same ..even if the hinge cover may look different ..
remove battery and all screws on bottom including the three screws in the battery compartment turn over and starting in the top middle of keyboard ( abvove the f8 key ) pop keyboard up remove keyboard cable and lift away keyboard remove all screws from under keyboard and up plug the two cables lift top cover off you now have access to all inter parts
with the unit upside down, and the battery towards you. remove all screws behind the battery, under the battery, and the ones to the immediate left and right. make note as they are different lengths and have to be put back in the same place. failing to do so will ruin your middle cover.Slide off the hinge caps, then flip the unit over and open like you are using it.gently lift the keyboard cover up and towards you slightly. then you will be able to lift the keyboard out.be careful to not disconnect the 2 cables on the middle cover.I do not recommend this to anyone as you can break it. However it's your toy, just don't cry if you break it.
You don't need to remove the keyboard to access the ram. Just undo the single crosshead screw on the removable cover in the middle of the laptop from beneath. I you do ever need to remove the keyboard there are 2 screws underneath this cover, which are marked with a keyboard symbol. Undo these and then slide the 4 small lugs at the top of the keyboard and it will lift up