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Stripping down my laptop

I need to replace my keyboard can you tell me how to strip my laptop down the hp zd8000

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Re: stripping down my laptop

Here's a link to the Maintenance and Service guide:

It should give you detailed instructions on how to replace the keyboard.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.


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Now I don't have a Gateway Service Manual in front of me, for the Gateway ML6732 laptop. I don't believe it's available online. One, has to be an authorized repair shop, to have access to this information.

However, I wish you to know that I am a computer repair tech, and repair laptops all the time.
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This plastic strip may also have hinge covers, incorporated on the ends of it. They cover the hinges for the LCD screen.
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(If this link doesn't come up as a link you just click on, copy (CTRL + C), and Paste, (CTRL +V), it into your address bar. Then press the Enter key)

If you get time, I would appreciate it if you would rate my solution.

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