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VGN-A190 Keyboard Replacement

I ordered a replacement keyboard part from Sony for the PCG-8Q5L/VGN-A190. They do not offer any technical docs (as we well know), so I'm seeking steps for changing it out properly before I start removing random screws! Any thoughts?

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Re: VGN-A190 Keyboard Replacement

Unscrew the 4 biggest screws on the bottom, and then you will be able to pry it up

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Re: VGN-A190 Keyboard Replacement

While I can't find your specific model, this page lists a number of various models and ways to take them apart for different items. Since your laptop is not listed, just find another model in the same design/size format, and that may show you how to remove your keyboard as well:

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Re: VGN-A190 Keyboard Replacement

If you go to Sony's site, you can find manuals for the model you are looking for:

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I will provide you a solution this solution are very useful with you. You can do it with your self to follow this instructions. There are some image on how to replace the keyboard.

These instructions will help you to remove and replace keyboards on various laptops. I will not be able to cover all models but you’ll get the idea. Steps for removing and replacing the keyboard are similar for most laptops.
- if your laptop is still covered by the manufacturer’s warranty, do not open the case or you can loose the warranty
- always remove the battery and unplug the AC adapter before you open the laptop case
- if you damage the keyboard connector on the motherboard you’ll have to replace the whole motherboard
- proceed on your own risk
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I took these pictures from a Sony Vaio PCG-K33 (model PCG-9S1L) notebook. Should be similar for some other Sony notebooks too.
sony-keyboard-1.jpg Insert a small flathead screwdriver under the keyboard bezel and carefully lift it up. Continue releasing plastic latches and removing the keyboard bezel with your fingers.
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sony-keyboard-3.jpg Remove three (or more) screws from the top of the keyboard. Carefully lift up the keyboard from the laptop case.
sony-keyboard-4.jpg The keyboard connects to the motherboard via a flat ribbon cable. Before you pull the cable from the connector, you’ll have to unlock the connector.
sony-keyboard-5.jpg The image above illustrates how to unlock the keyboard connector. Carefully move the connector lock 2-3 millimeters up and after that pull the keyboard cable. To install the keyboard, follow the above mentioned steps in the reverse order.
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