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
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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The first step to replacing your laptop keyboard is to remove the screws from the back of your vaio vgn-fe880e/h. Sometimes your laptop will have a picture of a keyboard next to the screws that need to be removed. Otherwise, see your laptop manual for details.
Above the laptop keyboard for sony vaio vgn-fe880e/h, you have a cover panel. If required, remove this part to easily access your keyboard. If you have screws above your keyboard, remove those screws.
Now that you have removed all the screws, you are ready to remove and then replace your new laptop keyboard.
To remove the vaio vgn-fe880e/h Keyboard, take a thin object and pry the keyboard out between the keyboard and motherboard. Be careful when removing the keyboard.
Now that your keyboard is loose, simply disconnect your keyboard. In order to disconnect the keyboard, pay attention to the keyboard connector and connector cable. Unlock the connector cable device and remove your laptop keyboard. Your sony vaio vgn-fe880e/h connector cable should be easy to remove by simply sliding it out.
Now that your keyboard has been removed, get ready to install your new laptop keyboard. Look at the back of the keyboard. If you see any screw holes, you will have a good idea of where to place the screws back in at the bottom of the laptop.
Connect your laptop keyboard for sony vaio vgn-fe880e/h to the motherboard keyboard connection slot. Secure the keyboard cable. Now turn your keyboard in place, and align the grooves on the bottom of your keyboard with your palmrest or plastic bezel. Secure your laptop keyboard in place, make sure it fits properly and is snug. Now simply place the screws back in place.
Please follow the steps to disable the Touchpad under XP environment:
First, click the Start button, then click VAIO Support Central . In the VAIO Support Central window, in the left pane , click System Maintenance . In the right pane , click VAIO Central . In the VAIO Central window, click the System Information tab. On the System Information tab, click the Plus symbol next to Keyboard and Mouse . Under Keyboard and Mouse , double-click Built-in Pointing Device . In the Built-in Pointing Device window, click to clear the Enable box. Click the OK button. In the Built-in Pointing Device dialog box, click the Yes button.
Yes, VGN-SZ430N is similar to the PCG-6Q1L. The only difference between the two coding is that the first one is the model # of the Computer used by the technical support team or sales support team for providing assistance however, the later is the Hardware configuration code of the Computer that categorizes a few models.
Ebay or somewhere similar is your best bet for getting a 'used' and therefore much cheaper replacement. Just type in the make/model of your machine..
Most Keyboards are pretty easy to replace and if your not sure how to do it, run a search on the web or post on here with your specific model etc. If its put together anything like my Sony all you have to do is remove a bit of trim above the keyboard (carefully) and there are 4/6 screws holding the keyboard in place. Remove these and the keyboard just slides out. Then it's just a matter of disconnecting the ribbon and reversing the order to put it all back together.