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Keyboard replacement Need to remove black cover so I can replace keyboard in this VGN-FS920 LT. Which screws need to be removed? Dis-assembly steps please?

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  • mtnjal May 07, 2008

    Thanks for the follow up. While waiting I persevered & finally
    managed to get in. FYI, here are the specifics for accessing keyboard
    in this Sony Vaio model VGN-FS920 (PCG-7L1L:
    Removing battery will expose two flat head screws. Remove them.
    turn LT around with back facing you. Look at hinges and you will see
    cover is split horizontally. Pry gently in the split at each end. I
    found the right side popped apart easiest. Then when room to get
    fingers under the loosened end of cover, move fingers gently around
    edge popping the plastic catches loose as you go. When all catches are
    lose remove cover. There are six plastic catches on back side and nine
    catches on front so its a struggle. Be gentle, be patient.
    cover is removed, turn LT around with front facing you. Keyboard is
    held in place with 4 screws at top and one screw in middle. Middle
    screw is accessible from underside of LT. After screws are removed
    Keyboard can be rotated toward you giving access to the ribbon
    connector. Move catches (black)on ends of connector to the left until
    ribbon cable is loose.
    Hope this info will help someone else.


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Every notebook keyboard that I have replaced is accessed through the top. There is usually a bezel near the hinge that either pops off or may have some screws accessable from inside the battery or other compartment from the bottom. Once the bezel is removed you will see from 2-5 screws holding the keyboard down. Remove those, and gently lift up the keyboard to check the attaching cables underneath. Look carefully at the connectors, some simply unplug others are a ribbon cable that you lift a part of the connector and then the ribbon will come out. Do not pull the cable out!! You may break it if you pull it.

Good luck. I hope this will help.

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(Palm Rest Cover is another term.
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Toshiba? Upper Logic Assembly)

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One on the far Left side, one on the far Right side.
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Step 1's photo in the above link, shows the Keyboard Cover being removed.

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I recommend a plastic spudger tool instead,

Click on the photo in Step 1 to enlarge.

Looking at the photo observe the 'tang' sticking down off of the Keyboard Cover, near the tool being used. It is to the right of the tool.

There are several more tangs, going down both sides of the Keyboard Cover.
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With the Keyboard Cover removed observe along the top of the Keyboard.
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Click on the photo in Step 2.
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(No, I do Not recommend lifting up on the Keyboard, to get a better grasp on the screws, once they are loosened.
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You Do Not want to accidentally drop a screw down inside the laptop )

The Keyboard is to now be lifted up SLIGHTLY on the screw side, then slid forward towards the LCD screen.
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Lift the Keyboard up to a 90 degree position, and you take the chance of breaking these tabs, or the Upper Logic Assembly.

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All screws indicated by Red Circles removed, turn the laptop over, and open it back up.
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Go down to the 'paragraph' that starts with Satellite A10. (A10 in blue)
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in blue.

[ This service manual is in PDF file form. The computer you are using now has Adobe Reader on it, which uses PDF files.

After you click on the file name (A500D) it may take up to 30 seconds, before the first page comes up ]

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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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