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I need to replace the keyboard on an Acer Aspire 5516 laptop. I've got the new one & want to be sure of steps needed to perform the replacement.

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  • duhnewbie Oct 06, 2010

    I think someone familiar with this particular brand/model would be best-suited to explain it.

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    Thank you a milliom times over.

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First thing you want to do is disconnect the laptop from it's power supply and remove the battery.

Things you need:
Screwdriver and flast plastic card (credit card or atm card)

Step 1. Remove the two screws from the bottom of the computer that are holding down the Acer Aspire 5516 Keyboard bezel. The bezel is the bar that sits right above all the function keys.

Step 2. Turn the computer over, open the cover and insert the credit card or guitar pick between the bezel and the computer screen. The bezel has pegs that sit in holes, you need to slowly pry up the bezel. It will make a bit of a popping noise as it is removed.

Step 3. Now hold on to the laptop keyboard from the end closest to the screen and gently pull it away from the touch-pad end and flip it over. You will see the ribbon attached to the underside of the Acer Aspire 5516 Keyboard. There is a little plastic connector holding the ribbon to the computer. To unlock it, carefully pull up on the two tabs; one located on each corner of the connector. Be very gentle when you do this as this is the one part that gets broken the most often when changing a keyboard. The ribbon will now be released.

Step 4: Carefully pull the ribbon out of the connector and remove it along with the entire Acer laptop keyboard.

Step 5: To insert the new Acer Aspire 5516 Keyboard, place the board face down so you have easy access to the ribbon. Make sure the keyboard is lined up so when you flip it back over the keys are in the correct position. Keep the ribbon straight at all times; twisting it could damage it. Place the ribbon in the connector; it only goes in one way. Once in place, push down on the connector tabs to lock it. Now flip the keyboard over and slide it down toward the touch pad and take the bezel and line the pegs up with the holes and push it in place. Then turn the computer over and replace the two screws you removed from the bottom. You can now power on your computer and see if the Acer Aspire 5516 Keyboard works. If it is not working, more than likely the ribbon was not inserted properly.

All the best!

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Hello,

Follow the below steps to successfully perform the keyboard replacement in your Acer Aspire Laptop:

  1. Ensure the laptop is fully powered off, unplugged from the wall, and the battery taken out.
  2. Turn the laptop over. On some models icons indicating which screws are attached to the keyboard are displayed. If not, you may have to "eyeball" it if you can't find a breakdown for your model online.
  3. Remove those screws with a T-8 or Phillips screwdriver.
  4. Turn the laptop back over and open it up. Check and see if the keyboard is tucked under any plastic pieces. If so, find if those plastic pieces are screwed into anything, and unfasten them as well. If not, it probably uses clamps that can easily be removed.
  5. Remove the plastic pieces carefully with a toothpick or plastic pick if there is any in the way.
  6. Unscrew any screws at the top (if necessary) and remove the keyboard itself from top to bottom. You'll notice that the keyboard is connected with a thin, but wide, data cable to the system board at the bottom.
  7. Take that same pick and lift the plastic connectors that hold in this data cable in place.
  8. Carefully remove the data cable. Now the whole keyboard should be free.

Good luck

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