Rick I would like you to download the Service Manual from HP Support (Free),
HP Support > HP Mini 2102 > Manuals,http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64179&taskId=101&prodTypeId=321957&prodSeriesId=4097331
At the top where it states - Quick jump to manuals category - click on the blue heading underneath -
Service and maintenance information
Go down to the 8th (Blue) file listed, and click on it -
HP Mini 2102, HP Mini 210, and Compaq Mini 210 - Maintenance and Service Guide.
(It's the newest one. 10 Jun 2010/ 3.53MB )
This is a PDF file. The computer you are using now has Adobe Reader on it, which uses PDF files.
After you click on the file it may take up to 30 seconds before the first page comes up.
It may also take additional time for the file to fully download.
If you are aware of the following disregard;
At the top of the PDF file is the PDF page number box. It is to the Right of the Down Arrow.
The page you want is Page 52.
You can use the Down Arrow and arrive at Page 52, or:
1) Put your mouse cursor in the page number box. Left-click once. What is in the page number box will be highlighted in blue.
2) Type 52
3) Press the Enter key.
You can also use the Bookmarks menu on the left.
1) Left-click on the + sign next to - Removal and replacement procedures
2) Then left-click on the + sign next to - Component replacement procedures
3) Scroll it down, and left-click right on Keyboard
From the Service Manual, and me:
A) Remove ALL power to the mini laptop. Remove the AC adapter (Charger) and Battery
B) Use a multi-compartment container for the various screws you will remove.
Label each compartment for the area the screw/s come out of.
If no multi-compartment container is available, you can substitute with a clean egg carton.
Label each egg holder.
SOME screws look VERY similar to other screws. Advise DO NOT mix them up!
C) I suggest laying a towel on a table. Lay the laptop on it. Prevents scratching the table, and the laptop.
Laptop closed, turn the laptop over, lay it on the towel, bottom side up, Battery Compartment facing you.
D) Remove 3 Philips head screws.
One at each top corner, one in the middle (Page 54)
E) Hold the laptop closed, turn it over so the Front is facing you.
Lay it down on the towel. Open the laptop as far as it will go.
F) Lift the back edge of the Keyboard. The back edge is the edge near the LCD screen.
Caution! Use care!
There are tabs in the Front of the Keyboard. These tabs are plastic. They insert down into the Palm Rest Cover. (Top Cover)
If you lift the Keyboard straight up at a 90 degree angle, you risk breaking these tabs off, and also may damage the Palm Rest Cover (Top Cover)
Also there is a Keyboard Cable attached to the Keyboard, and to the motherboard.
G) The Keyboard Cable does NOT remove from the Keyboard. It removes from the motherboard.
The Keyboard Cable is a FFC.
Flat Flex Cable.
It Does Not have a connector on the end.
The FFC is a flat plastic sheath with wires in it laid side, by side.
At the end of these wires are contacts. Usually gold plated.
This end is inserted into the connector on the motherboard.
NOTE the direction the FFC is inserted into the connector on the motherboard. It MUST be reinstalled in the same direction.
Those contacts on the Flat Flex Cable, MATCH up to contacts in the connector on the motherboard
Even if the cable is twisted over when it was installed, the new Keyboard's Cable must be twisted in the same fashion.
H) The connector on the motherboard for the Keyboard Cable, is a ZIF connector.
Zero Insertion Force.
It is a small rectangular connector that slides apart, but DOES NOT come completely apart!
The top part of the connector slides FORWARD.
Forward towards the LCD screen.
It only slides so far. Approximately 1/8th of an inch.
If the top part is completely removed from the bottom part, the connector is damaged. Motherboard replacement may be the only option!
The bottom part is fixed to the motherboard. (Soldered directly to the motherboard)
Looking Closely at the ZIF connector, you will see a parting line between the two 'halves'.
Ease the top part forward with your fingernails, on the top left, and right corners.
When reinstalling make sure the cable is lined up right, then insert the gold plated contact pins in the ZIF connector, as far in as it will allow you.
Then slide the top part of the ZIF connector back towards you, to lock the FFC in place.
For additional questions please post in a Comment.