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Broken ON switch. How do I open the case? There are two stubborn tabs, one on each side of the keyboard

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    JDTec Apr 01, 2011

    What model?

  • rastaboy2000 Apr 01, 2011

    That didn't help me open the case at all. Maybe you are looking at/thinking of a different machine? The problem is getting the tabs on either side of the keyboard to release.

  • rastaboy2000 Apr 01, 2011

    It's a Gateway NETBOOK. Model LT2107. I managed to re-align the ON button without getting the case open, and now it's working again.



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  • remove the battery
  • remove screws under battery
  • turn laptop back over and open up the screen a back further than normal.
  • use a bladed screwdriver and pry the cap off (the piece with the buttons onto just above the keyboard)
  • there you go you should have access to the power button now.

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  • Rishi Roshan Ali Apr 01, 2011

    whats the make and model of your laptop ??,,

    remove the top panel above the keyboard. this will expose 2 screws holding the keyboard from the top. Remove the screws then slide he keyboard toward the screen and pull up

  • Rishi Roshan Ali Apr 01, 2011

    give me the make and model I'll see if i can get some pics to help you out.

  • Rishi Roshan Ali Apr 01, 2011

    ok this isnt your exact model but the principle is the same

    follow those instruction



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Yes Bruce, Absolutely!


2) The Keyboard Cable STAYS attached to the Keyboard.
It removes FROM the motherboard connector.

The Keyboard Cable is a FFC. Flat Flex Cable.
General example of a FFC,

NOTE that there is no connector attached to the cable.
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Small rounded tabs. Along the lines of this Asus K53u laptop example,

Look at Step 6 and Step 7 photos.
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Lift the Keyboard on the LCD screen side up, JUST A LITTLE.
Then slide up towards the LCD screen, Just a Little.

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Zero Insertion Force.
It is composed of two pieces, but does NOT come completely apart.

Three styles are used, two currently to my knowledge.
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The bottom part is rectangular in shape, and is the larger piece.
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The top part is also rectangular in shape, and is the smaller of the two parts.
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