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Keyboard on MD7801U computer needs replacing, how can i do it myself?

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Hi, First things first, you will want to purchase a replacement keyboard. One such item I have found is located here: http://www.laptoprepairparts.com/html/details.asp?ref=1236&category=keyboards
Secondly, or if you already have a replacement keyboard, use the following video guide to help you remove and replace the keyboard. The installation is not identical to your model, but very similar, as Gateway uses the same screw locations for parts.

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You should be able to replace the keyboard with minimal dis-assembly. I have not worked on this model but .... in general, you will need to remove a number of screws from the bottom of the laptop. Most likely will need to pop off the cover just above the keyboard. This cover is normally held on by some screws on the bottom of the computer. Once you are sure you have all the screws out, the cover will snap off. There is a fine line between how much pressure is required to remove the cover versus amount of pressure required to break the cover. There are tools you can purchase online to help remove these snap on covers. Once this cover is off, the keyboard should be loose. If it is not, check for more screws..... There should only be 1 cable. Be very careful with the connector. On some models the cable pulls out, on some a lock slides in the same direction of the cable and on other models the locks pulls up. No way to know which type is on your computer except for physical inspection.

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Posted on May 22, 2011

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