January 29, 2009 at 4:32 pm #160899
Here’s a quick guide for anyone that want to remove their NC10’s keyboard.
Additionally I fixed the issue of the top right part of my keyboard from flexing.
Click on the pictures for a larger version.
Switch off the laptop, unplug it and remove the battery.
Turn laptop over, I would recommend putting it on-top of something soft so as not to damage the lid.
You then need to remove the 3 screws labelled KBD, see the picture below:-
Flip the laptop back up the right way and open the screen.
You will need to pry at the top of the keyboard, there may be quite a bit of resistance from the sticky pads which hold the keyboard in place. Be careful not to damage any of the keys.
In the image below I have highlighted the sticky pads, on my NC10 and some other peoples the pads have come loose causing the keyboard to flex at the corner.
At this point if you just want to replace the pads you can leave the ribbon cable connected, and apply some replacement pads/double sided tape.
Or you could remove the keyboard completely.
Disconnect the ribbon cable from the motherboard by pivoting the black connector upwards, the ribbon cable should then come loose. See the pictures below:-
Don’t worry the label is referring to the battery, it’s not going to explode!
Congratulations your keyboard has now been removed.
Now, to put it all back together.
If you have removed the ribbon cable, you need to place it back into it’s connector carefully so that the tabs on the edge of the cable line up in the connector. Once they are lined up close the connector.
The rest of the process to reattach the keyboard is just the reverse.
Here are a couple of extra images:-
Here’s my keyboard with some additional sticky pads, to fix the issue of the keyboard flexing.
The keyboard should be held in place a little bit at the top by some tabs, these didn’t appear to be of much use on mine
Here’s a clear shot of where the keyboard sits, incase anyone is thinking of a backlight mod.January 29, 2009 at 4:37 pm #181793TCMuffinMember
Very informative post – thank you 🙂
Did this fix the issue of the keyboard flexing?
Was there any other reason why you wanted to remove the keyboard?January 29, 2009 at 4:40 pm #181786kirkukMember
Did you stick that Fedora sticker on ? Thought the NC10 only came with XP Home ?
KirkJanuary 29, 2009 at 4:44 pm #181788
Yes, the additional sticky pads have so far stopped the top right of my keyboard from popping up and flexing.
This was partly my fault though, if you look at the first photo you can see the screw on the left side is missing, well it’s actually snapped off inside. Which means my keyboard is only held in place by two screws. Additionally if you try and remove the back, in the process of removing the screws you may push the keyboard out a bit and weaken the sticky pads/tape.
As for other reasons, well I guess I just wanted to know what was under there. 😛
Yeah I stuck that one on myself (and installed Fedora), along with the one next to it. And removed the MS licence sticker from the bottom of the laptop and stuck it to the instruction manual instead.January 29, 2009 at 5:00 pm #181785FreddyMember
Great post! Thank you!January 29, 2009 at 6:11 pm #181784lozza69erMember
Nice guide. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could install something like here under the keyboard and have a nice backlit keyboard.January 29, 2009 at 6:19 pm #181789
[quote1233252894=lozza69er]Nice guide. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could install something like here under the keyboard and have a nice backlit keyboard.[/quote1233252894]
This was something I was wondering about, especially after seeing pictures of it done to an Asus Eee.
I’m kicking myself a bit as I should have tried shining a light through the keyboard while I had it off. Though from looking at it, I’m not sure how much light would get through, especially with the black keyboard.
That tape should fit ok under the keyboard, the main problem would be the power supply for it, as even the 12v one is quite large, and I’d rather have it all inside the laptop rather than bits hanging out.January 29, 2009 at 6:43 pm #181794TCMuffinMember
Did you stick that Fedora sticker on ?
!lol Didn’t notice that !lolJanuary 29, 2009 at 11:00 pm #181787kinkbmxcoMember
Thanks for this thorough post! My double sided tape has unstuck on the top right as well. Now I know how to fix it!
CheersJanuary 30, 2009 at 9:54 am #181783RsaeireMember
Very nice work. I especially like the quality of the images; they are excellent and extremely detailed.May 15, 2009 at 1:42 am #181796TomToasterMember
Thank you very much.
I have a white NC10, which I love and take with me everywhere I go. My keyboard had ‘issues’ after I toppled a Mickey D size coke on the right-hand side of the keyboard. Despite immediate action (holding the PC upside down) and thorough cleaning afterwards, the sugar wreaked havoc with the little ‘hinges’ that hold the keys, affecting key-travel and dependability, so I ordered a new one from samsungparts.com, whose operator was kind enough to refer me to this site for instructions on how to change the keyboard.
A couple of notes on your explanation:
#1 – I have no tape, under my keyboard, none, and… no need for it either. Actually, I think adding tape might make it *more* difficult to properly insert the keyboard.
#2 – I inserted the keyboard at an angle, first lining up the three tabs at the bottom with their respective slots. Then pushed the top down, and the keyboard stuck, but… it still wiggled a little.
#3 – Upon closer inspection I noticed four tiny little slots/hooks, two on the left, two on the right, in addition to the three at the top. By firmly pressing down on the keyboard with a small screwdriver, right next to the little ‘slots’, I was able to have it “click” into place, rock-solid.
Perhaps this is of use to someone else. Alas no ‘perty’ pictures.
Thanks again.May 15, 2009 at 6:20 am #181791YsabelMember
Welcome to the forum TomToaster. 🙂
Thanks for the write-up.
Hope you have an enjoyable time.May 15, 2009 at 7:53 am #181790
Interesting, I wonder if the tabs on the newer NC10’s are different, the tabs on mine are pretty useless.
It could be that Samsung has modified them on newer units so that there is no need for the tape anymore, like when they added extra rubber feet to the bottom.June 17, 2009 at 8:44 am #181792ulvenMember
Thanks for great guide. Switched yesterday (due to Coke mishap). I also had the hooks om both sides instead of sticky pads.
In Sweden, I ordered part BA59-02438D (black) from http://www.convena-int.com if anyone needs to know.July 24, 2009 at 11:59 pm #181795rash.m2kMember
………………………………I have a white NC10, which I love and take with me everywhere I go. My keyboard had ‘issues’ after I toppled a Mickey D size coke on the right-hand side of the keyboard. Despite immediate action (holding the PC upside down) and thorough cleaning afterwards, the sugar wreaked havoc with the little ‘hinges’ that hold the keys, affecting key-travel and dependability, so I ordered a new one from samsungparts.com, whose operator was kind enough to refer me to this site for instructions on how to change the keyboard……………………………
If the keyboard was a gonner did you not try and wash it with water? And dry it with a hair dryer?????
Very nice work. I especially like the quality of the images; they are excellent and extremely detailed.
Yep, he knows how to actually use a camera.
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