Today i replaced my laptop keyboard with a cheap replacement from ebay. My original keyboard “b” key had failed.
I followed a youtube video for how to do it for a model like mine, and it works fine. I am happy to do things like that myself, and i usually end up with something that still works.
However, there are some things you should know:
- the new keyboard did not fix my typing dyslexia.
- laptop keyboards are replaceable, but it may not be the same as before.
- you can do it yourself if you have some basic repair skills.
- watch videos about how to do it, for the device you will do it on, because that will let you know if you are really able to do it, and what tools are required. try to find more than one video, because different people use different tools and sometimes miss important information.
- avoid really cheap tools, especially screwdrivers. the metal is too soft and will get damaged easily and damage the screws easily. for example,the really cheap small screwdriver sets that are really cheap and have looked the same for decades – avoid using them.
Laptop keyboards are replaceable, but that isnt really made easy by manufacturers. In my case, the original keyboard was held in place by plastic tabs that were melted in place at the factory. replacing the keyboard means breaking these plastic tabs. with a bit of effort and the right tools, these plastic tabs can be replaced also. without replacing these tabs, my keyboard still works, but the larger keys are a little misshaped, because they arent being held up properly from underneath.
This is especially noticeable for the space and shift keys. Perhaps in the future i will try to redo the plastic tabs.