Sony VPCEJ1Z1E Keyboard Removal

April 18th, 2012 by Alex Leave a reply »

I was asked to replace a keyboard on a Sony VPCEJ series laptop this week and couldn’t find any kind of service manual or dissasembly guide, so here’s my guide on removing the keyboard.

Follow these instructions completely at your own risk. I offer no warranty that thisĀ procedureĀ is correct or that it won’t damage your laptop.

1. Start with the laptop upside down on the desk. Remove the battery.
2. Remove the optical drive by removing the screw (ringed in red below) and then sliding the drive out of the chassis to the right.

Remove Optical Drive

Remove Optical Drive

3. Remove the two screws securing the keyboard (ringed in red)

Remove Keyboard Screws

Remove Keyboard Screws

4. Turn the laptop over and open the lid. Through the optical drive bay opening, release the locking tabs (marked red) and use the holes (marked orange) to release the right hand edge of the keyboard. Insert a plastic pry tool and gently work along the top edge of the keyboard releasing the tabs (marked blue). The keyboard will release and fold towards to you get access to the cabling. Note in the image the keyboard has already been removed to better illustrate the locations of the locking tabs and access holes.

Remove Keyboard

Remove Keyboard

5. Remove the securing tape and lift the black ribbon cable connector up to release the keyboard cable.

Disconnect Keyboard

Disconnect Keyboard

6. Reassembly is the reverse of removal.

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