Installing a Dell Inspiron 1100 1150 5100 5150 keyboard

Via Triangle Laptops:
Removing the Keyboard

1. Use a small flat-blade screwdriver to lift the notched right edge of the hinge cover, and pry the cover loose from the hinges and computer base.

2. Lift the hinge cover up and away from the hinges and computer base.

3 . Remove the four M2 x 3-mm keyboard screws.

NOTICE: The keycaps on the keyboard are fragile, easily dislodged, and time-consuming to replace. Be careful when removing and handling the keyboard.

4. Lift the top of the keyboard out of the computer base, and pull the keyboard out at an angle (towards the display).

5. Grasp the keyboard flex cable near the connector, and pull up on the flex cable to disconnect it from the interface connector on the system board.

6. Remove the keyboard from the computer base.

Installing the Keyboard
NOTICE: To avoid damage to the connector pins, press the keyboard connector evenly into the interface connector on the system board, and do not reverse the keyboard connector.

1. Connect the keyboard connector of the replacement keyboard to the interface connector on the system board.

2. Insert the four securing tabs on the keyboard into their respective slots in the palm rest, and lower the keyboard into the computer base.

Ensure that all four securing tabs are engaged before trying to completely seat the keyboard.

3. Replace the four M2 x 3-mm keyboard screws.

4. To replace the hinge cover, first insert the left side of the hinge cover into the notches. Snap down the hinge cover, and ensure that it is flush with the palm rest.