How to Fix a Toshiba Laptop Keyboard
By Ran Brown
So your Toshiba laptop keyboard isn't working like it should? Whether your keyboard problem resulted from liquid spill, a hard bump, or you simply wore it out, you don't have to worry about investing in a new laptop, you can fix your keyboard problems with a simple swap. The good news is that fixing a Toshiba keyboard does not take much technical skill. In fact, Toshiba keyboards are among the easiest laptops to repair.
Remove the bezel just above the keyboard. You will notice a tin strip of plastic located just above the keyboard. This strip is called the keyboard bezel and you remove it by gently prying the edge up with your small standard screwdriver. Work your way across the bezel lifting it as you go. The bezel is a snap in unit so be sure to be gentle, as you work your way across.
Remove the keyboard screws. With the bezel removed, you will find three or four screws at the top of the keyboard. Using your small Philips head screw driver, remove these screws and place them in a safe spot where you will not lose them.
Remove the keyboard. With the screws removed, gently lift the keyboard from top to bottom. You will notice a ribbon of wires connected from the keyboard to the laptop. Lean the keyboard forward so that you can access the ribbon wire connection.
Remove the ribbon wire. Take your standard screw driver and gently push up the bracket locks on both sides of the ribbon wire socket. These bracket locks slide up slightly as you push to release the wire.
Plug in the replacement keyboard. Just as you removed the old keyboard, you will now push the ribbon wire from you replacement into the ribbon socket. With the small screw driver, push the brackets back into place to secure the ribbon.
Screw the replacement keyboard back into place. Using one screw, attach the keyboard. With the keyboard held into place by the single screw, start the computer and test the replacement keyboard. Once tested, replace the remaining screws.
Insert the bezel above the keyboard. With the keyboard now secured by all of the screws, place the bezel back over its opening and snap it back into place. Start at one end and work your way across.
- Replacement keyboards are available from several retailers across the web. However, you may find the best deal on eBay, particularly if your laptop is an older model .
- When purchasing a keyboard, check to be sure you are dealing with a reputable party. Often parts are sold from overseas where you have less recourse for returns.
Ran Brown has been writing for over 15 years. His work has been published in the "Nashville Tennessean" as well as several industry-specific entertainment and wireless industry publications. Ran holds a bachelor's degree in finance with an English minor, and a Master of Business Administration.