Archive for October, 2007


Video: Car Rolls Into Pond – Sucks To Be This Guy

(EDIT: Apparently WordPress doesn’t like the embed tag, so you’ll have to click the link for now. Looks like it’s time to buy a website…)

It might not hurt for this guy to be a little more observant in the future. I love how he first looks around and sees his car is gone, and thinks nothing of it. It’s not till the audience and the cop show up that it finally dawns on him.


HOWTO: Replace Keyboard on Laptop Computer (HP dv6105)

EDIT 2011/05/06: Wow! So this post alone has passed 100,000 views. Just wanted to say thank you to everyone for the comments. I don’t always have time to reply to all of the questions in the comments, but I’m glad this post has been helpful to so many!

Since I recently had to replace a keyboard on a laptop, and couldn’t find any resources on replacing it for this model, I thought I’d go ahead and do a run-through for anyone else who may need this.

Okay, to start with, you’ll need:

  • Replacement keyboard (Part# 431414-001)
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Flat Head Screwdriver (for prying off cover)

Step 1

Step 1: Remove RAM cover and Battery

Step 3

Use your Phillips screwdriver to remove the two screws securing the RAM cover, and set it aside. Then remove the battery as well.

Step 4

Step 2: Remove Necessary Screws

There are a total of eight screws that you’ll need to remove to get to the keyboard: Five black screws, and three smaller silver screws.

Step 6 - Which screws to remove

You’ll see a keyboard icon next to the three lower screws:

Step 5 - Keyboard Screws

Step 7 - Screws Taken Out

And these are what you should end up with after removing the screws.

Step 3: Remove Keyboard Shield

Step 8 - Pop off keyboard guard

Next, we’ll have to remove the shield that holds the keyboard in place. You can do this using the Flathead screwdriver, fingernails, or a coin.

Step 9 - Cover popped up

You’ll pop them up like the image above on both sides.

Step 10 - Cover off

Once you get the cover up, be careful not to damage the flex cables beneath it.

Step 4: Remove Keyboard

Step 10 - Removing Keyboard 1

Now that you have the shield loose, you can now remove the keyboard. There is another flex cable connecting the keyboard, so don’t pull too far up on the keyboard just yet.

Step 11 - Careful with Ribbon Cable

Carefully work the cable out of its slot by pulling back towards the screen.

Step 13 - Remove ribbon cable

Now you’ve got the keyboard removed, and you’re ready to reinstall the new one. Almost there!

Step 12 - Keyboard removed

Step 5: Install the New Keyboard

Step 14 - Reinsert ribbon cable

First, carefully insert the new cable into the slot. Be careful not to damage it, the cables are fragile.

Update: “The connector slot has a lever the pins are connected to the white box and the black lever at the bottom of the white box can be pulled towards the screen. This will loosen the keyboard cable. If you press that black lever back it will fix the cable.” Thanks, alex for the tip!

Step 15 - Reinsert the keyboard

Now, place the keyboard back down inside the case.

Step 17 - back latches of cover

Now we’ll replace the shield. Push backwards toward the screen to make sure the back latches set in place correctly, then pop the sides back down into the case until you feel them lock.

Step 16 - Pop covers back on

Step 6: Close It All Back Up

Now that you’ve got the keyboard back on, flip it back over onto its back, and reinstall all eight screws.

Step 18 - Small screws go here

Don’t forget, the three small screws go here, under the battery.

Step 6 - Which screws to remove

Now, we’ll put the RAM cover back on…

Step 19 - Recover RAM cover and battery

…and put the battery back in.

And that’s it! As long as you’ve got the cable plugged in correctly, it should work with no problems.

Step 20 - Done!

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