Before You Get Started
There some precautions that should to be taken before you start working on the machine. You should ensure the computer is completely shut down (not in a power save mode) and be careful to unplug all attached cords, including the power cord and all the cables for attached any peripherals and remove the battery. Not only do these precautions prevent the risk of an electrical shock but it also eliminates the risk of damaging the connection ports and the system board when you are moving the computer around to get at the screws and components.
There is also a risk that static electricity can cause damage to certain components inside the computer. To prevent this from happening you will need to discharge any static buildup before you start working on the machine -- you can do so by periodically touching an exposed (unpainted) metal component on the machine while you are working on, or wear an antistatic wristband.
While the steps for removing and replacing a keyboard on a Dell laptop is generally the same for many models, there are often some unique steps that must be undertake to repair certain models. However the following steps will apply to a number of Dell Latitude Laptops including the: Dell Latitude D620, D630, D820, and D830 machines.
Interestingly the steps roughly apply to other series models as well, such as a Dell e6500 keyboard replacement. The only difference it that these keyboards don’t have the ribbon keyboard connector.
If you decide to proceed, ensure that you don’t pull anything that you don’t need to remove; be gentle when removing components as it is common to forget to remove screws and cables before removing some parts – not yanking out components will allow you to feel that something is still attached so you can make the necessary adjustments before proceeding.
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