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the keyboard replacement success

The last place we left off on replacing the keyboard on my ECS 536 notebook was waiting on the delivery of the replacement almost two weeks ago.

On the 12th, the keyboard arrived. The time arrived to do the necessary to my three-year-old notebook that has sentimental value to me hence why I’m keeping it around.

Let’s start off with the “before” pictures and some captions:

Notice the missing Ctrl keys on the left and right. It was a bad idea to want to switch them, since it wouldn’t have done next to nothing and resulted in needing replacement.

On the lower left corner of this picture, you can see that the location of the left Ctrl key was rendered completely useless since both the key and the rubber piece that closes the circuit are completely missing. You can also see that many of the labels have deteriorated over time with extended use.

Here’s a picture of the other side of the keyboard to highlight more faded labels. The right Ctrl key still has the rubber piece intact, but the key is also missing. These keys must have been pressed thousands of time if not more causing the labels to eventually wear.

Now for some moving pictures for your viewing pleasure. This footage was shot on Thursday night and highlights the simple procedure in replacing a notebook keyboard.

Basically, some screws were removed, a couple plates were removed, the keyboard was detached from the motherboard, the new keyboard was attached, and the screws and plates were put back into their proper places.

Here’s a picture of the new keyboard looking fresh. No greasy-looking wear from extended use and the Ctrl keys have returned.

As long as the rest of the hardware keeps truckin’, this notebook will probably have at least a few more years of constant use. By that time, I will invest in a new notebook to catch up to current technology or the worn-out hardware will be replaced. The decision depends on if this upgraded ECS 536 will still be able to run the applications I use on a regular basis at that time and if I can still find parts for it. The current configuration will run Windows 7, so I’ll be looking forward to upgrading the operating system in early 2010.

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