Replace the Compaq Presario CQ61, HP G61 keyboard

This guide is for removing the keyboard on Compaq Presario CQ61 series and  HP G61 series.  You can find the replacement keyboard  through this webpage  Compaq Presario CQ61/HP G61 keyboard.

1. Shut down the Compaq Presario CQ61 / HP G61.  Disconnect all external devices connected to the computer.

2. Disconnect the power from the computer by first unplugging the power cord from the AC outlet and then unplugging the AC adapter from the computer. Remove the battery.

3. Turn the Compaq Presario CQ61 / HP G61 upside down, with the front toward you.

4. Remove the hard drive cover.  Loosen the 4 Phillips PM2.5×6.0 captive screws 1 that secure the hard drive cover to the computer. Lift the right side of the hard drive cover 2, swing it up and to the left, and remove the cover. The hard drive cover is included in the Plastics Kit, spare part number 531517-001.

Compaq Presario CQ61 / HP G61 keyboard
Compaq Presario CQ61 / HP G61 keyboard

5. Remove the hard wireless module cover. Loosen the Phillips PM2.5×6.0 captive screw 1 that secures the wireless compartment cover to the computer. Lift the right side of the cover 2, swing it to the left, and lift up to remove it 3. The wireless compartment cover is included in the Plastics Kit, spare part number 531517-001.

Compaq Presario CQ61 / HP G61 keyboard
Compaq Presario CQ61 / HP G61 keyboard

6. Remove the 5 Phillips PM2.5×7.0 screws that secure the keyboard to the Compaq Presario CQ61 / HP G61 .

Compaq Presario CQ61 / HP G61 keyboard
Compaq Presario CQ61 / HP G61 keyboard

7.  Turn the Compaq Presario CQ61 / HP G61 right-side up, with the front toward you.

8. Open the computer as far as possible. Release the tabs along the left 1 and right 2 edges of the Compaq Presario CQ61 / HP G61 keyboard using a thin flat-bladed screwdriver.  Lift the rear edge of the keyboard 3, and rotate it forward until it rests upside down on the TouchPad.

Compaq Presario CQ61 / HP G61 keyboard
Compaq Presario CQ61 / HP G61 keyboard

9. Release the zero insertion force (ZIF) connector 1 to which the keyboard cable is attached, and then disconnect the keyboard cable 2 from the system board.

Compaq Presario CQ61 / HP G61 keyboard
Compaq Presario CQ61 / HP G61 keyboard

8. Remove the Compaq Presario CQ61 / HP G61 keyboard. Reverse this procedure to install the keyboard.

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