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Removing and Replacing the Keyboard for HP Pavilion dv7-7000, dv7-7100 and HP ENVY dv7-7200, dv-7300 Notebook PCs

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This document applies to HP Pavilion dv7-7x00 Series Entertainment and HP ENVY dv7-7x00 series notebook computers.
HP Pavilion dv7-7x00 series notebook computer

Before you begin

  • You need a Phillips head screwdriver.
  • Turn off the computer. Disconnect the Ethernet or modem cable. Disconnect the power cord.
  • Transfer the computer to a clear, flat, stable work surface over a non-carpeted floor.
  • HP strongly recommends the use of an anti-static wrist strap and a conductive foam pad when working on the computer.
  • Do not remove a component from its protective packaging until you are ready to install it.
WARNING:The edges of metal panels can cut skin. Be careful not to slide skin along any interior metal edge of the computer.
WARNING:Before starting, power off the computer and wait for components to cool before starting these procedures.
CAUTION:This product contains components that can be damaged by electrostatic discharge (ESD). To reduce the chance of ESD damage, work over a noncarpeted floor, use a static dissipative work surface (such as a conductive foam pad), and wear an ESD wrist strap connected to a grounded surface.

Video overview

View the following video before using the steps in this article.
NOTE:For best quality on dial-up connections, wait until the video has fully loaded before viewing.

Removing the keyboard

WARNING:Make sure the computer is disconnected from power before starting.
Follow the steps in this section to remove the keyboard.
Step 1

Remove the battery.

For more information about removing the battery, refer to the HP support document Removing and Replacing the Battery .
Removing the battery
Step 2

Remove the service door.

For more information about removing the service door, refer to the HP support document Removing and Replacing the Service Door .
Removing the service door
Step 3

Remove the CD/DVD drive.

For more information about removing the CD/DVD drive, refer to the HP support document Removing and Replacing the CD or DVD Drive .
Removing the CD/DVD drive
Step 4

Remove the Phillips head screw (identified with a keyboard icon) that secures the keyboard to the computer.

Save the screw for keyboard replacement.
Keyboard screw
Step 5

Open the display panel and position the computer for easy access to the CD/DVD drive.
Opening the display panel
Step 6

Gently poke through the hole with your finger to release the keyboard.
Pressing the keyboard
Step 7

Turn the notebook right side up and open all the way.
Turning the keyboard right side up
Step 8

Using your finger or a flat bladed non-marring tool, gently lift up the rear edge of the keyboard and slide the keyboard towards the rear of the notebook to release the tabs at the front of the keyboard.

NOTE:Do not lift the keyboard further away from the notebook than necessary to access the keyboard ribbon cable and ZIF connector
Lifting the keyboard
Step 9

Gently lift the locking bar on the keyboard ZIF connector and remove the keyboard ribbon cable.

CAUTION:Use care to prevent damaging the ZIF connector and ribbon cable.


NOTE:If the keyboard is backlit, disconnect the additional connector from the keyboard and system board.
Lifting the locking bar
Step 10

Remove the keyboard.
Removing the keyboard

Replacing the keyboard

Use the steps in this section to replace the keyboard.
Step 1

Position the keyboard upside down so you have access to the ribbon cable and the connector.
Positioning the keyboard
Step 2

Insert the keyboard ribbon cable into the ZIF connector.

CAUTION:Use care to prevent damaging the ZIF connector and ribbon cable.
Inserting the ribbon cable into the ZIF connector
Step 3

Push the locking bar down to secure the ribbon cable in the connector.

NOTE:If the keyboard is backlit, connect the additional connector from the keyboard to the system board.
Pressing the locking bar in place
Step 4

Turn the keyboard over and place the tabs on the bottom edge of the keyboard into the top cover
Rotating the keyboard back into place
Step 5

Press the keyboard down and press along the edges of the keyboard to secure it to the notebook.
Inserting tabs and pressing the edges
Step 6

Close the display panel, turn the notebook upside down, and replace the screw that secures the keyboard to the base.
Keyboard screw
Step 7

Replace the CD/DVD drive.

For more information about replacing the CD/DVD drive, refer to the HP support document Removing and Replacing the CD or DVD Drive .
Inserting the CD/DVD drive
Step 8

Replace the service door.

For more information about replacing the service door, refer to the HP support document Removing and Replacing the Service Door .
Sliding the service door in
Step 9

Replace the battery.

For more information about replacing the battery, refer to the HP support document Removing and Replacing the Battery .
Pressing down on the battery