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I am trying to replace the keyboard of a toshiba satellite c50d-a-133
It is the most awkward laptop I can ever remember trying to open.
I've taken out all the screws I can see, removed hdd, dvd, memory.
Something is holding the back cover in the middle. I can't see what it is and obviously don't want to force it. It's clear and moving all the way round.
Toshiba's own user manual is no help. I've searched the internet for guidance but surprisingly nobody has posted a video or instructions on this model. I note one other question on experts-exchange - the problem appears to have been solved but it doesn't say how!
It appears to be stuck around the memory slots but there are no screws or lugs I can see there (there are two screws there at opposite corners - I have removed them)
Unlike many machines, the rear top cover around the power switch does not appear to prise off and the speaker strip seems to be bonded on to the cover.
This should be a simple job.
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Dan Craciun earned 2000 total points
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What is the back cover?
Usually you remove the screws from the back, then remove the keyboard, then remove another bunch of screws and connectors, then remove the motherboard to get to the back.

Since you only need to replace the keyboard, see how the OP solved it here: nudge the keyboard down until it becomes unhooked from the 3 hooks on top.

HTH,
Dan
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by:peter_lawrie
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Aaargh - read OP's solution but did not understand what he meant.
Now I looked again and twigged.
As you say, there is no need to unscrew the back to remove the top in order to remove the keyboard. Now I've understood, it's the easiest removal of a keyboard I've come across.
It's the first laptop I've had to fix that did not need all the screws removed!
Thanks
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by:Dan Craciun
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Glad I could help!
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by:Dean Thomas
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Hi,

Sorry to resurrect an old thread but I have the same problem, I have to get this keyboard out but I'm just not seeing how. There's no screws behind where the battery was and I'm not seeing any way of unhooking the keyboard.

Sorry if I'm breaking rules by posting here.

Thanks in advance.
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by:Dan Craciun
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If you have the same laptop model, slide down the keyboard until it becomes unhinged.
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by:Dean Thomas
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Hi Dan, thanks for your comment.

It is indeed the same laptop model, my apologies if I sound like a fool but I'm trying that as I write this and I'm having no luck. I think I see what you're talking about, above F3, F7, F11, Home and Page Down it almost looks like  parts of it are sitting in slots but I can't seem to be able to slide it down, should I take disassemble the laptop in any way?

Thanks again for your help Dan, you're a lifesaver.
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by:Dan Craciun
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No, you don't need to do anything else. If you can't slide it down using your fingers, use a guitar pick and insert it next to the hook above PGDWN, then slide down until it's loose. Repeat for the rest of the hooks.
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