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Hello,

I have the following laptop, which I love everything about it; however, seems like the keyboard is damaged and I can't type the following letters on the keyboard:  QWERT or the #'s about these keys.  

I wanted to replace the internal laptop with one of these laptops below, but not sure which one will fit my current laptop.  Here is the laptop I presently have:

http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03484222

I presently have two options that are both HP laptops:


HP 17-s043CL
17.3 Envy Laptop
w/ 4gb graphics card

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HP 15-BA013CL
15.6 Laptop


Will I be able to completely remote the guts from either one of these laptops and place it inside my original laptop?
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Practically all laptop models have a different formfactor for the mainboard. So changing the board with one of another laptop will practically never work. Besides that, they also have different displays, and those also won't connect to the mainboard of another laptop model. Also the license for the OS won't be valid anymore.

If you change the mainboard get one from the same laptop model.

Do all the keys work if you use an external keyboaed? If that is the case, just getting a replacement keyboard for your laptop as mentioned above should work fine, and is also the cheapest option.
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Hello,

Ironically, I did connect a USB keyboard to the laptop and NONE of the keys work.  I'm supper confused...I also had originally upgraded to Win10 and the issue went away, but then once on Win10 for a few months, the issue came back.  I had an old Win8 CD/DVD and did a complete refresh and the issue still persists.  I purchased a hard drive and the issue still continues.

I'm really confused on this one.
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Some keyboards don't do the plug and play nicely.  Have you rebooted since you plugged in the external keyboard?
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Make sure you connect it to the correct port. USB2 ports will usually work better than USB3 ports. Besides that some PCs/Laptops have an extra USB port that normally doesn't carry any signal, but is rather used for charging device like phones etc. Those usually have a different color than the other ports, like yellow or white.

In some other cases you may sometimes have to change BIOS settings to get external keyboards working.

It may also help to disconnect the internal keyboard first.
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by:ScottCha
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To answer your question.  No, you won't be able to replace the guts from either of your 2 options.

Your original laptop has a 14" screen and the others are 15.6" and 17.3".  

Nothing is going to match up or fit.  

Just get a new laptop.
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by:nobus
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if no keys work on an external keyboard - it is a bad keyboard, or a bad usb connection (or was it wireless? - then try a cabled one) - or your laptop has more problems

you can also test your keyboard when running from a live cd  like KNOPPIX
http://www.knopper.net/knoppix-mirrors/index-en.html      

or use a windows live cd - but you have to build it :
http://www.technorms.com/8098/create-windows-7-live-cd
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Have you tried removing or replacing the internal keyboard already, like I suggested? A replacement keyboard isn't expensive,..
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by:DanCh99
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If the laptop is that special to you, the keyboard replacement is definitely the way to go.  Foxluv's link above is $24.
Make sure what you buy matches your language preferences.  Pay particular attention to currency symbols, as these often move around...

The fault you describe would match either keyboard or ribbon cable damage.  The USB keyboard fault is probably unrelated to this.

You will never get the components into another chassis.

If the other laptops you have are fully working, it may be easier to move your apps and data to them.
Try PCmover from Laplink, or Belarc Advisor to report on your software and serials.
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