In this guide I explain how to remove and replace keyboard on Compaq Presario CQ61 or HP G61 laptops.
Compaq Presario CQ61 is similar to HP G61. I’m not sure why HP sells this laptop under two different names.
Before you start, make sure the laptop is turned off and battery removed.
Loosen five screw securing the hard drive/memory and wireless card cover.
Lift up and remove both covers.
Remove five screws securing keyboard.
By the way, under those two covers you’ll find the following laptop components: wireless card, CMOS battery, modem, both memory modules and hard drive.
Carefully lift up one corner of the keyboard with a sharp object.
Continue removing the keyboard with your fingers.
Be careful, the keyboard still connected to the motherboard via flat ribbon cable.
Slide the keyboard towards the LCD screen so you can access the cable connector.
Before you can remove the keyboard, you’ll have to unlock the connector and release the cable.
The keyboard connector opens up as a door hinge.
On the following picture the connector shown in the locked position.
Lift up the right side of the brown tab so it opens at a 90 degree angle.
On the following picture the connector shown in the unlocked position.
Now you can pull the keyboard cable from the connector.
Finally, remove and replace the keyboard with a new one.
You can search for a new replacement keyboard using HP part number from the keyboard sticker.
In my case the part number is 517865-001.
New replacement keyboards for Compaq Presario CQ61 and HP G61 laptops available here.