In this post I explain how to remove and replace damaged keyboard in an HP Pavilion dv3500 (dv3000 series) notebook. It’s not difficult and if you are careful enough, you can swap the keyboard in about 10-15 minutes.
It’s possible that my guide fits some other HP Pavilion models in the dv3000 line. If the guide works for you, please mention the notebook model in comments after the post.
Before you start, turn off the laptop and remove the battery.
Remove four screws securing the hard drive and memory covers. Remove both covers.
One of the keyboard screws is located under the hard drive and it has to be removed.
In order to remove the hard drive, slide it to the left until the hard drive is disconnected from the connector on the motherboard. Now you can lift up and remove the hard drive.
It’s not necessary to remove memory modules.
Remove four screws (green circles) securing the keyboard.
Carefully lift up the top side of the keyboard as it shown on the picture below.
Move the keyboard in the direction shown by the yellow arrow.
Be careful, the keyboard is still connected to the motherboard.
Turn the keyboard upside down and place it on the palm rest.
As you see, the keyboard is connected to the motherboard via two ribbon cables.
Let’s disconnect the small cable (Connector 1) first.
Before you pull the keyboard cable from the connector, the connector has to be unlocked.
In order to unlock the connector, move the black clip about 2 millimeters in the direction show by two arrows.
On the picture below the connector is shown in the unlocked position. Now you can pull the ribbon cable from the connector.
WARNING! The locking clip (black plastic piece you move) must stay attached to the connector base. If you break the connector, you’ll have to replace the entire motherboard.
Turn the keyboard over again and access the second connector.
Unlock Connector 2 the same way you unlocked Connector 1.
Move the locking clip about 2 millimeters in the direction shown by two arrows. Pull the keyboard cable from the connector.
Again, the locking clip must stay attached to the connector base.
On my picture the connector is shown in the unlocked position.
Remove the damaged keyboard from the notebook and replace it with a new one.
You can find a new replacement keyboard by the HP spare part number printed on the sticker.
In my case the keyboard part number is 496120-001.
Some sellers reference by the keyboard model number and in my case it’s 492991-001.
You can find a brand new keyboard for HP Pavilion dv3500 dv3000 notebooks here.