Unleashing the Wind Revisited: Keyboard

My US English keyboard for the Wind finally arrived. I took it long enough, eh? Sorry, there’s a little of the Canadian keyboard use left over there.  I read through the posts over at the MSIWind.net forums concerning replacing the keyboard and thought the instructions looked good enough. Here’s a link to that post:

MSI Wind Keyboard Replacement

The MSI Wind U100-422CA comes with a standard US Canadian keyboard as shown below:

Canadian Keyboard

Canadian Keyboard

The process was simple enough. The keyboard comes in one piece that is removed all at once.

US Keyboard

US Keyboard

Above the F2, F8, and PrtScr keys are three little black clips as shown below.  These clips need to be pushed up toward the screen of the Wind. I used an unfolded paperclip to do the job, others have used small screwdrivers.

Clips above F2, F8, PrtScr

Clips above F2, F8, PrtScr

Once the clips are pushed up, the keyboard will pop up above the clips.  Tugging gently toward the screen will pull the keyboard loose at the bottom.

Underneath is a ribbon that attaches the keyboard to the main unit.  There is a black plastic clip that needs to be gently flipped up using your fingernail. Once the clip is raised, the ribbon slides out and your laptop will look like this:

Wind Without Keyboard

Wind Without Keyboard

Reverse the process to install the new keyboard.  Slide the ribbon into the slot, press down the black clip. Place the bottom part of the keyboard into the slots on the bottom of the unit.  Snap the top of the keyboard under the three clips you pushed up with the paperclip. Voila! Your keyboard is replaced!

U100-422CA with New US Keyboard

U100-422CA with New US Keyboard

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