Upgrading my Lenovo Legion
Right ok, so I spilled water on on my keyboard on my favourite laptop and rendered it useless. I had to buy a new keyboard and replace it.
Why would you do that especially after watching this scary YouTube video. Take it to a guy "they" said. I kinda dig computer and I think its fun, and it was great fun, well not the soldering part that was torture.
What you will need
- Replacement keyboard from AliExpress the Azazel Store to be precise.
- Magnetised Phillips Screw driver and credit card (to pry open the laptop once the screws have been free'd).
- Soldering iron (inexpensive hobby ones are fine) you only need it to melt plastic rivets (more on this later).
- Patience, did I say that already.
Feeling pretty pleased with myself at this point, only paid $28 for this replacement keyboard.
Looks very close to the real thing.
MAC Memory 16BG's
Oh yes, bumping RAM up to 16GB's
The only non-destructive way to detach the keyboard from the plastic Lenovo chassis is by melting tiny little rivets off one at a time.
Before, dusty fans needed a clean
Throughout the process I took pictures and labeled screws, do this, or bad things may happen later.
That has to go in there
At this point I was questing my life choices.
Fans and headsink off
See that black wrapping, and silver chassis, well the keyboard is under that, protected by many plastic rivets.
These tiny black dots are the rivets that need melting off, this was the most time consuming task of all.
Tadaaa, keyboard off
Goodbye old friend
Is that it? had no idea what I was looking at thinking maybe I should have taken it to a guy
All of this must be put back together again
Careful don't touch anything
Nearing the end...
End scene, everything back together again
This process took 5hrs, spread out over 2 sessions of 2.5hrs, If I were to do it again I am sure it would be much faster and easier.
Thanks for scrolling, see you next time.
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