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I had to buy a new keypad for my gateway laptop model #MT6723, how do i install it?

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The Gateway MT6723 Notebook PC is one of the Gateway MT6720 series of Notebook PC's.

1) Remove ALL power from the laptop.
Remove the AC adapter (Charger) and Battery.

2) I suggest laying a towel on a table for your 'workbench'. Keeps from scratching the laptop, and the table.

Laptop closed turn it over on it's top, lay it on the table.

3) I always advise following Anti-Static Precautions, but Definitely Suggest you follow them for this procedure.

A) You are going to be removing a screw out of the WI-FI compartment,

B) Also another one out of the Memory Compartment, and it is right next to the Cooling Tube/Heatsink that is attached to the Processor.

A Processor is the Most susceptible hardware component to Static shock, in a computer.

Anti-Static Precautions:
Your body carries Static electricity.

Static WILL fry out (Short Circuit) the hardware components in a computer.
(Computer: Laptop or Desktop)
You must relieve your body of Static before working on your computer.

It's a different procedure for a laptop, than it is a desktop computer.

With a desktop computer, (Unplugged from power), you simply touch an unpainted surface of the open computer case.
{Should you leave your computer in the middle of working on it, be SURE to touch the metal frame again upon your return}

With a laptop there is no such animal.
The best method is to buy, and wear an ESD wrist strap.
{Electro Static Discharge}

The alligator clip is connected to a good ground source.
(The best ground source is an Anti-Static Mat. No need for this.
I use an empty desktop computer case)

The average cost of a decent ESD wrist strap is around $3 to $5.

If nothing else at least set a large metallic object on your worktable, and touch it before you begin.
(If you leave in the middle upon your return touch it again)
Perhaps a large metal serving tray, or metal knickknack, etc.

4) Remove the WI-FI Compartment Cover.
Bottom of laptop facing up, Battery Compartment to the top, the WI-FI Compartment Cover is the small square cover in the middle, all the way to the left.

One Philips head screw at the top of the cover, holds the cover on.
Loosen this screw. It shouldn't remove all the way.

Ease the top of this cover up. Remove the cover at an angle.
(There are two plastic tabs at the bottom)
Set the cover aside.

Inside the compartment at the top Right corner, is the screw to remove.
Do Not use a magnetized screwdriver. You may also wish to have a pair of tweezers handy.

5) Remove the Memory Compartment Cover.
The large odd shaped cover to the right of the WI-FI Compartment Cover.
Looks like a smashed S, and has two vent grilles in it.

There are 8 Philips head screws to remove. Lift the cover, set it aside.

You will now see the Ram Memory to the left, and the copper cooling components for the Processor. (And GPU)

{The long flat copper tube that is bent into a 'Boomerang' shape, is the Cooling Tube.
The flat large copper plate under the Cooling Tube is part of the Heatsink.

The rest of the Heatsink is to the right, and next to the black Fan Assembly.
This portion of the Heatsink is composed of a bunch of copper fins.

The black Fan Assembly, as mentioned, is composed of the Fan, and it's surrounding cage.
(Fan Shroud)
It draws air from under the laptop.

Heat is absorbed from the top of the Processor's case, and top of the GPU, and is transferred to the copper flat plate.
The Cooling Tube then absorbs the heat, and radiates it up to the finned portion of the Heatsink.

The Heatsink radiates the heat away.
The Fan pushes air in-between the fins, and around the fins, and helps carry heat away.
{Goes out the Exhaust Duct on the left side of the laptop}

Look at the far right side of the Cooling Tube. The copper boomerang shape connects to the black Fan Assembly.

From this connection point look straight up.

At the top Right corner of the copper flat plate, and is also right next to the black Fan Assembly, is a screw to remove.

6) Both screws removed, and stuck to a labeled piece of double-faced tape, turn the laptop over to it's normal position.
(Roll a piece of tape into a circle, and you have a double-faced tape)

Turn the laptop so the back is facing you.
You will see at the hinge area on the back of the laptop, that there is a screw in both hinge areas.
These are to be removed.

(I'm referring to it as a 'hinge area', because it is actually part of the Hinge Cover. More on this in a minute)

7) Two screws removed, turn the laptop back around so the front is facing you.
The Hinge Cover has to be removed.

The Hinge Cover does what the name implies, and also has the Power On button in it.
{ The thin strip of plastic under the LCD screen, and above the Keyboard is the Hinge Cover }

The Hinge Cover has plastic tabs along the edge that meets the Keyboard. It has a curved shape over the Hinges, under the LCD screen.
The Hinge Cover snaps into place when installed.

The Hinge Cover is removed by easing a tool, (I prefer a thick guitar pick to start, then follow with a Jewelers flat tip screwdriver for this), under one side of the Hinge Cover, and easing it up.
Then fingertips are used to 'pop' it up, and out.

8) Once the Hinge Cover is removed lift the back side of the Keyboard, (LCD screen side) up towards you at no more than a 45 degree angle.

The Keyboard cable is still attached to the Keyboard. You can only tilt the Keyboard up so far.

There are also plastic tabs on the Keyboard, on the side facing you.
If you bring the Keyboard to a position that is more than a 45 degree angle, you risk breaking these tabs off. (Plus tear off the Keyboard cable)

The cable coming from the Keyboard is a FFC.
Flat Flex Cable.
There is NO connector on the end of a FFC.

The flat cable slides into a connector, and the connector locks the cable into place.
The connector is called a ZIF connector.
Zero Insertion Force

The ZIF connector is the white, and black plastic connector you see on the motherboard, that the Keyboard cable is inserted into.

The ZIF connector opens up, but Does NOT come completely apart.
The black plastic piece is a Lock.
It is wedge shaped.

The black plastic piece is EASED up. Brought straight up.
It only moves just a LITTLE.
Once up it is in the unlocked position.
The Keyboard cable can then be removed, and the new Keyboard's cable inserted.

Before you remove the old Keyboard's cable, observe how it is situated in the ZIF connector.
Which way it goes.
Those gold plated contact pins you see on the end of the flat cable of the new Keyboard, have to be reinserted into the ZIF connector in the same direction as the old flat cable was.

Even if the flat cable looks to be twisted over, and the twist is slightly flattened. The cable is installed in the position it's supposed to be in. Twisted, or not.

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Posted on Jul 20, 2011


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Remove the two screws from the bottom of the computer that are holding down the Gateway MT6723 Keyboard bezel. The bezel is the bar that sits right above all the function keys on the top edge of the laptop.

Turn the computer over, open the cover and insert a flat object such as a plectrum or old plastic credit card between the bezel and the screen. The bezel has pegs that sit in holes, you need to slowly pry up the bezel. It will make a bit of a popping noise as it is removed. Take care with this bit.#

Hold on to the laptop keyboard from the end closest to the screen and gently pull it away from the touch-pad end and flip it over. You will see the ribbon attached to the underside of the Keyboard. There is a small plastic connector holding the ribbon to the computer. To unlock it, carefully pull up on the two tabs; one located on each corner of the connector. Take care not to pull this totally free of the housing, as it is hard to get it back.

pull the keyboard gently free of the laptop, replacing it is a reversal of dismantling.

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