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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on August 1, 2011
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If you have a young kid and he/she rips the keys off of your laptop don't panic. Hop on youtube and find a tutorial on how to replace your keyboard and order one from here. I called a couple places around town and they were going to charge me 80-150 dollars to replace the keyboard; no thanks. I then thought about buying replacement keys from one of the vendors online but two keys would have cost me more than this keyboard. Another thing that surprised me is this keyboard feels a lot more durable than the one that came on the laptop.

Hope this review saves someone some hard earned money; I know times are tight for everyone.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2011
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Sticky & Non-Working Keys ~
Sticky sweet iced-tea spilled on your keyboard? Mine too. Some of your keys sticking and not working? Mine too. But, no worries. You can change out your own keyboard with relative ease and have your keyboard back to NEW in no time.

Attempted Home Repair ~
Yesterday, the sweet iced-tea spill on my laptop keyboard occurred. I immediately turned the laptop off and then flipped it upside down, to drain it. Then I used the edges of folded up paper towels to blot between the keys as best as possible. I let it dry overnight.

Today, twenty (20) hours later, I have sticky and non- working keys -- about eleven (11) of them. Remembering their order, I popped off the sticky & non-working keys, very carefully with a small knife, and cleaned the metal plate under the keys with Q-tips dipped in isopropyl alcohol. This cleaned up a lot of the stickiness, but unfortunately did not work to cure the sticky and non-working keys problem, as I could not get ALL of the stickiness out from around and under the key holders and key hinges of these keys. So, after about an hour and a half, I finally gave up on this technique to salvage my keyboard and moved on to the keyboard replacement idea.

Called the Repair Shops ~
Oh my goodness! Save yourself a ton of cash, and do the job yourself for a fraction of the cost of the repair shops. Do It Yourself: $16 or less and 10-30 minutes of your time vs. Repair Shops: $150-$180 and days . . . if not weeks, that your laptop computer is away at the repair "spa", and no guarantee that your files will be kept private from curious, prying eyes.

Realistically, the keyboards could have been changed out in about 5-10 minutes. My keyboard exchange took about 30 minutes because first, I had to figure out how to pry the (sweet iced- tea) stuck keyboard off of it resting plate (the top of the motherboard) without thinking I was breaking something and secondly, because I took extra time to get out the Q-Tips and isopropyl alcohol again, to clean up all the sweet iced-tea stickiness that I found on the keyboard resting plate, (the top of the motherboard, underneath where the old keyboard rested), before I reestablished the new keyboard.

You Can Replace Your Own Keyboard Easily ~
No computer repair experience? Well, mine is limited. Dell, via telephone, talked me through putting in a new hard drive into my tower once. That's my computer repair resume. Minimal. Really, it's not that hard to replace the keyboard. I did it! You can do it, too!

Watch the Video Tutorials ~
As other reviewers had suggested, I watched the "YouTube" videos on the procedure. Just put " Dell Inspiron 1545 keyboard replacement video", or something similar, in to your browser's search engine and you''ll find many videos to learn from. These videos were very helpful to me. I found the YouTube Dell video, "How-To-Tutorial: Dell Inspiron 1545 Keyboard Replacement", by "dellpartspeople", to be especially good:

[...]

OR - at [...], just enter video ID "MhW9f1NpEps" in to the Search box, and you will find this video.

Tips ~
The Screen: Please take extra care not to scratch your screen with the top edge of the keyboards - old or new. The guy in the Dell video, above, just lays the keyboard top edge, directly on the screen - Yikes! I covered my screen with a light towel to protect it during the removal & replacement of the keyboards. Better a little fuzz ON the screen, than a big gouge IN the screen.

The Screws: Have a small cup or small plate available for the two (2) matching sets of removed screws to be placed in to - four (4) screws total. They are very small screws and will get away from you easily. The 2 sets, or pairs, of screws are different sizes. The first pair, behind the battery, are smaller than the second pair, at the top of the keyboard. So, pay attention to which pair goes where upon removal, to make their replacement a snap. Use a magnetized small Phillip's screwdriver, if at all possible, to hold on to the screws. Be very very careful not to drop the interior screws down in to the open computer or they will surely be lost.

The Keyboard Ribbon Attachment Clip: Or Keyboard Cable Connector Latch. Or Motherboard Connector. One of the videos I watched said to be very careful not to break this clip, as it is not repairable. The clip sits atop the motherboard and holds the cable ribbon from the back of the keyboard in place. Apparently if it is broken, then "you will be buying a new motherboard," per the video. Just an FYI. Be careful.

Review the Service Manual ~
Also, I recommend this reading, from the Dell site, from the Dell Inspiron 1545 Service Manual:

1) Before You Begin:
Recommended Tools -
Turning Off Your Computer -
Before Working Inside Your Computer:

[...]

** Be sure to notice number "10", under the picture, at the bottom of the page.
It's easy to miss.

2) Keyboard:
Removing the Keyboard -
Replacing the Keyboard:

[...]

OR - go to, [...], and enter "Keyboard: Dell Inspiron 1545 Service Manual", and you will find these two (2) helpful documents.

You will find a link to the "Before You Begin" documents within this "Keyboard" document.

All of the above Service Manual information may look like it is a lot to read, but it is only two (2) pages long and is very easy to read. Please peruse these two (2) pages as they will definitely make your keyboard replacement a lot easier for you to do.

You may wish to copy all or part of this Service Manual information, before you begin dismantling your laptop.

Use an old credit card, gas card, Sam's card, AAA card, etc. ~
FYI: When I called the repair shop for a price, and talked to the tech, he not only assured me that I could easily do this keyboard replacement myself ("shh, just don't tell my boss," he said), but he also gave me a really good & helpful tip. He said that the only tools that I would need to do this job would be: 1) a small-tipped Phillip's screwdriver & 2) a credit card --- to use to pry up the faceplate from the slot at the right --- and he was correct! The flexibility of the credit card was very helpful in lifting up the faceplate. Additionally, I felt a little more secure with the credit card, rather than with a small knife or screwdriver, while working in such close proximity to my screen. The credit card really did make the job easier and my screen came through the procedure without a scratch or gouge! Try it out.

This Product ~
This keyboard is a 5 Star replacement for my Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop. It has exactly the same key layout and markings. It is an easy and exact fit. The color of the keyboard is a very dark charcoal (not black, as listed), which was an exact match to my Black laptop's original dark charcoal keyboard color.

The biggest benefits of this keyboard replacement are: the keys have been restored to their "once new" springiness and the look of my laptop is "brand new." What a great feeling to have a "new" laptop, to have the thrill of being able to replace this laptop keyboard by myself, and to have the great satisfaction of a job well done . . . and a lot more money in MY pocket!

I recommend this replacement keyboard without any reservation. It is superb.

Now, get down to it! Go ahead. You can do it, too! God Bless You!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2011
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I needed a new keyboard after an accident with my 10 year old child and a glass of juice. After many attempts at cleaning it, the space bar is still sticking. I received the new keyboard from PWR+ in 4 days. It seems to be an exact match for my Inspiron 1545. The look, touch, and feel is exactly like the original. I'm using it now to type this and all is good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2011
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As I just received and installed this item, I can't say too much about its function over a period of time, but I will return in a month or so and update this review.

I ordered this item Friday afternoon. When I returned home today (Monday), the package was leaning against my door.

This is a good replacement; it fit perfectly and was a snap to install. I assume it is an OEM part. I haven't seen anything to make me think otherwise. The action is just as delicate and accurate as was my original keyboard. The old keyboard had seen too many miles, and finally started producing wrong characters or no characters when I pressed certain keys.

The installation of this keyboard, from opening the package it came in to being able to type on it, was about five minutes.

There's only one thing different from my old keyboard. The original keyboard was silver.

Again, excellent service from Amazon, a great product, and a vendor who delivers QUICKLY!

*EDIT* I said I'd come back and give my "down the road" impressions, so here I am. The date today is 10 AUG 11.

This product still deserves five stars... no sticking keys, no flaws in manufacture (that I have detected thus far), and it appears to be the real deal... a DELL OEM replacement part that has lived up to the advertising; and I am not even a big fan of DELL products in general.

Anyway, excellent keyboard at an amazing price (I've seen companies selling replacement keyboards that cost six times this much).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 26, 2013
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Product did not match as displayed on the image nor did it match the title model number, functions keys are missing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2013
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Keyboard functions such as enable/disable wireless, brightness, etc are in a different position on this new keyboard compared with the original one on the 1545 model. I had to remember original position to use all those functions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2012
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I ordered this replacement keyboard for a dell inspiron 1545 and it worked great, installation was easy as can be. I had many accidental spills of water on the keyboard since I purchased it originally February 2012, but I guess I had one too many spills because as of today October 2012 a few keys stopped working, but nonetheless this thing held up to much punishment and I am going to purchase another one right away because I need a new one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2012
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I just finished installing it right now & It's working just fine!!! All the of the keys are in the same location as the original one. Yeah, it would have been better if it came with instructions....I personally, just watched a youtube video & was able to do it myself . This was totally worth it !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2011
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After my 4 year old spilled Sunny D on my laptop keyboard, it continued to work for a few months despite the number keys being a bit sticky. Then keys stopped working. First the r then 4 and 5. I found this replacement from Gadget Mart on Amazon for under $10. The price was right. They shipped it promptly and it arrived promptly despite being sent via USPS. Following instructions found on the internet I dropped in the new keyboard with little hassle. All of the keys work properly and they are smooth like butter. Every key was labeled exactly as it is supposed to be for my Inspiron 1545. The only thing that would have made it better, and the only reason that this is not a 5 star review is the complete lack of instructions or documentation of any kind. It was simply a keyboard in a box.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2014
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Do not buy this. I installed it into my Dell Inspiron 1545 and when I got my machine started back up, I tried to enter my password. Uh-oh, I entered 1 character but the screen shows 4. So I tried again - same result. I was finally able to log on using the on-screen ease-of-use keyboard. So I started Notepad to see what the heck this keyboard was doing. When I entered an 'a', it displayed 'qaz1'. When I enterend an 's', it displayed 'sxw2'. Same for just about every key. So, I thought perhaps I had not seated it correctly and tried again. Same result. So I re-installed my old keyboard with its broken keys. Complete waste of my time and money. Only giving 1 star because I have to. It doesn't deserve that. I'm buying directly from Dell from now on.
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