20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2011
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.
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.
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!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2011
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).