This guide is for models using hinge type K04. This hinge type is used in the following models:
- Compaq CQ56, CQ62
- Dell Inspiron 1520, 1525
- Dell Studio 15, 17
- HP Pavilion DV2000, G7
- HP Touchsmart TX2
- and many more!
Some colors in the pictures may differ for your model. That is fine, what matters most is the shape of the hinge piece.
The plastic hinge mechanism must be oriented as shown for it to fit onto the metal keyboard hooks.
Hook the inner bottom edge of the hinge over the bottom metal hook on the base of the keyboard.
Snap the top of the hinge into place, one side at a time. In this example, the top right side is being secured first. The top right and left tabs of the plastic hinge should be hooked under the metal hook protruding from the base of the keyboard on each side. You can now check that the hinge works by flexing it up and down; it should pivot easily at its axis.
If your keyboard is missing the rubber spring piece, place it in the center of the hinge. It will be held in place by the surrounding key and hinge.
Align the key on top of its place on the keyboard, and press down evenly. All four corners of the key should click into place.