This guide is for models using hinge type K20. This hinge type is used in the following models:
- Dell Inspiron 1420, 1525
- Dell Latitude D620, D820
- Dell Studio 15, 17
- Lenovo Thinkpad R60
- Sony Vaio VGN-AR, VGN-FE
- Toshiba Satellite A205, A215, L305
- and 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 top edge of the hinge over the top two metal hooks on the base of the keyboard.
Snap the bottom of the hinge into place, one side at a time. In this example, the bottom right side is being secured first. The bottom right and left sides of the plastic hinge should be clipped between the two metal notches 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. The hinge should look as shown in the picture above.
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.