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Dell X200 Keyboard Replacement

Well, the old Dell X200's keyboard gave up the ghost. Not entirely, but the good old backspace key stopped working, and it's really hard to use a keyboard without a backspace key.

Happily, it was easy to fix, as follows:
Buy a replacement keyboard (I bought my "like new" replacement keyboard through eBay for about $20)Remove the batteryUnscrew the six screws from the bottom of the Dell marked with a (K)Lever out the old keyboard from the bottom left. There is a little latch there.
Before fully removing the keyboard, un-snap the ZIF ribbon connectorRemove the keyboard completely
Slide the new keyboard into placePush the keyboard cable into the ZIF connector; lock the ZIF connectorScrew the keyboard back in place with the six screwsReinstall the batteryThe end result? My 8 year old Dell X200 laptop is still running strong! It'd be awesome to get 3 more years out of it. Its only real limitation is it's limited RAM.