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Keyboard Replacement Inspiron 13 7347

by CAREpetrescue / July 9, 2016 6:53 AM PDT

I spilled coffee on my Dell Inspiron 13 7347 (end of 2015 model), and some keys are stuck. I ordered a new keyboard-only replacement but cannot figure out how to replace the keyboard only, without the palm rest or frame. I removed nearly everything from the inside of the laptop and there is no visible way to remove the old keyboard and put in the new one. Several places online sell the keyboard-only replacement, as well as, the keyboard frame with palm set, but I cannot find anything explaining how to replace it. How do you replace the keyboard on the Dell Inspiron 13 7347 keyboard?

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I see the video on this one.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 9, 2016 8:44 AM PDT
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Keyboard/palmrest replacement required
by waynefb59 / July 12, 2016 7:18 AM PDT

The keyboard on the Dell Inspiron 13 7347 is plastic welded to the palmrest so it is in fact a single unit. The video posted by R. Proffitt is indeed the method to follow. I don't know why online sellers offer the keyboard only.
I have stripped down a 7359 model, practically identical, and there is no way I could see to separate the keyboard from the palmrest. I'm doing another one in a couple of weeks time so I will double check and reply here if I find anything different. Its not a complicated job and if you are careful with the delicate ribbon cables and other motherboard connections most people could do it. Dell publish very good user manuals which also describe in detail this procedure. The Dell manual also ends at the same point as the video.

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