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cyberone
Oct 29, 2005, 09:31 PM
hi - where I live they only sell PBs (17") with the standard US keyboard. but I need a certain european language keyboard.

back home I made an inquiry: they could send me a PB "home"-keyboard, I just have to provide them with the serial number.

question: is it easy to switch the keyboard? or a major hassle that you better dont deal with?

many thanks for any feedback.

mad jew
Oct 29, 2005, 09:39 PM
It's (http://www.pbfixit.com/Guide/55.4.0.html) more convoluted than I thought. :)

ITASOR
Oct 29, 2005, 09:40 PM
It's (http://www.pbfixit.com/Guide/55.4.0.html) more convoluted than I thought. :)

Sorry, but that's just a STUPID keyboard design. iBooks 4 ever <3 <3.

Sorry. :D

mad jew
Oct 29, 2005, 09:44 PM
Yeah, ridiculous, isn't it. I assumed it'd be like the iBooks too. :(

cyberone
Oct 29, 2005, 09:48 PM
thats a major surgery.

mad jew
Oct 29, 2005, 09:50 PM
Yeah, I'm glad I looked it up. I was about to just start giving you a guide on how to replace the iBook keyboard, thinking it was probably the same. It could have got pretty ugly pretty quickly. :o

PlaceofDis
Oct 29, 2005, 09:51 PM
not sure that you would have to go to that extreme though, unless there are a LOT of different keys that need to be changed


if the number is minimal you might be able to get away with just removing the keys from the current board, and replacing them with the ones from the new one.

but to swap out the keyboard totally yeah, its a pain.

ITASOR
Oct 29, 2005, 09:54 PM
Yeah, ridiculous, isn't it. I assumed it'd be like the iBooks too. :(

I knew it was harder on the 12"+15" pb's, but I guess the 17" is really hard. On the other pb's I you just remove some keys and it's SOMEWHAT like the iBooks.

I still like the feeling that if something gets in my keyboard, like a spill, I can whip it off in about 10 seconds max, before it damages the computer. Then I get spend $40 and get a new one and be back in business. :)

cyberone
Nov 4, 2005, 01:34 AM
if the number is minimal you might be able to get away with just removing the keys from the current board, and replacing them with the ones from the new one.

is it easy to remove and replace the keys?

cyberone
Nov 4, 2005, 02:03 AM
found this page regarding removing the key caps of a G4 PB - can anyone confirm that this is not destrying the keyboard?

http://www.geocities.com/rjpoling/MacOS/dvorak/dvorak.html