Clevo P170EM keyboard alternatives

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  1. jorgehumberto

    jorgehumberto Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi all,

    Does anyone know of alternative keyboards to replace the stock one on a Clevo P170EM?

    Never liked the stock keyboard, always found it bad, but now I need to replace it (let's say a large piece of wood fell on it...) as it is becoming unusable.

    I saw HERE that there's an MSI that can be used, but was looking for other alternatives as well. Backlight is optional, although I would still prefer it. And I would prefer a chiclet-type keyboard if possible.

    Cheers
    Jorge
     
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    Not really and with those MSI it was only an initial run that would work.
     
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    Boohoo, not even the P151EM, or similar ones? or maybe one from the W series? basically anything but the stock one...

    Found a few second hand MSi laptops with the steelseries keyboard but all of them in working conditions..
     
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    The later keyboards still fit but all the inputs are mapped differently so it's a gamble. Nothing else fits.
     
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    Hi ,

    Found the keyboard from a MSI GS60 6QE Ghost Pro from Sunrex , with P/N: V143422EK1PO (although with no frame, which I guess I could either find online or attempt to do one myself). You reckon it would work?

    At a first glance, looks like it would fit and the cabling looks fine. Regarding the key mapping, I guess the issues would be with the functions keys, which I rarely use anyway so I could install a key mapper on Windows.

    Thanks for the help! :)

    Cheers,
    Jorge
     
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    The key mapping if wrong impacts every key. They did this deliberately.
     
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    Hi,

    Sorry, what do you mean? that all keys will have to be remapped in the OS? or that the laptop won't be able to detect the keystrokes and thus I will not be able to remap them in the OS?

    Thanks!
    Jorge
     
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    if the row/columns are the same, making a pcb to re-arrange the order of the pins in the connector would be simple, a pair of pfc connectors and 1-2cm of flatflex to connect into the laptop, same for the backlight if both support 3 zones of RGB.
     
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    You would need to hardware mod it yes, and remap the inputs that way.
     
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    It was supposed to be an MSI exclusive at the time. When resellers starting buying them and swapping then in they changed the revision and scrambled the mapping to stop it.
     
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