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Modding Original Galalxy Tab Keyboard Dock for 7.7

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19th March 2012, 07:18 AM   |  #1  
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I'm half way through the mod but I wanted to post a small dissably guide.

Be careful. It's only plastic and don't blame me if you break it.

1) Remove the rubber pads at the bottom of the keyboard to reveal 5 screw and remove those too.

2) Remove the two little rubber covers from the dock to reveal 2 more scres and remove them.

3) Use a plastic tool to split the keyboard and prise apart the plastic clips holding the bottom and top halves. I used plastic dental tooth picks and found it easiest to start from the hump at the top left back of the keyboard. Be careful and work slowly and as gently as you can to avoid damaging the clips.

4) Use a flat headed screw driver to press the clips on the underside of the white half of the keyboard to unfasten the black dock. I found it easiest to work from the middle to the ends and then gently flex the dock to pop it out.

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20th March 2012, 01:50 AM   |  #2  
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20th March 2012, 03:34 PM   |  #3  
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Job basically done.

It's in two sections: a bracket and a cowl. Both made from sheet aluminium and made not to fit the phone but the Anymode case I have.

The bracket was a bit tricky and took two or three attempts to figure out something which would work. It is held on by the two screws in the trough of the dock and some heavy duty double sided tape placed along the narrow ledge which the dock clips into. While I would prefer to use a more permament fixing, like the plastic clips or screws to attach it, it is, at least currently, of similar strength to the plastic dock and at least as stiff.

I used a vernier guage to measure gaps and distance on paper to draw up a template. Glued the template to some aluminium stock and cut it out. I left fold lines on the template and used a vice to make the most important, long bends an pliers for bends which wouldn't be possible with the vice.

Two tricky areas: the bottom of the tough back bend was made in two 45 degree bends, since it was difficult to match the curve of the molded plastic and the the bottom screw holes are very hard to locate and need to be countersunk since the screws in the black plastic dock are recessed and very short.




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22nd March 2012, 01:44 AM   |  #4  
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I forgot to mention: the keyboard mappings are not all the same for the function keys although the small keys, along the top row, are easy to pop off from the bottom corner and pop back on in the correct keys. The bigger main keyboard keys are different and so far I've left them in place because they hold on like limpets. One last note, caps lock doesn't work.

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