I spilled a ginger-ale on my ultrabook's keyboard, and had to replace the keyboard. I noticed that there were some teardown pictures of the Asus UX21E online, but they all seemed to stop at taking the bottom of the laptop off. 

This information in this Instructable is specific to the Asus UX21E, but by reading my tips and following the general disassembly lessons you should be able to work on your own laptop.

That being said taking apart electronics has the potential to damage or destroy the electronics, so don't try to repair your own computer unless you know what you're doing. 

You need a couple of supplies before you begin this process:
Screwdriver set with Torx bits
Ice Cube Tray
New Keyboard

Step 1: Take the Back Cover Off

The back cover has ten screws. There are eight short screws and two long screws.

Do Not Use the Wrong Size or Type of Screw Driver!

Take out the eight short screws and put them into the first slot in the ice cube tray.

Now take out the two long screws and put them in the second slot in the ice cube tray. 
<p>By the way, for the keyboard screws you need a Philips PH000 screwdriver. A PH00 won't work.</p>
<p>I've got this ph000 screwdriver<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/C-K-T4882X-000-Precision-Screwdriver/dp/B0052CEAES" rel="nofollow">http://www.amazon.co.uk/C-K-T4882X-000-Precision-S...</a> (The photo on amazon is wrong and shows a ph0) but it doesn't work for those tiny keyboard screws. Do you know if it could be because of the blade length? The one I've got is a ph000x60 which means that the length of the blade is 60mm. </p><p>Thanks!</p>
<p>I've ended up getting a WIHA PH000 x 40mm PicoFinish screwdriver and it works. I was finally able to replace the keyboard. Thanks for the instructions!</p>
You might try using the smallest flatheaded screw driver. If it doesn't fit file it down a tiny bit &amp; try again. <br><br>I find that big cheap sets of screw driver bits tend to be pretty low quality &amp; may not really be a 000.
<p>The PH000 I used was this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005GOO7TA</p>
<p>is no ethernet port for ux21e, because no drivers for ux21e that i see here http://www.asfadriver.com/2016/01/asus-ux21e-drivers-download.html</p>
<p>The first time you remove the cover and see all the interior components you get a bit distressed. But with the tutorial actually it gets easy to take components apart and reach the keyboard. Maybe the hardest part of all is to plug back the mouse/trackpad connector. It took me several tries but in the end I made it.</p>
<p>Your post is full of knowledge. After going through this <br>step by step guide, it seems very easy to replace the keyboard.</p>
<p>Hi there, How do I ensure that I get the right keyboard fo my Asus? Where can I check my serial number? Thanks Peter</p>
<p>The part numbers that I have noted for the keyboard on *this* laptop are MP-11A93US6528 &amp; 0NK0-LX1US021e </p><p>I had to take apart the laptop to get at these numbers...</p>
you could change the title to &quot;replace anything in Asus UX21E&quot;. now i don't have to pick mine apart to check things
great info and pics! I didn't realize it was so hard to get to the keyboard!

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