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Hi all.
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I have an HP Envy 17m-ae111dx.
Recently, the case cracked around the hinge on the bottom half (keyboard/motherboard).
So I bought a replacement case (just the top half that holds the keyboard and that the motherboard screws into).
I had the laptop nearly completely disassembled and ready to transfer to the new case, but then I saw that the keyboard was not like most laptop keyboards I've seen.
On this model, the top part is a single piece of plastic with squares cut out for the keyboard keys and a rectangle cut out for the touchpad. There is no pop-out keyboard insert.
On the underside (under motherboard, there is a sheet metal cover covering the keyboard assembly. There are no screws or anything to unfasten. There a bunch of plastic pegs poking through holes (and looks like they may have been blunted or slightly melted) to serve as the tray that holds the keyboard assembly as its keys poke through the squares on the top side.
I cannot figure out how this is supposed to be removed.
I'm afraid if I put a screwdriver under the metal and start prying, that pegs will start snapping (not a big deal if the keyboard isn't broken) and the metal may start getting bent up, and the keyboard assembly might possibly break.
I could not find a relevant video on YouTube or any help on HP's website about this kind of keyboard installation.
I'd like to salvage this keyboard assembly as I'm not even sure I can find a replacement with the sheet metal ready to install.
Has anybody seen an assembly like this?

The top picture is the old case with the sheet metal covering the keyboard. The bottom is the new replacement cover (I've already installed the speakers and touchpad).
I can't do anything more with this laptop until I get the keyboard transferred.

Thanks.

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Great find! All questions answered. I should be able to get it from here. I definitely didn't want to start trying things without seeing exactly what was under the metal cover. Thanks.
 
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