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Need to replace the keyboard of your DELL laptop? It is not as difficult as it sounds; it should take no more than 20 minutes. Also, a DELL laptop OEM keyboard replacement is usually around $20-$40, which is much less than what a computer repair shop would charge you for the repair. Here is what you need to do: 1) KEYBOARD PART NUMBER: Be sure you have the right keyboard for your laptop. The easiest way to do this is to look up in your user's manual for the PART NUMBER for your laptop's keyboard. If this is not an option, there are other ways to get the right part. The most direct one is to just remove the keyboard and look up the part on the keyboard itself (since you'll need to remove it anyways to replace it). 2) REMOVE THE KEYBOARD: Removing the keyboard depends on the specific model you have, but in general in involves the following steps: a) Unplug the AC charger b) Remove the battery from the laptop c) There should be a small WHITE button located on the top right of the keyboard, right on the edge of the keyboard. Using a screwdriver, press it in and lift the flat piece of plastic that goes from the right to the left, just on top of the keyboard. BE CAREFUL NOT TO BREAK IT. d) Now you should see 2 or more screws (usually Phillips screws) holding the keyboard down. Remove them. e) Carefully lift the keyboard FROM THE TOP SIDE and SLIDE IT OUT about 2 inches (5 cm). The keyboard is attached to the laptop with a flat cable, so be careful. f) Unplug the flat cable from the keyboard and remove the old keyboard g) Get the new keyboard and plug in the flat cable to the laptop h) Slide the keyboard in, bottom part first (the bottom part of the keyboard is the one FURTHEST from the screen). Press the keyboard down in its place. i) Re-attach the 2 screws you removed in step (d). Be careful NOT to over-tighten the screws or you may damage the new keyboard. j) Re-attach the flat plastic part on top of the keyboard, starting from the LEFT and making your way to the RIGHT, carefully pressing it down in place. k) Re-install the battery and the AC charger. Turn on the laptop. YOU'RE DONE! You can find a video of the whole installation process here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbAzHtFYNrk You can find laptop replacement parts (including keyboards, screens and rechargeable batteries) on Ebay or on www.discountelectronics.com (the latter also has a nice search feature, to locate the right replacement part)

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how to replace a key that popped off

Ichand1958 is right, if its broken the no matter what you do it will not go on, but if he thinks installing a key is difficult, how you think the average user will be able to take apart the entire laptop to install a keyboard?? I think you should first try just fixing the key, often the new key will just snap right on. Have a look at http://www.individualkeys.com/ACER_KEYS/ and if that does not help, THEN take the laptop to a shop and have them install the ENTIRE keyboard.

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I have an HP Pavillion ze5300 laptop, and most of the time (15 out of every 20 minutes about) the "]" key keeps repeating. Sometime I can type if I am pressing the backspace key the entire time, but that is definitely a pain. Any suggestions? Thanks!

It sounds like you need to replace the keyboard. Replacing the keyboard is not difficult or you can take it to a repair center. Parts can be ordered online from HP or aftermarket vendors.

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Did it have a liquid spill? If so, remove the keyboard and wash (yes, wash) it. Run it under a warm stream of water (kitchen tap) for a full two minutes. Use a compressor (or a can of air to get out as much water as you can), and put it keys-forward facing a fairly strong fan for 24 hours. Try it again. If no good, replace the keyboard. If no spill, you need a new keyboard.......sorry.

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Some of my Dell 1505 laptop keys stop working about 20 minutes into usage. Rebooting working only after about 30 minutes.

If you are savvy with hardware you could try cleaning your laptop keyboard

It really sounds like you have a bad keyboard and those are easy to replace -You can buy one for $12.00 off ebay with free shipping.

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