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Laptop keyboard the letter cover came off how do i put it back on

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What is the actual unit Part Number? I can provide an answer but HP has 4 unique models for this laptop. The PN = (something like EW680AV). Let me know. I can get you your answer. Binary Bob

Posted on Nov 24, 2008

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    Bob Morris Nov 24, 2008

    Most keyboard keys are created so that they slide and then click into place. If any part of the key is broke it will probably go back on. Take a look and let me know. Binary Bob

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    Bob Morris Nov 24, 2008

    Ooops...probably will not go back on.

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