Question about IBM ThinkPad T42 Notebook
I left home to meet a client for work and left my IBM T42 at home with my in-law...big mistake. I came home to find that somehow the letter "p" on my keyboard just up and jumped off. Nobody new about it and yet this thing is in 3 pieces and I need to figure out the right way to put it back together. The pieces are so small and fragile, I don't want to force anything. It looks like two mettal pieces have broken off where the seat of the button would be. What to do?
The problem IS self fixable. I just did it now to my "]" button on a gateway laptop containing 2 plastic peices underneath it. There are concepts that make a laptop keyboard work. Primarilly, a slightly bendable pair of plastic peices that are made to latch together at the middle to form an X shape, the bottom of the X containing two comparatively large slits where it seats at the base of the keyboard (tuck them in first so they both snap), and at the top of the X is 4 notches where they meet at the button's back surface to snap into. the X shape is arranged first so that you can manually lift and drop the X so it smoothly lifts and drops. After securing the primary mechanical system, you snap one side of the button to the X shape only. Then you use a very thin long peice of metal like the end of a sissor or small screwdriver to lift the middle of the bottom side of the button so the entire button is lifted to about the height it is supposed to be, then keep it there so the button doesnt move any lower when you try to snap the other side of the button firmly down. This is the hardest part of the repair since you cant really see what your doing, but as long as the button is lifted to its normal height, it should snap in and look as good as new.
Posted on Nov 02, 2007
Take a look at http://www.laptopkey.com/installation_guides.php It clearly shows how to remove and replace a laptop key.
Posted on Mar 04, 2010
Thanks you so much for your advice anon1212, you helped me so much. I did exactly what you said and it worked! Perfect directions!!! Thanks again!!!
Posted on Dec 12, 2007
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Posted on Jun 08, 2015
Thank you SO MUCH SANA400!!! That link was AWESOME! It totally helped me at a time when I have NO money to have my labtop fixed!! I'm sooo grateful to you
Posted on Aug 07, 2010
Just as they said, it is quite simple. Little time consuming but easy. My daughter popped off my K button as I walked in looking to see what she was doing. I checked here and perfect answer! Take the one next to it off, (I took the J off) so you can see "EXACTLY" how the little plastic pieces fit back on....make sure they move slightly up and down....click your letter back on at all 4 "click" spots! Back in business!
Posted on Jul 09, 2010
Hey I had the same problem n i used that video sana 400 mentioned and I actually fixed my key back on the keyboard. i am soo happy :D . My vote also goes for sana400. Thanks Good Luck!!!!!
Posted on May 14, 2010
I need help to my p came off and i dont know what to do!!!!! which plasctic goes to wich one
Posted on Sep 19, 2008
Omg. kk wut i did was i took krazy glue and sticked it on to the button
Posted on Jul 07, 2008
It isn't too hard. Usually you can click them back in place. Just take another key off and see how that one fits together. They're easy to put back on.
Posted on Jul 01, 2008
Anon you are right it is easy... but you need to mention that there is a little plastic/rubber button that goes under the X. It wont work without it.
Posted on Feb 08, 2008
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