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How do you repair a keyboard button that has popped off

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?

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  • Anonymous Jun 21, 2008

    Thanks I have the space bar button that I have tried to put back but the only place that works is the very centre. DoIreallyneedanewkeypad?

  • lil_jazzpha Jul 29, 2008

    the right arrow key has popped out of the keyboard and so have both of the two pieces attaching them... ive already tried to attach the two pieces together to get the button to just pop back in. but it didnt work.

  • Anonymous Nov 21, 2008

    my j button popped of my laptop and i have no clue how to fix it

  • Anonymous Dec 07, 2008

    Me niece poped off the ctrl button on the dell laptop in my ouse how do I fix it?

  • Anonymous Jan 19, 2009

    i was just typing and my caps locks button poped off

  • bill98899 Jan 28, 2009

    Wow, I had the same problem but anon1212 solved it. Thanks a bunch

  • Anonymous Jan 28, 2009

    my letter z popped off now it wont go back on

  • Anonymous Feb 07, 2009

    Ya the K key popped off and i don't know if anything is broken

  • dcassan Mar 06, 2009

    One of the letters (D)on my Toshiba keyboard popped off; I took the unit and the key with the ttwo plastic parts to a computer repair/sales shop. They played with it for a couple of minutes before trying to sell me a new keyboard for $140 installed. Then they said for a couple of hundred more dollars I could buy a whole new computer. I thanked them and retrieved my computer.d. This sounds like the story about a kingdom being lost because a horseshoe nail went missing.

    DC

  • Anonymous Mar 08, 2009

    my volume button popped of..i have a hp notebook...umm there is three pieces also..n dey r very fragile.,.i dnt wanna force it...so hows can i put it back on??

  • LaRee823 Mar 20, 2009

    I was just doing my homework on my Sony laptop and one of the letters pop off (j). I could still use it but I am afraid that my parents will get mad.



    ps I think I know how to put it back but it wont budes

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2009

    how do i do tht to the a?

  • crazy_bogey Mar 27, 2009

    recently some of my laptop's key board keeps on popping out and i always like to ple s gsme called audition its needs all oof my missing piece of keyboards i stilll have some left with th rubber but dunnoe wat to do cn u teach me?

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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.

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  • browseAbout Dec 17, 2010

    Thank you! You're fabulous -- just fixed my toshiba NB305 mini notebook -- the T fell off. It was a little confusing because the plastic 'x' assembly was still attached to the button (in my hand). Once I removed the plastic 'x' from the button I was able to follow your directions to snap each end back onto the computer keyboard and then popped the letter cap back on without much issue. THANK YOU.

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Take a look at http://www.laptopkey.com/installation_guides.php It clearly shows how to remove and replace a laptop key.

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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!!!
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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

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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!

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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.

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