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Battery lock on Pavillion DV5000 is broken

On the DV5000 there is a lock that slides into place when the battery is inserted. There are little tabs on the plastic slider that lock onto the battery. It looks like these tabs have broken off, so the battery can stay in place. Is there any way for me to replace this locking mechanism?

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