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Compaq Presario Keyboard

How did you pop the plastic cover off by the power button? I have to replace my keyboard. thanks.

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Carefully! Make sure there are no screws at the back which hold it down, then use a guitar pick or small rubber sleeved screwdriver to pry one corner of the cover up. The clips are usually VERY tight as the cover is installed once and never usually removed again, but they do give with a bit of force.

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