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The F key came off of the keyboard

The F key on my D505 has come off. i didn't drop the computer or anything, I opened the computer and it was off. I looked at teh underside of the key and it seems everything is still there, the plastic isnt broken. is this easily fixed?

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Yes it is, for easy instructions contact dell, they will tell you in a minute time how to put it back in

Posted on Dec 31, 2008

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