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?
The power button popped off, how can we fix this?
Re: How do you repair a keyboard button that has popped...
Http://www.isoretail.com/store/proddetail.php?prod=13N9988 Is where you can buy a new keyboard. It's 22 dollars, I'd suggest that. Unless you have a way to press the key back in the slot you're done. You can burn a ton of time when the part's not that expensive. (yes you can replace it yourself)
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Have you tried pushing the blue button at the top left of the keyboard, that will usually get you into the ibm menu. Alternatively you can try pushing f12 which will get you into the start options menu
Laptop keyboard keys will "pop" back on just as easily as they "pop" off.
place the key over the raiser. center it and give it a push. if the raiser or key sockets are not damaged it will just pop back in. Otherwise you will need to replace the key.
you can find boards on ebay. Replacing the board over the key is usually better. Many times people selling keys charge 7-12$USD a key where the board coudl be 20-30. Personally i rather get the new board but each has their own choice
You should call Acer tech support and enquire about a keyboard. I am sure that they will tell you to take the computer to their rep for your area. Normaly they change the keyboard when there is a fault. If the circuit board under the keys is defective or if one of the IC's on the board failed, this would not be servicable at all. The keyboards on these computers were not really designed to be able to be serviced.
There are lots of variables here - First I would toggle the wireless on/off hotkey on the computer (Fn-F2 I think) - Hit the "Thinkpad" button by he volume buttons above the keyboard to get online help.
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.