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Left shift key wont go back on

My left shift key wouldnt press down so i carefully took it off now i cant get it back on...also a small piece of blue plastic was snapped in side

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Hello,
Given that replacement keyboards are not all that horrendously expensive you could actually replace the keyboard if it comes to it eventually.

However, what we did in the old days when replacing keys with worn out lettering was hold a soldering iron on the metal finger the keytop attaches to until the metal of the finger is very hot. Hot enough to push the keytop back on. While you push the keytop down onto the metal finger hold and press firmly for about 1 minute and then release. That should meld the two together if its going to happen at all. Leave it untouched for at least 30 minutes to ensure a firm bond.

This doesn't mean this will be an end all solution to your problem.

Because you mention the broken plastic piece, this mean this keytop may come loose or off again at some time in the future.

If you have tried and used super glue already be prepared for a smoke stench that will come off while you hold the soldering iron on the key finger. Burning super glue is how CSI techs reveal finger prints. That doesn't mean its very safe to breath. So, take some ventilation precautions while you do this. Essentially, do not breath the smoke directly, it will rise quicly on its own until its burned off.

Best of luck,
Worldvet

Posted on Jan 05, 2009

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Also, take out the rubber piece present under every key. Keep the keys and rubber pieces in different containers.


Once you have removed all keys from the keyboard, you will have to clean the keyboard from the inside. Use cotton swabs or ear bubs and slightly dip them in water.


Avoid getting them too moist, as excess water can damage the keyboard. Meticulously clean the whole keyboard using moist cotton swabs, laying extra emphasis on key spaces.

Now, start cleaning keys you had earlier removed and kept in the container. Use foam rubber and lighter fluid to clean each key alone.


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To start with, take out each key. Use a small screwdriver to carefully pry each key by making it loose.

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Also, take out the rubber piece present under every key. Keep the keys and rubber pieces in different containers.


Once you have removed all keys from the keyboard, you will have to clean the keyboard from the inside. Use cotton swabs or ear bubs and slightly dip them in water.


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Troubleshooting Steps
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  3. Now, start cleaning keys you had earlier removed and kept in the container. Use foam rubber and lighter fluid to clean each key alone. This will help in removing any sticky substance present on keys. Apply any household cleaner on these keys and let them stay for about 15 minutes. After this, wash all the keys properly using hot water and let the keys dry completely.
  4. The small rubber pieces which you took out earlier and kept in the container have to be thoroughly rinsed in warm water, after you have sprayed a household cleaner on them. Soak these rubber pieces up in paper napkins so that they dry quickly.
  5. To lubricate the keys, place all keys (facing top-down) on a flat surface. Apply mild lubricant from all sides, on all keys and leave them to dry. Avoid applying too much lubricant instead go for a light coat.
  6. Similar to the manner in which you lubricated the keys, apply mild lubricant on the keyboard surface and let it dry.
  7. Once you have cleaned and lubricated all the parts, carefully reassemble the laptop keyboard. Begin with placing all rubber components on the keyboard. Next, fix all keys in their respective positions cautiously securing the wire in these keys. Use your finger and press down all keys, one at a time, firmly so that they fit properly in the slots. That is it.
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