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Gateway m-7301u 15.4 widescreen keyboard problem

My sweet little 2yr old daughter detached the spacebar and shift key. the pieces came off and i cannot get them back on. i have been told by 2 sources the only way this can be fixed is to replace the keyboard ?! is this true or can the keys get reattached with a special tool ? HELP !! The computer works great but the keys are not attached very well.

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  • danny_boy_ny Jun 22, 2009

    Thanks for the replies and help.. unfort i dont even have the pieces. so it looks like have to replace the keyboard. i got two quotes. first quote was $400 and the other was $175. Can i go lower ?

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Buy the replacement keyboard online (such as eBay), making sure to buy original Gateway parts, and take it down to a local PC store to have them replace it. Shouldn't cost you more than half an hour labor plus a keyboard (around $50). http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140325891546

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The keys can be reattached, as long as the clips are still there. spread the plastic clips open and place the key on the open sopt. Press firmly until it clicks in place. It may take a few tries, its very touchy. If all else fails, you can replace the keyboard, but I have only had to do that when the plastic clips broke completely.

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The keyboard would need to be replaced because once the plastic tactiles are messed around with they loose there shape plus the metal pieces that the plastic tactiles stay on get bent as well which means the keys won't stay on as well and stay looser then normal, thats why its suggested to get a new keyboard.


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