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Keybard keys popped off, how do I put them back on

2 of my keys popped off

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  • Marina Mendez Jan 06, 2008

    I still don't understand, I guess I am not a fix it person.

  • dsadd Nov 09, 2008

    I have a similar problem, as I no longer have two of my keys, so I need to find or purchase those keys and then put them back on. Help !!!

  • Anonymous Jan 20, 2009

    i can't use my caps lock key bc it was crooked at first a few days ago, then it got a corner to pop up tonight right... well iw as typing and had to slam the caps to work it right and it popped off.. the brackets intact, the bar safe too even, nothign wrong... it just got all flattened and wouldnt go back in and i tried the clip thing and well it didnt work... it helped me wear the little nob fitting on the cap into snapping imma do this the ghetto way and get a drop of superglue and put it on the tip of the little silicone key sensor and bam! it'll make it work... i hope... idk but ill try it!



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On some keyboards, the key is locked to a X configuration of wires, that clip into the bottom of the keys. Problem is, when you press down on the keys, to remount them, the "X" spreads out to wide. I solved this by straightening out a heavy paperclip. A little bend in it, and you place it under the apex/joint of the "X" so it don't collapse. Then just press the key down firmly on it, and pull out the paperclick.

Posted on Jan 05, 2008

  • Brad Gaston Jan 07, 2008

    Hi Di!

    Here are some photos explaining one way.

    If the two white clips are still attached to key, they will hang down, forming the "X". Put the Cuustom tool, Key installer, (paperclip, formed into a "L", under the key, forcing the "X" to stay extended. That way the legs of the "X" will stay extended, and not spread so wide.

    Good luck


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This should not be a problem that you cannot fix!

All you need to do is look at the bottom of the keys that fell off, and look at the "peg" on the keyboard so that you can see how it goes in. Take the key between your fingers, and slowly pop it into place. You may need to press it with a little force. Make sure you put the letter on "right side up" DON'T Laugh, I've done it before!

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