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Keyboard replacement problem

I am trying to install a new keyboard on my Travelmate 4020 but I broke the plastic retention clip that secures the ribbon cable to the motherboard. I need to know where I can get the clip (and it's technical term) and how to install it.

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Re: Keyboard replacement problem

In these kind of problems, especially if its a laptop, you should send back your laptop to the manufacturer for them to fix it coz the parts are not really sold in stores and they are the only guys providing these computer parts.. and you don't have to worry about the installation coz they willd do it for you..

Posted on Jan 20, 2008

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most netbooks allow the keyboard to be lifter out ,,upwards after inserting a thin piece of plastic/screwdriver at the reccommended points around the keyboard,usually there are tiny sprung clips that need to be pushed,you can hardly see them ,be carefull if you manage to lift the board out be gentle and do not tug or force it as it will be connected with a ribbon type cable to a very fragile plastic clip/socket.
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