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Loose keys on keyboard

Several keys have fallen off my keyboard and they will not stay on . I try to push them firmly in place hoping they will snap in but that does not work. Looking underneath, nothing seams broken or missing. How can I fix this annoying problem?

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  • rugerman Feb 05, 2008

    Thanks for your help swampduck.

    Tried this but did not work. Pushed them in pretty hard till I was afraid that I'd break something, but nothing "clicked" or "snapped" into place. They just lay on top like they are partly in place, but if I hit near the top edge of the key, then it comes right out again.

    Appreciate your help!

  • Anonymous Oct 04, 2008

    Same problem here. Brand new Toshiba Sattelite A300 and two keys have come off within ten days.

    I am returning it and may change it for an HP.

  • r_nsn Oct 13, 2008

    The 'T' and the 'A' keys are my problems, particularly the 'A' key. Pushing them intil they snap into place worked initially but not for long. I'm toying with the idea of superglue! Anyone else tried that glue?

    Robert

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I had the same problem when i bought my new laptop, I turned it off and forced them back in they are quite hard to get back in. If its an old qwerty keyboard, then it needs replacing, the letters will never type what they should ever again.
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A key falling off of a keyboard might be an annoyance, but it is not a reason to buy a new keyboard. Regardless of which key falls off, it can be replaced fairly easily. Although the method of replacing typical letter keys is a little different than replacing the space bar, replacing either of these types of keys can be done in a few minutes.

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Tips on Repairing Laptop Keyboard Keys


When you go shopping for a laptop keyboard replacement, it is good to use a parts locator tool. This type of tool makes users to enter their laptop's model number to see exactly what replacement parts are available for it. This ensures compatibility and avoids the hassle of returns and exchanges. The most amazing thing you are going to get is the Dell keyboard. There are several various ways you can repair a damaged laptop keyboard as long as you know what the problem is. Now, there is a step-by-step guide for you how to make your Laptop keyboard, like Dell keyboard work well as it did when you first bought your laptop.

Tip1: The Easiest Way to Fix the Keys
Buy a can of compressed air and spray it on the keyboard if your keys are sticking together. This is the easiest thing you can do to fix the keys on your keyboard. It doesn’t work for all problems, but it’s a good place to start. Make sure you get the air down inside the keys to clean out any debris, hair or food that may have gotten caught in there.

Tip2: Replace a New Keyboard
Replace the inside of the keyboard with a new piece. One of the major problems with Dell keyboards is that the plastic pieces holding the keys in place become loose or broken. You can find a cheap keyboard from Papatek.com or an electronics store. Simply take apart the new keyboard, pull the keys off your keyboard, lay the plastic piece on top and replace your keys.

Tip3: Solve Fall Off Keys
Use a small dab of super glue to replace keys that have fallen off. Dell laptops often have keys that fall off, especially as the computer ages or is used quite frequently. Place a small dab of glue directly on the round part that holds the key in place and lightly press the key down. When the glue dries, you’ll be able to use your laptop again.

Tip4: About the Retainer
Remove any problem keys from your keyboard and look at the plastic retainers. At times these retainers can become broken, damaged or simply fall off. Carefully pull off the retainer, clean it off with some compressed air and snap it back into place. Then put the key back into the slot and everything should work fine.

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Set aside the key and retainer that have fallen off. If you lost the key, retainer, or both, you will have to order a replacement from the computer's manufacturer. As an alternate, you may be able to get a replacement from someone who has a non-working laptop of the same model as your own.Carefully pop off another key from your laptop. Choose one that you don't use frequently, and remove it with care so its retainer stays in the proper place. You will be using it as a model for your repair.

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