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How can I replace the left touchpad button in a Dell Inspiron 6000? it's stuck inside the touchpad and doesn't work properly.

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Hi There,

I'm a pro laptop rebuilder and I've dealt with this exact problem with both Inspiron 6000s and 640Ms many times. You'd think that it would be something easy to do when you see the button sitting right there on top near the front edge but, believe me, it's one of the trickiest and time consuming repairs you can possibly do on a Dell Laptop. I will now only perform it on machines I have bought speculatively for resale because it costs the customer too much to repair.

But, what's not all that difficult at all is to replace the entire palmrest/touchpad assembly. Here is the link to the Service Guide for your laptop. Look it over and see if you think you can do the replacement. If you feel comfortable with it, go to eBay and type in "Inspiron 6000 Palmrest" in the search window. I just checked and you've got 60 choices there of used and new ones.

Here's your Service Manual Link:

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ins6000/en/sm/index.htm

If you think you need to have a laptop guy do it for you, at least you know what he should do and can provide the part, although he may want to help you with the selection, deciding what grade of used or whether to choose new.

Best Wishes

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