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Re: my ibm thinkpad key ""Q" came loose
You have to work with it and don't be scared of it. If you easily take another one off you will see how it goes on. It is a puzzle. You might want to take it to a shop because you can't replace single key's. Not that I have found anyway.
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It is possible to replace the hinge, but it is a couple hours of tricky work. If you are not comfortable completely dismantling your computer, I would take it to a repair shop. You can usually find the hinge on ebay. Just search for "thinkpad x230 tablet swivel hinge part".
I replaced the hinge on my x61 tablet without any trouble, but I am very comfortable with repairing computers. Take lots of pictures to make sure you get it back together correctly, and keep track of where the screws go, there are a lot of them. Good luck!
Here is the repair manual for the x230: https://download.lenovo.com/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/x230t_x230it_hmm_en_0b48730_02.pdf
The white hinge assembly likely has two parts to it that make it form a spring in the form of a letter X. You should see small catches for the feet of these two parts on the keyboard -- they will fit properly only one way. Put that back on. Then you can snap the key itself back on and it will be "springy" just like the others.
The laptop screen is secured to the laptop with screws at the hinges. There are usually two screws per hinge. The LCD screen has one ribbon cable and possibly a power connector for the back lighting attached to the motherboard near the hinges. Disconnect these before you lift the LCD off the base, they are under the plastic panel above the function keys next to the hinges.
It would be very difficult to describe, as it's a bit fussy.
What you should do is carefully pull off the tilde (top left below the F1) key with your fingernail. Look at how the gray and white parts fit in. If you simply get them in this shape and press straight down, it will click into place.
If you haven't disturbed this configuration, simply pressing the key straight down will click it into place.
Situation 1. The key cap and key retainer fell off the keyboard and you cannot figure out how to assemble them back.
Carefully remove the cap from any other working key so the key retainer stays connected to the keyboard.
Take a closer look at the key retainer, it’s connected to the keyboard at four different points.
Assemble the disconnected retainer the same way as one on the keyboard and put it back in place.
Put the key cap on the retainer and snap the cap back in place.