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Broken key one of my key tops has come off. I have three pieces, none appear broken. the smallest part is still attached to the keytop, but the other square is loose. My laptop is an Aspire 1640. Thanks

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  • pat1309 May 11, 2008

    Thank you very much IrishDruid - it has taken me all this time to work out which way the bits went, but my 'y' key is back where it belongs........thanks for your speedy response.


  • Anonymous Feb 21, 2009

    top of esc/standby button on dell inspiron 6000 has come off



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Posted on May 11, 2008

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    Swilin Sampson May 11, 2008

    Most welcome...glad it worked out!



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Because you mention the broken plastic piece, this mean this keytop may come loose or off again at some time in the future.

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