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Keys are missing, some broken

My 1 yr old 'scratched' off more than half my keys. i managed to snap on some but it's a huge (yet very tiny) project. i don't have the patience. can i replace the keyboard? i have an hp dv9000

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You can buy new keyboards for almost all laptops

Posted on Oct 27, 2008

As far as i know it is not possible to buy a complete replacement keyboard for a laptop, however, you can plug in an external keyboard or take it to a shop like PC world and ask for them to replace the keys for you. Generally this isn't an expensive job.

Good luck with that : )

- Deni-YO

Posted on May 18, 2008

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