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Re: broken key on my gateway laptop
Key on a laptop's keyboard cannot be fixex once its broken
but the whole keypad needs to be replaced
you can call gateway ... if your system is under waranty you even don't have to pay for the keyboard.
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I recently repaired one of those with a radioshack plug and socket. If it got bumped somehow, it most likely broke the socket inside. You have to follow all the screw which are marked in length by milimeter. First is getting off the trim around the keyboard which snaps on. This is hard to get apart without breaking. Once you get that, the keyboard should have 2 screws and screws do release everything else, piece by piece. I think I have some pics of the one I did, if I can find them it may help you.
Make sure the vga cable is in tight on the kav-60 and the external monitor.
Try the keystrokes to toggle the display. Normally you would Press and Hold the FN function key located at the lower left on the keyboard then hit the key F1 thru F12 that toggles the display. The correct F1 thru F12 key to hit will have LCD/CRT on it or it will have the icon of a display. The display toggles in three stages ( laptop only, external only or both laptop and external).
Maybe there's a function key like FN or the ALT key you have to hold and press while hitting the F1 thru F12 key that corresponds to the touchpad. I just helped someone with this and their laptop was a Gateway model. The correct F1 thru F12 on their laptop was the F6 key, it had the icon of a finger on a square touchpad.
Just plugging in the monitor to your VGA port on the laptop won't make it display. You have to toggle to the exteral display, or both. Usually you have to hold down your function key, and then hit the external display key. It could be F1 thru F8, depending on your laptop model. Mine is F6. If you toggle thru the modes, your CRT should display . The missing pin is no concern!
put it back is easy like puting legos, but if it doesn't stay in place it could mean you broke "this is the mistake every 1 makes by acusing you" lol
it could mean the under key holders are broken in which you need a new key. I suggest you remove just the top, just the top, just the top of the key next to it and see the diffrence, see what's missing between the two and then you realise what's happening.