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Missing Q key on keyboard

The Q key broke off my keyboard and I don't know where to begin to find the parts underneath the letter to hold it to the keyboard! Can u order these from somewhere?

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  • abcdurrett Jun 10, 2008

    Thanks!! Why do they have to make everything soooooo expensive!! I might as well buy a new computer!!!!

  • Anonymous Dec 06, 2008

    the e key on mine has broken off and i cant find a replacement anywhere

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2009

    missing R on keyboard


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My (at) key will not work on my dell laptop if i press the shift i get the semi colan is this a mechanical fault ?

Posted on Dec 17, 2009

You have to buy a new keyboard my #2 broke off and i had to order a new keyboard because there is no replacement parts unless you make one

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My `Up` and Quote key won`t work, they were working fine a couple days ago, I don`t know what I did wrong. Just those 2 keys that are not working, no matter how much I press they are not processing...

Just checking, before we begin: did you at all modify your keyboard layout? This could be the problem, though it's unlikely. And also, do your UP and QUOTE keys have greater usage than other keys? If you can, take the key covers off and see what's happening with the key switches underneath. I had a similar issue with a Dell once and it was due to a nonfunctional keyboard switch.

Also, what happens when you plug in an external keyboard? Does this fix the problem? I imagine trying this would instantly tell us whether it's a software or hardware issue.

Anyhow, good luck! If you have any other questions, feel free to ask. ;-)

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One letter is not working on my keyboard

One moment you are typing on your computer keyboard as usual, when suddenly a key sticks or does not produce a character on the screen. Perhaps you have a group of keys that suddenly stop working. Laptop and desktop keyboards alike can stop functioning due to a number of causes, most of which can be resolved by troubleshooting. Knowing how to fix some keyboard keys that do not work can save you time, and save you the cost of buying a new keyboard.

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Why when i type some of the letters dont show up

That would be due to a faulty keyboard, due to old age, lifespan of keyboards or maybe during typing you are missing the key and the keyboard results in not recognizing that command. If it is happening with a deliberate press (even when you press harder) it is due to the contact panel underneath that is making your letters appear. Maybe a cleanup of dust and stuff will fix it, or as a more expensive solution a new keyboard. Ebay ranges keyboards for vaios at around 25dollars

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Some keys on keyboard not working on my acer aspire 5253-B2692

Im going to assume you didn't spill anything on the keyboard here...The best solution for you is to take the keyboard out and reseat the ribbon cable that holds it in place. Sometimes those cables get just a little bit loose, but a little can cause a lot of trouble as you can see. Let's see how much "notepad" or some other writing program you have....type every single letter and number and see which ones you are missing. Let me know if there are any others that don't work....then we'll go through the process of taking the keyboard out and reseating it.

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It is not too hard and it can be done. If you just need to clean it, you can use air can compressor to clean it the surface and underneath the keys because dust can't get into underneath keyboard, therefore, you don't need clean underneath part unless you need to replace the keyboard.
But if you still really need to do it (for learning experience), then yes, you can do it.
All you need to have it a flat and philip screwdrivers. Be gentle when do it, you might need to take picture of keyboard before it been removed so that you match them when you put keyboard back.
Use flat screwdrive to remove the top part of you keyboard and underneath you will see 4 or 5 screws that hold keyboard, just unscrew them. Here is the link for more information.
For more information about your laptop parts and location, see
Click on user's guide

Good luck
Thank you

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In my keyboard there are some letters written in blue how do i access them, and sometimes my keyboard starts giving me the blue keys so i want to know how to activate and deactivate them. Computer:Compaq...

Hi jaywaxxy, you can access the blue keys by pressing and holding the fn key found at the bottom left part of your keyboard. Hope this works :)

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I have 2 letter keys on my laptop where the white plastic parts underneath the keys are broken. Can I get those parts somewhere?

Trust me you don't have to replace the WHOLE keyboard for a couple of keys. I got problem with one of my Dell key and I ordered it from a website and repaired it at home. It was the most convenient method and affordable too. Those guys have all the major brands with specific model numbers, series and it's all genuine.
They sell the retainer clips with the key cap for just $5. Do check it out.

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I would suggest that you just try to find the spesifick letter you need, a new keyboard for that device will cost you a new laptop. Go to any computer hardware store near you, they usually have odd parts that they give away, maybe you are lucky. Otherwise just contact the manufacturer and order the letter you need. Hope this can help you.

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pop the key off and look underneath, there should be a rubber nipple thing that pushes down and spings up, this is what holds the key up and without it, it wont make contact to tell it you pressed " P" If its there, you can try setting it back in place and it should be fine. If its missing, then your out of luck and un-fortunatley, will have to ge a whole new one just to fix it.

you can look online or get one from ebay that is sold as parts. then keep both keyboards in case it happens again, you will have spare parts.

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