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Keyboard repair Is there any way to replace the keys on the key board if they have been pulled off?

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  • Anonymous Aug 03, 2008

    My keyboard on my Compaq R4000 has missing keys so I ordered a replacement but it didn't come with installation instructions. Could you tell me how to remove the old one and install the new?

  • Anonymous Nov 16, 2008

    One of my keys (on my Thinktank T40) is off (alas, the letter "a"). Trying to push it back on (no "click" or getting into place), I managed to pull off the little blue doohickey which is on the base and on which the key should "click on."

    I have both parts, but don't know how to proceed. I am thinking that I could glue the key to the part that normally holds it, but it looks like I also sheared off aomething on the base of the key-plastic itself. If I do glue them together I am concered that the key may never work again -- no springiness and on/off qualities. If my idea is workable, I then need to glue the key-plus-doohickey part to the metal base, and in both cases, but especially when attaching to the keyboard base, I need to know what kind of glue to use.


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I need a new key for my compaq, the #1 key broke. Where can I buy it today because I'm leaving USA tomorrow morning, I am at Boynton Beach - Florida at the moment.

Posted on Jul 22, 2008

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sure, usually you just push them back on.
they should click back into place.
If they dont then the carriage holders are damaged.
if not you can buy replacement keys, from the likes of e-bay.
you should be able to get a full keyboard replacement for about £25 Or $50.

Mike @ compurepair.

Posted on Jun 11, 2008

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"its working external keyboard but

Although having a laptop is certainly convenient, the all-in-one peripheral scheme (mouse, keyboard and speakers) can make individual repairs difficult, and a non-working keyboard can ruin the value of the entire package. However, there are some practical steps you can take to fix a laptop keyboard.

1.Diagnose the problem. When you press a key on your laptop keyboard, does it get stuck? Does the computer respond to your inputs? In almost all of these cases, the solution will lie in opening up your notebook's keyboard. However, to prevent extra work, press every key (do this in a word-processing program) and see which keys are affected. If every single key on a keyboard does not respond, you might have a software issue, which may require specialized help.
2.Clean the area around the keys that are not working. A damp lint-free cloth should be used to clean the surface of the affected keys. If you have stuck keys, use a Q-tip to clean under them, but take care not to pry the keys up, as this could result in further damage to your keyboard.
3.Remove the keys that are not working. Do this by grabbing some fingernail clippers and pulling out the hook-like fingernail cleaner extension. Use the small hook to gently pull the key up , which will expose a collapsible plastic hinge (commonly known as a key retainer) as well as a small rubber circular piece. Gently lift both of these pieces out of the keyboard.
4.Wipe the keyboard sensors clean with a dry cloth. The sensors are the little silver foil-like strips you see after your key components have been removed. Be very careful wiping these down--if they are damaged, they are very expensive to replace. Just gently dab it with a dry lint-free cloth to remove any dust/crumbs/particles that are interfering with your keyboard's functionality. Do not moisten the cloth with water or cleaning solution, as this heightens the risk for damage.
5.Reassemble and replace the keys. Simply fit the key retainer as well the little rubber piece together in the way you found them and then firmly press the key cap back in place.
6.Test your keyboard. Open a word-processing program and then press the replaced keys. If they still don't work, try restarting your computer, or activating a system restore point (to ensure that the problem is not software-related). If the keyboard is still not working, then you may want to think about taking the computer to a repair shop or replacing it altogether. (Keyboard repairs are very expensive.)

I hope you find it very helpful. Thanks.

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Some of my letters are not working, how do i clean them inside and out? i have to use the on screen keyboard, to compose a post.

Cleaning the keyboard involves undoing all the retaining screws underneath the keyboard
I'd only attempt this if you have a model keyboard to work from as you will need to replace the keys in correct order afterwards, as and when one falls out

Once undone, the top and bottom halves will be ready to come apart, turn the keyboard over so that gravity holds the keys in position, remove the membrane carefully pull each key out in turn and wash it in soapy water, drying it thoroughly, replace and re-assemble

In point of fact the non working key issue is most likely down to a failed circuit anyway, so the job of cleaning the board may not work, you would be far better junking the keyboard and replacing it. I do mine every 12 months as the keyboard loses its action and replacing it is a cheap alternative to cleaning it

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If your keyboard has a retail warranty, take it back to the place you purchased it from for a replacement.

If you don't have a warranty, feel free to take the key off by gripping it with a pair of pliers and gently pull the key out. Most keyboards have similar key mechanisms, so you could replace the key with one from another keyboard. This is mostly trial and error.

If by broken you mean the key doesn't register on the computer when you press down on it, feel free to take the keyboard apart (remember how you did that!) and give it a quick once over with a mildly damp cloth. Keep moisture away from circuit boards, however, as this could short them. Make sure the keyboard is completely dry before putting it back together.

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