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How to fix broken spring in left touchpad key

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  • robesontom Nov 09, 2010

    Thank you! I will try this tonight and let you know how it goes.
    Tom

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Remove all of the screws from the base of the laptop.
Place your fingernails from your index fingers behind the plastic cover next to the on button and lift the plastic strip up and out.
Remove the two screws holding the keyboard down and remove carefully, disconnecting the flat cable.
Remove the plastic top, complete with touchpad and disconnect cables as you go.
Examine the underside of the top with the touchpad and remove the touchpad.
use a soldering iron and melt the plastic over the broken plastic hinge to fuse the plastic back together.
Check and reassemble as required.
I trust that will fix your problem.

Posted on Nov 06, 2010

Testimonial: "Thank you very much, very clear instructions, I was able to fix my button as you described."

  • robesontom Nov 09, 2010

    Thanks! I will try this tonight and let you know how it goes.
    Tom

  • specialistel Nov 09, 2010

    Pleased to be of assistance.

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