My laptops space bar key has fallen off. It seems like the plastic 'hooks' on the underside of the key have broken. Could anyone point me in the direction of a replacement space bar (and black connectors).
Thanks in advance
ps. model is RY514EA#ABU if thats of any help. I believe it has been discontinued.
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You're best bet for this is Ebay. There are several vendors that sell individual keys and retainers. You might also look into a whole keyboard, many times you can get a keyboard for a fairly cheap price, and you'll have many replacements for the future.
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A key falling off of a keyboard might be an annoyance, but it is not a reason to buy a new keyboard. Regardless of which key falls off, it can be replaced fairly easily. Although the method of replacing typical letter keys is a little different than replacing the space bar, replacing either of these types of keys can be done in a few minutes.
Carefully pry the key from the keyboard next to the key that has fallen off. This key can easily be pried by sliding a flat-head screwdriver underneath it and popping the key out. Be careful to make sure the key retainer underneath the key stays in place, especially if the key retainer has also fallen off the key you are attempting to fix. Look closely at the key retainer underneath the key that was just removed. Notice there is a notch in each corner of the key designed to hold the key in place. Place the key retainer back into place if it has fallen off the key you are trying to fix. Make sure it is positioned exactly as the key retainer next to it is. Put the key on top of the key retainer. Use your index finger to firmly push straight down on the key to lock the key back into place. Do the same to the key that was taken off to view the other key retainer. b> Replacing the Space Bar b> Turn the space bar upside down and use a flat-head screwdriver to separate the retainer from the back of the space bar key. Place the retainer into its place on the keyboard. The retainer will hook into small hooks on the left and right sides. The small metal bar from the retainer should line the bottom of the area where the space bar will be placed. Put the space bar back into the place where it belongs. Spread the ring finger, middle finger and index finger across the space bar, and push firmly until the key snaps into place. Put the space bar key back in place and gently press on it with fingers until it snaps back in place.
If keys have fallen of your hp laptop, you should be able to reattach them as long as there are no broken parts like hinge clips, or the back of the key cap, if there are broken, stop right there, don't do anything else as they will not go on, places like www.replacementlaptopkeys.com have a variety of hp laptop keys, and also installation guide, you may want to contact them for your laptop.
Often with keyboard keys, they have several clips that hold the keyin place. Try gently prying the key off again, and see if there is any placewhere the plastic might have broken, or if there were other clips thatweren't quite in place. If the key is broken, though, you can either deal with it as it is, orprobably order a new key.
yes, all laptop keyboards can be replaced. do you have the manual for the laptop? it shows you have to remove it and take it apart. or you can download the manual from their website. you can buy a used keyboard from ebay. I don't think they are thay expensive.