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Key pad A cat snapped my b key off my laptop, and I have pretty much everything put back together, i just can't snap it back on! It keeps sticking, instead of being bouncy like the rest of the keys. How can I fix this, or can i find someone who can snap it back on?

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The plastic pieces are very fragile and may have been damaged.

If they apear fine, then you have to place them on the board first in the correct position. they usually cross each other to make a 3 demensional X and the rubber nipple in the middle on the keyboard acts as a spring effect to push the key back up once pressed. look very carefully at how the clips and things are and nakes sure it move freely. When yo first put it on the board, it will lay flat and the rubber nub will stick up in the middle, then you must slide the key on one end in order to catch the groves, then the other side or bottom clips on the actual key will snap into place when pressed down.

once in it should be fine. but if the plastic clips or anything are broken, then it wont work and you will have to order a new keyboard, get a used one off ebay or just press it with your finger without the key.

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Typically, once a key is broken off, it's almost impossible to get it back on properly. However, replacing the keyboard is not terribly difficult. The procedure differs depending on the brand and model of laptop, but they're all usually fairly easy to replace and you can typically find one fairly cheap on an on line auction site (about $35 or so). If you search for the support pages of your computer, you should be able to find a step by step procedure for replacing the keyboard.

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While I didn't catch the whole thread, it sounds to me as though you might just be asking where to obtain an individual replacement key for your laptop's keyboard? Finding individual keys tends to be a lot harder than just replacing the whole keyboard. However, most big name computer repair businesses keep a stock of broken/old systems on hand that they can scrounge for just such parts. I'd say just call around to local stores - Best Buy/Geek Squad, Frye's, Staples, etc., and maybe even a few smaller shops, and ask them if they have on hand a key that would fit.

Replacing a key on a laptop keyboard is usually pretty easy; all you have to do is line up the key with its clips on the keyboard, and snap it in place. If you do find a replacement key, I would just buy the key, rather than have the store do the repair. Anyone can snap a key back in place, and it'll save ya forty bucks or so on labor.

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