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    Replacing laptop keys - help!

    Hi all,

    Hope I've posted this in the right part of the forum.

    We've got a few old acer laptops around the school that need new keys, one of our faulty laptop is used for parts only, so i decided to try and replace a key on to one of the working laptops and now I don't know how to put it back on!
    I've done a few google searches and come up with a great site but the photo's don't appear www.laptopkeys.co.uk.
    The underside of the key is totally flat now, but there are some attachments on it but they aren't sprung up so I can't re-attach back onto the keyboard layout.

    Help....don't think the teacher will be very impressed when I give her her laptop back minus the 'E' key!

    Any help greatly appreciated!

    Thanks

    Kathy

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    Re: Replacing laptop keys - help!

    Keys are usually attached via a small wishbone type structure not unlike a small folding stool though they lie flat when assembled correctly and are held in position with small hooks through which the key mount wishbone pivots. If they come away from their mount they often separate and need to be assembled before reconnecting to the hook like mounts. The small rubber blister under the key gives it the spring. If the wishbone is still in tact just place the key over it and apply some pressure and it will click back in place. Otherwise rebuild the mount re-attach it to the keyboard (the fiddly bit) and then apply the key as above.

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    Re: Replacing laptop keys - help!

    hehehe

    tools for the job

    small hands (i dont have small hands ) and alot of patience

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    Re: Replacing laptop keys - help!

    Quote Originally Posted by bishopsgarthstockton
    hehehe

    tools for the job

    small hands (i dont have small hands ) and alot of patience
    just done this to an acer this morning!!!!

    Tweezers borrowed from one of the lasses in admin

    Sorted

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    Re: Replacing laptop keys - help!

    Many thanks

    Will try in the morning!

    Kathy

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    Re: Replacing laptop keys - help!

    I often find that the little plastic stool-type things snap and then you are a little buggered

    Depending upon how ham-fisted the user has been, a new keyboard may be required.

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    Re: Replacing laptop keys - help!

    I ve popped a few keys back on in my time but if the little plastic wishbone is even 1% damaged then you will need anew key board,

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    Re: Replacing laptop keys - help!

    What model?

    Kyle

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    Re: Replacing laptop keys - help!

    I'm quite a dab hand at this now as we've done several we have one tool which is invaluable and it's like a metal pic very sharp pointed end useful for pushing things back in.

    Once the cage piece is reassembled and the rubbe cone is in place the key will snap back on as long as none of the lugs have been damaged.

    Otherwise new keybaord time they tend be reasonably easy to replace.

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    Do not try anything without the help of a proper guide infront of you. I has a similar problem with my laptop keyboard key a couple of months back and used this video tutorial to install my keys back. Check: Replacement Laptop Keys Free Video Installation Guide
    It clearly shows how to remove and replace a laptop key.
    Last edited by vikpaw; 27th April 2010 at 06:04 AM. Reason: Extraneous linking to other site.

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    Get te kids to do it. Some of ours can rearrange a keyboard in the blink of an eye

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    @Serena:

    Nice site but a pity our LA feels fit to block youtube where the videos are streamed from.
    Never mind

    Ta all the same.

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