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Broke a key on my laptop

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by taragkd, Mar 9, 2006.

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  1. taragkd

    taragkd Thread Starter

    Mar 9, 2006
    The 'p' key broke off my Dell Inspiron 2500 laptop. I'm currently pasting the p in this message. Is there anyway to fix this. The little metal part underneath broke but the base is okay. Can I do this or will I have to buy a new keyboard and have it installed?
  2. blues_harp28

    blues_harp28 Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    Jan 9, 2005
    Hi and welcome to TSG..
    The laptop has no doubt had some use and if the metal pin from from key to the base is broken..not sure any repair will be strong enough to take the wear and tear of typing..
    Sorry I couldn't offer any helpful suggestion..
  3. Darth_Denz


    Feb 23, 2006
    is the warranty still active? if not, then there's no other choice but to buy a new one... :(
  4. cybertech

    cybertech Retired Moderator

    Apr 16, 2002
    Go to Dell.com and put in your s/n and see if you still have a warranty. Dell is very good on backing thier product. If you purchased from them and have a warranty from what I have experienced they stand up.
  5. Erronius


    Jul 23, 2005
    Even if you're not under warranty, you can get a new keyboard on E-bay or from a reputable place such as Parts-People.com at:
    for a few dollars and do it yourself. For most Dell laptops it's not hard and there's good documentation at their website. I've done it and I'm as far from a laptop techguy as you can get. Also, it would afford you an opportunity to blow out the dust in the inside which would do you no harm and, possibly, a lot of good. Just be sure to use good quality tools (in your case probably just a philips screwdriver) so you don't don't strip the screws.

    As blues_harp28 said, trying to repair the individual key is pretty much out of the question.


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