How to Fix the Keys on an HP Laptop Keyboard

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How to Fix the Keys on an HP Laptop Keyboard
These keys are repairable. (broken black computer keyboard isolated image by dinostock from Fotolia.com)

Laptop keyboards are impressive pieces of engineering. They're designed to be lightweight, dust- and spill-resistant and take up far less space than a standard PC keyboard. Unfortunately, this means that they're also fragile and prone to key breakage. However, HP's laptop keyboards are simple to repair.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Clean, well-lit work area
  • Small blade or thin standard screwdriver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Examine the key or keys that are missing.

    The laptop keyboard comprises several kinds of parts. These include keycaps, a pair of retaining clips per key and the membrane keyboard below.

    Keycaps are the parts of the key you normally see. The have the letters or numbers printed on them.

    The retaining clips hold the keycaps securely to the keyboard. These small plastic parts hinge together and clip into the keycap and keyboard surface.

    The actual keyboard lies below all of that. It's a pair of plastic circuit boards sandwiched between a couple pieces of metal. The metal top has holes in it with membrane bumps in them and places to attach the retaining clip.

  2. 2

    Reassemble your retaining clips. The most straightforward way to reassemble a keyboard is to first make sure that each pair of clips are connected via the hinges in their middle. The two parts should move smoothly.

  3. 3

    Attach the retaining clips to the keyboard. Each pair of retaining clips attaches to the keyboard via four little connection points. Slide the outermost small posts on the clips into the corresponding hooked sections. The retaining clip should lie flat after you are done. If it does not lie flat, either the retaining clip was attached to the keyboard upside down, or it was assembled incorrectly.

  4. 4

    Press the keycap down onto the correct retaining clip with a firm and steady pressure. It should attach to the clips with a click and pop up flat and level when you remove your finger. If it pops up and leans in one direction or another, that means that the clip did not attach on the higher section and you must push it down again.

Tips and warnings

  • If your keyboard is missing keycaps or retaining clips, you can purchase them from online auction sites very cheaply. Just search for "[name/make/model of laptop] keys." If the membrane section is damaged, it is better to just purchase a new keyboard.

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