Laptop keyboards are notorious for their weak builds, resulting in many broken keys over the years of laptop usage. This can often make even the calmest user frustrated and angry with the lack of a key or two on the keyboard. However, keys can be replaced without having to open up the computer. With only a few items purchased from Sony's website, you can replace keys that have fallen off your keyboard.
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Things you need
- Keyboard key cap (if misplaced)
- Key retainers (if misplaced)
- Flathead screwdriver
Carefully remove another key cap next to the broken key to observe how the plastic retainers are placed on your keyboard. This can be difficult, as the Sony Vaio keyboard is very flat. If you cannot pry up the key with your fingers, use a flat-headed screwdriver to remove the key cap.
Mimic how the plastic retainers look on the just-removed key.
Clip the plastic retainers into place on the broken key. If you matched them with the just-exposed key, they will click into place, and no super glue or new parts will be required.
Push your key cap onto the plastic retainers, and that will also snap into place. If you are having trouble getting it on, it may be that the key cap is cracked/broken. You'll need to purchase a new one if this is the case.
Tips and warnings
- If you have replaced the keys and they still don't work, you may need to replace your keyboard. In that case, contact Sony to obtain a replacement keyboard (see Resources).
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