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Any idea of how much it costs to replace a keyboard in a Dell laptop. Is it a do it your self job? Whenever I hit the letter 'a' I get all kinds of extra letters and even some opening of programs. I hooked up a full sized keyboard and the problem goes away so I think it is safe to assume that the 'a' is broken.
 

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got to store staples and get an air blower - clean up your keyboard pretty good - if that doesnt work - you can pry out the button (I button) and clean underneath it -and then put it back

be gentle
 

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got to store staples and get an air blower - clean up your keyboard pretty good - if that doesnt work - you can pry out the button (I button) and clean underneath it -and then put it back

be gentle
I already did all that, no luck.....
 

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I replaced my keyboard on my Dell and it was easy. I have full parts/service replacement plan and they sent out a new one and it had instructions to replace. Was super simple.
 

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on e-bay around $20.00, small phillips and a flat head screw driver is all you need. I keep extras around for all my dells and HPs.
 

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on e-bay around $20.00, small phillips and a flat head screw driver is all you need. I keep extras around for all my dells and HPs.
Thanks, I'll check it out....
 

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$19.49 shipped from Amazon. Thanks for all you help...
 

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Just a word of caution, be VERY gentile when taking the old key board out. It is attached by a flat ribbon cable with an in-line straight multi pin connector- open the keyboard slowly until you feel the tension, then tilt the bottom of the keyboard toward the screen you can then rest it on the screen and then multi-pin connector will be obvious and reachable, there is usually a "pull tab" on the keyboard side of the cable, gently pull it off the board side of the connector and plug the new one in watching the orientation slot is alligned.

This is not to scare you and sounds a lot more fragile than it actually is but I have repaired the motherboard side of the connector a number of times due to an over zealous tech. :whatever:
 

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Just a word of caution, be VERY gentile when taking the old key board out. It is attached by a flat ribbon cable with an in-line straight multi pin connector- open the keyboard slowly until you feel the tension, then tilt the bottom of the keyboard toward the screen you can then rest it on the screen and then multi-pin connector will be obvious and reachable, there is usually a "pull tab" on the keyboard side of the cable, gently pull it off the board side of the connector and plug the new one in watching the orientation slot is alligned.

This is not to scare you and sounds a lot more fragile than it actually is but I have repaired the motherboard side of the connector a number of times due to an over zealous tech. :whatever:
Thanks for the word of caution......I've been inside desktops many times so I am familiar with cables and I hope this will not be a problem. I'll let you know....:b
 

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Marc - I decided to try it today for fun and got frustrated trying to get mine out and this is what happened.




only kidding, lol
 

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Marc - I decided to try it today for fun and got frustrated trying to get mine out and this is what happened.




only kidding, lol
I really need a new one anyway so maybe this is not so bad.....:%:%:%
 

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This video should explain it all for you.

[flash=425,344]http://www.youtube.com/v/lbAzHtFYNrk&feature=related&hl=en&fs=1[/flash]
 

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sportscenterisnext wrote:
This video should explain it all for you.

[flash=425,344]http://www.youtube.com/v/lbAzHtFYNrk&feature=related&hl=en&fs=1[/flash]
THANKS, I think I can handle that.
 

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Update:

The new keyboard arrived today and the replacement took all of 10 minutes to install. The longest part was the shutdown and reboot. :lol Thank you to all for their input and help. This was an easy $20 repair and this laptop is as good as new. See:

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No problems with the 'a'.

Marc
 
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