The first time I had to replace a laptop key, it took me several hours. I struggled and struggled with the thing, trying to get the clip ends back into the little holder on the laptop keyboard membrane, using tweezers and jewelers tools.
When the clip fell apart, I thought I was doomed. I put it back together and went right on trying to install the whole thing in one shot. I think I imagined that laptop keyboards were put together by extremely talented people with very small fingers, which may be the case, but it sure isn't required. The picture to the right shows the standard arrangement of the four retention points on the keyboard. They can vary a little, some require more snapping in than sliding in. The picture to the left shows your basic detached key with the assembled retaining clip still attached.
I removed it from the keyboard for the sake of doing this illustration by prying up the top of the key a little and pushing the clip at the top inwards towards the center of the key on one side.
Once one side is free, pulling towards that side releases the opposite side, and then the whole key can be slid down, towards the space bar, which releases it from the two little brackets that are closer together. Assuming you aren't pulling your keyboard apart for fun, you may be starting with half the clip still attached to the keyboard as below with all the clip attached to the key, as to the left, or with all of clip mechanism attached to the keyboard, though that's pretty rare.
So the first trick is to realize that it's nearly impossible to reinstall the key with the whole clip attached to it, because the larger half of the clip needs to be squeezed in to get under the holders. The retention holders at the top are essentially a closed "U" shape. It's much easier to take two halves of the clip apart they are simply snapped together and install the larger piece that pivots at the top first.
I'm showing that to the right, and you can do it with your fingers instead of a screwdriver, but I used the screwdriver so you can see something other than fingers. The next step below is to slide the smaller clip, with one end attached to the key, into the bottom two retention points.
If you choose to do this without the key attached, or if it came apart on you, make sure the concave part of the smaller clip is facing down. It doesn't take any force or squeezing, just place it inside the larger clip near the bottom and slid it towards the top. Once that's done, you reassemble the two halves of the clip by just pressing the little pivot points into place, as at the lower right. Now the whole mechanism is assembled and clipped to the keyboard and the top half of the key, shown to the left.
All that's left is to attach the bottom half of the key, which you do by just pressing on the key, shown below to the left. To review, the really critical part of the process is to detach the larger half of the clip from the key and install that on the keyboard first.
After that, the smaller clip only goes with the concave part down and the beefier plastic end attaching to the top of the key, or pointed towards the top of the keyboard if the key isn't attached. The fastest way to do the job is to install the two clip halves without the key attached and then just press the key onto them, starting it at the top since it's a form of open retainer, and then the bottom just stretches into place when you push down.
Whole thing takes a few seconds when you're in practice and doesn't even require a screwdriver.I was using my laptop and it was working fine then I closed the lid for several minutes to do something and it went to sleep. Finally, I used the on-screen keyboard to log in. The keyboard is a very vulnerable component on the laptop.
Problems might occur on a laptop keyboard due to various reasons. You will not be able to type or even unlock your laptop when the keyboard is not working. Although you can temporarily open the on-screen keyboard or connect an external keyboard to type, you may feel not comfortable without the laptop's in-built keyboard.
But don't worry. Usually, it's an easy problem to fix. Here are four fixes you can try if your Acer Aspire laptop keyboard is not working in Windows Many computer problems can be solved by a simple restart.
If your Acer Aspire laptop's keyboard suddenly cannot work, restarting the laptop may fix your problem. Or you can first shut down your laptop by holding down the Power button for about seconds and then turn it on again.
How to Fix an Acer Laptop Keyboard Key
After your laptop restarts, try to type on your keyboard to see if it works. Take the battery out of your laptop. Typically, turn the laptop over and slide the battery release latch, and then slide the battery out. The problem that your Acer Aspire laptop's keyboard stops working is possibly caused by the keyboard drivers.
You can check it out by simply accessing the BIOS menu. If you are able to open the BIOS menu and use the arrow keys to navigate, then we can assume the problem is with the software part and not the hardware part. Then it is time to reinstall the keyboard drivers. Open Device Manager by right-clicking on the Win button and then selecting the Device Manager from the menu. Then you will see your laptop's keyboard under Keyboards. Right-click on your keyboard and select Uninstall. If you are not sure which is your laptop's keyboard, you can uninstall all the keyboards.
After your laptop restarts, check if the driver is installed automatically. If not, again open Device Manager, then right-click on Keyboards and select Scan for hardware changes to install it.
After the driver is installed, the keyboard should start working normally. If suddenly you can't type on your Acer laptop's keyboard, or if you notice a short lag from the time you press a key and a character is displayed on the screen, then it is possible that Filter Keys are set due to improper operation.
It's likely that enabling Slow Keys and Repeats Keys cause your Acer Aspire laptop's keyboard to stop working or not responding for a long time. If so, disabling Filter Keys may fix your problem. Support Team: support isumsoft. Home Products.During these challenging times, we guarantee we will work tirelessly to support you.
We will continue to give you accurate and timely information throughout the crisis, and we will deliver on our mission — to help everyone in the world learn how to do anything — no matter what. Thank you to our community and to all of our readers who are working to aid others in this time of crisis, and to all of those who are making personal sacrifices for the good of their communities. We will get through this together. It's all too easy to pop the keys off a laptop, and almost impossible to get them back on without losing or destroying the nearly microscopic parts.
If you're careful and proceed with caution, then you can pop a key back onto your Dell keyboard and make it work as good as new. All you need is a careful eye and some very stable hands.
Replacing Laptop Keyboard Key - How To Reattach Laptop Keys
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Discussion Are Acer Nitro 5 keys removable? What to search discussions comments polls questions answers. November in Nitro and Aspire Gaming. Hello, I spilled a few drops of a drink onto the keyboard of my Nitro 5 laptop and now the tab, caps loch, and shift keys are sticky. This would not be a big deal as a usually use a USB keyboard, but sometimes while traveling I will need to use the built in one.
I play a lot of League and I have my scoreboard bound to tab, so it gets really frustrating when it keeps sticking down.
Is it possible to remove the keys to clean underneath them and then reinstall them? Thank you and have a good day. Best Answer. Balu Posts: November Accepted Answer. When a key stops striking properly, you may need to remove it from the keyboard to reset the key and troubleshoot the problem.
Step 1 Open up the laptop so that the keyboard is accessible. Use your thumb to press down on the keys immediately below the key you want to remove. Step 2 Use your index finger to lift the key you wish to remove from the top, peeling it back toward the keys you are depressing with your thumb. The key should snap loose with moderate pressure.
Step 3 Use tweezers to remove the key binding from the keyboard. After you take off the key, you will likely notice a few pieces of plastic still attached to the keyboard. This is the key retainer or binding. The flat part of the key that you strike is the key cap. Keep in mind you will need to reset the retainer on the keyboard before reattaching the key cap, so you may want to leave it in place.
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Powered by Vanilla. What's Happening. General Discussions. Members Lounge. Welcome Forum. Acer Answers. Get Product Information only. Acer Support Videos.One or more keys fell off the laptop keyboard and you are not sure how to put them back? There is no universal repair guide because all keyboards are different.
Situation 1. The key cap and key retainer fell off the keyboard and you cannot figure out how to assemble them back. Carefully remove the cap from any other working key so the key retainer stays connected to the keyboard.
Situation 2. The key fell off the keyboard and you lost the cap or the retainer. In this case you can purchase a single key on the internet, just search for it. There is a metal retainer connected to the space bar key on some keyboard models. Separate the retainer from the space bar key with a flat head screwdriver. Install the retainer back in place as it shown on the picture. You have to engage the retainer with the small hooks on the keyboard. Put the space bar key back in place and gently press on it with fingers until it snaps back in place.
As you see on the picture below the keyboard is missing the U key. The key cap, retainer and even silicone membrane were lost. In the following guide I will remove one key I never use and install it in the place of missing U. Remove the retainer. The retainer has two pieces connected to each other.
If one piece got disconnected from the other, connect them back together. The silicon membrane is glued to the keyboard. Very very slowly separate the membrane from the keyboard with a sharp knife.
Again, you have to be very careful removing the membrane. Now apply some superglue on the bottom edge of the membrane, just enough to keep the membrane in the place. Carefully place the membrane in the center of the U. Make sure the membrane is positioned correctly. Wait until the glue cures.
Position the key cap above the retainer. Gently press on the key cap until it clips in and connects to the retainer. Turn the key upside down and take a closer look at the locking clips. This key will not stay connected to the retainer either. On the next picture you can see that one of the tips is missing on the retainer.After cleaning the keyboard a few keys do no longer function.
I removed carefully the cover of one of those keys in order to check whether the switch would only be blocked but it appears that the switch does no longer function.
Is it possible to replace individual switches of the keyboard? Individual keys switches cannot be replaced. While being in Turkey I was looking for a replacement of a German-Swiss keypad and received the following replies:. We have the keypad but cannot send it abroad. May be you have someone in Switzerland who can send it to your address abroad. Thank you, Sharanji, for your reply and the hint. Before sending this post in the forum I did send a mail to the Acer help desk which has unfortunately not yet?
Yes it is actually a pad not a board. My problem is that I have my domicile presently in Turkey but need for my work the German-Swiss-keypad.
It appears that "only" three keys are dead but one of them is really frustrating, the missing left shift key The opinions expressed on Acer Community are the personal opinions of the authors, not of Acer.
Sign up for an Acer ID and get exclusive access to deals and the Predator Den community, where you can ask and answer questions about gaming and gear. Discussion Keyboard: How to repair a few dead keys?
What to search discussions comments polls questions answers. November in Archives. Thanks in advance for some useful advise. Best Answer. November Accepted Answer. Just in case someone stumbles over this thread Acer Germany: You cannot receive the keypad from an Acer subsidiary in a different country. Acer Turkey: We can only supply Turkish or English keypads. November Who's Online in this Category 0. Join in, share your experience!During these challenging times, we guarantee we will work tirelessly to support you.
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We will get through this together. This wikiHow teaches you how to reset a computer's keyboard on Windows and Mac. You can do this by restoring your keyboard's settings to default. You can also change your keyboard's language settings if your keyboard isn't compatible with certain symbols or characters. Note: If you aren't asked to type in the pairing code and the keyboard connects automatically, release the button then and skip the next step.
Type "device manager. Click Device Manager. Expand the "Keyboard" menu. Select the keyboard and click Uninstall. Click Yes. Click Search for updates. Select the keyboard and click Update drivers. Click Search automatically for updated driver software. Restart the computer. Did this summary help you?
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