Get your magnifying glass ready. Or your patience, at least. For this is one pesky task, my friends: reattaching a laptop
key that has popped off.
I experienced this particular mishap first-hand a few months ago. An over-enthusiastic terrier used my laptop keyboard
as a spot from which to vault to the windowsill. Grr.
The good news is that even with my non-techie
abilities, I was able to fix the problem myself. However, there was a fair bit of humming and hawing involved as I figured out how to click back into place the teensie-weensie plastic hinges that keep your laptop keys click-clacking.
I wish I had known about this -- LaptopRepair101's fine instructions
for reattaching laptop keys, complete with excellent close-up photos demonstrating each step. Check it out. Oh, and here are some important facts up-front: Lesson 1: the aforementioned teensie-weensie plastic hinges are actually called key retainers. Lesson 2: if you don't get them repositioned just so
, your key will be useless for all time. Lesson 3: be gentle. They are super-fragile. Lesson 4: If you need a replacement key, don't bother calling your computer's manufacturer. Unless you've paid for a tech help plan, they don't care. Instead, search eBay
for a replacement key.