Having problems with your IBM ThinkPad T42 Notebook ?

How do you repair a keyboard button that has popped off

\015 I left home to meet a client for work and left my IBM T42 at home with my in-law...big mistake. I came home to find that somehow the letter "p" on my keyboard just up and jumped off. Nobody new about it and yet this thing is in 3 pieces and I need to figure out the right way to put it back together. The pieces are so small and fragile, I don't want to force anything. \015\012\015\012It looks like two mettal pieces have broken off where the seat of the button would be.\015\012\015\012What to do?\015

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The problem IS self fixable. I just did it now to my "]" button on a gateway laptop containing 2 plastic peices underneath it. There are concepts that make a laptop keyboard work. Primarilly, a slightly bendable pair of plastic peices that are made to latch together at the middle to form an X shape, the bottom of the X containing two comparatively large slits where it seats at the base of the keyboard (tuck them in first so they both snap), and at the top of the X is 4 notches where they meet at the button's back surface to snap into. the X shape is arranged first so that you can manually lift and drop the X so it smoothly lifts and drops. After securing the primary mechanical system, you snap one side of the button to the X shape only. Then you use a very thin long peice of metal like the end of a sissor or small screwdriver to lift the middle of the bottom side of the button so the entire button is lifted to about the height it is supposed to be, then keep it there so the button doesnt move any lower when you try to snap the other side of the button firmly down. This is the hardest part of the repair since you cant really see what your doing, but as long as the button is lifted to its normal height, it should snap in and look as good as new.
Take a look at http://www.laptopkey.com/installation_guides.php It clearly shows how to remove and replace a laptop key.
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