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How can I put my laptop keys back into place?

Q: How can I put my laptop keys back into place?

While I was playing a game and pressed the control button (Ctrl) and the 'J' button, they both randomly popped off. I tried looking for some videos that would help to me put them back properly.

The two clips are still on the keyboard for 'J' and just the key itself is out. When I push down on it to get it back in place, the bottom half is lanky. The top clips on but the bottom doesn't.

This is for my laptop HP Compaq 6730s

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A: How can I put my laptop keys back into place?

Sometimes you have to press in the middle of the key to get to snap into place.
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asishbm said:

I have a three year old Fujitsu Lifebook "S" series laptop (Model No. LBS 5582). Suddenly some keys on the keyboard have stopped functioning. They are not responding to strokes; that is the corresponding characters are not being displayed on the screen.These keys include alphabet keys, number keys and function keys. I use "Win XP Pro" for software.

What could be the problem? How to rectify? I am in Calcutta and there is no service center for Fujitsu.Click to expand...

Hi asishbm,

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A:fn keys not working on laptop

That is quite weird if assuming you already installed its native application. I found most of my laptops (ASUS, Fujitsu, and Toshiba) have their fn keys just work when the appropriate chipset driver were installed, even before its native fn application is installed, of course lacking the fn animations. Two of them are running Win 8.

Have you tried reinstalling drivers? Who knows it resolves the matter? Just my poor guess.
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A:Some keys on laptop keyboard not working

What operating system does it have XP,Vista ,W7?