How to Replace a Key for a Sony Vaio Laptop

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Over time the keyboard keys in your Sony Vaio laptop can become loose and may pop out. Sony recommends that you take the laptop to a certified technician to repair the keyboard, but any computer user can replace the key on his own. If you don't want to spend the money to have a computer repair tech replace the key, you can pop it back into place at home with a basic tool found in most homes.

Things You'll Need

  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Power down the Sony Vaio laptop and close the LCD lid. Unplug any cables and devices connected the laptop, such as the power cable or any USB drives.

  • Turn the laptop upside-down so that you can see the battery. Move the battery's release latch to the unlocked position. Slide the battery out of the laptop and set it aside.

  • Flip the laptop back over and open the LCD lid. Check the bottom side of the key that fell out. See if the rubber spring and two plastic hinges remain on the keyboard or if they fell out with the key.

  • Place the key back onto the open space on the keyboard if the spring and hinges remain on the keyboard. Push all four corners of the key at the same time to lock it back into place.

  • Pick up the first plastic hinge piece with a pair of needle-nose pliers if it fell off with the key. Set the piece onto the left side of the open keyboard hole.

  • Use the pliers to position the hinge so that the small tabs at the top and the bottom fit into the base of the keyboard. Repeat the process on the right side of the open keyboard hole with the second plastic hinge.

  • Push the rubber spring into the open area between the two plastic hinges. Set the key on top and press down all four corners at the same time until the key snaps into place.

  • Put the battery back into the Sony Vaio. Power on the laptop and attempt to use the replacement key to ensure it was installed properly.

Tips & Warnings

  • The spacebar also has a metal support rod that you need to set into place before you can replace that particular key.
  • If you have lost the key, the rubber plunger or the plastic hinges, you can acquire replacement keyboard key kits online through websites that sell laptop components.
  • If you don't have needle-nose pliers you can also use a pair of tweezers.

References

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