Replacing a key on my 12" Powerbook G4

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by sowlerrmgh, Mar 28, 2008.

  1. sowlerrmgh macrumors member

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    Oct 26, 2004
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    Hi,

    The 'd' key on my keyboard broke about 6 months ago. For a while I managed by just pressing the rubber dome which the key usually rest on, however this has fallen off and it now takes about 10 seconds of pushing very hard to press the 'd' key.

    I took my laptop to an computer shop specialising in Apple (Not an apple store) and they said they would have to replace the whole keyboard costing £80!!

    Is there any other way of getting only the d key replaced? I searched around on the internet and it looks like you can buy separate keys but not the rubber dome needed to make the key work.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    sowlerrmgh
     
  2. Adokimus macrumors 6502a

    Adokimus

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    Jun 2, 2007
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    Boston, MA
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    Your best bet is to buy a full keyboard and do the installation yourself. Replacement instructions here: http://www.powerbookmedic.com/xcart1/files/G4alum12.pdf . I know they cost about $80 US, so they should be cheaper there. On the other hand, individual keys cost about $9 US, and you might be able to find a replacement rubber dome thing online. My GUESS is that you could use a generic rubber dome or gank one off of an old PC laptop. Maybe try an otherwise severely broken free laptop on craigslist.
     

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