Reattaching a key to an ibook's keyboard
(also for powerbooks)
As usual, I cannot be responsible for any damage to
your machines when you will experiment the following
The operation here consists in reattaching a key was has
been ripped off by accident.
Fortunately, in this case, the mechanism under the key
has not been damaged.
The "Q" key has been removed, as for the "S" one, but
here we also removed the mechanism under.
Well, you see, ibook keyboards are not necessary cleaner
than others ;-)
The different components. On the first piece, on the
extreme left, we can see 4 lugs on the 4 corners.
On the piece in the middle, 2 lugs which act as pivots.
Last but not least, the ripped off key (rear view): two
glides and two clamps in its upper part.
The two mechanims pieces reassembled.
In the aperture, on the right, one can see a slot which
will receive the protuberant part we can see on the left.
Be carefull no to put one of them in a wrong position!
If they are well assembled, the mechanism can well be
down flat on the table. The two arrows point to the area
where will be clamped the lugs of the inferior part.
Do not force on each lug but, instead, slightly press the
whole piece within your fingers to slide them in the
aperture. Then release the pressure with the lugs face the
Now we put the mechanism back in place.
First, slide the nick under the yellow arrow while
introducing the piece in the direction it can open without
Then, the lugs pointed by the blue arrows have to be
slided to get the final result, as the one pointed by the
white arrow on the left undamaged key's mechanism.
Now the key itself...
First, we put the lugs (yellow arrows) in the key's
Then we can clamp the upper part of the key onto the lugs
pointed by the blue arrows.
The glides guides (yellow arrows) and the stops (blue
arrows) in which the lugs will shim.
First shim the lugs to the end of the glides guides
Then, close down the key and lock it on the left and on
Keys in place now.
We can see the partial wipping of the "A" and "S" keys:
this shows that the Apple's silk screening of keyboards has
lost in quality.. This keyboard is only 6 months old :-(
If you wish to thank or forsten me...