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Broke the lock, that connects the keyboard to the motherboard.

I was trying to open up my laptop a while back and when I was putting everything back together I broke the lock that connects the keyboard to the motherboard. Is there anyway for me to reconnect my keyboard?

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What you're looking for is called a "retaining clip", though I'm seeing them more often called a "cable clip". These aren't usually considered "replaceable" parts, as they're so fragile. However, I have seen various ones on eBay. The dv7 is common enough, you should be able to find one (I struck out). I warn you, however, that you run a pretty big chance of breaking the replacement as well while attempting installation. It's probably worth it to get the system running again, I just wanted to make sure you understand the risk.

Good luck and make sure you let us know how it turns out!

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Do know about the cable clip for connection the mouse to the motherboard on a hp 8560w elitebook.. and the clip for connecting the buttons on the to the mother board?


While the answer I gave was in response to someone asking about a specific model series, the answer applies to all laptops (and many/most mobile devices). Just search "cable clip" or "retaining clip" along with your specific make/model, or better yet, the part number of the board to which the connector itself is soldered. I haven't looked lately, so I don't know how much luck you'd have, but it's worth a shot. All warnings and cautions also still apply.


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