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certain keys on laptop not working

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by tesugu, Mar 7, 2010.

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  1. tesugu

    tesugu Thread Starter

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    Hi I noticed that gradually certain keys near each other are now not working on my Dell Inspiron 64OO, which is a couple of years old now....

    the keys that arent working are the zero, minus symbol and equal sign on top line, letter p and bracket beside it, semicolon and apostrophe, slash with question mark. So they are related somehow I guess seeing that they are all in a line that runs downward.

    I did pop off the letter p key and tried carefully cleaning it and it did work occasionally, but I gave up being patient and just copy and paste now, which is an absolute nuisance. please help if you can!:confused:
     
  2. nebuchadnezzer2

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    lol, how old is the laptop? they're designed to last about 2 years then start dying.
     
  3. tesugu

    tesugu Thread Starter

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    Hi, guess thats not good news...I bought it secondhand off my sons teacher who said it was 18 mths old last year, but I doubt that, it is definitely now more than 2 yrs old. Can I tell somehow.
    Is there a good way of trying to clean under the keys.
    Thanks
     
  4. preachp

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    Hi tesugu,
    You might try an external USB keyboard. It would give you extended life for a little investement. Changing the keyboard on a laptop is neither fun nor cheap.
     
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