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Broken keyboard dell inspiron e1405 laptop keyboard randomly went nuts - the asdf & jkl; don't work, but all the other keys do. no trauma, no liquids, just randomly up and died. right now i'm locked out of the admin account (password contains one of the broken letters), so i can't run trouble shooters. what should i do?

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  • lonefire2008 Oct 05, 2008

    and now my page up, fn, and \ keys have gone out.



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I had the same problem. My keys would generate weird characters. My solution was really easy. Delete all temporary internet content and all worthless files. Then do a disk scan and defragment. It will take a long time, but it fixed my weird problem!

If you've downloaded or manipulated large files, 1-8GB, it may mess with the virtual memory or something.

Regardless, give this a try. Hope it works. I'm on my e1405 right now!

Posted on Oct 20, 2008

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To start you can temporarily use an external USB corded keyboard, do not use a wireless keyboard, a corded usb keyboard won't require drivers, and you can access the system straigh away. You can buy a wired usb keyboard at any computer shop for $20/$30.

After you access to your system using your external keyboard, do a backup of your data, and have laptop internal keyboard replaced. The spare is not expensive, but the job should be done by a technician, here is the replacement part: Laptop keyboard replacement for Dell Inspiron E1405

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