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Touchpad key 'sticky'

The left touch pad key on my Dell Inspiron laptop is sticky, and you have to hit it a couple of times to illicit a response. I am sure the problem is not serious - can anyone tell me how to remove the key to clean it, and see if anything needs to be replaced? Thanks

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  • dell2200 Nov 17, 2007

    I have this same problem. Please post instructions on how to disassemble. Can you just pry the key off?

  • Inspiron2200 Dec 07, 2007

    I have the same problem and would love to have directions on how to fix it.

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Hi Talderman, Are you referring to the ?mouse? button just below the touchpad? If yes, that is a common problem and could be the result of foreign material getting in-between the contacts or more likely mechanical wear from use. You can try cleaning the contacts but you will need to disassemble the laptop to get to the touchpad assembly which is part of the palmrest. It?s not a quick or risk free job and typically is beyond the abilities of most home users since it involves removing the LCD panel. Unless you have the skills, tools and have the ability to risk the machine I would suggest taking it to the local Dell authorized shop and having the touchpad replaced. If you decide you want to try let us know and I?ll post instructions on how to take it apart. By the way Ebay has the part for about $20?.. Good luck and please don?t forget to rate the post.

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Hi tomj23

I have the tools and am ready to take the risk to dissamble and fix this. Please guide me on how to fix it.

Thanks in advance.

Posted on Dec 06, 2007

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