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Compaq R4000 - Spacebar needs pressure

My Compaq R4000 spacebar used to move with a slight thumb tap. Now it needs a forceful push to respond. No cat, no spillage. Any ideas? It is just over 3 years in use and only by myself.

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I) try connecting another keyboard( if you have any spare) if it working ok .... then there is problem with ur keyboard(>3 years) 

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