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Clean up the keyboard with technical alcohol. Remove battery before this. Allow to dry

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Hp mini 210 2090nr


If a key on a laptop keyboard stops working it's usually bad news for the keyboard as it may well need to be replaced. Test the 'feel' of the button. Does it feel different compared to other buttons when you press it? I.e. does it feel loose, stiff, wobbly or like it sticks? Stiff or sticky could mean there is something stuck under the button, loose or wobbly could mean it is mechanically broken. Sometimes turning your laptop on it's side and tapping it firmly, not hard, can release it if there is a mechanical fault. Unfortunately however I think the fault is most likely to be an unrepairable one. You could always plug in an external USB keyboard to check if it the G key responds just to rule out an operating system fault but it is unlikely to be that. If the G button works when using the external keyboard you can be sure it is your laptop keyboard that is broken.
Replacement keyboards cost around $30 (eBay). There's a good guide on youtube showing how to remove the keyboard. http://youtu.be/OOor4uZRM9g

Good Luck

May 01, 2014 | HP Computers & Internet

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Keyboard keys are stiff can not press


You just spilled some sweet liquid that messed up your keyboard - coffee, coca cola, milk. Try to clean using technical alcoohol. Before THAT REMOVE BATTERY. ALLOW TO DRY. If problem persist have it done in service. Post results here please !

Oct 31, 2012 | HP Mini 1000 Netbook

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How do I take off teh keyboard digits to clean underneath - after spilling melted chocolate on some keys they are stiff and sticky.


  1. Remove the old keyboard key by putting the tip of your fingernail underneath the top right of the key you want to clean.

  2. Lift the key upward to remove the key.

  3. Push the hinge into place on the keyboard, and put the rubber spring piece into place.
  4. Align the cleaned key on the keyboard so that it is in the correct place.
  5. Push the key firmly in place, and move it slightly around until you hear a clicking sound.

Feb 07, 2011 | HP Pavilion dv6000z Notebook

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I have a gateway keyboard ku-0833 and its working fine but I spilt a little coffee on it and a few of the keys are stiff to push. Is there a way I can clean it, tried using cotton swabs around the keys but...


You can pry out the keys using a butter knife and use rubbing alcohol to clean the underneath.

if the coffee got into the connectors you might be out of luck.

**THE FOLLOWING IS NOT RECOMMENDED**
When i spilt mt dew on my keyboard i took out the battery let it decharge for 5 minutes. I put it in a pan and poured rubbing alcohol on it and let it sit for 5 min. While it was sitting i swished the alcohol around a little bit so it could flow. took it out and let it dry for about 1-2 hours and it worked perfectly. this is orta used as a last resort

Nov 24, 2010 | Gateway 2520915 Keyboard

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How do I remove and clean the keyboard? Some of my letters are really stiff.


Well completely removing the keyboard wont really help, seeing as how there is an underlay board it rest on. Also you risk voiding any type of warranty by doing so.

So I'm assuming coke or some other type of drink or sticky substance is making the keys stiff.

Best advise to you is to manually take a small knife..or butter knife would be safer and lifting up each key very carefully till it pops off. If you are careful there should be no worries and you can clean the board under the keys the best you can...(DO NOT OPENLY POOR WATER OR CLEANING SOLUTION) take a rag or a towel, lightly moisturize it and clean or wipe carefully.

Then just re-seat the keys back to the board as the springs and or latches under the keys should just snap back into place.

Remember where the keys go also, or typing could get interesting for you if you look at the keyboard.

I myself ...do not even glace at the keyboard anymore :P

Give me thumbs please!

Aug 22, 2010 | Sony VAIO VGN-NR385E Laptop

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With dell keyboard. When I push a key it will not


Hi,
Had the same problem. Get a pointy knife & run it up & down between the keys. You will be amazed at the RUBBISH that comes out. Then hold it upside down, & with a stiff bristled brush, clean out the rest of the RUBBISH over a sheet of newspaper.
Regards,
L

Jan 29, 2010 | Dell 0Y3740 Keyboard

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Keyboard not responding just making a sound when hitting any key


The speaker will beep when a the Keyboard buffer is full. Many times this is due to a key that is stuck in the down position. With the computer off, run your fingers over all of the keys, and note that the keys "bounce" back up as you release the pressure from your fingers. Any key that is NOT returning to the "up" position is stuck in the down position. Examine that key for any foreign matter that could be wedged between the keys. You may be able to CAREFULLY pry the foreign matter from between the keys using a paper clip that has been opened to form a stiff wire. Also try pushing down on the surrounding keys at you attempt to remove the object. Once the object is removed, turn the keyboard upside down and shake. I think you'll be surprised at how much dirt and other "stuff" comes out from behind those keys. A small air compressor or can of compressed air will also accomplish this. Just be sure not to turn the can of air upside down or you will also expel the propellant from the can which can damage the keyboard and/or computer.

On another note, it is also a posibility that the membrane which holds the keys in the up position is broken which would require you to replace the keyboard itself.

Nov 27, 2009 | Dell 0Y3740 Keyboard

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Sony Laptop enter key becoming stiff how to solve issue


I think you need to open and check, if its stuck somewhere just do the handwork(adjust until its ok), or replace the keyboard, its not really a pro jobs and you can do it yourself. To get the guide to open and and replace your keyboard you can read here: http://eshop.macsales.com/Tech/FTP/pbpismo/pbfw-kybd-cip.pdf

Jan 29, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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Keyboard is stiff and some of d keys are coming off


search on ebay for replacement keyboard they are realy easy to change 1 plastic strip and 2 screws 10 miuites

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