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Is there any reason why a single letter key would stop working on a computer purchased new for Christmas and used for less than a week? There is nothing beneath the key, it's been taken off and put back on and it still doesn't respond unless it is prodded harder than normal typing.

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Maybe the ribbon cable that connects the keyboard to the system board is not fully inserted. I have had this problem in the past and its only solveed by completely dismantling the laptop and even then its not 100% certain thats what thet problem is

If you used it for less than a week its obviously still under warranty , just backup all the important data and get it exchanged

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