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Dell notebook keyboard malfunction

Apparently something was spilled on my dell inspiron 1525 keyboard. a couple of the keys were not working well. i purchased a product from radio shack called, ''control/contact cleaner and lubricant which the sales person assured me would solve the problem. it didnt. it actually made it much worse. now i have about 6 nonfunctioning keys including the spacebar. i had to purchase a usb keyboard to use. what caused the keys to stop working and more importantly, can they be fixed or do i need a new keyboard? I spilled water on my keyboard one day: cleaned it with isopropyl alcohol and the keyboard worked fine. The next day I spilled a sugared soft drink on it, cleaning it with water followed with alcohol to remove the water. I allowed it to dry completely before replacing it. Some key are now sensitive (they must be struck carefully in order to work) and often have to strike the ESC key repeatedly to gt drop-own menus to stop rapidly dropping down. I assume that I will need to replace the keyboard. An easy enough job, but I's prefer to avoid it.

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Try to press the key using screw driver or any pin that you can press into the keyboard..but remove first the top key..try pressing with some screw if its typing,if not its mean the logic board is damage and you need toreplace a new one...if working with the screw pressing..repalace with a key button only with the same lock.

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Dell inspiron 1525 functions keys are not working


The two most common input devices for the Dell Inspiron 1525 are the keyboard and mouse.

Although the mouse is an almost indispensable tool in navigating through programs and websites with your laptop, the keyboard offers quick shortcuts to open and manipulate files and information.


An unresponsive keyboard can indicate a deeper problem and require troubleshooting to narrow down the cause and find the proper solution.


Laptops are collections of complicated computer components and sometimes a file or two can become damaged and affect the way the machine behaves.


The first action to perform when things aren't working right is to reboot. When your laptop restarts, it essentially resets all the files and programs to the "starting" position and corrects any small errors that may have occurred during the last session.


Eliminate Conflicting Hardware

With an almost unlimited number of accessories, programs and software available for your 1525, it's possible something else installed on or connected to your computer is interfering with its ability to properly communicate with the keyboard.

Shut down the laptop and disconnect everything attached to it.


Power up and test the keyboard.

If it works, start reconnecting each accessory, one by one, until the keyboard stops working. You've found your culprit.


Try External Keyboard


To determine whether the problem exists in the keyboard itself a hardware problem or with the software that controls keyboard function, attach an external keyboard and see if it works.


If it does, the problem with your 1525's keyboard may lie in the keyboard itself, such as a loose cable.


If the external keyboard doesn't work, the problem may lie with the operating system's software that controls keyboard function, such as the drivers.


Update Software


Sometimes a laptop will stop functioning properly due to out-of-date drivers or other software. Always check Microsoft's website for any updates available for your operating system and check Dell's website for updates to the drivers and BIOS installed on your system.


In many cases, installing the latest updates will help correct issues and keep your system working smoothly and efficiently.


Check for Damage


Physical damage, such as a liquid spill and short circuits, can prevent the keyboard from operating properly.


Any amount of liquid spilled on your keyboard can cause a short circuit to the components and a sticky beverage such as juice or soda can cause the keys to stick and become unresponsive.


Clean the spilled liquid from under the keyboard fix sticky keys.

Laptop repair shops can do this for you if the task is out of your comfort zone.


Hope this helps




Oct 23, 2012 | Dell Inspiron 1525 (dndppa1_3) Intel Core...

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Letter b and n spacebar and question mark all not functioning since i spilled something on keyboard...Inspiron 1525


If you spilled something on the keyboard it's pretty obvious the source of your problem ;)

I would suggest swapping the keyboard out with a new / used one from ebay, it's cheap and easy.

Here's a tutorial :)

Hope this info helps, and if you have any other questions please reply to this thread.

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Inspiron 1525 laptop keyboard stuck


if you think thats the cause of the problem.... then you should clean it before it will cause more damage.
clean it with water and let it dry.

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There isn't any "Known Issues" that I am aware of with that model. Try re-seating the keyboard cable, see if there is any difference:
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ins1545/en/SM/keyboard.htm#wp1179891
If no difference, contact Dell if under warranty. If not new keyboards are about $20 on EBay

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My Dell Inspiron 1525 Laptop keyboard is malfunctioning. It is either not responding or keys are always engaged and I cannot log on. I was told by a technician to buy a new keyboard from Dell Philippines...


Hmm you know ebay has alot of keyboards for laptops , very cheap too, would be no harm typing your laptop name + keyboard into ebay, ive often bought them from there for people. hoep this helps

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Some characters on keyboard not working


Restarting the laptop usually resolves this issue. However, if you are frequently having the same issue, or if restarting did not help, i suggest that you contact dell technical support to check for possible serious problem on your keyboard. you may visit www.support.dell.com

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Dell notebook keyboard malfunction


I suspect just as you suggested something was spilled on it. Other than loose keys laptop keyboards are generally not repairable. They are not that difficult to replace, but check the Service Manual before deciding to do it yourself.

Dec 17, 2008 | Dell Inspiron 1525 Notebook

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The whole keyboard


just wait as it may dry out .
if not a keyboard can be order on ebay for around 30.00

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