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4 keyboard keys aren't functioning

The keys of l,k and o aren't functoning. I have used a soft toothbrush to clean around the keys and don't want to remove the keys to clean under them. What can I do ? and are there any products I can purchase to clean under the keys

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  • lavita2 Jan 10, 2009

    I used compressed air and a laptop keyboard brush to clean the keys and still they don't respond. Could the keyboard need to be changed? please give info. on what to do

  • lavita2 Jan 10, 2009

    If the Acer Aspire 3000 keyboard needs to be replaced due to certain keys not responding, it is hard to replace and can a 'lay person' do it, or does it need to installed by a computer tech.

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Chances are there is a physical problem with the keyboard. Are the keys sticky or do they press normally and still not work? If the keys are sticky when you push them you can remove the keyboard and keys and try to clean the keys with rubbing alcohol. Chances are the keyboard is not defective and the link below will help you take care of that problem. If you need any further help let me know.

I am including a link to a new keyboard for your model Laptop. They are fairly reasonable condidering they are laptop keyboards.

Posted on Jan 09, 2009

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    Rob Houg Jan 19, 2009

    Should be easy to replace the keyboard, Possibly release tabs underneath some plastic covers that should just pop off. I am currently searching for your exact model but am having problems locating the instructions with pics.




  • Rob Houg
    Rob Houg Jan 19, 2009

    The installation procedure is the reverse
    of the disasembly procedure? Ok so I was a bit of a smart ***, and you
    probably haven't disasembled the laptop yet.





    I've taken exactly one laptop apart, and after a year or so still
    haven't put it back together, so do what you will with my advice and
    whatever you do don't force anything.





    More than likely your laptop has screws you can see on its bottom, so
    take those out. Some screws will be of a different size than the others
    and you'll want to be able to remember exactly where each screw came
    from, so number each screw and draw a diagram of where they came from.



    #3 is the "Screen Hinge Cover Plate"







    You'll have to take a close look at the screen hinge cover plate to get
    it off because it's probably just snapped into place. Once you take off
    the screen hinge cover plate you'll see a few more screws that you'll
    need to take out, number and draw a diagram for.



    Once you have all the proper screws out, your laptop clamshell should
    open up. The keyboard is probably attached onto the bottom part of the
    clamshell with a few more screws and with a ribbon cable to your
    motherboard. Just slide the keyboard ribbon compression bar away from
    from the main fitting and remove the ribbon from the fitting. Now slide
    the new keyboard into place and do the reverse of these instructions.
















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