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Spacebar seems stuck/misfires

After computer has been booted up for a short time, the spacebar appears to "stick", even if I haven't pressed the spacebar at all. This happens when docked open, docked closed and undocked.

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It is most likely a cleanliness issue.
Most of the time when a key 'sticks' its because its either broken, or there's some sort of dirt under it, making it malfunction.
A quick and easy way to try to fix this is to buy the keyboard cleaner at a wal-mart, target, kmart, best buy, etc...Its an aerosol that you spray like WD40 into the cracks between the keys to remove dust and such, it does not leave a residue and is basically just blowing air into the cracks.
Alternatively, you can take a water bottle, empty the water (and make sure its completely dry) and then poke a small hole in the lid, then stick a straw (I suggest a thin straw, like they use for Gin and Tonics and restaurants.) into the hole and hold it in place. Then put the straw down by the key and just squeeze the bottle hard and fast to shoot air down into the crack.

If its still failing after that, you'll probably want to take the key off and manually clean it. To do this, look up your computer on the company's website and look for the maintenance manual (or if you still have all of your computer's documentation, you can look there). It should tell you how to safely remove keys and then replace them.

That's all I got, hope it helps. If you still have problems, then I suggest getting an external keyboard (you can pick them up at a Goodwill for five bucks tops) and use that to see if its an issue with your computer, or the keyboard.

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