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Keyboard doesnt function properly

Spilled liquid on vostro 1000 laptop. Dismantled, cleaned, reasembled. Everything is ok except keyboard and touchpad dont work. Touchpad doesnt work at all; keyboard does strange things when I hit a key. Tried external keyboard, does the same thing.

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It is possible that the keyboard matrix is shorted so when you use the external kbd it still gets the same errors. See if you can disable the main kbd in bios and if that solves the problem. You could also try removing the main kbd and see what that does. Otherwise you probably have a motherboard problem. The touchpads are usually pretty tough to liquids - check the cable on that.
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