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Keyboard not working at all

The keyboard doesn't work at any time, can't get into boot setup because the keys don't work. Tried removing and resetting the keyboard; no luck. Dell Inspiron 1501, just over a year old of course, so not covered by warranty. I've managed to hook up an external keyboard, but this sort of defeats the purpose of having a "laptop", y'know? Kinda like to have the keyboard working again.
Any ideas?

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  • ken_nyman May 14, 2009

    Thanks, benwabnick. You've confirmed the inevitable. I appreciate your timely and kind advice!

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Keyboard is definitely bad and will need to be replaced but try one more thing just to be sure.

GO into the BIOS by pressing F2 on your external keyboard. In the BIOS, there is an option in there to reset to factory defaults after you do that save changes and exit but after you completely exit, unhook the external keyboard and see if your laptop keyboard works. If not then you know for sure without a doubt the laptop keyboard needs to be replaced.


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    Hi Ken, Glad I could be of help. If you could please rate me I would deeply appreciate and hope that your weekend is a great one!!!

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Maybe your inspiron 1501 keyboard connect wire to main board lost, try to reconnect it.

Or go to Device Manager with your external keyboard to reset keyboard driver.

Posted on May 15, 2009

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