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Gateway SK9920 keyboard (2002)

The spacer bar is sticking -- what can be done?

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  • oriolekat Nov 18, 2007

    I have the same problem on a KB-0401 keyboard that came with a computer I bought earlier this year (in mid-March 2007). It started to fail to acknowledge the space bar less than 5 months after I got the computer. Even typing this little bit has been painful, as I have to stop in between each word and be very deliberate about the space bar.



    I popped the space bar off, and it looks as if the little gelatinous button in there may not have been centered correctly when it was installed. I futz with it every once in a while, and the situation is temporarily improved, but it never stays that way for long (for instance, I just did it again now, and typing this paragraph has taken roughly half the time that typing the last paragraph did.

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2008

    space bar sticks. Should I remove it to clean, and if so how?

  • leewardct Jan 09, 2009

    I have to hold down the individual key for several seconds to make it work

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I run into a problem after spiling some tea on my keyboard KB0401 gateway
i dried it and it did not work properly so I decided to buy replacement. I bought one on eBay
then I found a solution on internet, somebody suggested to put it in a dishwasher and run the cycle then let it dry completely. It sounded very crazy to me. Probably the same it will to you. Having a new keyboard installed I decided to "dishwash" the old one. Then I let it dry in room for two days and hooked it up to my computer. I was thinking that I am going to be proved, how foolish I was to believe in such a thing. And to my greatest surprise, it worked perfectly good. Now I know, I was stupid to by a new one.
I guess you never start to learn. So for those for you, who will have similar problem, try this solution first.
You might be surprised, as I was. If it does not work then you can proceed with buying a replacement.

Posted on Oct 12, 2008

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You may try removing it and cleaning out any gunk on the key shafts, and possibly tighting the spring if there is one. If that doesn't help you might just have worn it out, and you'll need a new one.

I haven't tried this one myself, but applying a little WD40 might actually help lubricate the key (and loosen gunk), but don't "fill up" your keyboard.

Posted on Nov 07, 2007

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My laptop seems to have the space bar stuck down.i have managed to remove the spacebar and nothing was wrong with it. E ven while the spacebar was removed the laptop thought it was being pressed down.its...


I have heard and did experience laptop spacer bar not registering when you press it.

I have a HP zv6000 with this problem, here is how I solved it, as it is a manufacturers design fault:

If you have the maintenance manual (get it of the web free), remove the key board. Place a small block of about 3/16" of folded paper between the underside of the spacer bar pad and the board itself. This it to help raise the spacer bar for the next step.

On the underside center of the spacer bar is a small black silicone rubber button, that may now have enough space between it and the underside of the spacer bar (after applying the sandwich of folded paper). The object of this is to enable you to place a 1/4" square of masking tape between the top of the silicone button and the underside of the spacer bar.

If this can be done, the tape will stay in place very well and in essence raise the spacer bar by the tape thickness, thus aiding in overcoming an unresponsive operation of the spacer bar. You may wish to place two thicknesses of tape in place for positive assurance. I only used one and it seems to work well, but I would recommend two thicknesses of tape, as the bar may still occasionally not register. But trust me it is much better now.

I'm sorry I did not take any pictures and I am not a member here, but I hope someone will find this very useful and post it for all to see.

Good luck to all.

Andy, Delta, Canada.

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HAVE SOME HOW PROGRAMMED THE "a" buttOn to ALSO BE A CAps upper cASE BUTTON as cAN BE SEEN BY MY TYPING THIS MESSAge HOW DO I CORRECT THIS PROBLEM? KEY BOard is the sk9920


There may be some moisture/dust in the circuit beneath the keys in the keyboard. Open the Keyboard , wipe the circuits with a dry tissue paper and reassemble the keyboard. Its just the rubber beneath the A button is also pressing the Caps lock contact on the circuit below the KEYS. The Simplest solution is replace the keyboard.

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when was the last time you clean your keyboard it probably needs cleaning, avoid eating around your keyboard

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it looks to me like you have your number lock on.

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UK keyboards use a different key for @.
If you wish to change the keyboard layout, you can do this by right clicking on your taskbar and select "language bar". When this is done, right click on the keyboard symbol and select "settings". Change the default language (to UK) and your keyboard will type correctly.

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Keys on my SK9920 stick...how do I clean it?


The same thing happened to me with my gateway keyboard. The f2, f3, and f4 keys were stuck down in the keyboard itself. I just wanted a quick fix, so I soaked a paper towel, rung it out, and cleaned the keys like that, all the keys work wonderfully now

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Does not work nor does a new one


Thank you for your response. I just went ahead and bought a USB keyboard and that solved my problem. Thank you once again.

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