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Letters sometimes won't work

I have a Dell computer and recently I have been having problems with my "s" and occasionally "a" and have had problems with "k" always small letters. If I keep pressing it sometimes it will start to work again, any ideas?

Laura Dews

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  • ladews Nov 11, 2007

    I did try the cleaning and the Air Duster, should I take the back off and clean it? I have a desktop



  • ladews Nov 12, 2007

    I'm sorry I did not mean to rate it not helpful, but if you have any other suggestions I would appreciate it before I go and get a new keyboard, I thought about taking the back off and air blowing it but don't know if it's a good idea or not?

    Thank You for you time,


  • Jeff voodoo Mar 30, 2008

    SONY VAIO VGN-FS93G keyboard over a period of a few weeks lost the function of 2@, 4$, 0?, r?, u?, y? keys. An sggestions? No assistance fom Son as waant had expied. Oiginall, kes woked when held down fo 5 secs. Now nothing. Mst cop and paste to fill missing lettes. usually fom anothe page. Please help befoe I thow this thing at a bick wall. No I'm not chinese bt laptop is.

  • Anonymous Jul 06, 2008

    I have been having problems with my "s" and occasionally "a" and have had problems with "k" always small letters.

  • gonewishing Jan 20, 2009

    Microsoft 2000. Repeatedly loses key funtions altogether or intermittantly.

    I've taken it apart several times and cleaned the "contacts" with isopropyl alcohol and then it works fine - for a while.

    Apparently the conductive material they used in the manufacturing doesn't hold up well against normal air.



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I assume you have a desktop system with a plug in keyboard; if you have a laptop please tell me and I will type up instructions on how to clean the keyboard on laptops.
You might want to try cleaning out the keyboard.
Unplug the keyboard and hold it upside down; shake it gently and allow debris to fall (pressing the keys can help).
I would also either use compressed air or a small computer vacuum on the keyboard.
Let’s see if this working…if not we might need a through cleaning.

Posted on Nov 11, 2007

  • Frank
    Frank Nov 12, 2007

    I don’t see why you would rate this ‘not-helpful.’

    I did not know you tried to clean the keyboard already.




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