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My Dell inspiron 1545 my laptop keyboard is not working. Some keys work just find but most do not. I know the best thing to do is replace it,I will if I must, but is there anything else I could do?

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First to make sure the controller is fine use an external USB keyboard. Open notepad and try all the keys.
now without closing notepad using the internal keyboard and try the keys that so far don't work. Still a problem, turn off laptop.
carefully lift the key cap and see is there is some dust hair or something that is preventing the key to react well.
Last if you can get a live DVD/CD from Linux and try to open a similar notepad program and try the keys. if all work your laptop windows could be infected or corrupted.

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First thing to try is re-securing the keyboard ribbon on the motherboard. to do that on most dells its as simple as popping off the top strip where the power button is and then remove the screw holding the keyboard down and carefully pull the keyboard away till you are able to pull the retaining clip up and remove the ribbon from the motherboard. then reinsert it securely and push the retaining clip down. sometimes there are screws on the underside of the laptop that hold the keyboard on but ive never come across a dell that does that personally.

If re-securing the ribbon doesnt do the trick, then you are better off buying a keyboard off of ebay(usually between 15 and 20 dollars) than messing with the insides of the keyboard. good luck.

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Sounds like your number lock is on. Find the key with blue lettering that says 'Num Lk' (or something very similar). Press Fn and that key, and your number lock will be turned off and your keys will go back to normal.

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You might be able to find a cheap replacement palm rest (which includes the touch pad) on E-Bay or similar site. Just search your model number.

As far as replacing it yourself, I recommend having someone that works on computers regularly doing it, unless you are completely comfortable working inside the laptop. If you are (and you take all necessary precautions), here is the Service Manual from Dell which includes disassembly instructions for the palm rest.

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SOURCE: Dell Inspiron 1545 space bar, ''n'' and ''b'' keys suddnly don't work

There isn't any "Known Issues" that I am aware of with that model. Try re-seating the keyboard cable, see if there is any difference:
If no difference, contact Dell if under warranty. If not new keyboards are about $20 on EBay

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