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Keyboard keys not make contact

I have a keyboard that fails to make contact with some of the keys. Do I have to replace it or is there a way to take this keyboard out to clean or replace?

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If you are smart enough to figure out how to pull out the keybord you can try gently rubbing the contacts to clean them and re-seating them, but probably are better off getting a replacement keyboard for the laptop- as they go for 20 to 40 on ebay for most models.

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