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The (key between the tab and the w) is stuck. It

The (key between the tab and the w) is stuck. It won't even go down when pressed. I've tried s(key between tab and w)uirting compressed gas duster along the sides & under the key as best I can. Nothing was spilled on the computer (but it's possible that something else like dog hair or birdseed worked its way in...) Any suggestions? Thanks tons! Leo

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  • loveres22 Oct 10, 2009

    After posting, I carefully removed the q key and the w key and compared them. I quickly saw that there was indeed the shell of parakeet seed wedged under the plastic grid, so I fished it out carefully with a dental probe (very helpful for things like that) and I'm now good to go. Thanks for the suggestion!

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Almost all laptop keys are attached to the keyboard via small plastic clips that keep the key from flying off the keyboard. They also generally have a small rubber piece that is pushing the key up. If that small rubber piece became damaged or loss the key would appear to be stuck since the rubber piece is not pushing the key back up.
If you feel comfortable doing it you can apply a small amount of force and pop the key off "Q" I believe in your case and check for damage.
I don't believe you can buy replacement parts for a single key, so you may have to replace the entire keyboard.

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