I had the plastic pieces holding the bar broken off when I got it, I just put some loctite over the broken pieces with the bar in it. Then kept moving the bar while the loctite dried. It recreated the plastic holdings and is more robust to abuse now.
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Clean the keyboard. Most of the keys can be safely "popped" out using a nail file or other thin lever. Don't pop out the larger keys, like the space bar, because they have a small wire spring in most models that can make them difficult to reinsert properly. Use canned air, a Swiffer, q-tips, or other methods (nothing wet, but a damp cloth that doesn't drip is OK) to get the obstructions cleaned away and then put your keys back.
On dell's website there is a step by step instructions on how to attach it back on. I had to do the same thing on mine machine. Just go to dell's site and on the search bar on how to attach the keyboard.
You can easily fix your space bar. I fixed mine last month when my daughter pulled it out of the keyboard. I used this video tutorial guide to help install the space bar key back into place. Its really very simple. have a look: http://www.laptopkey.com/installation_guides.php
this could very well be your OS as much as your keyboard. Try another board for a few days and see if it still happens. IF not...you found your culprit. Replace the keyboard or look for updated drivers if they exist.
Hi! I had the same problem when i got the keyboard. In my case, it was because the tiny metal bar that is supposed to transfer the pressure from the right and left sides of the bar to the mittle was not attached correctly. I removed all the screws from the back of the keyboard (note that there are screws underneath the rubber pads, but don't worry about them, they will stick to the keyboard again) and lifted off the top (including the keys). Then i could pop off the space bar from behind (didn't work for me otherwise... maybe it is possible to pop it off without removing all the screws) and correctly insert the metal bar into the mounting. Hope this helps.