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Keyboard One button will not work on keyboard

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  • frotuss Mar 11, 2008

    Just doesn't seem to making any contact at all? I think the keyboard may need replaced?

  • frotuss Mar 12, 2008

    is there a program that will run a diagnostic of the keys and possibly provide and overwrite without having to replace the keyboard? just a thought

  • frotuss Mar 12, 2008


    Thank you so much for the hardwork and excellent soloutions to my problems, I am begining to understand that there really is only two ways to go and you have provided both. Once again thank you and maybe I will pose another problem for you to solve in the future.



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Just replace the keyboard much quicker without frustrations, so cheap these days
good luck

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  • terry Mar 12, 2008

    i agree with your last statemant TampaNative you done a great job.


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Hello Frotuss,
You can pull the key off (carefully pry on the edges of the key until you feel one side snap up and work around it until it's off) and check to make sure the micro switch under that key is making and breaking contact (by pressing the small round button on the switch and making sure you can feel it click), if it's not clicking when actuated, it may just need cleaning (you can use a non residual, non petroleum based contact cleaner and spray it directly into the switch while pressing and releasing it to try and clean it), and if you decide to clean the switch, unplug the keyboard to be safe. If cleaning it doesn't work you'll probably be better served to replace the keyboard rather than replacing the switch, as the other switches will probably follow the same path as the one in question.
I hope this was helpful and Good Luck.

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    Frank Fernandez Mar 12, 2008

    Yes I would agree with replacing the keyboard.

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    Frank Fernandez Mar 12, 2008

    No there are no such diagnostics and even if there was it wouldn't fix a physical problem, more than likely it is the micro switch and the only options I can see are replacing the switch (again, not worth the trouble), or obtaining another keyboard (you can buy a used one for 5 dollars or so on ebay or other auction sites). The simplest solution would be to buy a working used keyboard, I see them all of the time at thrift stores and good will stores for a few bucks all of the time, so give those suggestions a try. I am sure that is the most economical and quickest solution.
    Ok, here's a solution that will cost you nothing, but will take a little getting used to. Go to start, then Accessories and then Accessibility and you will find "On screen keyboard" and you can use that with your mouse to type, and you won't need your physical keyboard. You can even just keep that on screen keyboard just to use for the key that isn't working on your keyboard (I have used this to work around a laptop that I was working on that had a bad "V" key, so when I needed to type a V, I just used the On screen keyboard for just that letter until I replaced the laptop keyboard. I know of no other solutions for your issue.
    I have stuck with you on this (and will until you are satisfied) and have spent plenty of time doing so and I think I deserve a higher rating than the one you gave me, if you don't mind, as I am working for free/ratings here, what do you think?
    Thanks in advance.

  • Frank  Fernandez
    Frank Fernandez Mar 12, 2008

    You're welcome, and glad to help.
    Thank You.

  • Frank  Fernandez
    Frank Fernandez Mar 19, 2008

    Thank You Twk2201!



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