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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Proper cleaning and lubrication as described here will restore your laptop keyboard to the snappy and smooth performance it had when new.
This will require about 2 hours time once you have collected the proper cleaning materials.
IMPORTANT: Make a keyboard map so you know where each key goes.
Carefully pry each key loose with a small screwdriver and place in a container. They pop off. DO NOT use excessive force. There may be a small rubber piece for each key. Remove all of these and place in a separate container. CAREFUL, these are small and like to jump away.
Do this well...... you will be wonderfully rewarded
Clean the keyboard with cotton swabs SLIGHTLY DAMPENED with water. Replace these often and BE SURE they are only slightly damp. If they are too wet the excess water will contaminate the keyboard through capillary action. This will clean all water soluble contaminants like Coca-Cola, coffee, and sugar residue. For the very small places, cut the foam rubber into small pieces and use the tweezers, again SLIGHTLY DAMPENED, for cleaning. You must clean each and every key space, inside and out, this is critical since this is where the key touches and moves.
Repeat this procedure again using rubbing alcohol and cotton swabs but NOT the foam rubber as it disintegrates when used with alcohol.
Finally repeat this procedure using naptha (lighter fluid) and foam rubber. You can clean even the smallest key guides with small pieces of foam rubber and tweezers. This action will remove any petroleum based contaminants as well as the grease that is sometimes used on the wider keys which may have guide wires, for example, the SCACE BAR.
Some keys may have wires attached and some grease on them, clean these first with cotton swabs and naptha (lighter fluid). Remove all traces of the grease.
Place all keys in a kitchen strainer. Spray with household cleaner and let stand for 5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with hot water and place keys on paper towels to dry. Let dry completely.
CLEAN RUBBER COMPONENTS
Place all rubber components in a kitchen strainer. Spray with household cleaner and let stand for 5 minutes. Use stopper in the sink so that you don't lose these if they jump out of the strainer. Rinse these thoroughly with hot water and place on paper towels. Fold the towels over and press to squeeze most of the water out of the pieces. Let dry completely. LUBRICATE KEYS
Place all keys bottom-up on a paper bag. Lightly coat the keys, at a 45 degree angle with Super Lube Dry Film lubricant. Do this from all 4 sides to assure penetration and coverage into the small and critical guide spaces inside each key. Let dry ( this happens nearly instantly). DO NOT overdue this step as the carrier solvent may affect the plastic.
Mask off the laptop with paper and scotch tape. Apply lubricant (as above in LUBRICATE KEYS) to the keyboard and let dry.
Alright, you now have perfectly cleaned and lubricated keys, keyboard, and rubber components.
Place all rubber components into the keyboard.
Install keys with wires. Make sure wire is secured in the key, usually snapped into place. Place ends of wire in the guide slots adjacent to the key location as you align the key. Firmly press down to snap the key into place.
Install the rest of the keys by aligning and firmly pressing down.
CONTRATULATIONS, you now have a squeeky clean keyboard!
Posted on Jan 12, 2009
I was having the same problem - it was just driving me bananas. I figured it was a keyboard language, but when I checked my default it was still English (Canada) - US. I Tried the keys to switch between languages, I turned on and off the hot keys for input languages - all to no avail. FINALLY - I added a floating language bar to my desktop, and what do you think it was set at? That's right - bloody "Canadian French." I simply switched it back to "US" and problem solved. Now I just have to remember that for next time. . . . .
Posted on Oct 06, 2009
For a workaround for time being you can use the OSK (on screen keyboard to get a backslash) which can be accessed by pressing the Windows key and the letter "U", or you can go to start > Run and type "osk". Meanwhile I will try to get a proper resolution for this issue. Wait for my reply.
Posted on Nov 11, 2009
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On these keyboards, the non colored symbols are typed by holding down the shift key and tapping the symbol. If you want to type the colored key, then you have to hold down the Alt Gr key and tap the colored symbol key.
Posted on Jan 13, 2010
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