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Shift key doesn't work!

Only my left shift key isn't working - but boy is it frustrating. Think I need a new keyboard? Or a new computer?

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Ometimes dust, lint, hair can cause the keys not to work. One single kitty hair from my cat caused my W key to not work until i took it off... Try blowing some spray air in and around the keyboard. The keys aren't hard to pop off clean underneath, but you have to be careful and use a certain tool.

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I think that you need a new keyboard a new computer will be two expensive for just one key on the keyboard

you can also try an external keyboard just one that you can plug into the USB port it will work out just fine

Posted on Jul 14, 2010

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