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The keyboard on my gateway t330u laptop is breaking down. the back space and apostrophe keys no longer work and others stick. the delete key is totally gone and random keys decide when they want to work. i would imagine theres not much to do to fix it at home but wonder if its possible to get the keyboard replaced. if so how can i get it done and how much will it cost me?

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Delete key stopped working

One moment you are typing on your computer keyboard as usual, when suddenly a key sticks or does not produce a character on the screen.
Perhaps you have a group of keys that suddenly stop working.
Laptop and desktop keyboards alike can stop functioning due to a number of causes, most of which can be resolved by troubleshooting.
Knowing how to fix some keyboard keys that do not work can save you time, and save you the cost of buying a new keyboard.

Disconnect and reconnect your computer keyboard, then restart your computer.
Sometimes a poor connection can result in keys not working on your keyboard.
Update the device driver for your keyboard by going to the manufacturer's website of your keyboard, and then download and install the latest driver matching the brand and model number of your keyboard.

Disconnect your keyboard from your computer and inspect the pins in the keyboard connector if you have a PS/2 connector.
The PS/2 connector for your keyboard has six pins, which connect into a PS/2 port of your personal computer, to allow for communication to and from your keyboard.
Straighten any bent pins you may find, by gently using a ballpoint pen. You must replace your keyboard if you see broken pins.

Try testing your keys using a different application, such as another word processing program. Keys like the function keys on your keyboard labeled F1 through F12 may not work in one application but will work fine in another.

Clean Under Desktop Keys

Disconnect your standard desktop keyboard, then press down on a key not working.
Slip a car key or a flathead screwdriver underneath the key.
Twist the screwdriver or car key until the keyboard key pops off.

Use a damp cloth, moist cotton swabs or compressed air to remove dust, hair, and food crumbs under the key.
Use only water or rubbing alcohol to moisten the cloth and cotton swabs other cleaners can damage the plastic of your computer.

Position and press down on the key to snap it into place.
Repeat this for all of the keys to clean underneath them, if necessary.

Clean Under Laptop Keys

Turn your laptop off, then use a flathead screwdriver or knife under a key corner, prying the key off gently.
You will hear a snap as the key detaches.

Remove the key retainer remaining on your laptop using your knife or screwdriver under the corner, then popping it off with a gentle twist.

Remove the space bar by pulling it off after your insert the screwdriver or knife underneath the bar.

Clean underneath your laptop keys using cotton swabs or a soft cloth dampened with water or alcohol.
You can also use compressed air to remove dust, hair and other debris.

Replace your laptop keys by placing the key retainer into position.
If you cannot remember the position, copy another retainer's position by removing another key.
Insert the keypad into the retainer, then position the key over the retainer while pressing down on the key.
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The apostrophe key on lenovo 3000 will not work how can i get it to work

Sounds like your keyboard has an issue if that is the only key that does not work.

Try using a virtual keyboard that pops up on the screen and you just point and click when you need the apostrophe.

Go to and in the search box type: "" (without the quotes). Click the link to go to the site and look on the left side when the site opens up and you will see a gray area that says FIND SOFTWARE. In the white search box under Find Software type: "Virtual Keyboard" (without the quotes) and click the mirror to search. When the search results come back look for FREE VIRTUAL KEYBOARD. Download and Install it. It's totally FREE. Also uncheck anything that pops up other than the license agreement during the download and installation. You only want the Free Keyboard and not the other junk.

You can use it to solve your keyboard problem. Just open up whatever it is you want to type on such as the web address in an browser, a word document, etc., then open the Free Virtual Keyboard and it will sit on top of whatever you were doing. You can move it around so that it is not in your way also.

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How to disassemble gateway ec14

1) Remove ALL power. Remove the AC adapter (Charger) and Battery.

2) FOLLOW Anti-Static Precautions.

Your body carries Static electricity. Static WILL fry out (Short Circuit) the delicate hardware components inside a computer.

Buy, and wear an ESD wrist strap. (Electro Static Discharge)
Connect the alligator clip to a good ground source.
(I connect to an unpainted surface, of the metal frame of an open, empty desktop computer case)

3) Use a multi-compartment container for the various screws you will remove.
Label each compartment for the area the screw/s come out of.

[If no multi-compartment container is available, you can substitute with a clean egg carton. Label each egg holder ]

SOME screws look VERY similar to other screws.
Advise Do Not mix them up.

4) Make a record as you disassemble. Make notes, and drawings. Use a digital camera, or video camera if available.

Nice to have a Service Manual, but nothing like having your own personal record in case you are interrupted.

5) Service Manual;

Scroll down to the heading Gateway 400. (400 in blue)
Scroll across, and left-click on - EC14

This is a PDF file. The computer you are using now has Adobe Reader on it, which uses PDF files.

After you click on the file name (EC14) it may take up to 30 seconds, before the first page comes up.

A) ALWAYS make sure all cables are routed back through their channels, when reinstalling them.
They MUST go right back to the same routing they were in, when you opened the laptop.

Otherwise you can pinch a cable, and damage it. (The laptop won't go back together either)

B) Keyboard: One of the toughest things for a person to disconnect, if they have never done it before.

The reasoning is the connector on the motherboard. The Keyboard Cable coming from the laptop, connects to it.
[The Keyboard Cable STAYS attached to the Keyboard. It disconnects from the laptop]

If the connector is Not unlocked correctly, the connector may be broken. Usually means motherboard replacement.

A) There are 4 Latches to depress at the Top of the Keyboard. (LCD screen side is the top)
For the tool I suggest a stiff guitar pick.

Starting from the Left side going towards the Right;

1) In-between the ESC key, and the F1 key (ESC - Escape key)

2) In-between the F5 key and the F6 key.

3) In-between the F10 key and the F11 key.

4) In-between the INS key and the DEL key.
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Once you depress a Latch it stays released from it's Retaining Clip.
When all four Latches are depressed, the Keyboard will spring up a little.

EASE the Keyboard forward an inch, or so. (Forward is towards the LCD screen)

The Bottom of the Keyboard has plastic tabs. These tabs stick down into the Palm Rest Cover of the laptop. If you do Not ease the Keyboard forward first, you can break the tabs off.

The Keyboard Cable is still attached to the motherboard also.

Take the top of the Keyboard (Where the Latches are), and roll it up, and over, BUT keep a hold of the Keyboard.

You are turning the Keyboard over with the bottom side up, and Keyboard Cable still attached.

However, you want to only roll the Keyboard down towards the Palm Rest Cover, so far.
This is because the Keyboard Cable is still attached, and it is S-H-O-R-T.

With the Keyboard rolled up a little towards the LCD screen, the Keyboard Cable will unroll enough, so you can get a hold of it.

The Keyboard Cable is a FFC. Flat Flex Cable.
Essentially the cable is several copper wires laid side by side, with a small space in-between each one, and all are coated with a thick plastic.

A type of 'Ribbon Cable'.
However this cable has NO connector attached. There is no insulation on the end of the wires. Metal thin strips are attached to the wire tips,

35 - Conductor Flat Flex Cable,

Main page,

The Flat Flex Cable inserts down into a type of ZIF connector, on the motherboard. Zero Insertion Force.

The style of ZIF connector used on the motherboard of the EC14, is;

1) A small rectangular block of White plastic, that has a Brown
Locking Bar, going across the top of it.

The Locking Bar flips up. Up to a 90 degree position to Unlock.
(Straight up)

The side that you flip up is TOWARDS you.

Use CARE. The tiny hinge pins on the white rectangular block, can break off. The outer hinge area of the brown Locking Tab, on both sides, can break off. (Motherboard replacement)

Make a loose fist with both hands, and use your thumbnails.

I do not suggest using a small metal tool, but if you have to.....

IF you slip, or use too much force with a metal tool, you can not only damage the connector, (May mean motherboard replacement), you can also damage the motherboard.

The Keyboard Cable MUST go back in the same direction, as it was before you removed it.

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How to use accents when writing in Spanish in a Dell Precision m4500 laptop?

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  2. Click the Start button
  3. Click on Control Panel
  4. Click Regional and Language Options - a new window will pop up
  5. Click the Languages tab
  6. Click on the Details button
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The next thing to note is that the quotes (") key behaves the same way as the apostrophe key. You must first strike the quotes key and then strike the space bar in order to create the (") symbol. These two minor inconveniences are more than made up for by the ease with which you can now type the special characters.
To type the special characters, two keystrokes are required. To type the ?, you need only strike the apostrophe key and then the letter a. The other characters are just as easy:
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  • ? = ' + i
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  • ? = ' + u
  • ? = ~ + n
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Using Cryptic Codes If, for some reason, you don't want to change your keyboard, you can always type in the troublesome cryptic codes. Using this arcane system, the following codes apply:
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  • ? = Alt + 0233
  • ? = Alt + 0237
  • ? = Alt + 0243
  • ? = Alt + 0250
  • ? = Alt + 0241
  • ? = Alt + 0252
  • ¡ = Alt + 0161
  • ¿ Alt + 0191
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