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I have a sony vaio FW series Laptop and suddenly the keys 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9 and "Backspace" do not respond (they do not work). Any idea?

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  • spiros560 Sep 13, 2010

    Thanks Bob. So you are sure it has to do with hardware.



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This is one of two things

Either the fine ribon connector from the keyboard to the motherboard is loose or ha moverd in which case checking and re-inserting it should fix the problem.


The keyboard itself has become defective. That is not uncommon on laptops due to the lighter thinnner nature of the keyboard itself.

You have two options for the second issue.

ONE is to use an external keyboard as they are cheap and eaily obtainable. That will allow yuo to continue to use the laptop.

TWO is to get yourself a replacement and install it. It is not all that hard and replacement laptop keyboards asre surprisingly cheap and available from EBAY.

This is where I tend to get all mine. Just ensure you specify or get the one for the correct country as that does change the symbols on the keyboard


Posted on Sep 13, 2010

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    Project NOMAD Sep 13, 2010

    If the keys had been on the left side I would have suggested that you had NUM LCK (number lock on) which is a common error but when keys are spead like yours are it usually always points to a haedware issue.

    As a simple test if you can get into the hardware panel and delete the keyboard from the list of hardware (NOT DISABLE) then shut down and re-start.

    That will allow the computer to pick up the hardware again and if you still have the issue it would confirm to me that it is hardware.

    Quite often the sellers on EBAY will also include links or instructions to sites to help yu step by step replace it.

    If not then take a peek here

    Many great giudes for repair and upgrades to laptops.

    Also if you plug a regular keyboard in and it responds fine that too is an indication towards hardware.

    I love laptops but they do have some quite severe restriction in overall, keyboard, hard drive and display issues tend to be in the top 5.


  • Project NOMAD
    Project NOMAD Sep 14, 2010

    Whoops meant to type RIGHT SIDE !

    Dang my left brain / right brain association LOL



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