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Due to sugary spill, 4 keys not working on keyboard

I spilled sugared coffee on my keyboard, now 4 keys not working. Will replacing the keyboard solve my problem?

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Hello,

Simply stated, yes.

If you plan to do that, in the meantime you could also run the keyboard under a warm shower for a new minutes and then hang it out to dry in the sun. I'm not kidding. It will probably, that is probably, work just fine after that so long as all the water has dried and drained out and its not an IBM mechanical keyboard.

Regards,
Worldvet

Posted on May 24, 2008

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    Glenn Rogers May 25, 2008

    Please do not forget to remove it from your notebook first if you are going to clean the keyboard with warm water.
    Regards,
    Worldvet


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