Sometimes, Keys 1 to 4 will not work. This has been and off and on problem. One minute they work, then other times won't. Sometimes I have to press hard or rapidly to get them to work. Does this mean I have to get a new keyboard? or is the driver need to be updated. Or is this something different, because all other keys work.
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Re: Recently, numbers 1 to 4 on keyboard won't work.
This is only a --temporary-- solution. I have the same problem, with only the numbers 5 and 6 working. My temp solution is to use the character map, located at START -> Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Character Map. If you don't have one, you can do a search to download a free one.
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Re: Recently, numbers 1 to 4 on keyboard won't work.
Seems to be a defective keyboard. You can try cleaning under the keys and use a can of compressed air, but if this does not work, then its best to buy a new k/b. It is not a driver issue, although you can try to reinstall the driver and see if this helps..
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System restore won't do it. If it is only some keys not working and others are, unless you've added some shortcut keys it sounds more like a problem with the keyboard itself and would have to be replaced. Sometimes it maybe dust or grit that is under a key/s and the key isn't fully compressing and making contact. You can carefully blow it out lightly and check for hair- human or pet hair can also mess up the contact.
If you happened to spill something on the keyboard that would wreck the keyboard too....
There might be some sticky stuff under the keys. It could also be that the plastic, or rubber that acts as a spring to keep the keys sticking onto the controller is getting weak. This can happen to keys overtime.
Try the following:
1. Turn the laptop off 2. Press the keys several times and compare the feedback for all keys. You'll notice the difference. 3. Carefully take off the faulty key from the keyboard and clean using clean cloth, or ear buds. - Make sure you know what you're doing as this can damage the keys if you're not careful. 4. Fit the keys back.
If the above doesn't work then am afraid you need to buy a new keyboard. You can find this on online stores like ebay.
Check to be sure your "Number Lock" or "Function Lock" keys aren't lit. These can lock out certain parts of your keyboard. If either of these is lit, press them to unlock the locked portion of your keyboard. These can be found at the top right on a laptop and between the number pad and main keys on a desktop keyboard.
Save all open programs using your mouse. Use your mouse to restart your computer. This will only work if your computer isn't frozen. If your mouse doesn't move, press the power button on your Dell until the computer turns off. Press it again to restart. If the issue was lack of memory or a locked program, this will unlock your keyboard. Continue to Step 3 if the keyboard is still locked.
Shut down your computer using your mouse or power button. Don't restart. Unplug your Dell.
Remove the battery if you're using a laptop by turning the laptop over and sliding the battery release latch. Slide the battery out and replace after one minute. For desktops, disconnect the keyboard from the desktop. Reconnect after one or two minutes.
Reconnect the power adapter or AC cord. Start your computer.
If your keyboard is still locked on a Dell desktop, disconnect the keyboard. Restart your computer and reconnect the keyboard after the system boots. Allow your operating system to recognize and reinstall the keyboard.
Hello. Has the keyboard been dropped/banged around recently? Do you have children or pets that could have spilled liquid, food, who-knows-what in the keyboard? Also, if you press one of the non-functional keys(eg.: A) do the keys above/below it press down as well?
It is not a driver it is a keyboard that is having troubles itself unfortunately, you can try to find new one on eBay since that ones printed wires sort of are broken. What happens is that your keyboard pops out a little and disconnects some letters so you need to press in the middle to get it back to work, the same thing was happening to previous one.
Since all of the failing keys are on the right hand side, I'd try a short (maybe 15 minutes) soak in warm soapy water of the right hand 1/2 of the keyboard. While it is soaking, every few minutes try depressing the failing keys several time each. Follow this with a good rinse with warm water and a good drying. A hair drier will help to speed up the process. If that doesn't work, you'll probably need to find a replacement keyboard. R-