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Laptop Cleaning/Repair My roomate spilled a drink on my keyboard last night and now a few keys don't work. Is there something I can try to clean it on my own before I spend a whole lot of money to have it cleaned or repaired professionally? Or should I just take it in to have it fixed?

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  • driven2187 Jun 09, 2008

    Could you give me a rough idea of how much getting the keyboard will cost me? Thanks.

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That is something that you should not attempt .. Because most likely you will need to replace the keyboard...
If they are just not working because they are Sticking or Stuck, you can repair this by yourself....you can remove the keyboard and clean it, also checking the ribbon cable that goes from the keyboard to the motherboard... look for any burn spots near the keyboard plug connection, chances are that just simply replacing the keyboard would fix it ..
You also will need the entire laptop taken apart to see if the "drink" spilled onto other parts, or worse... the motherboard...

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