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My keyboard works except some keys are not working?


Your question is not specific about specifically which keys work and which keys do not work and exactly what you mean by the keys not working, whether you mean there is no reaction at all when the relevant keys are pressed or whether it is just that incorrect characters result from pressing these keys.

If incorrect characters result from pressing certain keys towards the right of the keyboard, use the Fn key, bottom left, pressed simultaneously with the Num Lock key, top right, to toggle 'on' or toggle 'off' the Alternative Symbol function of some of the multi-function keys.

If there is no reaction at all when you press a significant number of keys, then there may have been liquid spillage damage to the NetBook. Liquid spillage damage can sometimes be resolved by partial disassembly of a NetBook/Notebook and wiping congealed liquids off with mild solvent or allowing internalized water to evaporate. This type of repair is best done by an experienced NetBook/Notebook repair center or technician.

If only one or two or a small number of keys do not work, then it might be that particles of some or other substance, trapped underneath the keys might be interfering with the function of the non-functioning keys. This can sometimes be resolved simply by inverting and gently shaking the NetBookso that any trapped particles come loose and fall out. Occasionally, individual key caps have to be removed and replaced after the obstructing particle has been removed.

If several keys are defective but the fault was not caused by liquid spillage or trapped particles, then the keyboard unit itself might be faulty and need to have its internal ribbon cable and cable connectors tested for cable damage or connector damage (typically either from liquid spillage, shock caused by dropping the computer or by previous unprofessional internal repairs). If no fault is found with the cable or the cable connectors, then the entire keyboard unit may have to be replaced.

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Some key of key pad isn't working


If some of the keyboard is working and some is not, you may need to replace your keyboard. Keys can sometimes fail if there has been a fluid spillage, or if the keyboard has been removed at some point and the connector cable fractured. Or it could just have failed from general use, nothing lasts forever.

New keyboards should be available fairly readily on sites such as eBay.

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What is the best way to prevent spillage from messing up the keyboard


It depends on what kind of spillage. Unless you can find some cover to put over the keyboard, the simplest solution is to keep ALL LIQUIDS as far away from the computer as you can manage.
however, depending on the type of liquid, you can in most cases, if your fast enough, you can wipe off the spill, or disconnect the keyboard and pop the keys off to clean underneath. (keeping sure not to touch the circuit board underneath). Most desktop keyboards allow you to do this quite easily (just make sure to do them one by one- the last thing you need, is to forget where each key is supposed to go, and put for example the "K" key where the "G" key is supposed to be. ) a quick response is especially needed for spillages with sticky liquids, such as Orange Juice or Coke/Pepsi (a computer service tech's worst nightmare) or liquids that will dry with a thick stain, such as coffee/milk products.If the problem is just water however- leave it out to dry for a few days in a really warm, dry place. The board should work with no problems afterwards.
Hope this helps!

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Keyboard not working due to a spillage over keys


Very possibly, yes. Usually the internal parts of RF keyboards are heavily customized and a shop would need to keep tons of parts for every different keyboard under the sun.

Also, replacement plus spares will often cost more than a new keyboard, so there's little advantage in repairing.

Depending on the spillage, sometimes you can repair the keyboard. RF keyboards are much more difficult to fix because the spillage may have shorted circuits or oxidised contacts and tracks.

But if you've nothing to lose, and especially if some keys are working (indicating that the transmitter electronics, the most delicate part, is still alive), then you can take apart the keyboard (screws underneath, and retainer clips too). Under the shell there are other screws holding the typing surface. Removing them, the back of the surface comes off, revealing a contact membrane and a wealth of printed curlicues.

Wipe the curlicues with a lint-free cloth and alcohol to remove coffee and sugary liquids. Inspect carefully for oxidation and rust; sometimes you can remove it with a pencil rubber. Spray with a contact enhancer spray such as DeoxIT.

The membrane is the tricky part: usually lukewarm water or alcohol will do, but it depends on the formulation of the contact pads (usually black round thingies). Sometimes you can see which pads have been affected by the spillage and clean them with a cotton swab.

With RF keyboards priced around US$ 30, frankly I'd do that only for the fun of it.

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My son's toshiba Satellite L305-S5933 keyboard has just developed some non-functioning keys. Several just don't work any longer. No spillage.


No spillage, has the computer been dropped? the saudering under the key itself may have separated from the button itself. Try a can of 'air' and clean out any loose matter that may be between the keys in the keyboard first. Then if it's still not functioning, try lifting off the key button (one at a time) to see if you can see the direct connection and verify if its still connected. Try the air first. hope this helps.

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Keys 8ik,<, dont work most of the time have to


Pry the keys out with a flat blade screw driver and check that there is no mess/spillage underneath, clean with a solvent if necessary.

The keys will push back in with a good click after you have finished cleaning.

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Control Panel > Regional and Language Options, Languages tab, and the Details button under Text Services and Input languages. Make sure it's set correctly, usually US English

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Keyboard problem. Key 3, @, #, y, n can't use


you may have shorted your keyboard (spillage??)

if your laptop is outside warranty you can check the connection to the keyboard, by removing the top bezel, undoing the keyboard retaining screws and then check that the ribbon cable for your keyboard is seated properly, If reseating this cable does not work the you can always order a replacement for your keyboard, you can find the part number for the keyboard you have, it should be printed on a tag on the reverse of the keyboard.

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