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Repeating 's' key

Thanks for answering but I forgot to mention the fact that the keyboard is a laptop! Do you still have the same answer or is there any chance that it could be another solution to my problem.

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  • buggerfun Jun 24, 2008

    Thankyou I will also give you feedback on the outcome. But this does sound like the likely solution. The detailed information on how to do this is great. Thanks again.


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Well...slightly different :) The reason is still the same. The solution is slightly different.

The keyboard for almost all laptops is also a plug-in and is separate from the rest of the unit. You usually have to remove the front frame from the screen to remove the top frame for the keyboard and the laptop. Screws to do this are often covered by stick-on circles of plastic or rubber. They may even be covered by labels on the back. This helps the manufacturer know if it has been tampered with to determine warranty. If it is out of warranty then do whatever needs to be done.

Removing the frame around the keyboard there will be screws holding it to the bottom frame or motherboard. Once you have removed these then there is a flat mylar cable that is connected to the motherboard, usually at the top. Putting your thumb and index finger around the connector, pull towards the keyboard. It should slide just a fraction of an inch and the flat mylar cable will be free. So will the keyboard. Now, you might be able to take the keyboard apart from the back (lots of small parts may fall out!) You can look for anything spilled or any debris on the part and try to clean it. You can use rubbing alcohol to remove any obvious spills (Coke or other cola products are especially an issue).

Connect it back up (push the cable back in the cable and reverse the process. You don't have to put back on all the frames to try it.

If the keyboard is still having problems try to get a replacement on ebay. The most expensive part of a laptop is the screen (around 200 to 500 usually). I got an entire non-working laptop (just for parts) for $75 once. You should ask the seller if the keyboard was working before you buy it. Good luck, hope this helps.

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Did you try re-booting the machine ?

If that did not solve the problem, you may have a bad keyboard,
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1) Make sure that you have not somehow locked the machine,
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2) Make sure the Numlock key is not activated, this
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3) Also check the scroll lock key.

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external keyboard, then you may be able to fix it. If not
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The keyboard is connected to the main circuit board using
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Pulling them out is hard, putting them back in is harder.
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9) The biggest challenge is to find out how to lift the laptop
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a) Use another computer to search the WEB for your
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Shut of the laptop, unplug it, and remove the battery
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b) Try to turn the laptop back on, to drain any residual
power from internal capacitors and wait at least
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c) Disassemble the laptop to get access to the top cover.

You may have to remove the CD player, the internal
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beneath them. You should NOT have to remove the
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access points in the top of the PC or where the top
and bottom are sandwiched together.

Be very gentle. You can also slide a small exacto-knife
into the cracks in the chassis assembly to see where
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This is why a disassembly manual is so important,
every laptop is different, and the a'oleis that make them
spend millions trying to find ways to keep guys like you
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10) Once you do get the bas'd open, look for the ribbon
cable and gently wiggle it. This may fix the problem.

You can also plug all the modules back in, as well as the
battery, and operate the unit with the top cover removed,
while you poke around.

11) If the keyboard is bad you can often get a cheap
replacement on eBay.

12) To replace the keyboard, you need to very carefully
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pliers or tweezers, but wrap some soft tape around them
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Plastic surgical clamps also work, but down over-
tighten them

In the short term you can also try to run the laptop with
and external USB keyboard, which will allow you to
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Good luck, hope this works for you.


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