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Keyboard removal Hi Kids have spilt a bit of coke on the keyboard and have tried to un stick the "E" key with "contact cleaner" with no success. Can someone tell me how to remove the keyboard from the notebook so I can give it a clean with a suitable electrical component cleaner. Cheers

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Removing the keyboard is not nessesarly your best option, the keys have a rubber boot under them, and are held in place/returned into their postion by a plastic spring/hinge. It is possible to carefully prise the "sticky" key from the keyboard and then clean the relevant bits under it with a cotton bud soaked in a suitable cleaning fluid. It is important to take note of the position of the plastic hinge in the event that you need to put it back together. To refit the "key", position it in it's place on the keyboard and press down firmly, it should click into place

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