I have actually ripped in open. dried the parts and coupled it back. the problem now is that some keys on the keyboard do not respond, while some on being pressed adds another letter with it. example if i depress letter G, i get 'gr'
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Disconnect the battery and a/c plug. Use a hair dryer on the keyboard for a while to try and dry it out. It may take a couple of days to dry out. If it continues to have problems your laptop may need a new keyboard or motherboard.
try to press the key using screw driver or any pin that you can press into the keyboard..but remove first the top key..try pressing with some screw if its typing,if not its mean the logic board is damage and you need toreplace a new one...if working with the screw pressing..repalace with a key button only with the same lock.
Two things to check.
Open the laptop up and re-connect the keyboard connection. It has a locking mechanism so be sure to unlock that first. Also when you're doing that you can see if there's any water (tea) still in there to dry off.
If that doesn't work, then plug in an external keyboard mate, cause the only other way to fix this is to replace the keyboard, the parts to open up the laptop keyboard itself are intricate and it's much too compicated, plus I've never done that (Seeing as that it's all glued together).
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I suspect just as you suggested something was spilled on it. Other than loose keys laptop keyboards are generally not repairable. They are not that difficult to replace, but check the Service Manual before deciding to do it yourself.
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I suggest you call Tech Support at Dell...
Several years ago, I worked on many Dell CPx 500 models in my work place. There was an issue that always involved a series of 4 or 5 keys (they were always the same keys) that would quit working and we had attempted to purchase new keyboards to fix the issue. It turned out, the real solution was to replace the 'motherboard' of the Latitude notebook!
Dell had knowledge about the keyboard/motherboard issue that we didn't know.