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Dealing with Stuck Keys in Your Laptop Keyboard

December 20, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Laptop Keyboard   |   1 Comment» | 3,147 views

Our last blog post we talked about “Computer Anti-virus: Protect Your Laptop Against Intruders“, today we will share with you on “Dealing with Stuck Keys in Your Laptop Keyboard”.

Isn’t it frustrating to have a stuck key or broken key on your laptop? Like for example, when you try to hit a stuck letter “S” you will get a line or two of Ss. Another thing that is frustrating about this is that when you try to replace a stuck key with a new one, it is quite expensive. For MacBooks for example, you can get individual stuck keys for $15 to $20 per key. So, most people with this kind of problem just buys a new keyboard because it costs a little more than buying pieces of keys plus it decreases the chance of having more stuck keys than they already have.

Instead of replacing individual stuck keys just replace your keyboard entirely.  You can find many types of keyboards on the net. Just type in the laptop model followed by the word “keyboard” on your favorite browser. You will find several online stores that offer brand new keyboards for the price of $ 15 to $100 and $5 to $20 for second hand keyboards.

If you have an old system, let’s say a 4 year laptop, you can get a used keyboard because getting a new one would just probably outlive the laptop you have. But be careful in buying used keyboards because they might also have bad keys. So, if you want to buy it second hand, it must have at least a 30 day warranty.

Before trying to open up your laptop to replace its keyboard, you might want to check if it is still covered by the manufacturer’s warranty because if it still is and you opened the case you will lose its warranty. Another thing is try to refer to the system’s manual to guide you on this task. Remember, we don’t want to add anymore damage to the system.

Some laptops have a bar that locks the keyboard in place while others must be unscrewed from the bottom of the case before the keyboard can be removed. There are also those types that require you to open the case before you can get at the keyboard.

I have here the instructions on how to replace a Toshiba Satellite Pro 6100 keyboard. If your device is a Satellite Pro 6100, you might want to follow these steps.

  1. Turn off your laptop and close the display monitor.
  2. Remove the power cable from the computer and turn it upside-down.
  3. Take off the battery of your laptop.
  4. Turn the laptop right side-up; open the display and find the thin rectangular strip or lock bar above the keyboard.
  5. Once you have located the strip, gently lift it off.
  6. Unscrew the keyboard from its place.
  7. Gently lift the keyboard up and unplug the ribbon cable that connects the keyboard to the motherboard.
  8. Set aside the old keyboard and plug in the new one.
  9. Put the new keyboard into place and screw it in.
  10. Finally, put the lock bar back to its place.

Before finishing off the task, make sure you check all the keys of your new keyboard. Good luck and Enjoy!

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