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'Backspace', 't' and 'y' Keys not working??

'Backspace', 't' and 'y' Keys not working??

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Gompo

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3,650 posts

184 months

Sunday 7th March 2010
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Hi,

Laptop was working perfect, but then all of a sudden (after watching a video perhaps) these keys are not working. Have restarted a couple of times and started in safe mode, and nothing has made any difference. Not working in Firefox or Word/Wordpad. Laptop has had a fair bit of use, but I am curious as to why they would stop working all of a sudden and all at the same time?

Any ideas? Rather frustrating as you can imagine!

Cheers, Greg.

AB

15,119 posts

121 months

Sunday 7th March 2010
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You spaffed on the keyboard after watching said video?

AndrewW-G

11,968 posts

143 months

Sunday 7th March 2010
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Probably a broken connection or circuit on the keyboards connectors, easy to remove and replace for approx £20-30 smile

plasticpig

10,689 posts

151 months

Sunday 7th March 2010
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Probably a broken circuit on the board. The flexing of the circuit board by typing causes this eventually.

Morningside

22,788 posts

155 months

Sunday 7th March 2010
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Multiplexing. To save connections all(most) keys are connected in a group. So 1 dataline may be shared by many keys.

For example:


Sounds like either there is a small tear in the keyboard membrane or connector. I suspect its the main keyboard. Have you knocked it or dropped it lately?

What make is it? As mentioned they are about £20 to £30 and not too hard to replace.
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Gompo

Original Poster:

3,650 posts

184 months

Sunday 7th March 2010
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Cheers for the replies. I thought it might be like a fuse going on a car, knocking various things/keys
out in one go..

Morningside said:
Have you knocked it or dropped it lately?

What make is it? As mentioned they are about £20 to £30 and not too hard to replace.
It's had some stick although nothing major in the last month or so. It seems the square bracket's have gone too.

It's a Lenovo, coming upto 2.5 years old.

Many thanks,

Greg

Morningside

22,788 posts

155 months

Sunday 7th March 2010
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You could (if brave) carefully take the keyboard and reseat the connector - Although it may not be that.

IF you do, please make sure you remove the battery first!

I know it sounds daft, but it does come as quite a shock when you start to dismantle and it then powers up.

Kudos

2,583 posts

100 months

Sunday 7th March 2010
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how did you write the subject line?

andy_s

12,150 posts

185 months

Sunday 7th March 2010
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Cu and pas e.

Gompo

Original Poster:

3,650 posts

184 months

Sunday 7th March 2010
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I dont think I will try to repair it myself - just incase something goes wrong. I had been thinking about getting another laptop in the near future. May get this one fixed but have it as a backup..

Should the average 'Laptop Repairs' place be able to manage this?

Morningside

22,788 posts

155 months

Sunday 7th March 2010
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Gompo said:
I dont think I will try to repair it myself - just incase something goes wrong. I had been thinking about getting another laptop in the near future. May get this one fixed but have it as a backup..

Should the average 'Laptop Repairs' place be able to manage this?
Yes. Do a search and checkout the price of a keyboard for it first - Changing a keyboard is not that hard at all.

I suspect you know but in the meantime you can plug in a standard USB keyboard and use that.

Man-At-Arms

5,242 posts

105 months

Sunday 7th March 2010
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Morningside said:
As mentioned they are about £20 to £30 and not too hard to replace.
i don't know, did you see Something for the Weekend this morning ?
they had on a new touch sensitive keyboard, designed for easy wipe down
@ £350 !

Big_Dog

720 posts

111 months

Sunday 7th March 2010
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Not sure if you know this but most IBM/Lenovo laptops have a 3 year warrantee all worked from the serial number. Mines 2 years old and had a new fan last week. Next day onsite too.