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MEXICOWANDERER

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Posted: 01/13/18 11:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'll have to take the machine to a laptop repair guru down here.

If the space bar has two switches I would think having both "go bad" at the same time to be rather unlikely. Or, is it?

It malfunctions in all programs so it is definitely unique to the machine.

  • I have De-Oxit D100 liquid contact restorer
  • Are the switches open or are they sealed against liquids?
  • I am computer repair illiterate and have 1-1/2 functioning hands which is a dangerous combination
  • Advice would be most welcome!


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Canned air to blow the detritus from under the space bar is what has worked for me.


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Posted: 01/13/18 12:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Switches are sealed, it's a membrane style keyboard
You definitely do not want to try disassembly

The canned air may blow dust and debris out and allow the space bar to fully depress
Most have only one active switch and one dummy rubber spring to help support the space bar
Two switches would often cause double taps in your typing,
So they are not built that way


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Posted: 01/13/18 12:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

1st. thing I would try is to turn the keyboard over and you will be surprised what falls out, over time they can accumulate quite a bit of dust, etc.


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New keyboards are cheap. I've replaced mine a couple times, not a big deal.

If you disassemble the unit. just make sure your are grounded to the chassis.


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pianotuna wrote:

Canned air to blow the detritus from under the space bar is what has worked for me.


Easiest, cheapest and most likely the solution. Try this first, along with turning it upside down to let crumbs fall out.


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Jeezo what a fight! Shutdown and restart five times before the space bar started working again. I finally got disgusted and took the laptop to a tire shop. They blasted it with 175 lb air and blew 4 keys off. The Dustoff air, upside down and whacking did nothing. I do not snack near the laptop. One of the tire guys recommended to keep fabric with lint away from the keyboard.

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I had quailed, without your adamant, universal agreement about debris I would have given up after the air and banging upside down and spent money for someone to do the same thing. Long Live 175 psi Air!!!

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Posted: 01/13/18 03:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Individual keys on PC's are removable - that includes the space bar. If the same is true on laptops then I would remove that spacebar and clean out all the accumulated junk.


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ksg5000 wrote:

Individual keys on PC's are removable - that includes the space bar. If the same is true on laptops then I would remove that spacebar and clean out all the accumulated junk.


They often are removable, but there's always the chance (particularly on laptop style keyboards) of breaking off little plastic hook thingies. Then, too, the space bar often has some sort of an equalizer mechanism, maybe like an anti sway bar setup, that is not always trivial to get back into position.

Laptop keyboards tend to be good examples of miniaturization, or at least thiniaturization to coin a word. They have some awfully clever tricks to fold the keyswitches into the low-profile keycaps along with return springs and whatnot.





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Yeah one look at google responses was enough for me.

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