I just cleaned underneath the keys of my inspiron 1525 laptop because my stepchildren enjoyed getting sticky substances underneath the keys and I wanted my wife to have better functionality. I didn't pull up all the keys and used alcohol, pipe-cleaners and q-tips to clean. After letting it dry a while, I started it up and everything seemed to work fine. Then I noticed that when I double-clicked on desktop icons, it displayed the 'properties' menu instead of opening.
I figured the ALT key was stuck so I took it off and examined it. It appeared fine but no matter what I seem to do, this continues. I've tried to follow some online instructions to disable hotkeys but it still continues. I assumed it was the ALT key but perhaps I'm mistaken.
Any advice and/or methodology would be greatly appreciated.
Whoa! It's worse than I thought! I went onto a browser and apparently I can't type at all! What the hell? The keyboard reacts but not by typing letters, it's as if it's all hotkeys now!
Help . . . please . . . ?
Tried restarting in safe mode and problem persists. Only thing I can figure is that one or more of the keys are jammed. Wish I could figure out which one. Otherwise, I'll have to take off half the damn keyboard. It doesn't SEEM to be the ALT key since I can still do CRTL-ALT-DEL and bring up the task manager. Anyone have any ideas which one might be sticking?
Edited by lordshell, 09 April 2013 - 08:55 AM.