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#1 lordshell

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 07:28 AM

Hello

 

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!

 

ARRRRGH!

 

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?


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#2 lordshell

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 08:03 AM

At wit's end.


Edited by lordshell, 09 April 2013 - 08:13 AM.


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Posted 09 April 2013 - 09:00 AM

Hi lordshell

 

Most probably you need to replace the keyboard. Laptop keyboards are hard to repair and won't last long if you managed to repair.



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Posted 09 April 2013 - 09:14 AM

I was very careful and didn't turn it on after the alcohol swab for a good while.  Plus, I only took off about a half-dozen keys.  Plus, the keys react when I try to type, but they act as if I'm pushing a hotkey.

 

Other than total failure, the only thing I can think might have happened is when I put the alcohol-coated pipe-cleaners underneath some of the keys, one got stuck.  Unfortunately that means I'll have to take off roughly half the damn keys to check and clean.  Exactly what I didn't want to do.

 

Assuming I have to replace the keyboard, any ballpark on what I'll be paying?  I hate spending too much on such an old laptop.



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Posted 09 April 2013 - 09:44 AM

You can give a try if you wish. Since it is already faulty it won't hurt to try a repair.

 

First you should take a clear close picture of your keyboard with a good digital cam. You have to draw the key layout in a white paper if you don't have a camera.

 

Pop out every key carefully and store in a safe place. Let the keyboard dry by placing it in sun light.

 

Refit the keys by referring the picture and\or drawing. 



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Posted 10 April 2013 - 06:28 AM

Yay!

 

I went through about half the keyboard with any keys near the ones I'd already cleaned.  Must have been a stuck key because after it dried and I started it up it worked like a charm.

Thanks!






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