Laptop keyboard help..

#1
At the weekend,Muggins here suceeded in spilling some beer over my laptop keyboard.I tried to wipe it up but new some of the keys dont work properly.I also ended up re-formatting the HD drive,how I dont know as I was pished...
Any advice chaps,
Spike
 
#2
I know it sounds silly, but it works perfectly with PC Keyboards, so the principal should work the same even with a laptop. Just place it in a warm place (like an airig cupboard, face down (ie. Keyboard face down) and leave it to dry for a week.

PC Format actually ran an article a few months ago where they completely washed a keyboard in warm water and left it to dry for 2 weeks and it worked perfectly.
 
#3
IT_GEEK said:
I know it sounds silly, but it works perfectly with PC Keyboards, so the principal should work the same even with a laptop. Just place it in a warm place (like an airig cupboard, face down (ie. Keyboard face down) and leave it to dry for a week.

PC Format actually ran an article a few months ago where they completely washed a keyboard in warm water and left it to dry for 2 weeks and it worked perfectly.
The main difference being that there are no electronics in a keyboard, just switches. I wouldn't recommend this method for a laptop.

Or did IT_GEEK forget to suggest removing the keyboard first?

(The keyboard would have to be rinsed with clean water to remove the icky stuff).
 
#5
Coffee eh?? Really??

Try clingfilm over your keyboard when banging one out, problem solved ;)
 
#6
My wife did this once, trying to clean the keyboard with a nearly full glass of water (I think it was an accident) - the j and k keys haven't worked since. Tried the airing cupboard trick but I am of the firm belief it's well and truly fecked. As Chumley- Warner said, 'women and technology don't mix!'.
 
#7
If keyboard is fcuked try using xp on-screen keyboard!!!!!!!!!!!

An on-screen keyboard is built into Windows XP. It can be useful if you have mobility impairments, if you are using a tablet PC, or if your keyboard breaks down unexpectedly.

To access the on-screen keyboard:

Go to Start, then click Run, and then type osk.
Now the keyboard opens on your computer screen, featuring three typing modes you can use to type data:

Clicking mode, where you click the on-screen keys.
Scanning mode, where you press a hot key or use a switch-input device to type highlighted characters.

Hovering mode, where you use a mouse or joystick to point to a key, which is then typed.
To make a shortcut icon on your desktop to the on-screen keyboard:

Right-click the desktop and choose New, then Shortcut.
Type osk, click Next.
Type a name for the shortcut, and then click Finish.

OR

go to Start, Programs, Accessories, Accessibility to find the "On-Screen Keyboard" utility (osk.exe). The figureshows an example of the keyboard.
 
#8
I recently hoovered up one of my keys on my new Dell laptop - not very clever I know.

After dozens of calls and hours of Google searches I got my answer - buy a new keyboard. Sounds mad to but a whole new keyboard for just one key but that is the official line.

Use UK stockists for genuine keyboards for about £50-60 each or EBay for genuine US Keyboards for about $15.

Alternatively, try soaking the keyboard in 4-5" of warm soapy water.
 

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#9
jaybee2786 said:
If keyboard is fcuked try using xp on-screen keyboard!!!!!!!!!!!

An on-screen keyboard is built into Windows XP. It can be useful if you have mobility impairments, if you are using a tablet PC, or if your keyboard breaks down unexpectedly.

To access the on-screen keyboard:

Go to Start, then click Run, and then type osk.
Now the keyboard opens on your computer screen, featuring three typing modes you can use to type data:

Clicking mode, where you click the on-screen keys.
Scanning mode, where you press a hot key or use a switch-input device to type highlighted characters.

Hovering mode, where you use a mouse or joystick to point to a key, which is then typed.
To make a shortcut icon on your desktop to the on-screen keyboard:

Right-click the desktop and choose New, then Shortcut.
Type osk, click Next.
Type a name for the shortcut, and then click Finish.

OR

go to Start, Programs, Accessories, Accessibility to find the "On-Screen Keyboard" utility (osk.exe). The figureshows an example of the keyboard.
How, if the keyboard is knackered, do you type 'osk'? or am I missing something obvious?
 
#11
Or you could connect a normal PC keyboard to the laptop. eniM smees ot krow enif.
 
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