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EvanSKVRL

Computer help?

Okay, this is an issue that I've been having for a while now, but it's getting worse, so I'm asking if any of you might know a fix for it before I throw my laptop out the window. XP

I've been having trouble even using my laptop since the left Ctrl key and number pad Enter key have been sticking, which causes the whole machine to lock up and beep constantly at me. I finally popped the damn key caps off today and found that those two keys each have a metal hinge on them.

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/24223234/keys/Untitled-2.png

I popped off the right Ctrl key as well, just to check, and it DOESN'T have a hinge.

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/24223234/keys/Untitled-1.png

I pushed the hinge on both into the key cap and found that they get stuck and won't come back out.

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/24223234/keys/Untitled-5.png

I have to shake them extremely hard several times to get the hinge to come back out, and I think this may be what's causing the issues. So, to anyone who knows about laptops, are the hinges important? Is there some way to make them not stick? Seriously, this is driving me fucking crazy.

And in case you're wondering, I don't want to replace the entire keyboard since that would cost $35+, and it's just these TWO keys that are fucking up.
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Added: 5 years, 8 months ago
 
DarwentheOrca
5 years, 8 months ago
I think the hinges are there to help press the key down when hitting it on the side. You could probably temporarily pull them off to see if that helps. Just don't lose them.
EvanSKVRL
5 years, 8 months ago
That's what I've done, but I'd really like a more permanent fix. Looks tacky as hell, and limits the usability of the keys.
DarwentheOrca
5 years, 8 months ago
Maybe an external keyboard? Though I think most keyboards I've used in the past 10 years have had those hingers.
EvanSKVRL
5 years, 8 months ago
Unfortunately, when I use the laptop, I actually use it as a laptop (not on a desk), so an external keyboard isn't really an option. XB
CosmicMutt
5 years, 8 months ago
was anything spilled on your laptop, at least to your knowledge?
EvanSKVRL
5 years, 8 months ago
Nothing liquid has ever been near the laptop, and it hardly even gets used. It's primary function is as a writing device, and you see how much writing I've done. :P Also, the keys in question are on opposite corners of the keyboard.
CosmicMutt
5 years, 8 months ago
if i had the keyboard in person then i might be able to help out. sorry i cant do anything D:
mudpaws
5 years, 8 months ago
use a wireless keyboard  and mouse  i use them and love it :)   just mite help you out :)
EvanSKVRL
5 years, 8 months ago
Not really an option when the laptop is on the lap. :P
mudpaws
5 years, 8 months ago
ah k i  use a tv tray and  some times a desk for my laptop   , tho i do some time use it on my lap  if i go any place  ..
soggymaster
5 years, 8 months ago
More than likely your keyboard needs cleaned.  Not that difficult to do, just involves a bit of coordination.

With my knowledge of typical desktop keyboards, those hinges are important for the normal operation of the larger keys; they keep the larger keys in place while you use them.
As long as you have a reference of where the keys are (a picture works best), gently pop each of the key caps off of your keyboard and clean them.  Take this opportunity to clean the rest of the keyboard as well.
When you are done cleaning the key caps, put the biggest key caps in place first (enter, shift, space bar, etc).  These will be the most difficult because the metal hinge will take a bit of coordination to get into place and to ensure that they work properly.  Once you've gotten all the biggest key caps in place, snap the rest on.
EvanSKVRL
5 years, 8 months ago
Could it really be dirty enough for that with it hardly ever being used? And how exactly would one clean the caps?
soggymaster
5 years, 8 months ago
It could get quite dirty just sitting around, enough for dirt or other debris to get stuck in the mechanisms.
The way I clean key caps is in a large bowl with dish soap, let them soak for a while, then rinse in hot water, then pour them out onto a cookie sheet lined with paper towels and let them air dry.
mudpaws
5 years, 8 months ago
oh if you have to pitch it out  be careful a lot of old soft wear will not work with windows 8 ,, i have windows8 pro now and can not use any of my old soft wear i tried all  every thing to get them to work but can not now i have to buy all new stuff to do all my photo work and i just don't have the money ,, sorry just letting you know about windows8
EvanSKVRL
5 years, 8 months ago
I would NEVER use Windows 8. I've hated the CONCEPT of it since it was first announced.
mudpaws
5 years, 8 months ago
i wish i never got it , tho do to my hard drive taking a shit on me i try to reinstall my windows7 ultra and it would not lode it :(  i am looking for a  desktop that has it  then i can use all my software and stuff that i had b4 , but thats going to take a very long time for me do to no $$  
FlynnRausch
5 years, 8 months ago
Clean the keys & hinges in warm, soapy water. Clean the key brackets with a Q-tip moistened with dilute rubbing alcohol (1 part alcohol, 1 part water). If there's debris, you can get special low-suction vacuums to clean it out. They're usually pretty cheap.
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