Prob with a sticky Letter on keyboard - Help pls?

  AngeTheHippy 17:54 11 Dec 2010

AfterNoon Chaps,

This has only just started today - the letter 'U' has become 'Unstable' - I've taken the cap off in case it's got gunge under it, it hasn't. I havr to press REALLY HARD for the u to appear. Any ideas, please? No other letter is doing this.

I'm pretty sre it's not a Virus, I did a fill scan 2 days ago.


  eedcam 18:00 11 Dec 2010

Check none of the spring clips on the actual cap are burred or bent

  eedcam 18:02 11 Dec 2010

Meant to add try another letter cap in its place to compare

  AngeTheHippy 18:09 11 Dec 2010

AHHH!!!!! eedcam - tried that - works PERFECTLY!!! WELL SUGGESTED!! So what can U do about this please?


  AngeTheHippy 18:12 11 Dec 2010

It's on me Lappy.....


  GaT7 18:17 11 Dec 2010

What works PERFECTLY?

In the meantime you can use the onscreen keyboard for the 'u' - assuming you're using XP click here. If Vista or Win7 click here. G

  Diemmess 18:26 11 Dec 2010

It can be possible to cure this but you need-
Luck... delicate fingers and .....more luck.

Switch off and disconnect from the computer

Depending on how it is built you must dismantle it so that ideally the filmy printed layers under the keys are exposed.
At every opportunity use a soft brush to stir up the dust and gubbins in there holding a vacuum cleaner nozzle to suck the muck away.

Some keyboards will come apart like meccano others are not really made to be dismantled at all.

If you can dismantle right to the filmy bit take extra care, they are incredibly easy to damage and ruin the whole project, you might still be able to clean the area even if you can't dismantle very far.

With everything as clean as you can make it, you can try a good blast of an aerosol (VHS Head Cleaner) into and around that key.

No need to drown everything if you use the fine tube to direct the spray. This leaves no residue when it dries.

Put everything gently back together again, cross your fingers, and try it.

I was very lucky doing exactly that only yesterday (the R key) but it was a triumph over commonsense and lots cheaper than a new keyboard

  AngeTheHippy 18:26 11 Dec 2010

Bally Hell crossbow7 !! I've not seen this facility before, what an excellent thing! Here's the odd thing though - I've replaced the trial key cap on it's own letter and re seated the 'U' on the u. It seems to be working OK. BUT, this on screen keypad thing, I wonder how many people know about this?

Many thanks,


  GaT7 18:42 11 Dec 2010

AngeTheHippy, what's the make & exact model of your laptop? G

  AngeTheHippy 19:06 11 Dec 2010

It's a Toshiba Satellite L300-1AQ. 2 years in February, crossbow7.


  GaT7 19:28 11 Dec 2010

Right, the reason I asked is because you can get the entire keyboard for a reasonable price (£20-22 delivered) online click here or on eBay click here. Perhaps something to make a note of if it becomes irreparable in the future. Oh, & you'll probably need someone to do it for you too? G

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