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Lenovo Laptop, fix sticky keys

112 10 February 14, 2012 at 06:11 AM
hey guys, I got a quick question about laptop keyboards. I am sure all aren't the same but not positive. I was on airplane back home a couple weeks ago and accidently spilled a little bit of coca cola on the corner of my numpad. The three keys are (3, period, Enter) on the numpad are sticking and i'm getting sick of it. Can I just pop those keys out with my hand or a small screwdriver or something so i can take a warm rag and clean this shit? Anyone ever done this? Any advice would be cool, thanks.

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you can pop the keys out but be careful because the little mechanism that keeps it springy is basically two interlocking pieces of plastic that will go flying if you're not careful. Then you have to take off a good key to see how the bad key is supposed to fit again :-)

It's pretty easy to get things functional again, but very hard (IMO) to have it look like it's brand new. I've done this 3 or 4 times on different laptops (thank you, cats)
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Totally depends on the laptop. Most of the recent ones I have seen do not react well to having keys popped off. No clue which model you have either. Search on ebay what a replacement keyboard would cost. Most of the time they are cheap and pretty easy to replace.
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If you are somewhat tech savy you can find a replacement keyboard on Ebay and install it. What model is it? Basically when you loose keys on the laptop it's best to replace the entire keyboard. Youtube has alot of videos of users replacing their laptop keyboards.
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Thanks for the quick responses thus far. Lenovo 1068AFU is the laptop model that I have.

https://slickdeals.net/permadeal/63698/best-buy-lenovo-1068afu-laptop-dual-core-b950-2.1ghz-15.6-ledbacklit-1366x768-4gb-ddr3-500gb-hdd-wifin-6cell-win-7-prem

Is the one I bought, but I didn't buy an extended warranty so I doubt it covers 'accidental' fark ups. Mehh, i guess I should try to pop them out, idk
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If the alternative is buying a new keyboard and installing it, you've got nothing to lose by trying to fix it yourself.
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If the alternative is buying a new keyboard and installing it, you've got nothing to lose by trying to fix it yourself.
you can actually buy a new laptop keyboard? I usually don't use laptops, so if needed if I could do that. thanks guys.
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The keyboard is 35.00 on ebay. As mentioned there is always a trick to getting the keyboard off and a ribbon cable to remove. Hopefully there is a video online.

http://download.lenovo.com/UserFi...20V1.0.pdf
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Yeah, just get a new KB from ebay - look around & you might get it for less - I usually pay about $20 for a laptop KB. They're really easy to replace.
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I've got an older Thinkpad and this once worked for the same sticky crap.

Spray tuner cleaner on the affected area, wait 1/4 of 1/2 second and vacuum. The stuff will evaporate before it makes it through the vacuum hose. What I used was from the rotary dial TV era, but doubt it was carbon tetrachloride. I imagine they still make a similar electronic cleaner spray.

Worked like a charm.
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