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Old 12-02-2018, 02:20 PM   #1
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sticky/unresponsive laptop keys, slackware user opinions


Hi, I searched and found this and that on how and what to try to get sticky/unresponsive laptop keys to work better.

I removed the keyboard, cleaned the end of the ribbon cable and reseated it, same behavior.

Popped couple keys and put them back, same behavior.

Can't find replacement keyboard.

Any slackware users run into this and what have you done or tried?

thanks
 
Old 12-02-2018, 02:36 PM   #2
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It happens at times, that the keyboard need a replacement.
And yes, spare parts can at times be hard to find.

Depending on where you live, but there is options for ordering spare parts.

If you're in Europe, here's one site you can give a try
https://www.ecubel.com/en/product/116/spare-parts
(Belgium)

https://www.partmaster.co.uk/
(UK)

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Old 12-02-2018, 02:41 PM   #3
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I have had good success for the most part simply cleaning the accumulated loose stuff and cat hair from the keyboard with various combinations of orientation, tapping and compressed air. Those that do not succumb to that can sometimes be fixed by (carefully) popping the keycaps and applying tweezers, qtips and alcohol (external kind).

When the above did not work at length, I have had success with single key replacements ordered online, and full keyboard replacement when multiple keys are affected.

What is the make and model of the latop?
 
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Old 12-02-2018, 03:06 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by glorsplitz View Post
Hi, I searched and found this and that on how and what to try to get sticky/unresponsive laptop keys to work better.

I removed the keyboard, cleaned the end of the ribbon cable and reseated it, same behavior.

Popped couple keys and put them back, same behavior.

Can't find replacement keyboard.

Any slackware users run into this and what have you done or tried?

thanks
A laggy system can also mean overheating. Probably not the best idea, but in a pinch I've used the air hose at the local service station to blow out the heat sinks (keeping it at a reasonable distance).
 
Old 12-02-2018, 04:59 PM   #5
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@astrogeek, msi ms-16g4, when I search for that msi web site brings up FX603, I'll try your suggestions soon.

@Gerard Lally, not overheating, I replaced the fan and blow it out regularly, the underside has a cover that exposes mostly everything to blow out
 
Old 12-03-2018, 08:45 PM   #6
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Keys causing trouble m, o, s, tab, space, ctrl, some numbers, and I'm sure couple others, current work around is using usb keyboard.

Would really like to replace the keyboard but can't find exact replacement.
 
Old 12-03-2018, 09:54 PM   #7
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I've fixed several keyboards, both mechanical and non-mechanical (rubber dome, etc) by sticking them in the dishwasher with rinse agent and no detergent (and no heat dry). Since you know how to remove your laptop keyboard, it might be worth a try. I let them dry for a full week before applying any power.
 
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Old 12-03-2018, 11:15 PM   #8
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Keys causing trouble m, o, s, tab, space, ctrl, some numbers, and I'm sure couple others, current work around is using usb keyboard.

Would really like to replace the keyboard but can't find exact replacement.
With that many keys causing trouble, I would agree a new keyboard is the way to go. I have paid from $5 to $8 per key for replacements, but have paid less than $20 for the whole keyboard each time.

I have looked around for the names of those I have bought from but not found anything - I'll post if something does turn up. That said, each time I simply searched online and ordered from my own best-guess source - all were good experiences. So they can be found easily enough I think.

I searched for the model number you posted and saw numerous potential hits. I'd say to find a seller with an 800 number and give them a call if in doubt

UPDATE ** A little further looking and I found these two sites which I am fairly sure I have bought from before - give them a look:

www.replacementlaptopkeys.com
www.laptopkeyboard.com

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I've fixed several keyboards, both mechanical and non-mechanical (rubber dome, etc) by sticking them in the dishwasher with rinse agent and no detergent (and no heat dry).
All I can say is, "wow...".

But then again, I have fixed hard drives by baking in an oven at 300 degrees for 5 minutes, so whatever works!

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Old 12-04-2018, 07:12 PM   #9
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I've fixed several keyboards, both mechanical and non-mechanical (rubber dome, etc) by sticking them in the dishwasher with rinse agent and no detergent (and no heat dry). Since you know how to remove your laptop keyboard, it might be worth a try. I let them dry for a full week before applying any power.
lmaorotf! if astrogeek's links don't pan out I'll try it, thanks to you both!
 
  


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