The left side of my keyboard isnt wanting to work

@halynn (1809)
United States
January 3, 2011 7:48pm CST
So i have had my sony vaio computer for @ least 5 years now. It has been an excellent computer. I haven't had any problems with it. Several months ago my son accidentally knocked it off the table onto the floor. Well the keyboard kind of bowed up a little. But it was still workin just fine until here recently. Now i'm having trouble with the E, D, G & several other keys primarily on the left side. I am pretty sure it's from the fall it suffered. I was wondering if cleaning it w/that air in a can stuff might help? Not sure though. Any thoughts?
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@Barb42 (4217)
• United States
4 Jan 11
I have a Dell that is probably 8 yrs old. I got it from my son and he had it for 3 years and I'll have had it 5 years in a month or two. It has really been a good laptop. Never had a problem other than having to update the graphics card a few years ago and the keyboard had to be replaced last year. I started having trouble with several keys not wanting to type - I'd have to hit on them to get them to work. My husband cleaned it, but that didn't make those keys works. He bought a new keyboard for it off Ebay, replaced it, and I've never had another problem. You could probably replace the keyboard and it would work fine. Worth a try with a good laptop.
@halynn (1809)
• United States
4 Jan 11
Is the keyboard hard & or expensive to replace? Thanks for the info, Barb!
@Barb42 (4217)
• United States
5 Jan 11
They aren't very expensive. My husband just said it wasn't hard to replace. On our Dell (don't know what yours is), he had to pry up the blue ring around the old keyboard before taking out the keyboard. You have to be very careful. But he said, other than that, it was easy to replace. He's fixed several broken things on mine and all the parts came from EBAY (all new).
• United States
4 Jan 11
Go the route that I had to go when my keyboard got messed up. Buy a wireless keyboard. I got a pretty nice one and I love it. It's got the slim keys just like my laptop and it's a dream to type on.
@halynn (1809)
• United States
4 Jan 11
Hmm...okay that sounds like a good idea. I hadnt really thought of doing that. thanks for the tip!!
• United States
4 Jan 11
A while ago I had an issue with mine and the x letter kept sticking across the screen. I tried everything like the can air sprayer, downloading updated drivers and then I researched the net. My understanding is that underneath the keys are small tiny fibers, called membranes which can stick and cause this. Lucky for me it was under warranty and so the company sent me a new one. Good luck with yours, hope you get the issue resolved.
@halynn (1809)
• United States
4 Jan 11
Thanks for the information!! I have to say my laptops been really good out of the 5 yrs i've had it this is the only problem. So i can't complain really lol. thanks
@Hatley (164652)
• Garden Grove, California
4 Jan 11
hi halynn it sounds to me like the poor keyboard has a broken back and I do not think air can will help that. You will in all likelihood have to replace it. if its kind of bowed up the letters will be out of alignment and air cleaning will not help. I think you will have to bite the bullet and buy a new keyboard.I am not sure if it can be repaired as its been bowed. ask at a computer shop but I think the wisest course is to get a new keyboard.you may be able to get a cheap used one if the used ond is working condition.
@halynn (1809)
• United States
4 Jan 11
Ya thats what i was thinkin too! can u replace just the keyboard on the laptop? I guess you can, huh?
• India
4 Jan 11
Hey...I dont think that you can replace it so easily with household stuff. Some months back, I had a problem with my latop's up, down arrow keys because I used to play games a lot. First I thought that I can manage it, but soon realise that in laptop its very difficult to replace anything by myself. I simply contacted with the service centre. They kept that and replaced within 2days and charge is also very minimal. So I will say, dont go for this temporary replacement but go for a parmanent solution.