Little help with computer technical issue

United States
February 21, 2012 11:07am CST
I have a hopefully very small isssue with my computer. About five minutes ago, I noticed the 't' on my keyboard started to need extra effort in order for it to type. Like an extra pressured push or something. Know what would help?
14 responses
@ElicBxn (60762)
• United States
21 Feb 12
sorry to say - a new keyboard
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• United States
21 Feb 12
No. No. Don't tell me that.
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@ElicBxn (60762)
• United States
21 Feb 12
Or, you can put up with it, like I put up with a sticky "control" key on this one - because its ergonomic
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• United States
21 Feb 12
I can't put up with it cause there are no telling how many errors I would leave on my pages, and I really don't want to do that.
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@deedee328 (1127)
• United States
21 Feb 12
@chrystaltears Is it just certain keys or all of them. You may want to try this; turn the keyboard upside down and very gently tap on the backside of it. Sometimes little specs of stuff gets down underneath the keys. It happens to me since I do tend to eat my little snacks while I am on line. If tapping doesn't work, you can try using an old, dry toothbrush to kind of clean out around the keys.
• United States
22 Feb 12
Oh yes. I do everything over my keyboard. No telling what is on it I will have that a try when I finish answering these responses I have recieved. Thanks so much for the tips. I bet one of them will be just what I need.
@deedee328 (1127)
• United States
23 Feb 12
@chrystaltears Was just wondering if any of our little tips helped you out? I sure hope so. I would hate to think you went and bought a new keyboard and really didn't need to.
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• United States
23 Feb 12
No. I didn't go buy a new keyboard. I am a pretty good handyman/woman. I lifted a couple of keys and cleaned under them and around some of them. I think my 2 year old grandson got something sticky on the keyboard and I had to break the sticky, I think. I turned it upside down and pecked it after that and there was little gritty stuff under there. I could feel it when I pressed the keys. Thanks so much deedee!
@urbandekay (18312)
22 Feb 12
Well you could try cleaning it as others have advised in full. Or, put a wanted add on Freegle (Freecycle, your side of the puddle) for a new keyboard. Or, look in skips (Think you call these dumpsters in your pigeon English) outside offices, etc. Many a good keyboard, not to mention computer, binned therein all the best urban
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• United States
22 Feb 12
Thank you urbandekay. I actually did some of the things that were suggested, and there were these little particles of some kind under my keys. Thanks to all the mylotters, it was so easy to correct. Wow, what would I do without mylott?
@deedee328 (1127)
• United States
23 Feb 12
@urban what is "pigeon" English? I have never heard of that one before.
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• United States
23 Feb 12
me too deedee.
@owlwings (38850)
• Cambridge, England
21 Feb 12
I would first clean the keyboard. Unplug it and turn it upside down. Bang it (moderately firmly but not too hard, perhaps) several times on the desk. You may be surprised what comes out! Next, blow any dust &c from between the keys. This needs a quite strong stream of air. You can buy cans of compressed air at computer stores but if you have a vaccuum cleaner which can be connected to blow as well as suck, that works as well. Alternatively, you could take it with you on your next trip to the gas station and use the air line on it. You can also clean the keyboard with a damp cloth with a little dish washing liquid on it. Keep changing the area of the cloth you are rubbing with. Finally, let the keyboard dry and plug it in. If all of that hasn't cured it, you CAN lift off a sticking key (but be very careful not to lose the spring). There is a key lifting tool which makes it easier but it can be gently levered off with a round ended table knife at a pinch. If you don't feel like doing this or it doesn't solve the problem, a new keyboard is the answer.
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• United States
21 Feb 12
Thank you so much. I will try all of those things. I babysit a 2 year old who is with me this morning with his runny nose, sticky fingers, drinks he likes to pour out and so on and so forth, so he's more than likely gotten something on the keyboard. So I am sure one of these will remedy the issue. Thanks so much for all your help.
@owlwings (38850)
• Cambridge, England
21 Feb 12
Most keyboards are not harmed by running them under the tap (sorry, faucet). They shouldn't be immersed in water, of course, and you must make sure they are dry before you plug them in again. A couple of days on a radiator and a blow with a hairdryer usually does the trick.
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• United States
22 Feb 12
Thanks for the tips. I will be sure and try that. Sure will.
@erjnsimon (1191)
• Makati, Philippines
21 Feb 12
maybe there's something inserted in your keyboard. Jurt open and clean it up. . Maybe a buying a good one is better..
• United States
22 Feb 12
Well, no. I don't want to buy a new one. This one is pretty new itself and I am already computer poor. Don't need anymore of them. I've been thinking about trying to sell a couple of them on ebay or in the newspaper.
@erjnsimon (1191)
• Makati, Philippines
22 Feb 12
maybe cleaning it is just the way
@lovedude (4457)
• India
23 Feb 12
hmm.. it may be due to dust in the keypad.. try to clean it.. also keep pressing sticky keys 10-20 times.. it will solve the problem I guess. if it doesn't then new keyboard only solution..!!
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• United States
23 Feb 12
Hey loooove duuuuude! How ya doin? I have it going okay now. There were some things under the keyboards due to my little 2 year old grandson that I have a hard time keeping up with? Ha! Ha! Thank you so much.
@almond24 (1250)
• Hungary
22 Feb 12
You got some good advice how to clean the keyboard, this was my suggestion too. Maybe there is something stuck under the button T. It happened to me a lot too, I look for bead jewelry patterns on the internet and sometimes try it out in front of the computer... so I was not surprised when I found a tiny piece of glass bead when I had problems hitting a button.
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• United States
22 Feb 12
I cleaned it, and its better now. The period is still trying to stick.. I kind of think what happened is that my two year old grandson had stick fingers and got on my keys and I broke up the sticky along side the keys and it's better now. Thanks so much!
@ceazr23 (50)
22 Feb 12
if only you know how to open it... it just need some cleaning... but i strongly advice to get a new one... hehehehe...
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• United States
22 Feb 12
Hi ceazr, I actually did clean along the edges of the keys that were sticking and cleaned under those keys and it works fine now. Thanks so much for your help.
@hunibani (720)
• Philippines
22 Feb 12
You should try to clean the keyboard. There might be a dust or small things inside. Happened to me and I only clean and works fine again.
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• United States
22 Feb 12
hunibani, you were right. All I had to do was life the keys a little and clean along side the outside of the keys that were giving me problems and everything is ok now. Thanks so much!
@thanks1961 (7049)
• India
22 Feb 12
Hi, Hope you might have resolved the problem as of now!!! Is it a laptop key board or a desktop one? Probably there may be dust or little thicker particles must be lying under the key butten and the platform. If not yet resolved, try the small paint brush and slowly clean that area. And nothing is work out, there is a liquid (spirit) which evaporates fast. Some engineers used to use this liquid to clean the laptops. But they used to open the area and do it. As for you this is impossible and you may try to take up the key boad and keep upside down and shake slowly and air out the areas where you have problems. These all the few funny things I usually do if there is some problem with the key board. Hope you are done and it is ok now!!
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• United States
22 Feb 12
I will know when I finish typing this response if it is better or not Actually, the tt is okay now, but the h and the period are giving me problems. I just felt something like grit when I pushed down on the h. So I know there is stuff stuck under the keys. I am going to stop right now and see if I can cure the issue with some of these tips. Thank you so much.
• United States
21 Feb 12
Use the air pressure ina can , its usually something between the keys are simply blow between the keys .
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• United States
22 Feb 12
Okay. I will try the other tips and if they don't work, I will go get some aerosol air. Thanks so much.
@pahak627 (4198)
• Philippines
21 Feb 12
I haven't suggested any solution to your problem but I learned something from the responses that you got.
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• United States
22 Feb 12
Mylott is educational isn't it. That's good! That's great!
• India
21 Feb 12
First try cleaning the keyboard thoroughly if it does not work then leave it upright in such a way that sunlight is incident on the keys. Even that fails to work then take a screw driver and open the keyboard and apply some kerosene oil or petrol on the inside of the key mat after removing the dirt and dust from the inside. Be cautious while packing and unpacking the keyboard.:)
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• United States
21 Feb 12
Thank you so much. I willl try these things you and everyone else has offered me and see which one of them works best for me. I really do appreciate your help. Thanks so much.
• United States
21 Feb 12
most likely needing a new keyboard they dont cost much depending on where you buy it at the most just $10 mine is starting to d the same with some keys due to gaming which means i need to take it easy on my gaming haha
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• United States
21 Feb 12
I babysit my 2 year old grandson. He probably did something to it. But I will get to the bottom of it. Thanks Jug.