The keyboard from hell

United States
August 22, 2016 7:11am CST
My keyboard is throwing fits. Sometimes I can't type the '!' but right now I can. Earlier I couldn't type the '1' or the '!' - but at this particular moment all keys are working. Do they know I'm writing about them? A few days ago I took the laptop out to the workshop and my husband used the air compressor to blow the dust (or Evil Spirits) out and it seemed fine for a day. Then it went nuts again. I am big on '!'s so it's annoying when it sticks. I guess I will have to find a computer shop in town and let them figure it out. Or maybe it's just time for a new one. That leads to new issues, I'm still using Windows 7 and really don't want to go to Windows 10 with that whole learning curve thing, I'm old and not sure I have the patience. Photo: pixabay.com/en/keyboard-computer-empty-help-893496/
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@LadyDuck (156721)
• Switzerland
22 Aug 16
Do not switch to WIndows 10, it's a real pain. I turned the keyboard upside down and I tapped the back, it works better than blowing air. There is a lot of stuff stuck among the keys.
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• United States
22 Aug 16
they are going to stop supporting Win 7 soon and then we'll be left open for all kinds of issues. This is a laptop so not the same as a separate keyboard. My husband blew the dust out with the air compressor he uses for the car, etc. I might have to get him to try it again. Right now he's cleaning the pool - lots of leaves from all the wind/rain/storms the last few days and we're having lots of company tomorrow.
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@LadyDuck (156721)
• Switzerland
22 Aug 16
@AbbyGreenhill I removed the keyboard from my laptop to clean it, it was a hard job. My husband has a laptop with Windows 8.1, but for the desktop he has installed Linus, he had enough of Windows 10.
@amadeo (65560)
• United States
22 Aug 16
@LadyDuck Mike had one hell of a time with window 10.But he finally got it straightened out with a friend of ours
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@amadeo (65560)
• United States
22 Aug 16
I try to clean my often If I remember.so far have not had this problem.
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• United States
22 Aug 16
Mine has been cleaned before - so I think it just is getting worn out. I could put an exclamation earlier, now I can't.
@amadeo (65560)
• United States
22 Aug 16
@AbbyGreenhill they do get worn out.We are talking about desktop computer?not laptop?
• United States
22 Aug 16
@amadeo I have a laptop.
@Happy2BeMe (74744)
• Canada
22 Aug 16
I have Windows 10 and it really isn't all that different. It takes no time to get use to. There may be still something stuck behind that key. Turn it upside down and give it a few taps. I would be lost too if my "!" didn't work. It is one of my favorite keys. Since you are big on "!" maybe you wore it out. lol
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• United States
22 Aug 16
Tapping on it won't do much , maybe a blast with dynamite might work LOL
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@Happy2BeMe (74744)
• Canada
22 Aug 16
@AbbyGreenhill lol oh i am sure that would work too!! hahahahaha
• United States
22 Aug 16
@Happy2BeMe At least then I'd have a good excuse to buy a new one.
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@sabtraversa (13325)
• Italy
22 Aug 16
Windows 10 doesn't look that difficult, it is told to be between the 7 and the 8. Well, I would go back to XP if I could. An external keyboard looks like the only solution. I would never want to change my laptop because of a key.
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• United States
22 Aug 16
This computer is about 5 or 6 years old. I would buy a new one depending on how much it would cost to 'fix' this one. I've heard conflicting stories about difficulty of W10. I have no clue what 8 is like, I use 7.
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@sabtraversa (13325)
• Italy
22 Aug 16
@AbbyGreenhill You only have a key to fix, so it shouldn't cost much. But newer laptops are more powerful, that's why I would never say no to a new one. Then I'll have to get used to the new OS, and I will. No problem. My mother has a Win10 laptop, there are a few things I don't understand, and my lappie is a Win8.
@marlina (73887)
• Canada
22 Aug 16
@AbbyGreenhill I also use Window 7 and DO NOT want to use 10.
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@LeaPea2417 (20309)
• Toccoa, Georgia
22 Aug 16
That is frustrating when keyboard keys act up. That has happened to me in the past.
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• United States
22 Aug 16
As long as I stay away from the number one key and the explanation mark it's fine.
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@HazySue (21280)
• United States
22 Aug 16
@AbbyGreenhill It sounds like your keyboard and my keyboard are kissing cousins or something like that. Right now it is having a good day, so far. Later it will be acting up. It does sound like it's about time for a newer, younger model.
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• United States
22 Aug 16
Well, if it can be fixed at a reasonable price I'll go that route. We have to hit the pool store and there is a computer repair shop next door to it. I'll see how that goes.
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@jaboUK (53917)
• United Kingdom
22 Aug 16
I get where you are coming from with Windows10 - i don't want to learn a whole new way of going about things either. Hope you can get yours fixed.
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• United States
22 Aug 16
We have to take a water sample to the pool story Wed. and there is a computer place next door to it - kill two birds with one trip.
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@responsiveme (16008)
• India
22 Aug 16
My backspace isn't working...its difficult when the keys lay up.
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• United States
22 Aug 16
Yes, its a pain isn't it.
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• United States
22 Aug 16
I don't have sticking keys but mine do wear off so I don't know where the L, N or K are. Good luck with your keyboard and hope it can be fixed
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• United States
22 Aug 16
I wore the 'printing' off long long ago but since I was a typist for 35 years I know the keyboard w/o looking...I still make a typo or two or twelve, but that's me going too fast.
@Jessicalynnt (47846)
• Centralia, Missouri
22 Aug 16
It very well may just be on it's last legs
• United States
22 Aug 16
It will be visiting the ER Wed, Have to visit the pool place and there is a computer repair shop next door to it..strange looking guys runs the joint, hope he knows what he's doing.
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• Centralia, Missouri
22 Aug 16
@AbbyGreenhill lol pc guys often look a little, nerdy
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• United States
22 Aug 16
@Jessicalynnt I know that's why I avoid going to them LOL.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Aug 16
I haven't found Windows 10 too big a jump. It is a bit different but I haven't really had any troubles.
• United States
22 Aug 16
From what I see when I watch presentations on TV it sure looks a lot different to me.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Aug 16
@AbbyGreenhill Maybe it is but in areas which I don't use.
• United States
22 Aug 16
@JudyEv I don't want all the 'fancy' stuff..I want it to look like my W 7 screen and I know you can do it but they never show you how to. My husband's 'fix' isn't working any longer..oh well.
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@miniam (9241)
• Bern, Switzerland
22 Aug 16
It is interesting how 1 or 2 keys can afftct things you want to write, we do not realize it till the key stops writing.Hope you can fix it and if not, as you say, move on to new computer.
• United States
22 Aug 16
Maybe I use that key toooooo much LOL
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@miniam (9241)
• Bern, Switzerland
22 Aug 16
@AbbyGreenhill Not really,there are times a key here will stop for no reason then again start on it`s own
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• United States
22 Aug 16
@miniam That was a joke ....
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@ilocosboy (34311)
• Philippines
22 Aug 16
I have experienced that too, right now I have an external keyboard I'm using in my laptop. Its like a TV that got antenna, he he, only wider.
• United States
22 Aug 16
I don't have room on my small desk for an external keyboard.
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@Tampa_girl7 (25676)
• United States
22 Aug 16
I hate technical problems and clueless as to how to fix them.
• United States
22 Aug 16
I have issues with the laptop keys sticking. It's not an easy fix like replacing a keyboard. I just live with it!