I Hate When The Keys On Your Keyboard Malfunction!

United States
October 16, 2011 2:27pm CST
I swear. One day it's the 'g' key that doesn't work right when I press it. Now it's the 'l.' Right now, the 'l' key doesn't work when I press it and since I didn't proofread the title of my discussion before (oops!), the l in the word 'dermatologist' is missing. Yikes! I just give it time and it usually fixes itself. Weird, eh? Do you ever have this problem? How do you fix it?
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23 responses
• United States
16 Oct 11
My a" is messed up and I have to keep hitting it hard to get it here. MY other letters were stuck and my daughter did something to fix them.
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• United States
16 Oct 11
My l is all messed up now, gifts. Did you see the title of my other discussion/ 'dermatologist' has no l!
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• United States
16 Oct 11
I saw it but did not notice it was missing..
@topffer (41775)
• France
16 Oct 11
I clean my keyboard when something like this happens : I have in a bag an old 1992 laptop with a keyboard still working fine. I will not say how many times I have removed and cleaned the keys :)
• United States
16 Oct 11
I haven't removed the keys, but I have used an aerosol can and blown compressed air into it to get the junk out. But, I bet there's still a bunch of stuck stuck in there!
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@topffer (41775)
• France
16 Oct 11
It depends of the brand, but you can generally remove easily a laptop key to clean it, and laptop keyboards are a lot more reliable than desktop keyboard : you should try now -- If you have no more 'l', I will know it has not worked --.
@mentalward (14693)
• United States
16 Oct 11
I usually take canned air and blow out the keyboard and it fixes the problem, at least the cause of my keyboard problems. Mine get stuff underneath the keys all the time. I tried prying the keys off to clean underneath if I was having an especially bad problem with one of the keys but, after having one heck of a time getting one back on, I decided not to do that anymore. Sometimes, just turning the keyboard upside down and shaking it works since it's usually something stuck under the key that doesn't work right. I was having a problem before with my i key, then it changed to the b key but I've found that it's usually some small crumb or piece of dirt that lodged under it.
• United States
18 Oct 11
That's what I usually do as well. I also have a keyboard cover on my laptop to prevent food and dust from falling in. Seems to work fine so far!
• United States
16 Oct 11
My '.' button has completely come out. I can push it back into place but every time I press it it comes out again! Then I push it back in and end up with tons of '.'s. It's a pain.
@Jlyn10 (11189)
• Malaysia
18 Oct 11
Mine is the "r" button which came off. Now that I have fixed it back, everything is back to normal again.
@magic700 (100)
• Canada
16 Oct 11
That is rather odd. How old is the keyboard? When is the last time you cleaned it? Or is it a laptop keyboard that can't exactly be cleaned? There's probably either some dirt stopping some of the keys from working, or some type of software malfunction, or maybe they keyboard is just straight out broken. But if it's only 1 key failing at a time, it's probably some type of software problem, like, computer freezing just long enough to miss the key or something. At the time, it's not worth getting it checked by a professional since the problem is very minor, but if it starts getting worse, consider seeing a computer expert, after cleaning the keyboard to check if it's just dirt.
• United States
16 Oct 11
I mean, it's four years old, so of course it has some problems. I bet it's just wear and tear, you know? I'm saving up for a new laptop at the moment and I did clean it about month ago with an aerosol can to blow all the dirt out of it. But, as you said, it's not worth ditching or sending it out for professional maintenance just yet.
@Jlyn10 (11189)
• Malaysia
18 Oct 11
I had my "r" button keep coming off and whenever I type, I seem to be missing all the Rs. I just fixed it back on and now it's working very well but I don't know for how long it will be okay.
@globaldoc (860)
• Philippines
18 Oct 11
I feel the same way. However, you would feel worse if your keyboard fails you just when you are about to sell your stocks in the online stock market when the shares are starting to fall in their prices.
@blue65packer (11831)
• United States
17 Oct 11
I don't have that problem with my keyboard and never have. My biggest problem with my keyboard is my fingers! They like to malfunction when I type! I make so many errors and fixing them is crazy! It is a goo thing I reread must of my posts before I post them! LOL!
@macayadann (1235)
• Philippines
17 Oct 11
Usually hardened accumulated dirt is causing it. Every time you use it, try to brush it first and after using cover it. We are sometimes unaware that these little things are causing troubles and expenses for it to be fixed. I am telling you this because we had an experience like this and ours is our motherboard. We went to the technician to have it fixed and good the technician was honest to tell us that the fine dusts had caused the interruption in our internet connectivity,it served as film stopping the flow into our connection. Also you may have overused it or been using for so long that the wirings are already loose.
@prasanta (1949)
• India
17 Oct 11
Boss, it is truly irritating. But key boards can be repaired. Please get it either repaired or replaced. Because, more than irritation, it is waste of time to type with a faulty keyboard.
@RobtheRock (2485)
• United States
17 Oct 11
I have problems with the "l" on my keyboard. It drives me nuts. I have a Dell computer. I've never had this kind of problem with my Compaq. So I psychologically put the blame on Dell or the fact that I don't hit some keys hard enough when I'm typing fast.
@fantabulus (4003)
• India
17 Oct 11
Hahaha fanta's keyboard's three keys are not working properly but still it is with me because fanta budget is low. Three keys are lost means not seeing the name of the alphabets but I know the name of hiding keys. Throw this G key and take new button of G keyit is not possible
• India
17 Oct 11
I use a laptop & have gotten into frustrating situations when something urgent had to be finished. Some time back I had a funny issue with the left shift key. Either it wouldn't work or it used to return unwanted characters in the document. Without any provocation, a dialog box saying something with 'sticky keys' used to pop up almost constantly causing deep frustration. :( I called in the admin guy but he struggled to locate the actual problem & I had to live with the problem for quite some time. He tried hardware something, deleted & added some program, searched something online OMG, he couldn't fix it at all. Then I had to forego useful working time because it had to be sent to the dealer. I got it back after two days with the problem fixed. It was agonizing time without my regular laptop not being available for my work. I often find some key not working but have now learnt how to fix single keys myself!
• Philippines
17 Oct 11
I have tried that but I think it's just due to typing really fast and you miss out on a letter. Maybe your keyboard is old and worn out already. Maybe it's time to buy a new one.
@allknowing (87292)
• India
17 Oct 11
Its time for you to change your keyboard Stephanie. It is much cheaper than shttering your nerves. If you calculate the time you would take to rectify the errors or lament over the errors you did not rectify! don't you think getting a new one is a better proposition?
@skysuccess (8880)
• Singapore
17 Oct 11
StephanieAnnC, I've never ever experience this with either my personal computer or laptop before. So, which keyboard is this? I can only assume that the driver to your keyboard could have been corrupted or that it could have gotten the function switch key stuck without your knowing, that it is switching your keyboard to the second platform. If this is part of your PC, then try using another keyboard. If this is from your laptop, you may want to use an external keyboard and see if the problem still exist.
@TheCatLady (4695)
• Israel
17 Oct 11
Turn it upside down and burp it. You will be surprised how much junk falls out. You can also take off the bad key and clean under it. I do it all the time. My house is full of dust and pet hair and it gets in the keyboard. I also eat at the computer like a bad girl and crumbs get in the keyboard Burping it once in a while solves most problems.
• United States
17 Oct 11
Last year I could not get my keyboard to stop typing the letter X, it was a repeated XXXXX across no matter what I pressed. After searching online and updating the drivers I found that it had to do with worn out membranes in underneath the keyboard and thankfully I had warranty. Mine is a wireless one from Microsoft and they replaced it withing five days. There is really nothing you can do when the keys on a key board go on a blitz. You can try to remove the one troublesome key and see if there is anything sticky and or stuck in there but usually when they get worn out there isn't anything one can do but replace it.
@emptydb (80)
17 Oct 11
Well, me too. I also hate when my keyboard is malfunctioning. I already had that same experience...well the best solution is to have it replaced. Fortunately for me, i have my brothers with me and when it comes to computer problems i have them to handle it...in this case of keyboard malfunction...replace it cause if you'll fix it or let others do it, you'll be wasting your time and money as well so better replace it cause it will just cause less...and if you are using a laptop well there's a usb keyboard or a wireless keyboard...
@celticeagle (124528)
• Boise, Idaho
17 Oct 11
Mine gets dirt and crud under them and then they malfunction. I turn my computer over and knock on the back to get some of the dirt out. Helps alittle. And once they just quick completely. The entire keyboard. So I called tech support and the guy told me to turn the computer off, take the battery out, wait 30 seconds, put it back in and power it on. Worked like a champ!