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Thu Dec 20, 2018, 09:01 PM

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So my Toshiba laptop is being weird. Most of the time it behaves just fine, but lately it's started a very annoying thing. I'll be typing along, and all of a sudden the punctuation keys won't work; same for the right shift key. Most annoying is that the "enter" key stops working. Just now I had to go back and add the apostrophes. Any ideas what might be causing this? Big thanks in advance!


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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2018, 09:04 PM

1. I have an HP laptop...

at times it freezes for no apparent reason.....I have to turn it off and start it up again. Have you tried doing that?

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2018, 09:08 PM

2. Cookie crumbs?

I'm not kidding.

I've had that.

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2018, 09:10 PM

3. Crumbs sound like a possibility

Turn over your laptop/keyboard over, and you will be amazed at what comes out.

Also, get a can of compressed air at an office supply store. I use these to clean my keyboards from time to time.

Other than a liquid spill or a hard fall, there's usually not much else that can go wrong.

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2018, 09:14 PM

4. Try this. 25% chance of success

Turn the keyboard over with keys facing down. Give it a vigorous shaking followed by blowing all the dust bunnies from under the various keys. Repeat until no new crud falls out.

A related problem can be caused by one of the cables going to the keyboard assembly not being properly seated. To fix this latter issue requires opening up the laptop and carefully reseat the cables.

Good luck

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Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2018, 11:40 PM

5. It's cat fur that's fallen down between the keys.

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