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Diagnose problem with "W" key sticking?

My son's Toshiba Satellite laptop is having some weird demonic possession. Sometimes the "W" key just goes and goes and it isn't even being pressed. I've checked the button and it seems to be working fine. You can press it and it springs right back, nothing seems to have been spilled on the keyboard..

The weird thing is that it doesn't do it all the time. It just happens.

WTF is this?

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Save yourself the headache and pick up a replacement on fleabay.

(if it is indeed a hardware failure)

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Save yourself the headache and pick up a replacement on fleabay.

(if it is indeed a hardware failure)
Replacement what? Entire laptop? It's less than 18 months old...
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Replacement what? Entire laptop? It's less than 18 months old...
keyboard prolly.
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use a q tip and alcohol to clean around the key... it doesn't take much to yuck up a key...
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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-18-2009, 12:37 AM
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you can usually pick up a replacement keyboard on Ebay for around 20 bucks for most laptops. If cleaning doesn't fix it...a new keyboard would be my next step.

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Replacement what? Entire laptop? It's less than 18 months old...
yeah, replace the keyboard.
very simple to do too.

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yeah, replace the keyboard.
very simple to do too.
Thanks guys. Any websites with step-by-step instructions?


I'm sure its from playing WOW. I think the "W" key is used quite a bit, but I'm not a gamer.
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use a q tip and alcohol to clean around the key... it doesn't take much to yuck up a key...
Should I take the key off? Does it pop off, or if I try to pry it off will it break? What is the preferred method?

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Should I take the key off? Does it pop off, or if I try to pry it off will it break? What is the preferred method?

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hey
what model is that laptop?

lemme link you to a dell kb removal which is fairly similar on other laptops. it is on my vaio and gateway at least.

You could try taking the keyboard out and re-connecting the interface ribbon from the kb to the board, long shot but it "may" help. It'll give you at least something to do while waiting for a replacement.

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Should I take the key off? Does it pop off, or if I try to pry it off will it break? What is the preferred method?

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Dan is right, but be sure to disco ALL power. Which means the power from the wall and also remove the battery.

Most individual keys can pop right off from what I've seen.

If that fails put in new keyboard.

Refrain from allowing the keyboard to be dirtied when looking at porn in the future.

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Gently remove the W key and hit it with an electronics cleaner spray or can of compressed air. It will easily click back in place if you didn't damage it during the removal. And in some cases the silicon plug that actually touches the tracings is offset or loose. You can peel it out and put some CA or superglue on and reinsert.

There is trash, hair, or some other gunk under the key. Happened on my old Sony Vaio laptop. A quick cleaning out should fix you up.

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Thanks guys. Any websites with step-by-step instructions?


I'm sure its from playing WOW. I think the "W" key is used quite a bit, but I'm not a gamer.
"W" is used to run forward in WoW. It is used about 100% of the time.

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Thanks guys. Any websites with step-by-step instructions?


I'm sure its from playing WOW. I think the "W" key is used quite a bit, but I'm not a gamer.
yep, the W key is the most used key in any computer game requiring movement. Like others suggested, replace the keyboard, they are very easy to replace, usually there is 2 locks on the near side of the board.
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