Laptop keyboard

Aug 11, 2016
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Due to my regular laptop being repaired I dragged out my old Dell laptop to use as a substitute. This has not been used for a considerable while so after a battery charge I was pleased it fired up ok. Alas all is not well as there is no response from the keyboard. I can scroll round and get to everything but not type. I checked in the device manager and it says the keyboard is working ok. Have I missed something simple or do you have any suggestions I could try. I thought more pressure on the keys might help, like with the aid of a four pound lump hammer but that will probably come later.
 

Jim

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Do you have an old USB keyboard anywhere? That will likely work and allow you to type while your laptop is being repaired.
 
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That's a good idea Jim but this is mainly to see if the old pewter is worth keeping or whether to throw it in the bin. I am using the wife's at the moment but she is worried it will end up like my other two.
 

Minxy Girl

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You may just need to replace the driver for the keyboard, if you can get on the internet with it then see if you can find and install it.
 

BwB

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Keep drumming on the keyboard and it may come back to life. Depending on the key technology used you sometime have to work through the oxidized "crust" so that a key connection is made. Sometimes works and sometimes only with some of the keys, but worth a try.
 
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