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I accidentily spilled some water on my laptop.  After I mopped it up as best I could, I left it open to dry.  Now, it's working normally expept for one small issue -- certain keys are reassigned or simply do not function (eg: when I hit 'h' I it prints 'hu' and 'e' is dead).  Should I just buy a USB keyboard, or is this fixable?  Thanks in advance.

~Sam
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If you're willing to take every key out and clean the contacts with an electrical cleaner, you can probably get it working again.  The USB keyboard is a reasonable alternative, if it doesn't work.
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How would I go about doing that and where would I find this 'electrical cleaner'?
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by:Callandor
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You need to carefully pop each key off.  A typical cleaner is this: http://www.polywater.com/typefd.html
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What kind of laptop is it?  You can quite often find laptop keyboards for quite reasonable prices on ebay.  I have bought 3 or 4 of them for around 20 dollars each.  thats probalby cheaper than buying a separate usb keyboard.  

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samrummel,

My mom was computing on her laptop and drinking a sugary carbonated beverage (worst kind. :-P)  Anyhow, you know how it ended up.  So we cleaned it up as best we could, and let it dry.  It worked pretty well, except for the left-shift/w, and a couple other issues; very weird.  Anyhow, I jumped on ebay and picked up a replacement dell laptop keyboard for about $20/$30, changed them out (fairly easy - only one plug and a couple screws), and it works great.  That's my suggestion...


Cheers!


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by:happythedog
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try and clean it if the contacts havent shorts its very saveable . pop each ky off , a screwdriver works if you dont jam it too hard.
take a wash rag and sop up the fluid
then take the electrical cleaner and clean the contacts.
finally use rubbing alcohol for a last clean.
wait for everything to dry overnight and reattach keys
this should work if not the keyboard is sol
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The laptop is a Dell Inspiron 1150.  Would Staples or Walmart carry the FD Contact cleaner?  Buying a new one on eBay is not possible, since I lack a credit card.  Thanks for your help.

~Sam
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by:henrikatwork
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Hi Samrummel,

I spilled a whole lot of water on my laptop as well and I had one guy opening the computer and drying everything, still all keys didn't work. Getting a contact cleaner doesn't guarantee your keyboard to work. If use you plan to use your laptop a lot in the future, I would suggest you to buy a new one, as said before. If you just use your laptop sometimes at home, a USB-keyboard (or a plain keyboard if you have a port for it) will be just fine. Buy a set of keyboard and mouse, since you will probably not want to use your touchpad together with an external keyboard.
regards,

henrik
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by:Callandor
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Call the number on the link and ask them who carries their product.  Home Depot may have a suitable alternative, also.
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an electronics supply house would carry it
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Thank you all for your help.  I was unable to find the contact cleaner in any of the stores I looked; however, a friend bought a new keyboard on eBay for me.  Now, I just have to install it.

~Sam
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Great!  Like I said, isn't too tough. :-)


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