3 keys do not work on dell inspiron 1000 laptop

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do not work.. suddenly.. all other keys work fine..

no issue of coffee, food , junk etc spilled..

is there a key that locks these 3 keys?
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No, there's no key that locks the keys. First, ensure that keyboard cable is firmly connected although I don't think that is your problem, it doesn't hurt to check. Most likely, you'll need to replace the keyboard which can be ordered from eBay.

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>>keyboard cable

you want me to open the laptop?

how hard it is to replace the keyboard on a laptop?
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Usually not very difficult. I couldn't find a service manual for the Inspiron 1000. Did find these instructions: http://www.ehow.com/how_6075216_replace-keyboard-inspiron-1000.html
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First, test with an external keyboard.  If that works OK then look at replacing the laptop keyboard.

If it doesn't then the problem is probably internal to the laptop system.
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good idea.. let me find an external keyboard..

nobus, the link you gave me.. do you have one for xp?
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thanks

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Was the keyboard faulty?

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