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    Replacing laptop keys

    Hey,
    My 'w' key isn't responsive, making gaming a bitch. I've haven't got alot of tech knowledge but I'm curious, is there any of way of fixing it without getting a new one? My laptop is an alienware M15X. Also, as far as removing it goes, I presume I don't just pry it out? How does that work?
    Thanks,

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    do you get any input from the key itself, like in word documents etc? if not, you are looking at a full keyboard replacement. contact Dell.

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    I get some input however it requires pressing it heavily and won't always work, will I need an entire keyboard replacement for just a single key?

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    Probably yes, the sensors that registers the keypresses usually sits on a sort of circuit mat and there is no way to just replace the one of them. Do an image search for "inside keyboard" or something similar and you'll see what I mean.

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    Network Hub Gerbick's Avatar
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    Check there's no dirt under the key first. Working in schools this is the most common cause of "HELP!!! Keyboard not working" problems I come across.

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    Hm, after pressing it just recently I heard a kind of 'CRACK' sound, now its working perfectly, so I'll just pretend nothing ever happened.
    Thanks for the input guys!

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    that was the cookie you were eating a little while ago

    ;)

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    Yeah, be glad it cleared up-- it was probably a bit of crisp (or chip or whatever you call it) stuck in there. Otherwise, yeah-- you typically do have to replace the whole keyboard to fix a single key. Depending on the type of keyboard, it may be more or less difficult to pop the key off and clean under it, too-- some of them are very difficult to clean like that without breaking important pieces of the key mechanism, too...
    Вы такие сексапильные, когда злитесь.

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