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Keys on Dell laptop beginning to stick

by Big Steve / January 8, 2011 2:02 AM PST

I posted this question originally over on the Dell forum then a CNET mod said I should post my question on the "Computer Help" forum, no hits there either so I decided to try here, here is my question:


I have a Dell Vostro 1510 laptop which will be 2 years old next month but the letter "T" on my keyboard has starting to stick, aggravating. I use canned air regularly to keep the keyboard clean. I don't want to call Dell because it's now out of warranty. Can the individual keys like the key to the letter "T" be removed for further inspection?..

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We have a sticky about that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 8, 2011 3:16 AM PST

The Laptop Troubleshooting Forum sticky has some bonus content about key cap removal and reinstalling. But I rarely found that to help which is why I replace keyboards when they fail.
Bob

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Sorry Bob
by mopscare42 / January 8, 2011 8:30 AM PST

I was typing as you were posting so we kind of overlapped.

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To me, 29.99 is a great deal!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 8, 2011 8:33 AM PST
In reply to: Sorry Bob

And bonus for the tool and video!

Hard to bet that compared to the shop counter rates.
Bob

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Replace the whole keyboard
by mopscare42 / January 8, 2011 8:21 AM PST

It's a lot easier just to replace the whole ketboard rather than mess around with one bad key.
You can Google "Dell Vostro 1510 Keyboard replacemnet" and it shows the price as being $29.99.
It also has the documentation or a Youtube video on how to do it. I have done 3 or 4 of them and it's very easy and takes about 15 minutes including the reading.
The only tools you need is a #0 phillips screwdriver and a plastic tool that comes with the new keyboard.

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