PC Hardware forum


Laptop space bar not working even with external usb keyboard

by dax73 / May 5, 2013 4:47 PM PDT

I have a laptop.

Recently the space bar stopped working.
Fiddled with the key, couldn't get it working.
Decided I'd just simply plug in a USB Keyboard as a temporary work-around.

3 USB Keyboard's later, trying in all ports, and checking that their space bar works (on other machines), no space bar button is working on the laptop regardless of whether it is the inbuilt-keyboard or an external one.

Any suggestions?

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Laptop space bar not working even with external usb keyboard
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Laptop space bar not working even with external usb keyboard
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Collapse -
Re: space bar
by Kees_B Forum moderator / May 5, 2013 5:00 PM PDT

How do you check to see if the spacebar is working?

For exampe, if I open a new document in Notepad, type 10 spaces and enter, then save the document, it's 12 bytes. With you, it's 2 bytes?


Collapse -
by dax73 / May 5, 2013 5:15 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: space bar

When I try press the space bar, no space appears.
I am typing this reply & the original question on my main computer so that is why I am able to uses spaces.


Collapse -
Re: no space appears on the screen
by Kees_B Forum moderator / May 5, 2013 5:26 PM PDT
In reply to: reply

I did an experiment to see if the space was in the file. For all I know (and that's what you tell) it's your screen not showing spaces or a corrupted font. That's why I used a file to test.

Other things to try:
- Command mode. A space between the command and the parameters is significant, so typing it or not typing it should make a difference.
- Booting from an CD or DVD (like Linux, Windows install disk) to see what happens then. If it works then the hardware is OK and it's setting or software issue.
- Booting in Safe Mode to exclude (as much as possible) malware that runs and interferes.

Noting you don't see something on the screen when typing in an unknown program in an unknown font is just the start of the diagnostics I mention.


Popular Forums
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

Does BMW or Volvo do it best?

Pint-size luxury and funky style

Shopping for a new car this weekend? See how the BMW X2 stacks up against the Volvo XC40 in our side-by-side comparison.