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How to Fix a Laptop Keyboard? Practical Tips Worth Trying

Has your laptop keyboard suddenly stopped working? Then you probably need some quick tips on how to bring it back to life. There are several solutions for this. In the following lines, we'll give you tips on how to fix your laptop keyboard, even at home.

Right from the start, it is important to note that if your laptop keyboard is not working, the cause may not always be a hardware problem. Often, the reason is a software bug. Therefore, before you start cleaning and disassembling, perform the following test. 

Laptop keyboard not working - software bug 

Turn the laptop off and when it turns on, try to get into the BIOS. You should briefly see on the startup screen the key combination you need to press to enter the BIOS. If you press them in time, and the aforementioned BIOS opens, it's a clear sign that the keyboard is working hardware-wise. Exit the BIOS environment and wait for the laptop to turn on normally. 

Driver error

For the keyboard to work properly, the appropriate driver must be installed on the device. Sometimes it happens that there is a driver bug and the keyboard stops working as a result. If you have a Windows laptop, open the Device Manager and search for “keyboard”. Underneath it, you should see the installed drivers. Uninstall them and try restarting your laptop. On startup, Windows will automatically download a new driver that might work. 

Incorrect keyboard settings 

The keyboard settings themselves can also cause problems. On Windows laptops, type "keyboard" in the Start menu search. This will bring up a settings menu where you can check the key layout. Note whether any features are activated that cause slower responses or strange feedback. Try disabling them and see if anything changes. 

For a MacBook, you can also open the keyboard menu in Settings to check the key layout. You can also try turning off the "Slow Keys" feature, which causes slower response times. 

Harmful application 

A virus can also cause the keyboard to malfunction. If you have downloaded some files or applications and then found that your laptop keyboard is not working, malware may be the cause. Try uninstalling the application in question. It may bring the keyboard back to life. 

How to fix a laptop keyboard - hardware problem 

If none of the keys work and the keyboard shows no sign of functionality, the cause is probably in the hardware. How to fix it? 

Use compressed air 

Take into account that debris may naturally fall into the spaces between the keys and the laptop body, which can cause the keys to jerk and lose functionality. The initial solution to this problem is simple: turn the keyboard upside down and lightly tap the body of the laptop to loosen any crumbs. Then use compressed air. The ideal solution is compressed air spray, which you can find in our e-shop. This will loosen any particles and clean the keyboard innards. 

Disassemble the keyboard 

If cleaning the outside doesn't help, try disassembling the laptop and getting right to the keyboard’s motherboard. This will give you even better access to individual components when cleaning. Once you have the laptop disassembled, make sure the keyboard connector is properly plugged into the appropriate port. If it is loose, the keyboard will not work. 

Practical tip: in some rare cases, a bad battery can be the cause of a keyboard not working. Try removing it, plugging the laptop into the mains and turning it on without it. If the keyboard starts working, it's a sign that the battery needs to be replaced with a new one. 

The laptop keyboard is not working - buy a new one? 

In case you can't fix your keyboard, you have two options. Either take your laptop in for repair or replace the keyboard at home with a new one. If you can do the replacement yourself, you can order a spare part or the necessary tools from our e-shop.

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