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Acer Computer Help Needed - Loose key
August 30, 2013 | vanity

Posted on 08/30/2013 8:04:28 AM PDT by bgill

FRiends, will someone please help me with a loose key on an Acer laptop? It isn't off, just loose.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: computer
The letter A. The metal pieces are still connected and everything looks fine but it won't click back into place. When it sort of clicks into place, the upper part of the key doesn't seem to click into place so sticks up higher. Yes, I've cleaned out the cat hair. The lower part/bottom edge of the key seems to click in but it is lower then the other keys. I'm thinking there might be a missing rubber cap or gasket thingie that fits between the underside of the key and the white nipple thingie that pushes the whatever that makes the key work. I tried putting a piece of pencil eraser in there but it needed something different so I am now using some layers of double stick scotch tape. The tape gets the job done but with a lot of effort. So, is there a cap or gasket missing or is there something else wrong.

I called the repair shop and they only want to talk replacing the entire keyboard for $80. Ach, I'll suffer with a wonky key for that price.

I tried loosening the number lock key, since it is never used, to see what's what but can't get it off.

Any help? Thanks.

1 posted on 08/30/2013 8:04:29 AM PDT by bgill
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To: bgill

Try a little chewing gum. (Chew it first.)


2 posted on 08/30/2013 8:08:28 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: bgill

while we’re at it, my dtrs Acer has the fbi virus....I’ll probably take it in today to get fixed....I can’t get past safe mode...it keeps trying to start, then start again, but nothing happens....


3 posted on 08/30/2013 8:08:48 AM PDT by cherry
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To: bgill

Gorilla Glue.


4 posted on 08/30/2013 8:10:53 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: bgill

External keyboard - $10


5 posted on 08/30/2013 8:12:34 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: bgill

6 posted on 08/30/2013 8:15:47 AM PDT by Red Badger (It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong. .....Voltaire)
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To: bgill

I would help you ut the key etween the v and the n doesn’t work on my keyoard.


7 posted on 08/30/2013 8:18:05 AM PDT by red-dawg
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To: cherry

Do you have a recovery partition? If you do and do not need to recover data off the machine just restore the operating system on your c drive. This should take anywhere from 10-20 minutes but remember all data will be lost after this operation.


8 posted on 08/30/2013 8:19:13 AM PDT by Wiggins
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To: bgill

External keyboard or use some glue and live with it sticking up a bit - it’s way over at the side and MAY HELP KEEP YOU FROM ACCIDENTALLY HITTING CAPS LOCK...


9 posted on 08/30/2013 8:20:01 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: Vendome; bgill

JB Weld - - it will be there forever


10 posted on 08/30/2013 8:23:23 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: bgill
Ok...you have 3 options.

1. Eliminate or drastically cut back on your use of the letter "A" in the future. Maybe substitute a different vowel like the letter "E" in its place. :)

2. I've been in the same position. Try pressing that key flat again and apply a touch more pressure than you probably think you should. While pressing down, give the key a gentle wiggle up, down, left, right. It may just catch whatever latch it is missing. The key may never be quite the same. It might look just a bit more raised than the others and you may get annoyed if your finger seems to catch and lift the edge of it while you are typing.

3. You could also search the web on your make and model and shop online for a replacement keyboard. They are usually between $20-$40 or so and generally easy to replace (not sure about your specific model). Most laptops require you to gently pry off a strip of plastic near the top of your keyboard, exposing two screws that can be removed to disconnect the existing keyboard.
11 posted on 08/30/2013 8:26:25 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: bgill

Usually in most cases like this the entire keyboard has to be replaced.


12 posted on 08/30/2013 8:26:28 AM PDT by Wiggins
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To: bgill

If it seems like a total loss, you can get Logitech keyboards at Walmart for around $12..check your local walmart online.


13 posted on 08/30/2013 8:27:54 AM PDT by two23 (My Dad said they were all commies back in the 60's. He was right.)
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To: bgill

Sorry, can’t help with keys.
But I do have problems with my Acer not wanting to connect to the internet when I’m away from home.


14 posted on 08/30/2013 8:28:21 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: cherry

http://malwaretips.com/blogs/zeus-trojan-virus/


15 posted on 08/30/2013 8:28:40 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: cherry
I can’t get past safe mode

What do you mean by that? You select "safe mode" and it doesn't work (continuous boot loop)? Or "safe mode" is the ONLY mode that works (anything else results in continuous boot loop)?
16 posted on 08/30/2013 8:28:48 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: tumblindice

Gum is a good idea.


17 posted on 08/30/2013 8:29:29 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: nuconvert
But I do have problems with my Acer not wanting to connect to the internet when I’m away from home.

It's probably just depressed when your gone. Poor thing.
18 posted on 08/30/2013 8:30:43 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: cherry

Shut off your wifi.


19 posted on 08/30/2013 8:32:38 AM PDT by JCBreckenridge
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To: mmichaels1970

What that virus does is so long as WIFI is on, it will block safe mode.

Shutting off the wifi and then booting in safe mode should work. Worked for me when I had to fix someone else’s computer.


20 posted on 08/30/2013 8:33:28 AM PDT by JCBreckenridge
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To: mmichaels1970

“It’s probably just depressed when your gone. Poor thing.”

Gee, the other guy has a key that needs depressing. Maybe these two can work together to solve their problems.


21 posted on 08/30/2013 8:35:44 AM PDT by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: flaglady47
Gee, the other guy has a key that needs depressing. Maybe these two can work together to solve their problems.

LOL! Now we have to fix coffee on a keyboard.
22 posted on 08/30/2013 8:37:08 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: two23

That’s what I have and I love it because it is quiet.


23 posted on 08/30/2013 8:37:52 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: JCBreckenridge
Shutting off the wifi and then booting in safe mode should work. Worked for me when I had to fix someone else’s computer.

Nice! I've never had to go that far or try that approach, but I'll certainly remember it. I cleaned the FBI once but was able to get into safe mode with networking without a problem.

I'd generally do whatever I had to do to get combofix to run on a computer with an infection that bad. Combofix generally wants to have an internet connection though.
24 posted on 08/30/2013 8:39:46 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: two23

It’s a laptop.


25 posted on 08/30/2013 8:47:27 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: Wiggins

yeah...I did do system restore, and I thought that I was okay....the original background came on but then went all white again...now, I can’t get past safe mode....


26 posted on 08/30/2013 8:49:52 AM PDT by cherry
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To: bgill
FRiends, will someone please help me with a loose key on an Acer laptop?


27 posted on 08/30/2013 8:51:15 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: smokingfrog

my husband NOW says that Kaspersky is the best, and its good to know for the future, but now I can’t get anything to download because I can’t even get to that page....thx though..


28 posted on 08/30/2013 8:52:15 AM PDT by cherry
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To: JRios1968

I’m afraid glue would drip down into the computer and mess something else up.


29 posted on 08/30/2013 8:52:18 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: mmichaels1970

continuous boot loop....


30 posted on 08/30/2013 8:52:44 AM PDT by cherry
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To: mmichaels1970

lol.


31 posted on 08/30/2013 8:55:05 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: mmichaels1970

FBI is very scary but that’s the trick to it. It’s not hard to remove from safemode.


32 posted on 08/30/2013 8:57:35 AM PDT by JCBreckenridge
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To: cherry

run safe mode again with the wifi off. should let you remove it.


33 posted on 08/30/2013 8:58:23 AM PDT by JCBreckenridge
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To: cherry
my husband NOW says that Kaspersky is the best

If that's the case, you may still be able to save yourself a few bucks. But you're going to have to be willing to put in a few hours.

Removing and Cleaning up the Fake FBI scare warning

This article advises to create a Kaspersky bootable cd among other things to remove the FBI. It also mentions that paying $200-$300 is a reasonable price if you want to get it fixed. Wow! I'm seriously under-charging as I usually hit people up for about $50.


34 posted on 08/30/2013 8:59:19 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: cherry

Download onto a USB drive from another computer and run from command prompt.


35 posted on 08/30/2013 9:00:35 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: bgill

Download the disassembly/assembly instructions for your laptop. The keyboard can be purchased on Ebay for a decent price. It’s not that difficult to replace it yourself. I replaced my daughter’s lcd screen on her HP laptop and was surprised at how easy the process was.


36 posted on 08/30/2013 9:03:16 AM PDT by liege (America 180)
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To: bgill

*’s *re v*stly over*ted


37 posted on 08/30/2013 9:04:31 AM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: JCBreckenridge

i have an acer laptop too, also with keyboard issue. You need to replace the keyboard or use an external one. If the key pops off altogther, then restarting the pc can become an issue because the bios detects the broken keyboard, even with an external attached. Keyboard replacements cost around $60 online, so if you’re only being charged an additional 20 to repair it, that’s a good deal. You could purchase a new replacement, and then go online to learn how to tear your computer apart to replace the keyboard, or you can pay someone else $20 to do it for you. Or you can spend $10 for an external usb keyboard. The choice is your.

I do hate the keyboards they use on these acers for that reason. My problem key is the M key. Once the key was gone, then the rubber nipple under the key eventually popped off and I have to bang it if I reboot the machine because the computer detects the key as fully depressed...it’s a pita.


38 posted on 08/30/2013 9:07:59 AM PDT by PrairieLady2
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To: bgill

             

39 posted on 08/30/2013 9:23:51 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: bgill

oh—duh—me..


40 posted on 08/30/2013 9:38:52 AM PDT by two23 (My Dad said they were all commies back in the 60's. He was right.)
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To: tomkat

Exactly.

I ran it down to another puter shop and he couldn’t figure out what the hang up was. He’ll put on a new keyboard for half the price of the first shop. Yeah, I know I can probably do it myself but I want to see it done first.


41 posted on 08/30/2013 10:03:50 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: bgill

Think of it like the lid of a paint can...If you can get one edge pried up with a screw driver generally the rest is easy to break free.

A couple of big “c” clamps will hold it steady while you work. Just remember to use to use light hammer strikes so the parts will go back in place mostly.


42 posted on 08/30/2013 10:41:53 AM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: bgill

A wise strategy, imho .. good luck with it !


43 posted on 08/30/2013 11:12:29 AM PDT by tomkat
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