spilled coffee (small amount) on laptop keyboard

January 16, 2014 at 23:54:37
Specs: windows8
for the most part, the laptop starts up and runs decently enough (a Toshiba Satellite) however the keyboard literally does not function at all. In order to login to my user account i have to use the on screen keyboard, but after that, I have no way to type anything. What to do? thanks!

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January 17, 2014 at 00:24:30
New keyboard will have to be fitted at a laptop repair shop, unless you know someone who can do it at home.

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January 17, 2014 at 01:34:35
You can plug in a USB keyboard that will give you a temporary fix till you can get a new laptop keyboard.

Be prepared to spend some money, laptop keyboards don't come cheap.


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January 17, 2014 at 02:37:27
Hi Jane,

here in the UK, oem laptop keyboards are quite reasonably priced. Far cheaper than those from the laptop maker.

There is probably a video onYoutube, that takes you through fitting, or Google for same .

Please advise back on progress.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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January 17, 2014 at 04:19:21
As Mike states (#3). Keyboards need not be expensive.
Depending upon the exact model, here in the UK you can buy a Toshiba keyboard for around £10.00. £20 max.
Should be as cheap or even cheaper in the USA or wherever.

If you don't feel confident having a go, leave it to someone who knows what they're doing.
Besides, you need to take a peek under the keyboard to see if any liquid has spilled elswhere.
If it's not dealt with and cleaned up, it could lead to corrosion of components and connections.
However that's a worst-case scenario. If it was only a very minor spill, you'll probably be ok and only need a new keyboard.

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January 17, 2014 at 04:28:44
HP has downloadable instructions for removing and replacing nearly every component on their laptops, I am not sure if Toshiba offers this, but as pointed out, online how-to's are everywhere if you are handy. I have heard some say that once the keyboard is out and away from the laptop they 'rinse' the keyboard with distilled water and let it dry a day or two but I had success unsticking keys (Lemonade) with careful application of a quality rubbing alcohol (90+%, not 70%) and letting it dry 30 minutes. If it does not work, you are in no worse shape than you are now, just make sure it is dry through and there has been no liquid has dripped past the keyboard or you will be disassembling the entire laptop and cleaning all circuits, surfaces, contacts, etc with the 90+% alcohol (a lot of work). You can purchase laptop keyboards on ebay as long as you check their satisfaction rating (98% or better) and read the description carefully (new, like new, removed from laptop, etc. // Toshiba brand, aftermarket // Tested // guaranty/warranty // returnable or not // etc.).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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