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Laptop keys sometimes don't work

Q: Laptop keys sometimes don't work

Hey guys

I have a problem with my laptop.
Sometimes the space bar, n and enter key stops working. When this happens, I can usually hit the button a few times and the key finally registers. It happens randomly and quite often. But sometimes I can type for hours without it happening.

I have not spilled any liquid on my laptop and I haven't dropped it. The problem started randomly a few months ago.
Does anyone know what could be causing this?

The laptop is an Asus K55V. It is nearly 3 years old

- Fred

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A: Laptop keys sometimes don't work

Hey Fred,
Not sure if this might work that well, but give it a try! If it doesn't..go to a technician...its probably the best idea.

Shut down the laptop, removed battery and cable for a moment, press and hold the start button for 60 seconds... and replace the battery.. start the lap top.

Hope this helps!
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Shut it down and dissassemble it as much as you are comfortable doing, then put it in front of a fan. A space heater on the lowest setting if you have one.

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If you already threw the mouse away... Is it time to try another keyboard?
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Hell DesiMarie,Welcome to the HP Forums.I see that your up and down arrow keys aren't working correctly. I will try to help you with this.To start could you please provide the Model and Product number of your computer?    How Do I Find My Model Number or Product Number?From there, take a look at this document to see if it's able to help you out: Notebook Keyboard Troubleshooting (Windows 7). Please let me know how this goes. Thank you for posting on the HP Forums.

I worked on behalf of HP.
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have a look at this thread ...
good luck
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See this:
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Start > Run: sysdm.cpl
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>... some of my FN stop working
How to understand this?
Which FN keys are not working anymore?
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