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"P" key not working after liquid spill

Yesterday, I made a stupid mistake and spilled some milk + soggy bran flakes onto my computer. (A Lenovo 100s Chromebook.) Most of it went onto the keyboard; I got paper towels right away and wiped it up. I wiped the surface of the keyboard, giving extra attention to the little crevices around the keys where they're set into the computer; I did not remove any of the keys or disassemble any part of the computer (I don't know how to).

I could have sworn that everything was working fine after that (I tried typing out the alphabet + numbers, punctuation and backspace key) but then, when I came back to the computer after leaving it open for a few hours, the "p" key was no longer working. It still isn't. I press it, and nothing happens. No other keys seem to be malfunctioning - I tried typing the alphabet again, and everything showed up save for p.

Is there anything that can be done for it at this point? I don't know how to remove the key to clean under it (and put it safely back on), but if that's what it takes to fix it, I can learn or get help from somebody else. Thank you for reading.

(Before anybody asks - I got the letter "p" to appear throughout this post using copy-and-paste.)

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Hi there,

I had a similar problem with a keyboard recently. The first thing I would recommend to try is to remove the key from the keyboard, you can do this using something that you can wedge under the key - ideally a plastic pry tool or a guitar pick will work. After removing the key you can then clean underneath using a paper towel or some compressed air if you have some. Replace the key and test the keyboard.

Should this not work you will need to replace the whole keyboard. There are numerous guides on YouTube on how do to this and it is a relatively simple task usually, keyboards can be bought off ebay and are usually about £10-£15.

Hope this helps,


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