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One key broken, no spill, not software issue

So the "r" key on my keyboard stopped working today. Nothing significant happened (no spills, nothing fell on it, I wasn't typing angrily), it just stopped working. I popped the key off to check it out, the little rubber piece is still in there and looks fine and the two little plastic scissor pieces are too. I pulled up the keyboard viewer to see what I could figure out and the key doesn't light it up at all. Nothing seems to be set incorrectly, it just seems that the contact on this one key might be bad.

Is there a way to get the rubber nipple piece off to check or clean the contact? Is there anything I can do in order to not have to just replace the whole keyboard?

Any help would be much appreciated.

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Was just playing around with it again, now the F4 and "4" keys have stopped working too. I'm assuming it's not just an individual key, but a connection on the keyboard or top case as a whole. Thoughts?


Haha, now the "r" key works fine, while the F4 and 4 keys don't.


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Hook a USB external keyboard to your laptop and if it functions properly you are likely to have to replace the top case of your computer. The keyboard is part of the top case. To the best of my knowledge no one has successfully disassembled and repaired a keyboard for your machine.

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I'll try that this afternoon when I get home. I got a keyboard out last night, but I'm realizing now I never actually tried it out. Thanks.

If anyone else has any ideas, let me know. Otherwise I'll probably mark this as answered in a day or so.


The external keyboard works fine.


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