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Keyboard Doesn't Work at All ¶ 

No matter what you do, you can't get your keyboard to turn on.

Computer Doesn’t Recognize the Keyboard Is Connected ¶ 

Try unplugging the USB cable and plugging it back in. If that doesn’t work, try using a different USB cable to connect the keyboard to the computer. If that solution fails, the keyboard’s PCB might be dysfunctional.

Wrong Driver ¶ 

If your computer fails to properly install a driver for the keyboard, go here and download the correct driver for your keyboard and operating system.

Bad Connections Inside Computer ¶ 

It’s possible that the USB port in your computer has lost connection with the computer’s motherboard; if so, you’ll need to open up your computer and re-attach the internal USB cable with the motherboard. Search iFixit for instructions on how to do this with your computer.

Just a Few Keys Aren’t Working ¶ 

Most of the keys work, but a few don't.

Dust ¶ 

If the keyboard has been used for a long time, there might be some crumbs from daily use. A vacuum cleaner can be used to remove small debris from the keyboard.

Replacing Keycaps ¶ 

Some keys are shiny with use, and replacing them is much cheaper than buying a new keyboard.

Installing new keycaps ¶ 

If the keyboard’s key caps are dirty or shiny from overuse, you can replace them by following this guide for small keys, and this guide for larger ones.

Keyboard is Too Loud ¶ 

Your fancy mechanical keyboard is too loud!

Loud Clicking Noise while Typing ¶ 

If you feel that the keyboard is too loud, you can purchase and install O-rings to reduce noise. Follow this guide for installation on smaller keys and this guide for installation on larger ones.

Lights don’t work ¶ 

The LEDs on your keyboard don't light up.

Replace LED Lights ¶ 

If a light on the keyboard is dysfunctional, you can replace it by following this guide.

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