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Problems with a laptop arrow key Answered

My girlfriend's laptop is a Dell Inspiron 1525. The left arrow key is having problems. For some reason it is difficult to push down, and makes a creaking sound when you push it down, and when you push it down really hard, it takes a few seconds for it to come back up again. How would I fix this problem?
Thanks in advance!

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lemonie (author)2010-05-02

...or there's some "cack" under / in there. Raving' has the right idea there.

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RavingMadStudios (author)2010-05-01

Sounds like the key carrier has gotten gunked up or maybe damaged. Check this out for cleaning instructions:

https://www.instructables.com/id/Clean-Your-Sticky-Laptop-Keyboard/

Start at Step 4, unless you've recently spilled a cola on your keyboard.

If cleaning doesn't help, you might need to replace the key or the carrier. Probably, contacting Dell is your easiest way to get replacement parts.

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Thanks dude. I'll give it a shot tomorrow when I see her again, and I'll let you know if it works.

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