Last year, the right shift key on my fairly new laptop started acting up. It only worked some of the time, and then, it only worked if I banged on it for several seconds first. And then it just stopped working all together. I’m self-taught with my typing and only ever learned to use the right shift key so I had to retrain my muscle memory to use the left shift key. It was a pain, but I survived.
But then more keys started acting up. I noticed the right bracket key and the =/+ key stopped working all of the time. Then several keys on the number pad including the 2, ., – and the home and end keys weren’t working along with the number enter key.
Worse yet was when stuff on the left side decided to go out, namely, the 2, W, S and X. You do not realize how many Ws and Ss you use until you can’t type those letters. Sometimes they would start to work after pressing them a few times. Other days, it would take ten or more minutes of me randomly hitting them and the keys next to them in a blank file until they started working. And on those days, they would only work if I held the key down and pressed the one to the right which would type both letters so then I had to go back and delete the unwanted letter. But they “worked.”
Well, things were getting worse and worse with the keys working less of the time and taking longer to get them functioning every day. I had already researched plug-in keyboards as a workaround but my desk is very tiny. I don’t have space for a second keyboard. And this laptop is like two years old. It should not be broken yet.
I read something about the connections inside the laptop being lose causing the same keyboard issues in this model all over the place so I took the back off, shook out the crumbs and checked all the connections. They seemed tight, but I pressed on each one.
That got the keys working again, including the right shift.
For about three days. Then different keys started going out again.
At that point, I was resigned to either using an external keyboard for the rest of the time I have this laptop or expensive repairs. Then last night, I decided to play Sims 4 for a bit.
As soon as I got a house loaded, I remembered that the home and end keys don’t work which would make raising and lowering the walls in the house kind of annoying. Out of habit, I tried using them anyway. Low and behold, they worked. I tested them several times just to be sure. And when I typed in a cheat code, I had no issues with S or W. Weird.
I exited out of the game that night to do some writing only to find that every key on my keyboard worked just fine, including the right shift which was the first of the keys to stop working again after I “fixed” things. And even after that fix, the home and end keys, only worked for a couple hours. They’re mostly working just fine now. How I missed being able to use those keys to jump around text or websites.
Not sure what Sims did to the internal workings of my laptop besides heat everything up to burning your finger temperatures, but it worked. Next time the keys start acting up, I think I’ll just play a few minutes of Sims and see what happens.