The "z" key on my keyboard stopped working so I bought a new similar Microsoft keyboard. It's not the same and I really miss my old one. Is there any way to fix the non functioning "z"? I cleaned it and temporarily restored function, but it quit again. Thoughts?
It's a model 4000. The new keyboard is OK, and I have to get used to it, but as an old geezer, my learning curve has flattened out. I'll continue to play with it, and may even get to like it. 👍 I'll also see if I can get the z to function again, as cleaning it restores brief function. I can get a used model 4000 on Ebay and may try that.
There will be a number of those keyboards available, but I'm hoping to restore the non-functioning v key. The fact that it worked intermittently gives me some hope. In the meantime, I'm getting used to the new keyboard.
Hello Bobbo, did you try using a can of compressed air to clean out all the small "junk" that seems to pile up on/under the keys? I've unplugged it, turned it upside down, shook it, blown compressed air into them just to keep them working.
My childrens Mum, Thanks for the suggestion. I haven't tried using compressed air, and don't have a can available at this time, but will get one and give it a try. I've tried vacuuming the area in question and have gotten temporary results, but they haven't lasted.
I had presumed that you had used the generally "tried and true" method of simply popping the key off (yes, it will pop off) and wiped the small area clean with a moistened cloth including the bottom side of the key itself. Compressed air will not remove sticky substances such as coffee, cola, or other beverages
Keys pop off easily using a flat blade such as the tip of a table knife, or a screw driver. Once clean and dry, the key will pop back in with very minimal pressure.