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i have Dell vostro laptop , and my keyboard is no more responding after i drop a cup of coffee over it. i am thinking of buying a new keyboard and attach it. but i have the following questions:-

  • will the new keyboard work well automatically without having to configure it ?

  • in case the keyboard need some configuration , will i be able to install it without having to type anything , while installting the new keyboard , Or i should have external keyboard while installing the new keyboard?

  • last question, after i drop the cofee over the keyboard , i have remove it and i clean it using pure water ? could this have harmed the keyboard ?

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marked as duplicate by Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007, Mokubai, Shakehar, Carl B, gronostaj Aug 28 '13 at 10:56

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@techie007, I thought so too, but, after reading it, the questions are different. This is about replacing the keyboard, the other question about if the coffee killed his battery! –  Dave Rook Aug 27 '13 at 11:43
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This is not how to install a keyboard...it is "will it work?" and really, who knows? The probability is based on the reality of damage. Just the keyboard damaged? Something on the mainboard shorted? Who can tell? –  Carl B Aug 27 '13 at 13:21
    
Dell support pages and owner manuals will tell you how to replace the keyboard, so they are the first place to check for that sort of information. Otherwise find a keyboard that says it is compatible or, better yet, buy a replacement from your MANUFACTURER whom you should have contacted already to find out if they do supply replacement parts. –  Mokubai Aug 27 '13 at 16:59

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You could just buy an external keyboard.

will the new keyboard work well automatically without having to configure it ?

You can buy replacement keyboards for laptops and they just swap like for like in most cases with no configuration (when my wife spilled Baileys in hers, we just took the keyboard off, wiped the inside down, got a new one (due to sticky keys) and it worked fine just like that).

in case the keyboard need some configuration , will i be able to install it without having to type anything , while installting the new keyboard , Or i should have external keyboard while installing the new keyboard?

You won't need to configure this (and I'm not considering any mapping tools with this answer)

last question, after i drop the cofee over the keyboard , i have remove it and i clean it using pure water ? could this have harmed the keyboard ?

Only if you put the thing back in such a way you damanged the circuit or put it back soaking wet!!

So, new keyboard is easy but this is assuming of course, that it's the keyboard (the plastic physical thing you press) which is faulty and not the wiring/computer. If all keys are not responding on the laptop, I'd probably bet a new 'internal' keyboard will not help.

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yes all the keys are not working, but why internal keyboard will not not help in this case? –  john G Aug 27 '13 at 11:07
    
I said it may not help.. it depends on what you get as part of the keyboard. If you get just the plastic keyboard part, then it won't help, if you get more including the circuitry then yes, it should help. –  Dave Rook Aug 27 '13 at 11:32

I once replaced the keyboard of my Dell Inspiron 1520 (because they delivered it with the wrong layout) and it worked out of the box. The keyboard layout will be as you configured it in your operating system before.

If you have a USB keyboard you can plug it in, in case the new keyboard does not work, but I do not think this is very likely so I would not buy one for this purpose.

I do not think that there is a difference between coffee and water, but since you probably only used some wet cloth and not poured larger amounts of water into your laptop, this should not have been a problem.

If you destroyed e.g. the keyboard controller on your mainboard, the new keyboard will not help at all and you will need an external one. The only way to find out if a new internal keyboard helps, is trying -- either with a new one or with the keyboard of another laptop of the same type.

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>>I do not think that there is a difference between coffee and water, but since you probably only used some wet cloth and not poured larger amounts of water into your laptop, this should not have been a problem.<< no i did not clean the laptop with water, i only cleaned the keyboard under running water and i left it to dry.. –  john G Aug 27 '13 at 11:13
    
Ok, I heard that this method helped for cleaning desktop keyboards. So at least it probably does not harm (especially since it is already broken). These keyboard did however still work and were only dirty and gooey, so I would not rely on getting it fixed with this method. And in any case: Make sure that it is completely dry (also inside) before you put it back into your laptop. You could risk a short circuit else. –  Tim Aug 27 '13 at 11:20
    
but do you think that in my case, if i buy a new internal keyboard it will work fine , or i might have some other problem, since currently after cleaning the keyboard all the keys is not working ? –  john G Aug 27 '13 at 11:30
    
You might have some other problem. But nobody can tell this without looking at it. So either you let someone at a local pc store look at it or you just try to replace it. I do not know the you local laws, but if I buy something only here I have the right to send it back the next two weeks, which may be enough for testing. Also reading your duplicate of this question I saw that you did not let your keyboard dry very long. Maybe it works if it is really dry (or maybe you made things worse, but this would mean it is too late anyhow). I would probably use a USB keyboard for now and decide later. –  Tim Aug 27 '13 at 11:50

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