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Keys on Keyboard not Working

Sheetal Mandora
If you're facing issues with the keyboard keys, there can be something you can do to fix the issue. Read on to find a step-by-step explanation on how you can get the keyboard up and running again.
When you want to do some important work on the computer and need it the most, you realize that the computer keyboard keys don't work properly. It can be really frustrating to find your keyboard not working when you need it the most. Makes us wish that we had a spare in case of an emergency. However, that isn't the case with many of us.

Issues with Keyboard Keys

From faulty hardware to faulty drivers, there can be many causes. Here's what you can do to fix the issue.
  • Try reconnecting your keyboard and restart your computer.
  • Check if the keyboard is put in the correct port. Also, try to reset the BIOS (basic input/output system) to default settings.
  • Turn off the computer, unplug the wire, and check for any broken or bent pins. If the pins are broken, you might need to replace your keyboard. If the pins are bent, try straightening them with tweezers or a sharp object.
  • To check if the drivers are faulty, right click on My Computer ➜ Hardware ➜ Device Manager. Check if the keyboard option is showing warnings for drivers.
  • If the drivers are not updated or are corrupted, the keys don't work. To fix this issue, you can go to the manufacturer's website or the installation disk and fix the drivers. 
  • To type "keyboard keys not working", you can use your computer mouse and right click on left of the screen, Click on Control Panel -> Ease of Access Center -> Start On-Screen Keyboard. This option will let you type to access the web pages and other processes.
  • There are times when certain letters of the keyboard do not work. That can be because of dirt stuck under the keys or the keys aren't placed in their correct slots. If there is dirt, you can remove the keys and clean it off. But if there's an issue with the hardware, then you will have to change the keyboard.
  • If you have a new multimedia keyboard, first install the drivers from the CD given along with the keyboard. Usually, windows understands and uses the keys as designed, but sometimes it may not.
  • If you try different keyboards and none of them work, there may be a problem with the computer port. Check if the ports are fine, and if not, get a PS/2 to USB converter and use the keyboard. You might want to change the motherboard if such an error occurs.
  • Sometimes, the keyboard may stop working due to faulty software. For such problems, restore your previous best settings and check if the issue with the keyboard still persists.
  • A simple but a silly error can be that you have put the mouse and the keyboard on the wrong ports. This can hang your operating system. Make sure that you have put the mouse and the keyboard in the correct ports and have not interchanged them.
  • Another way to fix this problem is to reset the BIOS settings. This will get the default settings back and recognize the hardware (keyboard in this case), and bring it back to life.
The first step towards finding a solution is to recognize the fault, and work toward fixing it. These were some of the techniques that can be used to find the real reason behind the issue. 
If your keyboard still doesn't work properly, check with the manufacturer of the keyboard and the computer. And it all boils down to this―you either fix the software or buy a new keyboard altogether.