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    'Q' getting stuck on my keyboard every time I press it gently

    Like most, I don't use the letter much, but in the BF4 campaign it's quite handy, as it allows you to have your squad engage the other team, however I noticed that it gets stuck every time I press it, unless typing. When typing, I press keys harder, so it doesn't happen as much, but when I press it softly, it happens all the time.

    Any ideas?

    I've tried removing the key cap and having a look, but I can't really see anything, and it still gets stuck.

    Forgot to add - it's a cherry MX blue switch keyboard.
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    Re: 'Q' getting stuck on my keyboard every time I press it gently

    Sticky stuck? Or just plain plastic-on-plastic? A drop of oil at the end of a Q-tip perhaps?

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    Re: 'Q' getting stuck on my keyboard every time I press it gently

    Basically when I press it down it doesn't come up again - the actual switch gets stuck in there, and since its sealed, I can't get any oil in there.
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    Re: 'Q' getting stuck on my keyboard every time I press it gently

    Typical Q!



    Those despicable Elk,stealing the pond weed!

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    Re: 'Q' getting stuck on my keyboard every time I press it gently

    MaddAussie has a technique for this kind of issue, iirc, hold the keyboard flat at about 4 to 6 inches above a table and then let go to release whatever it is that's making the key stick.

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    Re: 'Q' getting stuck on my keyboard every time I press it gently

    So basically drop it?
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    Re: 'Q' getting stuck on my keyboard every time I press it gently

    Quote Originally Posted by MrRockliffe View Post
    So basically drop it?
    I prefer the slighltly more technical version, but note that the advice comes with no warranty or guarantee. Talking of which does your keyboard still have a warranty? Is this the sort of thing you could claim for?

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    Re: 'Q' getting stuck on my keyboard every time I press it gently

    I believe so, as it was bought about a year ago, and I think it has a 2 year warranty with Scan (not looking forward to the RMA).

    As it's a cherry keyboard, they should be rated for 50 million clicks, so to start going dodgy at what's probably more like a few thousand, since it's a key that's not used much at all, I should imagine it's covered. I may try and get hold of scan (wish me luck) and see what they recommend. Seems stupid just for one switch, but don't want to risk breaking it by dropping it (not that it should).
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    Re: 'Q' getting stuck on my keyboard every time I press it gently

    I found this video which might help.

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    Re: 'Q' getting stuck on my keyboard every time I press it gently

    I may take a look when I'm home - thanks.
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    Re: 'Q' getting stuck on my keyboard every time I press it gently

    Had a look at the video, and the way she is explaining it (I think it's a she anyway) is that it happens from use of the key. I don't really ever use the key, so I highly doubt there's rubbish in it.

    I'll give scan a ring in the morning, see what they say.
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    Re: 'Q' getting stuck on my keyboard every time I press it gently

    How did you get on with Scan today?

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    Re: 'Q' getting stuck on my keyboard every time I press it gently

    Didn't have time to get hold of them. Was on the phone to Sony for an hour because they've still not fixed my Z1 (5 months now).
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    Re: 'Q' getting stuck on my keyboard every time I press it gently

    You have no luck. Try to mail them if phone is inconvenient.

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    Re: 'Q' getting stuck on my keyboard every time I press it gently

    I'll have plenty of time tomorrow to ring them, so I'll try then and see what they recommend. I'll update this thread just in case someone else is ever in the same situation (well I'll try and remember to anyway)
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