Check for Damage : The keyboard is a very important tool on a laptop. The keyboard functions to operate the laptop, type letters, numbers, symbols and also to adjust the existing hardware on the laptop such as the power button, volume and wifi.
Laptops are different from PC computers in that if there is an error on the keyboard so that the keys do not function normally, the solution that can be done is to replace the keyboard with a new one.
Although the keyboard on a laptop can be replaced, it is not easy to do. Although there is another solution if the laptop keyboard is damaged, namely by using an external keyboard, this will make the laptop impractical to carry everywhere.
Causes of a broken laptop keyboard
There are several things that are usually the cause of problems with laptop keyboards, namely:
- The laptop has been dropped or bumped.
- Dirty keyboard can be due to dust, sand or other small debris that can enter between the keyboard.
How to Prevent Laptop Keyboard Damage
The easiest way is to carry the laptop carefully so as not to fall or bump it. Then, always keep the keyboard clean so that no dirt such as dust or sand enters, especially until the dirt has been in the keyboard for a long time.
To make it easier for you to find out if there is damage to the keyboard, broken keys, keys that are hard to press / stuck, you can use the help of a keyboard tester.
There are several ways to use the keyboard tester, namely online (web browser) and offline (software).
How to Check Laptop Keyboard Damage Without Applications / Online
There are several websites that provide a feature to perform a test on the keyboard. This method uses a web browser such as Google Chrome or Firefox so you don’t need to install any more applications or software. By opening the website, a keyboard image will appear that functions as a virtual keyboard.
How to use the keyboard tester feature is to press all the buttons on the laptop keyboard. If the keys on the virtual keyboard do not change color, then it means the keys are problematic / damaged / abnormal.
The advantage of checking the keyboard online is that you can use it on all types of laptops such as Windows, Mac OS and Linux. The downside of this method is that you must have an active internet connection.
After opening the website, click the Launch The Tester button. Then a keyboard image (virtual keyboard) will appear. Please press all the keys on your laptop keyboard. Buttons that function normally will be green after being pressed but if the button has a problem then the button color does not turn green (remains white).
After opening the website with a web browser, a virtual keyboard will automatically appear. Please press all the keyboard keys on the laptop that you want to check. A button that functions normally will be white after being pressed but if the button does not function normally then the button color does not change to white (remains black).
After opening the website with a browser, a virtual keyboard will automatically appear. Please press all the keyboard keys on the laptop you are going to test. A button that functions normally will be green after being pressed but if the button is damaged then the button color does not turn green (remains white).
How to Check Laptop Keyboard Damage With Keyboard Tester Software
The advantage of this keyboard tester software is that it can be used without an internet connection (offline). But unfortunately, this software is specifically for laptops with the Windows operating system. If you are using a Macbook then you can use the online version of the keyboard tester.
How to use the keyboard tester software is as follows:
- Please open the Keyboard Test Utility software that you have downloaded and installed. Then a virtual keyboard will appear.
- Then, please press all the keyboard keys on the laptop that you are going to check. If the color of the laptop keyboard button that you press turns yellow, then the button is normal (not damaged). But if the button you press is still white then that means the button is damaged / problematic / not working..
How to Overcome Keyboard Keys Stuck Because Dirty
If when checking the laptop keyboard you find a problematic button, you can check it first directly by pressing it several times. If it is stuck or hard to press then there could be dirt such as dust or sand under the button.
To clean the button so that it can be used normally again, you can use a small straw to blow air down keyboard so that the dirt is gone. Another way that you can use is to remove dirt under the laptop keyboard keys with a small brush.
If the keys are clean, please do the test again with the keyboard tester application. However, if when tested it still shows an error, it could be that the damage is not due to being dirty but the hardware button is damaged and needs to be replaced.