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How to Unlock a Laptop Keyboard

When the keyboard of your laptop is locked, you cannot be able to type on your laptop. Whether you are using an external keyboard or you are using an internal keyboard, you cannot type when the keyboard is locked. Locking of the laptop keyboard can be as a result of poor connection of the keyboard if you are using a separate keyboard. It can also be as a result of problems with the keyboard or as a result of locking it unknowingly by activating the “Number Lock” key on your keyboard.

Tips to Troubleshoot and Unlock a Laptop Keyboard

To be able to come up with a way to unlock the locked laptop keyboard, you need to troubleshoot and come up with the reasons for the keyboard getting locked. Here are a few tips to help you get to the bottom of the locked laptop keyboard and unlocking the keyboard.

  1. Ensure that the “Number Lock” key is not activated. You can do this by ensuring that the key is not lit up. If the “Number Lock” key is activated, a huge part of the keyboard becomes locked. If this is the case, deactivate the key by pressing the “Number Lock” key.
  2. If the “Number Lock” key is not activated and your laptop keyboard is still locked, restart your computer. Restarting your laptop can help solve the keyboard problem that may be causing the keyboard to become locked.
  3. If you are using an external keyboard, disconnect the keyboard from the laptop and then re-connect it. After re-connecting the keyboard, the problem may be solved.
  4. Removing the battery from the laptop can also help solve the problem of a locked keyboard. Switch off the laptop and disconnect the power by removing the power cord from the power source and remove the laptop battery. Allow the laptop to stay without the battery for a while and later return the laptop battery and restart the battery.
  5. Another cause of a locked laptop keyboard could be due to a loose connection or a faulty keyboard cable. To diagnose this, you need to unscrew the screws on the bottom of the laptop. Carefully free the keyboard from the laptop’s housing and inspect the cable running from the bottom of the keyboard down to the laptop’s base. Check out for any loose connections of the cable. If the cable is loosely fixed, that could be the cause of the locked keyboard. Fix the cable well on the socket and replace the cover of the laptop then restart the laptop and see if the locked keyboard has been unlocked.

If you have tried all the above tips and the keyboard of your laptop is still locked, you may have to replace the keyboard of your laptop since it may be faulty. If you do not have any technical knowledge, you may need to take your laptop to a computer technician to help detect the problem and help you replace the faulty keyboard.


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