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OESF Portables Forum _ Gemini PDA - Hardware _ Space bar get stuck when pressed, doesn't pop back up.

Posted by: psiondude Nov 14 2018, 12:12 PM

Hi,

i have a problem with my spacebar. When i press it, it gets stuck, and doesn't pop back up :-(

Is there anything i can do to solve this?

thx for any tips :-)

Posted by: gidds Nov 14 2018, 03:03 PM

Depends what the problem is, I guess.

First, I'd suggest removing the key. (Carefully! It has a long metal bar underneath; probably best to leave that attached, and not lift the key too much.) Check it's all clean and nothing's stuck underneath.

If the key gets stuck hard, then check the plastic prongs underneath and see if they need shaving or anything. (Despite the longer key, I think the prongs &c are the same as they other keys.)

Or if the rubber mat lacks the power to lift the key after it's been pressed, Planet Computers might send you a replacement mat if you ask them. In any case, it's probably worth contacting them if you can't solve it yourself.

(Oddly enough, my space bar has exactly the opposite problem: unless I press it in the right place, it won't press down!)

Posted by: psiondude Nov 15 2018, 12:58 AM

Thanks for your help.

i already checked if their was any dirt, but didn't find anything ...

it might be the rubber mat, that can't pop the key up anymore

will contact planet, if i can't figure it out myself, tx again

PS: i have put 2 small pieces of duct tape on both sides of the protruding circle of rubber from the mat, and now the key pops up again (but very slowly), at least it doesn't stay stuck anymore. (good enough, until i get a new mat ...)

Posted by: jakfish Nov 15 2018, 02:34 PM

I almost have the same problem as you--sometimes, I will open my G and find a key stuck down. I have to pry it up with a plastic blade. The stuck keys are mostly from the row nearest to the hinge, ESC, 1, 2, etc.

Posted by: psiondude Nov 17 2018, 07:53 AM

QUOTE(jakfish @ Nov 15 2018, 02:34 PM) *
I almost have the same problem as you--sometimes, I will open my G and find a key stuck down. I have to pry it up with a plastic blade. The stuck keys are mostly from the row nearest to the hinge, ESC, 1, 2, etc.


have you found a fix?

as i wrote above, this kinda works for me:

i have put 2 small pieces of duct tape on both sides of the protruding circle of rubber from the mat, and now the key pops up again (but very slowly), at least it doesn't stay stuck anymore. (good enough, until i get a new mat ...)

Posted by: jakfish Nov 17 2018, 10:30 AM

Thanks for your follow-up. For your duct tape workaround, did you pull the space bar? And if you did, was that scary?

Jake

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