suddenly type cover keys not working

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    The trackpad on my type cover still works, but all of the keys have stopped working.
     
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    You could try cleaning the contacts with a soft cloth like an old cotton Tshirt maybe dampened with isopropyl alcohol (don't use Rum or Tequila, save that for drinking).

    It's been said the Keyboard Connector is USB 1.0 but there are 6 pins not 4 like with standard USB. Perhaps there are separate data lines for the track pad, if so that would account for the six pins. This is purely speculation.
     
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    I'm not sure what's happened, but it's also affected my laptop. trackpad works, keyboard doesn't. if it weren't for the onscreen keyboard on the surface I wouldn't have a way of inputting text right now.
     
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    CColtmanm, two posts down, described a similar problem and said

    "I had filter keys selected. :( fixed now"

    I don't know what that means .
     
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    Wax on, wax off ... filter keys edition. :)


    Not sure this is showing up... if I edit I see the link but I don't in normal view, probably just the Google tracking filter at work.
     
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    Yay, I don't know how it accidentally go turned on, but that worked, thanks.
     
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    good catch greyfox7, marking as solved
     
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    That's what I needed, GreyFox7, thank you.
     
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    I have a surface pro 4 i7. The cover (UK English) is driving me crazy!! Every time I start up there are 3 or 4 keys not working - not always the same. Today it is f, I, ) and del.
    I try all the usual tricks: power off/on, with/without the cover, clean the connection, try the 30 second press the power switch restart, bang it, kick it.

    Eventually I get all the keys working again - until the next time. This is amazingly frustrating for such an expensive machine.

    Any thoughts, suggestions are very welcome.
     
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    why not return it? sounds defective
     

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