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Laptop Problems

by QWSLLC / April 21, 2004 9:10 PM PDT

Hello,
I have a Dell cpx Laptop. The problem is the keyboard keys. They are not working. If I hit letters I get either nothing or:
at@#!)#rttrW
Does anyone have an idea of what is wrong with it?

Thanks

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(NT) Broken keyboard. Have it repaired.
by Kees Bakker / April 21, 2004 10:12 PM PDT
In reply to: Laptop Problems

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Re:(NT) Broken keyboard. Have it repaired.
by QWSLLC / April 22, 2004 1:36 PM PDT

Now why didnt I think of that?
Its for replies like this that I generally dont post on message boards.

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(NT) Sorry to have told you the obvious. But why did you ask in the first place?
by Kees Bakker / April 22, 2004 9:40 PM PDT

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Re:Laptop Problems
by Willy / April 22, 2004 12:01 AM PDT
In reply to: Laptop Problems

You either have a broken kybd. or a foreign objest lodged in there. If possible, with power off, turn laptop over while open and tap the bottom to see if anything comes out several times(repeat). If the problem goes away either the object moved(or ejected) to not interfere or a possible loose connection. On the other hand it remains problematic, a broken kybd. or solid loose connection. I wouldn't attempt to fix on own if warranty is still available, if not allow a repair service access if "cost effective".

this message has been approved by -----Willy Happy

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Re:Re:Laptop Problems
by QWSLLC / April 22, 2004 9:47 PM PDT
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Thank you for your advice. The more I talk to people the more it seems to be the keyboard. I have made some progress, but not 100%.
I will look into to replacing keyboard, since all signs point to it.

Thanks

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Re:Re:Re:Laptop Problems
by Willy / April 22, 2004 10:04 PM PDT
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Since you appear to doing the work, I further suggest when removing the kybd. to check the connection harness. The cable if the "flat ribbon" type may have a broken/cracked flat wire. I mention that as some kybds. while having a short cable harness, the connection may yet continue with another one elsewhere, so verify. Reseat and test in case that's it before ordering a replacement.

good luck -----Willy Happy

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Re:Laptop Problems
by QWSLLC / April 22, 2004 9:45 PM PDT
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Thank you for your obvious advice. If you cant tell me something I dont know, Please move on!

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It's this part or that big one.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 24, 2004 5:44 AM PDT
In reply to: Re:Laptop Problems

The way laptops are made today, you will be nonplused as your spare part options are too often the new keyboard or a new (or remanufactured) motherboard.

I'm finding in today's world they don't slice the parts list to more than those two.

The cheapest part is the keyboard which I usually find under 100 bucks. If that doesn't fix it, then you may have a new doorstop.

Bob

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