Dying Laptop Keyboard

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  1. Frank Sanoica

    Frank Sanoica Very Well-Known Member
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    Our laptop, bought in 2010, has served us well. The keyboard has deteriorated, however, causing skipping, extra letters, unintended errors (duh! make INtended ones?). I mongered about forums with questions, got back opinions, plenty, but wound up taking it upon myself to search for keyboard replacements.

    Found what seemed to be a legit site, http://www.laptopkeyboard.com/, ordered a brand-new keyboard for Forty Bucks (!), encouraged by their concise installation instructions. Just a little scary, my wife insisted on backing-up our pictures on a disc. The keyboard arrived Thursday, but she would not hear of messing with the PC until yesterday AM, when the "save" went down. Here's the picture, before I tore into it:

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    The "N" key was gone, space bar very iffy, "I" was bad, as well as "E", and others. I had pried the bad keys out, inserted foam plastic beneath them, to get them "springy" again. That was 6 months or so ago, and I had gotten tire of having to proofread in quadruplicate!

    The new keyboard lying below the PC. Guess I still shake using a digital camera!
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    Last night instead of forums, I pried the old keyboard out, learning it had been glued down as well as screwed. It had only a plastic backing, while the new one had a thin metal plate. Maneuvering the new one in place, I wound up with a kind of waviness across the face of the keys. Works well, but looks strange. Connecting the unfamiliar tiny cable which had no connector, just a flat ribbon of impossibly tiny conductors, was tricky; I gave it 50-50 chances. But, it works!

    Asked if I should remove it and glue it down, the reaction from my wife was icy: not on my life! Frank
     
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    Ken Teas New Member
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    Good job. I would have just bought a USB keyboard and plugged it into the USB port.
     
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    LOL...so would I..... but whatever floats your boat Frank , sounds like you had fun repairing it
     
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    @Ken Teas
    I don't understand. The keyboard has about 20 electrical connections. How could the USB connection, having provision for only 4, work? Frank
     
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    I had the same problem and fix it with a usb keyboard. I had key missing and then the kids split water on it. I had a USB key board and ask a techie to install two seconds and up and running. My laptop keyboard now has some letters slowly disappearing as the paint wears off.
     
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