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Laptop keyboard broken

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by mr wolf, Apr 9, 2005.

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  1. mr wolf

    mr wolf Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I have a laptop which was not starting.

    It was not allowing me to move the cursor to start into safe mode.

    So I connected an external keyboard which allowed me to attempt to enter safe mode or last good config.

    But it still wouldnt start.

    I went into setup and noticed that a menu was flashing on and off, and deduced that the keyboard was reacting as if a key was held down.

    So I hit it. ;)

    And it now starts fine. :D

    But obviously the keyboard could stop working at any time.

    The laptop is the kind that has the mouse as a little nub below the G,H keys So I assume that if the keyboard was disconnected the mouse would stop working too.

    As a fix I am wanting to open the laptop and disconnect the keyboard-mouse, and use and external mouse/keyboard.

    But I am worried that this might be more difficult than it sounds as I have never done it before. I am worried that the connection might be disable the screen or something too.

    Can anyone advise me on whether I should attempt this, or how I should go about it?

    I have a little experience with electronics but noting extensive.

    The laptop is a Toshiba Satelite. I can post the model and seriel numbers if needed.

    Thanks.
     
  2. winbob

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    Mr Wolf,

    You're not really FUZZYWUZZY using another name are you? :D

    Disassembling ANYTHING from a laptop to a jet engine is only difficult based on your skillset, and knowledge.

    Personally I find taking stuff apart fun, interesting and a good challenge. I have taken my older HP laptop apart numerous times to repair stuff caused by physical damage. :(

    Didn't have a manual...followed my nose. I thought about video'ing the process, just in case my memory was lacking in re-assembly...but never did.

    So you have to be a judge of your prowess.

    Searching the Internet, you may find a Service Manual, or try contacting Toshiba.
     
  3. mr wolf

    mr wolf Thread Starter

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    FUZZYWUZZY?

    I got it.

    I found a site telling me how to replace the keyboard.

    So I opened it up and there was a very obviously lose cable on the same side with a big crack in the casing.

    Obviously it had been dropped.

    Working fine now. :)

    Wonder if there is a technical term for fixing things by hitting them.

    I call it kinetic readjustment. ;)
     
  4. winbob

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    I figured with over a 150 Posts, you'd have seen Fuzzy and his Toshiba by now!
     
  5. DaveBurnett

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    Its a 'Oh that's screwed it' driver
     
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