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Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by mixer, Mar 7, 2011.

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  1. mixer

    mixer Well-Known Member

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    Buy a desktop keyboard and plug it into your laptop via a USB port.


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  2. motordoctor

    motordoctor Shoji Tabuchi in Branson

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    get a wireless keypad and plug the receiver in the usb por and you can move the keyboard anywhere you want. motordoc
     
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    Depending on the specific model it can be a ten minute job, or a half day job...
     
  4. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

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    Your computer should have drivers that recognize the keyboard. As soon as you plug it in it will tell you "found new hardware". I bought a couple spares for 3 bucks at Goodwill. Tried them but didn't need them, and put them away for a rainy day.

    HM
     
  5. unioncracker

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    You have a PM.

    Buddy
     
  6. Quack Shot

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    Check the Dell Support site for a service manual for the model you have. Most keyboard replacements can be done in less than a half hour. Unfortunately, sometimes the problem is not the keyboard. Some older models had a motherboard issue that caused three or four keys not to work. Replacing the keyboard would not fix these, since it was caused by the board the keyboard plugged into. Finding a cheap keyboard replacement on ebay, you can try it yourself and see if it works. It's really not difficult. You can always use a standard usb or PS/2 keyboard, depending on what ports your laptop has, if you don't need the portability.
     
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    A few suggestions from one who has been inside laptops. If you are detail oriented and good with tools, you can probably replace the keyboard yourself. I've replaced parts inside MacBooks and HP and Dell laptops. For parts, go to eBay - you'll be amazed what's there. MAKE SURE the part you buy will fit your laptop. Instructions to do just about anything can usually be found on the manufacturer's website (look for the Service Manual) OR somewhere on the Internet.

    As an alternative, you could try a foldable, collapsible keyboard that uses a USB port or Bluetooth.

    Gene Batchelar
    Wheaton, IL
     
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