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Toshiba 1005-S157 Keyboard Woes

Discussion in 'Laptops' started by Steve Al, Aug 25, 2003.

  1. Steve Al

    Steve Al Guest

    I've had the laptop for over a year now, warranty freshly expired, and am
    now experiencing maddening keyboard difficulties. Nothing was spilled in it
    or on it, but for whatever reason, some of the keys will leap around, for
    example, if I type a paragraph, I'll look up and realize that I jumped from
    the paragraph I'm in to the one above, in the middle of the paragraph.
    There does not seem to be one specific trouble key, though the middle seems
    to be the most problematic. Is it easy to take off keys and replace them,
    maybe cleaning would improve or at least help me pinpoint a problem? I've
    built a dozen or so desktops but for whatever reason I'm intimidated by
    this thing and am terrified of ruining it and losing everything on it by
    doing something I shouldn't.

    Any help appreciated,

    Steve Al, Aug 25, 2003
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  2. Your problem may be the mouse, rather than the keyboard. Try turning
    off the internal mouse and using an external mouse.

    Usually you can't do much for laptop keyboards other than to just
    replace them, but as laptop parts go, they are relatively inexpensive,
    usually under $50, and you can find them on E-Bay starting in the $20 range.

    The worst nightmare here is that it's not the keyboard but the keyboard
    controller, which is on the motherboard. They you would be talking
    about a really major repair.

    Although I generally avoid extended warranties like the plague, on
    laptops I tend to recommend them, and buy them myself. A motherboard or
    an LCD panel costs most of what a new computer would.
    Barry Watzman, Aug 25, 2003
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