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Old 04-09-2004, 10:19 AM   #1
Registered: Nov 2003
Location: Argentina
Distribution: Debian Sarge
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trying to recover a notebook with a damaged keyboard

These are the facts: I've got a notebook and my husband spilled some water on the keyboard. As a result, Ctrl key seems to be shortcircuited. I can't write anymore. It is as if the Ctrl key is always pressed.

This are the questions: If I install Linux,
1. Will I be able to reconfigure the keyboard, assigning Ctrl function, say, to Windows key?
2. Will then the shortcircuited key stop bothering?

OK, maybe this will sound weird for most of you and your answer will be "why don't you get another keyboard", but this is Argentina, and a new notebook keyboard would cost me half my monthly salary.

Old 04-09-2004, 11:05 AM   #2
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No, but I would see if I could remove the key and clean the contacts.
Old 04-09-2004, 11:15 AM   #3
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Location: Kalamazoo, MI - US
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depending on the type of laptop and the amount of spillage, I would suggest removing the keyboard and soaking it in a tray filled with rubbing alcohol or some electrical parts cleaner. As long as it's non-corrosive. Also check for any signs of spillage on the internal components underneath the keyboard. That is absolute worse case scenario but otherwise you could just replace the keyboard.
Old 04-09-2004, 06:09 PM   #4
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You gotta open it up I would love to do this as I always do to my computers at home. Right under the key there has to be a contact. I would take the key out and clean it. Also it's a good thing to open up the thing and take a look around to make sure it hasn't done any more damage, cauz when my dad had a very very old laptop, onece he didn't use it for about a month and the battery had leaked in to the motherbord making the motherbord like a pizza crust. So my advice is to open it up
Old 04-10-2004, 12:39 AM   #5
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Ok, I will open it then. I had the hope that Linux would save me, because I think I've read about a program to reconfigure keys, but I suspected that it wasn't going to be enough.

Thanks to all


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