[PLUG-TALK] Laptop Key Issue

MJang mike at mommabears.com
Thu Apr 2 12:25:59 PDT 2009

On Thu, 2009-04-02 at 09:36 -0700, John Jason Jordan wrote:
> On Thu, 2 Apr 2009 08:15:52 -0700 (PDT)
> Rich Shepard <rshepard at appl-ecosys.com> dijo:
> >    The Ctrl key cap came off on our Toshiba Tecra 8000 laptop and I'm having
> > problems putting it back on. The cap is flat but fits on studs on the
> > underlying frame. That frame is spring mounted on the base. I cannot hold up
> > the frame to properly fit the cap back on. When I do get the cap on, it's in
> > the down position rather than the up position. Not having a working Ctrl key
> > is a PITA.
> > 
> >    Do we have a keyboard repair expert here? Is there some place closer than
> > far southwest Beaverton to have it fixed? Do I need a complete replacement
> > keyboard?
> Last time this happened to me was on my first Linux computer, a Compaq
> R3240. Compaq keyboards suck rocks. Like you, I found it impossible to
> get the cap back on. Eventually I found it was much simpler to buy a
> replacement keyboard. I got one on eBay for $50 or so, and it took only
> half an hour to take the laptop apart and install the replacement
> keyboard. I found complete repair manuals on hp.com.

My experience mirrors John's - over the years, I've purchased "like new"
keyboards for a Dell, an HP, and a Gateway laptop, and found how to
replace them within an hour.

A quick search on eBay suggests several Tecra 8000 keyboards available
for around $20.


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