09-29-2011 02:15 AM
When I use the spacebar / appears. When I press return # appears, when I use the back delete button a [ appears. How can I restore the usual setting?I have done a system restore, switched the laptop on and off. It has not restored the usual keyboard. I have tried all the function keys. Please could someone help me with a solution to restore the keyboard's usual settings.
09-29-2011 05:29 AM
09-29-2011 07:52 AM
09-29-2011 08:03 AM
Just some advice, but anytime you ask for help without including your windows version, computer model, and as much information you can provide, you're only wasting your time as well as anyone elses who has to reply and ask you. I'm not trying to be rude or unhelpful, just trying to make sure the next time you ask for help, be it here or elsewhere, that you make it possible for someone to actually help you.
Without knowing the type of computer and windows version, best I can say is your regional settings could be wrong (setup for forign language keyboard perhhaps), or a keyboard that's simply worn out , damaged, defective or abused can do that.
10-01-2011 11:57 AM
10-01-2011 12:11 PM - edited 10-01-2011 12:17 PM
If water means "water" only, then it will probably be ok once it drys out, but if it was flavored, or ice left over from a drink or something, then you have a sticky mess inside. I've had sucess cleaning them out before, but you can damage them pretty easy, so best bet is to buy a keyboard.
In my shop I get $150 to do a new keyboard swap, or if it was a friend I'd put a used one on for $50. Thats figuring $25 to buy one on ebay and get it shipped, and 25 to install. The installation is easy, anyone with modest skills could do it. I can even get you photographic instructions if your inclined.
If you want to try and clean yours out, usually they have two conductive layers with a insolating layer inbetween, you usually have to uncrimp the metal to get it apart (sorry, don't have one to look at in front of me, so I can't be exact)., then you can separate the layers, just don't try to scrub them, if tey are all stiky and gooey, just soak them in water overnight, then rince the goo off and let them air dry.
You might end up with a keybard that stutters, or has keys that need to be pressed extra hard, or even one that is shorted *machine will object by beeping*, if so, just get a new/used keyboard.
By the way, the reaon I ave purchased thinkpads for the last 20 years is simple, by the time they need parts replacement, the used market is flooded with corporate lease returns and parts are cheap. Plus they usually out last everything else.
10-01-2011 04:23 PM