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popoon
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Spanish keyboard in the US?

Hi, I was wondering if it is possible to buy a T61 from the US website but with a spanish keyboard layout.

thanks
SuperMod
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Re: Spanish keyboard in the US?

you cannot configure a T61 with a spanish keyboard but you can purchase the keyboard separately.

call IBM maintenance parts at 800-388-7080 (options 2:1:1) and ask for a price quote on one of the three following FRU numbers (all of which are spanish-layout keyboards):

42T3216 (alps)
42T3280 (chicony)
42T3150 (NMB)

if you prefer the "latin american spanish" layout then you'll need one of the following three numbers:

42T3238 (alps)
42T3302 (chicony)
42T3172 (NMB)

you'll need to do some homework on the two types of spanish layouts if you don't already know the differences between them.   regarding brands, most people prefer NMB and alps over chicony.

once you request a quote then you will receive an email with the price(s).   you'll then have to call the maintenance parts department back to place your order.   keyboards typically arrive at IBM within a week and ship to you via overnight or 2-day DHL.   prices usually range from $90 to $120 depending on the model, shipping is $12.50 or $13.50, and tax will be applied to your order.

if you need any clarification on the above then please let me know.   i've been buying japanese-layout keyboards for my thinkpads for the last 7 years and am quite familiar with the process. Smiley Wink

good luck!

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popoon
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Re: Spanish keyboard in the US?

Wow! I didn't know you could do that! Thanks or the help erik!

Is it very difficult to replace the keyboard?
SuperMod
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Re: Spanish keyboard in the US?

it's easy.   you'll need a #1 philips screwdriver ("JIS" style is preferred) and about ten minutes out of your day to do the swap.

for instuctions either refer to the lenovo service training site or your model's respective hardware maintenance manual.

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gschwarz
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Re: Spanish keyboard in the US?

Why would you need a Spanish keyboard for? I have been typing in English and Spanish all the time since Windows 3.1 came out with my English keyboard. 99% of the people don't know this, but the secret is not to install Spanish keyboard layout, just select "US International" keyboard layout, which will allow you to type áéíóúñüÁÉÍÓÚÑÜ¿¡ characters using the ['] and [~] as prefix for those. For [¿] and [¡] use Ctrl+Alt+? and Ctrl+Alt+!  This layout also supports French typing.

Hope this helps.
xjessie007
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Re: Spanish keyboard in the US?

By the way, in case you are currious about which one of the three to get, whether ALPS, Chicony, or NMB, the difference between ALPS, Chicony, and NMB keyboards is very little, and it is more about personal preference. Here you have two links to threads where people discuss pros and cons of ALPS, Chicony, and NMB.

 

http://forum.notebookreview.com/archive/index.php/t-198261.html

http://forum.notebookreview.com/archive/index.php/t-93962.html

 

My personal experience Chicony - firmer but clicks more that the others. I would probably prefer ALPS over NMB.

 

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xjessie007
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Re: Spanish keyboard in the US?

Btw, one more thread on comparing keyboards from the three manufacturers:

 

Keyboards

http://forum.notebookreview.com/archive/index.php/t-132252.html

Diddy
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Re: Spanish keyboard in the US?

I have a question on this same subject.

 

As I am going to ex-change the entire keyboard to the Spanish version from a Z60t to a T61 thinkpad, I wan to be sure that the T61 can be re-configured so that each Spanish letters and simbols shown on each key will correspond to the one to be typed.

 

Thanks,

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skanskan
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Re: Spanish keyboard in the US?


@gschwarz wrote:
Why would you need a Spanish keyboard for? I have been typing in English and Spanish all the time since Windows 3.1 came out with my English keyboard. 99% of the people don't know this, but the secret is not to install Spanish keyboard layout, just select "US International" keyboard layout, which will allow you to type áéíóúñüÁÉÍÓÚÑÜ¿¡ characters using the ['] and [~] as prefix for those. For [¿] and [¡] use Ctrl+Alt+? and Ctrl+Alt+!  This layout also supports French typing.

Hope this helps.
 

Why should you use an English keyboard?

It's a matter of feeling much more comfortable while typing.

There are a lot of Spanish speaking people in the US, much more than in Spain, it would be profitable  for any company to offer models with the Spanish keyboard.

 

Some people suggest to DIY and change the keys.  You will loose your guarantee and maybe break the laptop.

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