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Re: [SLE] Dell Inspiron Keyboard
  • From: Kevanf1 <kevanf1@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 16 Apr 2006 17:11:44 +0100
  • Message-id: <7bca46c50604160911h31e5dcf4i91957a5bde872c57@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On 16/04/06, James Knott <james.knott@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Kevanf1 wrote:
> > On 16/04/06, James Knott <james.knott@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >> James David Jacobs wrote:
> >>> I have a Dell Inspiron 2100 Laptop. A number of keys do not work,
> >>> either in a terminal or in KDE. For example, neither Alt key nor the
> >>> right arrow work. None of these keys generate scan codes in Showkey.
> >>>
> >>> Any idea how to get these keys to work?
> >> It sounds like you may have a hardware failure. Can you plug in a
> >> regular keyboard, to see if those keys work?
> >>
> >>
> > Or, try the keyboard on another PC? Just in case it is the keyboard
> > that is at fault. It may just need cleaning which is 'usually' an
> > easy enough job with some cotton buds and some ethyl alcohol.
> Since the keyboard is part of a laptop, it's a bit hard to move it to
> another computer. ;-)
> Also, given that more than one key is bad, it's unlikely caused by dirt,
> unless something was spilled on it. Keyboards are built on a matrix,
> with each key at an intersection of a row and column. Often one row or
> column will fail, causing all the keys along it to stop working. When
> that happens, the repair generally involves replacing the keyboard.

DOH! DOH! and DOH! again :-) My apologies. Why I did not see the
word laptop I cannot tell you, but I did miss it.

Anyway, It may still be dirt under the contacts. Is this a new laptop
or one that you have got from somebody else? Is there any chance the
something has perhaps been spilled on it?
I am only human, please forgive me if I make a mistake it is not deliberate.
Xmas may be over but, PLEASE DON'T drink and drive you'll make it to
the next one that way.

Kevan Farmer

Linux user #373362

Cheslyn Hay

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