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Dell Laptop - Keyboard Has Died

Discussion in 'Computer Peripherals & Consumables' started by Rasczak, Sep 14, 2005.

  1. Rasczak

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    A longshot I know but I am having a problem with my Dell Inspiron 8500 laptop. The Keyboard, including the on/off switch(!), has died and isn't responding. One second it was working, next second I rebooted the PC and it wasn't! I appreciate this is probably a hardware failure but thought I would just see if anyone else has suffered a similar problem before?

    I assume there is no secret toggle function that may have caused this? Everything is dead - even the Caps Lock key no longer toggles the LCD light.

    For those that haven't tried having a laptop without a keyboard I can assure you it's quite annoying!

    Many thanks to anyone who can help!
     
  2. The Dude

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    if you do a shutdown (not reboot) can you get it to power back up using the power button?
     
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    No - the only way to get the machine back on after shutting down is to remove the battery and plug into the mains when it auto boots.
     
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    Dells normally have a small "reset" pin hole somewhere.
    Give it a try etc.

    Also, have you tried plugging a normal PC keyboard around the back?
    Even a USB keyboard should at least get you up and running whilst you try and fix it.
     

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