Yes, we have no left shift key!
April 9, 2007 6:48 PM Subscribe
Well, my left shift key has finally broken in half
and no longer works. What can I do about it? (Difficulty: "go to the nearest Apple Store" is not a viable solution!)
posted by Deathalicious to computers & internet (12 answers total)
Some of you may recall my earlier question; if not, basically a few months ago I was cleaning my iBook G4 12" keyboard, took out my left shift-key, and half-snapped it. As it turns out, it continued working for 3 more months. Due to time constraints I didn't have an opportunity to stop by an Apple store to get a replacement shift key back in January, which was the commonly supplied solution.
I'm now in Egypt, which has no Apple stores at all (it has some Apple resellers, but I'm not sure if they could help). Shipping to Egypt is pretty slow and not all that reliable. What can I do?
Is it possible to repair the key somehow? Or will it just snap in half again? If I were to glue it, what kind of glue would work best?
More importantly, are there any more common Windoze laptops whose keys match in shape or size to a shift key on an iBook? If so perhaps I could find a PC shop somewhere with spare keys (the Windows to Mac ratio in Egypt seems to be even higher than in the US).
Finally, any tips in the near future for adjusting to typing without a left shift key? I'm a touch typist and I'm finding it pretty annoying.