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Something light and cheap that works like a laptop

I'm sick of carrying around a heavy full-size laptop. I could replace it with a new shiny ultrabook or something, but I don't want to spend that much. Is a Nexus 7 + a bluetooth keyboard a bad solution? [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet on Mar 9, 2013 - 14 answers

How to get my laptop's keyboard to work after a beer spillage?

I spilled beer on my laptop. I got a missing or corrupt BIOS error on startup and a number of keys didn't do anything when pressed. I disassembled the laptop and cleaned the inside with alcohol wipes and replaced the keyboard. The BIOS error is gone and the keys register as input but in pairs. Is there a software solution to this problem? [more inside]
posted by Lubo on May 31, 2012 - 8 answers

An old laptop, not all keys work

I have an old Mac laptop from 2006, it works pretty good. The main problem is that 4 keys don't work on it, I spilled water on the keyboard and "r", "s", "f" and "4" don't work. Should I just donate the computer? Who would want it? Should I try and sell it on craigslist? Would anyone want it?
posted by raspsgirl on Jan 10, 2012 - 10 answers

Wrist cooling solution for laptop user?

I'm overheating because my MacBook Pro's wrist areas get very hot. What's the best way to fix this? [more inside]
posted by gentle on Aug 4, 2011 - 12 answers

At what point do I just give up and get a new laptop?

When I type on my wife's Toshiba Satellite L25-S121, it drops characters. It doesn't drop the same characters, and sometimes there is just a delay before they show up on the screen. I've restored from the factory CDs and updated the Bios, but the problem persists. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Apr 4, 2011 - 15 answers

Laptop keyboard replacement: sanity saver or more trouble than it's worth?

Are laptop keyboards really as easy to replace as the do-it-yourself articles make it sound? [more inside]
posted by amyms on Mar 8, 2011 - 15 answers

My hinkPadhas aproblem with i's keyboard.

I just bought a used Thinkpad T61 and the e,t, and space bar keys work intermittently. The keyboard is reasonably clean and nothing is obstructing the keycaps underneath. I have taken out the keyboard and reseated the keyboard connector. Is this just a bad keyboard or should i be worried about something else? (os is linux/ubuntu)
posted by ennui.bz on Mar 1, 2011 - 11 answers

lightweight laptop fullsize keyboard?

The lightest possible laptop with a full-size keyboard? [more inside]
posted by mono blanco on Feb 21, 2011 - 16 answers

Is my keyboard dead or is this fixable?

How do you tell if a keyboard is shorted out? Mine is behaving very oddly after a minor liquid spill. [more inside]
posted by gracedissolved on Nov 8, 2010 - 6 answers

Please help with toddler-induced keyboard repair need

Please help me repair my laptop after my 2yo attacked the keys. [more inside]
posted by acoutu on Sep 18, 2010 - 11 answers

Becausethisisgettingridiculous.

The spacebar on my laptop is messed up. My question is similar to this question. Only different. [more inside]
posted by DestinationUnknown on Jul 27, 2010 - 4 answers

reaaaal comfortable laptop keyboard

recommend me a light laptop with a really nice, really comfortable to use keyboard! [more inside]
posted by raw sugar on Apr 2, 2010 - 17 answers

Suggestions for a laptop with specific requirements?

Having trouble finding a laptop that meets my requirements, do MeFites have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Sonic_Molson on Mar 20, 2010 - 6 answers

How can I compare laptop keyboards?

Is there a website that presents keyboard layouts for various laptops, to faciliate comparison? [more inside]
posted by futility closet on Dec 21, 2009 - 1 answer

troubleshooting a (mostly) broken laptop key

My Thinkpad's n key doesn't work most of the time (but does work sometimes if I hit it in the right spot/from the right angle and hold for a bit)...what troubleshooting/fixes can I try before I give in and replace the whole keyboard? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Nov 3, 2009 - 8 answers

Why does my laptop think I'm pushing ctrl?

My Inspiron 1545 thinks I'm pressing ctrl and I don't know why. [more inside]
posted by Pope Guilty on Oct 27, 2009 - 5 answers

Is it safe to glue keys to a laptop keyboard?

The left CTRL key popped off of my ThinkPad T43, the casualty of a RAM upgrade. The blue nipple seems to have come unglued from both the keyboard and the key. Is it safe to glue onto the keyboard? Googling reveals warnings of not using superglue and using superglue. Would a silicon adhesive be safer? Better?
posted by puckupdate on Aug 18, 2009 - 6 answers

How to fix laptop keyboard keys that fell off?

How to fix laptop keyboard keys that fell off? [more inside]
posted by macsigler on May 20, 2009 - 7 answers

Wonky PageUp / PageDown Key Operation

The PageUp and PageDown keys on my Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop have started acting weird. Sometimes they act correctly (rarely), sometimes they take me directly to the top or the bottom of the current page (now and then), and sometimes they don't work at all (often). I'm seeing this mostly in Firefox, haven't check other apps yet. This started about a week ago, a few reboots and cold starts since it first occurred...not seeing any improvement or further degradation. Do you know why this is happening, how I can diagnose the issue, and/or how it can be fixed? I use those keys often and this is really hampering my use of my laptop.
posted by Exchequer on Nov 6, 2008 - 9 answers

More like WRONG arrow key, amirite?

My laptop's right-arrow key is remapping itself. Any tips for diagnosis or repair? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Oct 25, 2008 - 10 answers

Best keyboard skin for Mac Air? Best shell?

Best keyboard skin for Macbook Air? Best shell case (not for carrying)? [more inside]
posted by jeffmacintyre on Aug 19, 2008 - 1 answer

2 laptops, 1 keyboard, 1 mouse

2 laptops (Mac, fwiw) 1 keyboard/mouse. How best to make this work? [more inside]
posted by gen on Aug 10, 2008 - 11 answers

Dim screen fix results in bizarre keyboard behavior???

We fixed an issue with a dim screen on a laptop, but now the keyboard is acting wonky. What's up with that? [more inside]
posted by doomtop on Mar 12, 2008 - 1 answer

I'd like it with cream, sugar and an extra key, please.

Will a laptop keyboard with a different layout (and a subtly different number of keys) be a good replacement for the currently caffeinated one? [more inside]
posted by _dario on Feb 8, 2008 - 3 answers

Keys not working

How do I get my Dell Inspiron 2650 laptop keyboard to work again? [more inside]
posted by sulaine on Jul 29, 2007 - 5 answers

How to fix a burred laptop screw

I am trying to replace a laptop keyboard but the final screw has burred and neither the regular or precision screwdriver works. If someone suggests that I go to repairman and 50 bucks to fix this, I am likely to do serious damage to this laptop (namely by throwing it against a wall). Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on Jun 15, 2007 - 11 answers

Broken key

Can I snap this keyboard key back in? [more inside]
posted by daninnj on Mar 13, 2007 - 6 answers

How can I control iTunes with my laptop's media buttons?

How can I control iTunes when it's not in focus with the media buttons on my Dell laptop? [more inside]
posted by jroybal on Sep 30, 2006 - 12 answers

Can you spare a hand? Both my hands, even.

Can you recommend a portable USB keyboard? [more inside]
posted by Zed_Lopez on Sep 21, 2006 - 5 answers

Cat Hair Killed My Shift Key!

My cats are shedding a lot. As a result, my laptop (Dell Inspiron 700m) keyboard is filled with hair. I have had to remove a few keys to fix the problem. Until today, no problemo. But I didn't know how weird that shift key was. I can't get it to click back into place correctly. I really can't go without my laptop, given my current job, so sending the thing off to Dell is pretty much out of the question. Can I get some tips on fixing this myself? Or does anyone know what kinds of stores fix laptop keyboards? While I'm at it, anyone know a good way to protect laptop keyboards from cat hair so this won't happen again?
posted by abbyladybug on Jul 19, 2006 - 14 answers

How to adjust keyboard sensitivity

How can I fix or adjust the keypad of my new Dell laptop to prevent the cursor from jumping to other spaces, other lines, highlighted blocks of text, even calling up random functions. In the user's guide installed on the HD there are instructions for adjusting the touch pad, but not the keyboard. Over at Dell Hell I find nothing. I'm on the road, limited Internet access, could use some personal experience.
posted by NorthCoastCafe on Feb 20, 2006 - 12 answers

dvorak? qwerty? Let's call the whole thing off.

So, I've got quite a bit of gooey stuff on my the keyboard of my laptop. How do I get it off? [more inside]
posted by oddman on Jan 5, 2006 - 7 answers

Laptop keyboard malfunction

Portions of my Dell laptop keyboard keep going in and out. Sometimes, one group of keys won't work (5, 6, -, del, and ins, among a couple others). Now, it's tab, tilde, 1, q, a, and Z. The problem only appears when restarting the laptop, never during use. Any suggestions?
posted by UKnowForKids on Oct 26, 2005 - 9 answers

Is my laptop keyboard kaput?

Is my laptop keyboard kaput? [more inside]
posted by docgonzo on Sep 11, 2005 - 7 answers

How can I clean a laptop keyboard?

I have a laptop keyboard which has had coffee spilled on it; several keys no longer work, enough to make it fairly useless. What to do? [more inside]
posted by IshmaelGraves on Sep 9, 2005 - 9 answers

30 Day Return Policy

What's up with the 30 day return period on laptops? Are there any fees that I'm going to lose by going that route? [more inside]
posted by KirTakat on Sep 7, 2005 - 11 answers

How did I change my keyboard settings (and how do I change them back)?

The keyboard settings on my laptop changed (seemingly without cause or explanation) in the middle of a computing session. Did I do something to cause this? How do I fix it? [MI] [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw on Feb 16, 2005 - 7 answers

Worn keys

I have a laptop I love; however, the letters on the keyboard are wearing off. It's not a huge problem for me right now, but whenever anyone else uses it (my spouse, my daughter), it's really frustrating for them to figure out where those missing letters are -- and I could see that down the road it could be a pain for me as well. Is there a safe way I could, say, paint the letters back on? Do I have to buy a new keyboard? Individual letter keys?
posted by mothershock on Jan 16, 2005 - 13 answers

Powerbook Titanium Keyboard

Powerbook Titanium Keyboard Question: Hitting certain keys on my laptop results in a string of weird symbols and line breaks. Any ideas on what the problem is and what I can do about it? (MI) [more inside]
posted by buddha9090 on Nov 18, 2004 - 3 answers

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