6 comments on “What next?

  1. Wow, I had no idea it was possible to change out a keyboard in a laptop! How did you do that? The letter “N” takes a beating on my keyboards, for some reason. I always wear the paint off that one first.

  2. Hello Digital Dame,
    Changing the keyboard was easy on this Toshiba Satellite A200 1VP (and a similar proceduree applied on my earlier Satellite which was made in the late 1990s). It was easy but it did require some care.
    I offer the following guidance on the understanding that any reader of this blog follows it at their own risk. Reassembly is the reverse of dismantling therefore I suggest that you make notes as you proceed and even take a few digital photos – but note especially how things came apart and which way round to put them back together again!

    I started by switching the laptop off and disconnecting it from the mains electricity. Then I looked at the plastic strips that run along the top and bottom edges of the keyboard and found that the top one would bend if I tried to lift it in the middle with a fingernail – and in fact it could be lifted off as it bent sufficiently to release one or other end and the rest of it was held in place by a series of plastic protrusions that acted rather like press studs.

    Now I could see two screws holding down the front edge of the keyboard (“front being the edge nearer to the screen for the purposes of this description). With these screws removed the front edge of the keyboard (the keyboard, incidentally, is all in one piece) could be lifted and moved CAREFULLY an inch or two towards the screen. As I did this I noted two things:
    1. That the rear edge of the keyboard was held in place by tabs which passed under the rear plastic strip.
    2. Moving the keyboard revealed the short, flat ribbon cable which connects the keyboard to “the works”. You want to avoid damaging this cable just in case your replacement keyboard fails to work for some reason.

    At this point a lot of people would be baffled as to how to disconnect the ribbon cable. On both of my machines it was an integral part of the keyboard at one end, but simply pushed into a slot at the other end. So all you need to do is ease it out of the slot – but examine it closely first, even take a close-up picture, so that you fit the new cable in exactly the same position.
    Reassembling is the reverse of dismantling: Connect the new cable; slide the rear edge of the keyboard under the plastic strip; refit the screws securing the front edge of the keyboard; refit the front plastic strip with care to avoid breaking any plastic tabs off it.

    No doubt precise details will vary but I imagine that keyboard replacement involves a similar procedure on many laptops. If this all sounds intimidating, I can tell you that I could have replaced two or three keyboards in the time it took me to write this comment – the whole job takes about 5-6 minutes.

  3. My goodness! So much to talk about here! Always happy to see a new post from you – your life really is interesting and varied.

    I must say I was intrigued by Digital Dame’s comment that her keyboard’s “N” is looking a bit shabby. I looked at mine and discovered the “N” is in fine shape, but the “L” is nearly gone and the “D” is just a bit frayed at one edge.

    I have this weird mind – I immediately want to sit a group of 100 people down and examine their keyboards. I wonder if there are things that correlate, here. Is there an “I wear out Ws” personality? Employment that’s tough on Cs and Ns? Are there personality types that would, for example, wear out “LOL” in the space of six months? I’m just saying….

    Anyway, those are really good tips you offer, and if I ever need to replace a keyboard, I’ll know where to come!

    You probably are done with the interior painting by now, or close. That will no doubt be satisfying. I’ve been looking at one of my walls that I sponged. I’ve really liked it, but it feels time for a change and painting it solid would be an easy task.

    I’ve never spent any time in your art links, but I need to do that. I have a friend who writes children’s books and is doing some of her own illustrating now – the sort of pen and ink with watercolor you speak of. I might be able to find some of her work online (or not, as she’s pretty protective of it). I’ll take a look.

    My friend from Tywyn is winging her way home as we speak. Last we spoke, she wasn’t aware yet of the impending Royal wedding, or (gasp) that they might be residing in Wales. I’m not sure she’d be pleased. She likes the Queen all right, but doesn’t fully approve of the younger generation in the palaces. 😉

  4. Hello Shoreacres,
    I must have a very muddled personality, having worn out not one key, or two, but a whole bunch of them!
    I don’t think Digital Dame has noticed my “instructions” yet – either that or she is still trying to figure out what on Earth I am on about. Maybe her laptop is completely different from mine.
    No, I have not yet finished the interior painting. Three more doors were added to my schedule (I will not elaborate!) and the paint for them (two coats) took much longer to dry than expected. So a further half week was disrupted on my plans so I brought forward the repainting of my own den upstairs – if you are going to be disrupted you might as well be seriously disrupted – and that will be finished by sometime on Saturday of this week. So this week there has been no garden tidying (despite some pleasant weather), no new blog post, no painting of “masterpieces”, no violin practice, not even the weekly violin lesson (I told you it was serious!) but it should all start again next week.

  5. Hmm,well, I’ve looked at the pictures you have here, and looked at my computer, and I don’t see anything on mine that will detach anywhere around the keyboard. Mine is a Sony VAIO and seems to be sealed up all around. I guess when the time comes to do something about the keyboard I’ll have to take a more old-fashioned approach and just get some stick-on letters 😉

  6. Just as I suspected: Your laptop is sufficiently different for my instructions to look like so much mumbo jumbo.
    If you search in Google for “sony vaio keyboard replacement instructions” (without the inverted commas) there seems to be quite a lot of guidance to be found. You might have to sift through a few websites to find your exact laptop model but the following link shows the sort of thing that is available http://www.insidemylaptop.com/removing-replacing-sony-vaio-pcg-fxa63-keyboard/
    If in doubt about doing it yourself then take it to a computer specialist. It shouldn’t cost much more than the replacement keyboard itself as it is a very quick job.

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