Posted 31 January 2012 - 11:47 AM
I made the mistake of not watching my 2 year old 100% of the time and in 5 seconds I fear she may have damaged the keyboard controller on my wife's laptop.
Dell Inspiron 1545
I tried to turn the laptop upside down and let it dry out, but I fear some water may have gotten in the internal workings of the machine. The laptop appears to work just fine, but the keyboard does not. The first keyboard would cause all kinds of problems as I would expect when water contacts a keyboard so I replaced it with a brand new compatible keyboard. For the most part it functions properly without any issues, but certain keys do not. Specifically, the left side of the keyboard (imagine drawing a line from the 3 key diagonally down to the V key. Anything to the left of that does not work.
Is there anything I can do at this point or is it likely something the water fried? Perhaps the keyboard controller?
I do not have a warranty on this laptop so there is no chance I can get Dell to replace or repair this. As I understand, most keyboard controllers on laptops are mounted directly on the motherboard so that would need to be replaced if that's the case correct?
I have tested with a USB keyboard connected external to the laptop (as silly as that looks) and it works just fine. I also ran through Dell's diagnostic tool just to see if anything would pop up but everything passed.
If anyone has any recommendations on any next steps I can do I would appreciate it. This laptop is only three years old and I'd like to get some more life out of it if possible.