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#1 bobbies

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 05:54 AM

I have a Packard Bell, laptop which is several years old. I had a new hard drive put in by a friend, but for some reason the letter A isnt working. Is it a phisical thing or a software problem. I have lifted the key off to see if anything was underneath, but it looks O/K. Thanks.



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Posted 22 May 2013 - 01:03 AM

It's your KB problem.Used to have this problem, replace the KB. I think it's an AT KB not PS/2 type. Pls check before buying.  



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Posted 22 May 2013 - 08:49 PM

Cyrus, as a FYI he mentioned "Packard Bell, laptop" Thus it isn't a PS2 or At type keyboard

 

Bobbies, It is possible that it is the keyboard, One test would be to plug in a USB keyboard and see if that works OK.

It isn't hard but it takes a bit of care to change a laptop keyboard since the connectors on the motherboard can be very delicate. I'm not familiar with Your make of laptop as Packard Bell disappeared from the American market many years ago. Approximately the year 2000.

 

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 01:16 AM

Sorry bobbies! I did not read carefully. I thought it is a desktop as I used Win 98 on a desktop.


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Posted 23 May 2013 - 05:04 AM

Thanks Guys. I'm talking about one key here, i know you can change the keys, but what i ment was, what do i look for once i have flipped the key of to see if it's no good, or i can sort it. thanks. 



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Posted 23 May 2013 - 11:53 AM

My apologies too, If it is indeed running Windows 95 or 98 then I highly doubt a USB keyboard would work.

However a Laptop that vintage should have a ps2 keyboard port or a ps2 port that can support either a Mouse or a keyboard or both with a splitter.

 

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 04:19 AM

That is difficult to say.The kb of laptop is  soldered or linked on a mobo. I have really no idea!

Have you tried searching online if there is any resource about the defunct Packard Bell laptop technical manuals?

Sorry,I can't help much unless it's a desktop. 


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Posted 29 May 2013 - 01:15 PM

If you pulled off the key, and there is nothing stuck under it, sometimes you can just use your finger to tap where the key goes. If the A types on the screen then its that the key is not on correctly.  If it does not type A on the screen then you have a faulty keyboard on the laptop.

 

As stated before, it can be a little tricky for the novice to change out a keyboard but it can be done.  If you know how to remove yours, under the keyboard will be a part number which you can use to search online to see if you can find a replacement.


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