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Discussion in 'The Coffee Shop ~ Chit Chat' started by Pikey, Apr 30, 2014.

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  1. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator Staff Member 2 Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    alright! i know that we have a few guys here that are good with computers so here is my issue. the hindges broke on my laptop. it is 2 years old. At the moment i dont have the funds for a new one. so, following some online guides i drilled some holes and inserted screws to fix the hinge issue. when i did this i had to remove the keyboard. now the g,h, esc, backspace, 8 keys do not work. i searched around online and attempted every repair that i could find. i was concerned that it was a programming issue, but from what i read if it is a programming issue then the same keys will not function when a usb keyboard is plugged in. is this correct? should i just replace the keyboard and hope it works? they are only $10. any suggestions for a fix? i reset the bios settings to factory because some people said that fixed theirs. i tried taking the battery out and holding the power button for 30 seconds and then reboot. when i look at the hardware settings it shows nothing for the keyboard. same when i check the status. the laptop is an hp g72 running windows 7. thanks guys
  2. BornAgainBiker55

    BornAgainBiker55 Rockstar 100 Posts

    I had a similar problem once. There should be a little plug that attaches the keyboard to the computer, I had mine off-center the first time I installed it, and then not in tightly the second time.
    Looks kind of like this:
    keyboard-connector.jpg
  3. McClintoc

    McClintoc ɹoʇɐɹǝpoɯ Staff Member 2 Years 1000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    [MENTION=51590]Pikey[/MENTION] did the keyboard work perfectly fine before you took it apart to fix the hinges?

    Like BornAgain said, double check the keyboard wiring connection. Also, do you have a USB keyboard you can plug into the laptop and check it that way?
  4. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator Staff Member 2 Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    yes, it did work fine. i fear i ma have flexed it too much when i took it out. i disconnected that connector and reinstalled it 3 or 4 times. i am using a mini usb keyboard right now. it sucks. i could not access the bios or startup menu because the esc key is dead. but i was able to with the usb keyboard
  5. McClintoc

    McClintoc ɹoʇɐɹǝpoɯ Staff Member 2 Years 1000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    So everything works on the USB keyboard?
  6. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Epic Member Staff Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    Certainly wont fix your installed keyboard, but last Easter when my grandaughter allowed a chocolate easter bunny to melt on and toast my HP Laptop keyboard I bought a $15 USB connected IR keyboard.
    A year later and Ive discovered for me since I rarely take the laptop anywhere the new keyboard works great and is more comfortable to use.
  7. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts

    I bought a kvm (or is it kmv?) switch where I have a wireless logitech mouse and keyboard combo hooked into it so regardless of what computer I'm on I use the same keyboard and mouse. Can't stand using the notebooks keyboard anymore.
  8. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator Staff Member 2 Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    yes. everything works on the usb keyboard. it is a tiny keyboard built into a small tablet case. so, it will work for now cause i am in a jamb. but, using a usb keyboard all the time will not work for me. i use this for school. desk space is limited as it is in many of my classes or places that i meet project groups at.
  9. McClintoc

    McClintoc ɹoʇɐɹǝpoɯ Staff Member 2 Years 1000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    [MENTION=51590]Pikey[/MENTION] Check ebay for your model laptop and just its keyboard. I know people that have replaced just the screens of their laptops by finding it on ebay.
  10. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator Staff Member 2 Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    I found one on amazon for $14 with prime shipping. I replaced the screen about a year ago after my 5 year old threw a dog bone at me and cracked it. cost me $90. i think that i have been down every avenue i can as far as trouble shooting this thing. after the posts about the connecter i pulled it apart again and had it running while i played with the connecter. i never got any of the non working buttons to function. hopefully the keyboard fixes it. typing on this little thing is terrible. thanks for all of your help

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