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« on: December 30, 2004, 02:41:59 PM »

My Sony laptop had some Christmas spirit spilt on the keyboard two days ago. Now I find some of the keys will not work.
As a quick cheap temp fix could I plug a USB keyboard in?
Its a Sony PCG-GRS515SP running Windows XP Pro.
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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2004, 07:33:09 PM »

Im sure that will work but you may need to go into the BIOS and enable USB and disable your laptops keyboard.
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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2005, 08:09:06 AM »

This is an old thread, but a thought to toss at it.  I have done this more than once (okay like probally many more times than once...) on both laptops and desktop keyboards.  USB and ps2 ports are usally avalible as a temp fix.  

But instead of replacing the keyboard, try WASHING it realy good!  I have gone as far as to try the dishwasher (top rack and a keyboard I hated, it did work though!), but usally just some simple dish soap and hot water.  Let it dry out for several days in a warm place (attic in summer comes to mind) and sometimes laptop keyboards can take a week to fully dry out.  If it was a big spill, look over laptop well and clean up to the best of your abilities with power and battery(s) removed.  I use q-tips and rubbing alcohol.

I have a compulsive laptop buying obsession (I have to stop and use two hands whenever asked how many I have, and it changes reguarly!)  The ONLY keyboard this didn't fix was on an old Toshiba Sattelite.  It has eaten two of them now.  More likely due to age than anything else though, since the replacement was also used.
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