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Nicole Lancaster
Posted on Saturday, October 6, 2001 - 8:15 am:   

I have a hand me down computer that I want to use for my kidos. The problem is, after taking it out of the closet, the keyboard decided not to work. It used to work fine before it was put up. I tested the keyboard on my other computer and it still works, and I also tried another keyboard on that computer and it didn't work either. So I figure its a problem with the computer itself. HELP! I have a big headache!

Nicole Lancaster
Posted on Monday, October 8, 2001 - 8:24 pm:   

V (Vera)
Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2001 - 6:56 am:   


the only 3 things i can think of are

1. the keyboard controller ( a chip on the motherboard )is dead
2. the chip has shifted up slightly out of it's socket and needs to be reseated.

3.have you examined the motherboard itself? dust could be built up inside. if it was stored in a damp environment things can get corroded

open up your system. give it a real good cleaning with compressed air and remove all the dust. you need to be carefull for esd (electrostatic discharge) which itself causes damage. press down firmly on the chips to be sure they are firmly in place. examine for corrosion around the chips where they make connection with the board.

which chip is the keyboard controller on your board i couldn't say, look at the fine print on the chips and your board, you may get a clue.

don't know if any of this will work
hope so
good luck and check back on how you made out
Nicole Lancaster
Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2001 - 2:05 pm:   

Thanks Vera
I'll take a look.

If the keyboard controller did go out, what are my options?


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