Laptop keys not working

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

My tech mobility just went to the dogs. Can someone tell me if it's Mercury Retrograde season?

After the disastrous, horrific, unimaginable demise of my Nokia N8, another gadget started acting up. It's my Acer D260 laptop this time. It's been with me for almost a year. I've NEVER had issues with it - until last Saturday. I was trying to log into my Windows account and it won't accept my password. I first thought I forgot my password (again). After some careful observation, I noticed that some of the keys are not working, specifically the keys on the 3rd and 4th row from the top. 

I panicked. I went to a nearby Aserco service center and was told that the only solution is to replace the keyboard. (Whew). The only problem is that they do not know when it will be available. When I got home, I called Acer and was told that the keyboard costs P700++. Okay, that's sounds reasonable. The only problem is that they don't have one in stock. They'd have to order one from their US office which will take - oh I don't know - FOREVER!

My temporary relief is this A4tech USB keyboard. I look ridiculous! What's the point of having a laptop if you're going to use a USB keyboard?

The bigger question is: should I bring this keyboard with me to HK? Or do I just leave my laptop and disconnect from the world for 3 nights? One option is to bring the laptop WITHOUT the keyboard and just use On Screen Keyboard. Typing should be a lot more tedious though.


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