I have just been given an Inspiron 8100 laptop from a friend to wipe the hard drive and re-install XP. I now have a clean installed of XP however 6 keys do not work:
"r" and "t" on the top row
"f" and "g" on the middle row
"v" and "b" on the bottom row
As far as I can tell everything else is fine.
I have ensured that the United Kingdom keyboard is selected and is default in Regional and Language Options from the contro panel and have removed the US keyboard.
A few weeks ago this happened and I made the UK keyboard default and it "seemed" to be ok since. But the problem has come back again.
I thought that it may be a dodgy keyboard as the keys that do not work are in a line RT, FG and VB down the keyboard which looks like it could be one of the pins on the IO connector.. I have not removed the keyboard to to try but before I do just wondering if anyone else had an ideas? Hopefully a software problem rather than a hardware problem?
Thanks in advanced.
If an external keyboard is OK (USB or PS/2), replace the internal one.
Yup, just tried an external USB keyboard and it worked fine.... so looks like I need to replace the laptop keyboard?
Do you know any cheap places I can look? ebay is around £20+ shipping... which is not too bad... but wanted to get one as cheap as possible (obviously!) as this laptop is quite old and not worth spending too much on it...