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Most likely there's some grit or dust inside the keyboard key contacts.
Begin by placing the powered down PC on a side, blowing compressed air from above (so that it enters between the keys laterally), top to bottom, with a compressed air bottle. Check all keys.
There are also specialized notebook keyboard cleaning kits.
If it didn't work, you may try prying the keys open - "peel" the keys from below, pulling gently, careful not to break the tiny plastic studs - and exposing the contacts pit in the middle. Blow air inside to clear the contacts.
If not even that helps, you may need a replacement keyboard - you'll find cheap ones on eBay, http://www.pchub.com and elsewhere.
i have a compaq evo n610c with a 160 gig hardrive and a gig of ram a bluetooth top adapter and installed a wireless card with antennas it works fine and reads the hardrive fine and i get the 158 sumthin sumthin gigs that it alwase turns out to be the fans a going harder thoe thats bout it and the batt dies sooner
Yes, Memory Upgrade for Compaq Evo N610C, the Compaq Evo N610C takes the PC2100 DDR SDRAM SODIMMs to a max of 1gig - and two 512 would be perfect.
The memory modules in a Compaq Evo N610C are not located where you expect them to be.
Here's how to do it.
Open the notebook, and place your fingers on the keyboard as if you were going to type. There is a panel directly beneath your left palm, just below the Ctrl and Alt keys. The panel is hooked into the front of the frame closest to you. Using a thin flathead screwdriver or knife blade, apply a bit of pressure on the panel so that you're pushing it towards the LCD while prying it up. The panel will come right off and you'll have direct access to the memory modules.
Turn it all the off. Then pull the hard drive out and put it back in again. Now, put your system disk (Win XP?) into the drive and turn the laptop on. It should do something else now. I have had this happen on several laptops I have rebuilt and it takes patience to get them started sometimes.... I have managed to load XP onto all of them eventually!