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Space Bar First started noticing that, without touching space bar, a continuous stream of "spaces" was being input into the address bar (I was on-line at the time). Then, shut off/restart, and the space bar does not work. Took the key off, re-attached the small wire "spring" and the key... The space bar worked briefly but is now incapacitated again. ** I don't know if the "spring" was already detached when I took the key off or if it detached when I did so. So, before I call in a "professional" (I'm hardly a professional myself), I figured I'd find a site on-line and ask a potentially simple question. Does anybody know if this could merely be the spring detached or do I have a bigger problem on my hands? How would anybody on this site go about getting this diagnosed/fixed without getting into big bucks? BTW: My Toshiba has been kind of problematic, with a defective Graphics card/driver (don't know which was the problem) that cost me more down-time than I could withstand easily... I like this tablet but, man,... based on this and other Toshiba products (TVs) I've owned, I seriously question their basic reputation... Any feedback on THAT? Thanks

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Re: Space Bar

Sounds like something's not making contact properly. I don't think you're going to have much success getting that key to work, at least on a permanent basis.

If your computer is under warranty, this merits a replacement keyboard. If it's not under warranty, replacement keyboards can be found online from parts providers or on eBay. Just make sure to get the right one for your model. You can usually install them yourself quite easily (typically three or four screws, five minutes or less). If you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself, it's a very basic repair and if a service provider sounds like he wants to charge you too much, he probably is. Keyboards run in the $30-70 range depending on your model, and I wouldn't pay too much more than $30 to have it installed. Forget places like the Geek Squad; a local shop can probably do it cheaper. I'd say altogether you're looking at $50-100 installed.

And as for your other question... I work servicing computers, and Toshiba machines are by far the worst products I've encountered. I don't recommend them to anyone. I haven't had much luck with other Toshiba electronics, but then again I haven't used them extensively either.

Hope this helps.

Posted on Nov 19, 2007

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