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Keyboard randomly stops working

I have a Sharp AL27 that recently just got over a huge crash. It had a power shot and the hard drive had to be replaced but anyway, the keyboard after this time has started giving me problems. It seems to randomly stop working when the motherboard loses power say when unplugged and the battery dies which is in about 10 mins. But if left plugged in the thing is fine. I have to pull out the ribbon cable and plug it back in while the laptop is on and then it works. Although i have noticed when its working the icons on the desktop will start flashing as if a button is stuck down somewhere and the mouse flashes as if the computer is busy and when the computer starts up it asks me how i want to start windows and only does that when the laptop keyboard works. Other then that the computer works great but does this sound like a motherboard problem, and hopefully not, or more of a keyboard problem? If keyboard do you know where i could find one to buy? Thank you

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  • Ravensfan Jan 12, 2008

    Eh, Kinda, im using the oem keyboard and the computer cant be used on battery power because battery dies to quick. I meant more like the computer keyboard seems to work until the motherboard loses power say via the battery dying. Like for example if i were to unplug the computer and let it just sit and the battery dies and when i go to turn it back on thats when it dies. But if i leave it plugged in it seems to stay working for the most part. Ive had to open the computer up twice to reset the keyboard. If the keyboard is bad do you or anyone else know where i could find a pc al27 keyboard to replace it with if thats what it seems is the problem?

  • Ravensfan Jan 13, 2008

    Okay, Thanks, ill see if that works. Out of curiosity though where on fleabay where would i look for it? Ive tried using ebay but can only find certain parts for it but nothing along the lines of a keyboard.

  • Ravensfan Jan 13, 2008

    Okay. Well thank you for your help, if a keyboard dont come up then i can always try and see if getting a new battery would help too. Thanks TampaNative.



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If this only occurs on battery power and your battery only holds a 10 minute charge? And your keyboard is external (PS2, or USB) it draws power from that battery (even the OEM keyboard does) and is probably glitching on you for lack of power. That's of course if I have understood you correctly?
Good luck.

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    Frank Fernandez Jan 13, 2008

    Again, since the Keyboard only fails on battery failure, I would look at a battery, but you should be able to pick up that keyboard on fleabay for under 20 bucks.

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    Frank Fernandez Jan 13, 2008

    You should just be able to search your manufacturers name and the model number of your unit, and that should bring up parts and possibly broken units (broken displays, etc...) that you could salvage a keyboard from.
    You just have to be persistent, I just searched your model number and came up with several parts including displays, a bezel, memory, and power adapters. I'm sure that a keyboard or a busted laptop with a good keyboard will come up. The only question is when?

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    Frank Fernandez Jan 13, 2008

    You are most welcome Ravensfan.



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