We all know what the solution to hardware problems are: a swift - literal - boot.
So when my Dell Inspiron 8100 refused to let me type the letter ‘a’ any
more, I simply took the damn keyboard apart and put it back on. Working great now.
Of course, the speakers don’t seem to work any more, but that’s a trade
I’ll make any day of the week.
This is just the sort of thing one wants to happen before one takes one’s computer
overseas for a couple of weeks. The cool thing is, I found some
instructions on Dell’s website on how to take the keyboard off. There’s
some other maintenance stuff there, too. Which is handy now that I’ve completely
voided the warranty. :p