The Anonymous Widower

How to Replace a Key On a Laptop

I am a computer professional of long standing or should that be sitting.  But my expertise is software and not hardware!

On the other hand, my friend, Pula, has had little computer training, other than on how to use Windows and the various applications. But she comes from a family that prefers to face up to challenges rather than duck them!

So when the B key on her laptop became sticky, she attempted to fix-it. Getting the key out was the easy part, but putting it back was a but tricky.

So Pula struck and searched the Internet for some help and found this web site, where there was a page for her computer.

Well done Pula! If she can do it without any experience, surely you can try!

July 1, 2010 - Posted by | Computing | ,


  1. That is a very useful website, I have bookmarked it. Before the accident I often used to fiddle about inside computers, but now I am afraid of shorting something out with my hands being unsteady. The only programming I have done is with AI software, mainly Prolog, which is way out of date now. Oh – in A level Maths we all had to write a programme to solve a quadratic equation – we are in the days of magnetic reels here I should add. I wasnt impressed because I could solve the equation with the formula far more quickly and without having to book a slot on the computer at the local cable and wire factory to get the computer to do it.

    Comment by Liz P | July 1, 2010 | Reply

  2. Everybody should be able to write simple programs. The troubl is that there don’t appear to be too many simple languages left.

    It’s a wonderful way to learn about how logic and numbers behave and everybody comes along a situation that needs a program to be written.
    Remember though that Excel can handle a lot of situations, so make sure you can use it.

    Suppose you organise a coffee morning and want to predict how many cakes, GF and non-GF you need. By putting the values in a spreadsheet, together with the numbers of various types who attended, you should be able to create a prediction table! Programming Excel is little differrent to some of the complex things I have done.

    Comment by AnonW | July 1, 2010 | Reply

  3. Well, I’ve never had a lesson on computing in my life, but I’ve picked up quite a lot of knowledge. And I think possibly computers have become more user-friendly (make that idiot-proof…) over the years. When I worked in the bookshop I had IT support, and then Iain knew more than I did, but since he died I’ve mostly had to sort things out on my own – which I manage, most of the time, though I can shout for my brother if I’m stuck. Don’t think I could write a programme though!

    Comment by Lesley Maciver | July 1, 2010 | Reply

  4. I use maths a great deal in my normal everyday life, I draft dress patterns using geometry, I use π when I am dealing with changing quantities in a recipe, lots of things really, and until recently had assumed everyone did this! I have now organised so many coffee mornings that I pretty much know the quantities to allow having always kept records. My very first coffee morning was actually an orange juice morning, when I was eight. I raised 12 shillings and sixpence for The Blind Society. And I got hooked, it became my profession, although I didnt do so much fundraising as management of volunteer led projects, recruitment and training of volunteers etc.

    I do use excel, and access, I guess it might be worth me learning more of excel as I start up my new projects, is thius programming you are talking about something to do with macros?

    Comment by Liz P | July 1, 2010 | Reply

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