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I Blame the Wine

So we went to Nahant for Thansgiving. No, not a typo. On Wednesday evening, there was this accident. A laptop was pushed bac on a table. A wine glass was behind the laptop. A mom moment where my brain saw the future and I ended up grabbing the glass in mid-air as it fell. Only then it sloshed in the opposite direction. Onto the eyboard of my laptop which contained the photos that someone was showing to others.

Alas.

I wiped up everything as carefully as possible, but a couple of hours later, the 8 and the I wouldn't wor. Both were needed for passwords and whatever I was logging into ept saying my password was wrong, no matter how carefully I typed it. Someone suggested I reboot the computer because that's what they did when their iPhone acted up. I did. Only...an 8 is part of my basic login on my computer. Oops. No can log in.

Eventually, the 8 and the letter i came bac. But then I lost the letter k from the row below. That loss was more stubborn and suddenly I was also losing s through l, including k. By Thursday night, I could mae all but k wor if I persisted on hitting the eys. And then k suddenly started eying by itself. Long strings of the letter k would eep typing until another ey was hit to stop it. But by Friday morning, the s through l was dead. Nothing wored.

Wine seems to do this. The acids can wrea havoc with the eyboard or logic board or both. I had taen off and cleaned eys, but we didn't have the tools to tae the bac off. So I've been thanful that my computer wasn't completely dead, but frustrated that it was essentially a bric until we got home last night and I could try using a USB eyboard. Which I happened to have as a spare, still in its box.

It sort of feels lie I'm on Sesame Street and I've lost my sponsors, especially the letter K.

Frog Out

PS: Now that my laptop has warmed up this morning (it's been off for several days), it seems I've lost the 8 and I again.

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jehanni
Nov. 27th, 2011 05:09 pm (UTC)
Come bacK, letter K! Keep KicKing and clicKing! I'm picturing Kermie rounding up the other muppets for an "Occupy K" rally on the Street (Sesame).
birdhousefrog
Nov. 28th, 2011 12:32 am (UTC)
or Occupy Sesame. There's definitely an issue with K that led to the defection of others. And typing on a separate keyboard is not very satisfactory. I keep trying to type on the laptop when I'm replying to a comment or an email. :::sigh:::
safewrite
Nov. 27th, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC)
Try an external keyboard. That extended the life of more than one laptop of mine, that and an actual mouse.
birdhousefrog
Nov. 28th, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)
yes, that's what I'm doing. It's not very satisfying as a solution, but it does mean I can actually log into my computer.
jehanni
Nov. 28th, 2011 03:18 am (UTC)
I'm used to the external KB and Mouse at work, but the integrated one at home. Also swapping between Windows (work) and OSX (home). different brains, as it were.
karen_w_newton
Nov. 28th, 2011 04:09 am (UTC)
Yet more havoc wrecked by the demon alcohol.... Will time help? Could you wash and dry the keyboard? I managed to lock my laptop into Num Lock mode, so a j was always a 1, k was a 2, and so on, but I found out how to unlock if via Google (Fn + Shift + Insert).

Good luck! Or should I say, Good luc?
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