I am currently using an ancient Mac laptop – one that was purchased at a pawnshop at what we believed was a reasonable price. Roland needed it for his class. Frustration set in as he toyed with this problem for more than a year.
The keys on the top row would stick. Well, 1-6 did. It was okay. He didn’t need the numbers. But when the top row of letters (particularly the e, r and t) started sticking – well, that was a problem. Most often, the keyboard from the computer was plugged into the unit.
We took it in to be serviced. Less than a month later, the “r” key started sticking again and is often missed into the words now, unless one pounds on it. So often when I am typing, the “r” doesn’t make it into my word. It can be frustrating.
A spell check will usually pick up on my missing “r”s, but it will never catch my missing “3”s. Nor does it catch words like “bother”, “dove”, and “dive” when I am really writing “brother”, “drove” and “diver”.
The 3/# doesn’t stick. In the case of the 3/#, it was the actual button fell off. We still have the key, but I find it easier to hit the white peg from underneath than to try to push it through the broken 3/# tile. And so often when I am using the numbers (I actually use the number pad when using a regular keyboard) on the laptop, my “3”’s don’t make it in either.
Roland doesn’t even use this laptop anymore. He’s “borrowing” a more updated laptop – for two more months. Only two more months to go and he will be finished with his schooling – and hopefully he will be able to get a job in which he can use his degree.
Just thought I would mention my missing “r” button. Perhaps you have run across some posts on this blog that don’t quite make sense. I’m just giving a suggestion as to a possibility.