Do I Need A New Keyboard And Track Pad?
Two weeks ago my computer went nuts while watching a streaming TV show (Chuck). I though it was a problem with Flash since I just updated Safari 4 the day before.
Windows started opening and folders on my desk top were opening by themselves. It stopped eventually.
I restarted it and discovered something. The the cursor was making boxes on the desktop when I moved it around with the track pad. The way I got it to stop was to do a right click thing and select a menu item. That ended the boxes being formed. That behavior was indicative of the button being held down.
This computer, though a laptop, is used as a desktop with an external mouse and keyboard and has been used that way most of the time since it was purchased. I keep it open in clamshell mode about an inch to let the heat escape.
I examined the button by the track pad and it seemed to be sagging in the middle. It didn't move very much the way it did when it was new. It is a shame that with so little use it would be malfunctioning. So I thought that must be the problem.
Days later I needed to restart the computer after the latest Safari 4 security fix and I noticed that now the keyboard isn't working. I had to use the external keyboard to log in.
The computer works just fine using the external keyboard and mouse, but I want the other parts to work too for when I eventually sell it.
Has anyone else had this problem? Is this a common thing? Could the problem be a connection within the computer is loose or is this a piece of hardware gone bad?
In the tear down instructions it shows the track pad and keyboard are one unit that connects by just a single connector. Do the connectors ever get loose? Since the button went bad first it makes me wonder if this is a connection problem. The computer is never jostled. It just sits in one spot on my desk. The only time it gets moved is when I need to connect a camera to it. That is rare.
The instructions seem simple regarding replacing the top. I just need to know if the problem is the top or some other thing. Please let me know what is going on.
Michael J. Beninate
Is this a good question?