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Bad laptop keyboard or VGA board?


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I recently replaced the plastics on my Satellite 3005, and after putting it back together it no longer boots if the internal laptop keyboard is plugged in.

The internal keyboard plugs into the VGA board via ribbon cable. The laptop won't post if the internal keyboard is plugged into the board (disks won't spin up, lcd stays dark, no beeps, nothing). Once I disconnect the internal keyboard the laptop will boot fine. I can disconnect the internal keyboard and use an external USB keyboard just fine, but that of course doesn't make for a very portable laptop.

Is this a symptom of a bad keyboard, bad VGA board, or something else?
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Welcome to G2G

Sounds like you could have damaged the keyboard ribbon cable or the connector that it plugs in to.
What do you mean by replacing the plastics?
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plastics = the plastic casing. I basically took the laptop apart, removed it from a broken casing and reassembled it inside the new plastic casing.

I suspect you are right about the ribbon cable, so I purchased a new keyboard for $40 and will try again. Will keep you posted if that works.
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Eureka! Replacing the keyboard worked! :tazz:
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Good, glad to hear you've got it working
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