toshiba down and right arrows do not operate. What can I do?

December 2, 2012 at 03:25:02
Specs: Windows XP
my toshiba directional arrows cannot go down or to the right

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December 2, 2012 at 03:46:53
This is a common problem with Toshiba laptops and usually requires a new keyboard to be fitted - a fairly easy job. If it's still under warranty, Toshiba will do it for free so I would contact them.

If warranty has expired, ask a competent friend to replace the keyboard. you can buy new ones online but it has to be for that specific model.

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December 2, 2012 at 04:10:56
Hi TD, you have not advised the Toshiba model (laptop desktop?) which may have helped.

Expanding on Phil's comments, here in the UK, one can buy compatible keyboards for a fraction of the price for one from the manufacturer.

Also generally one can find online videos and/or step by step instuctions on how to change a kb for a particular make/model.

Before changing the kb, I would try blowing out any muck from under ALL the keys. Hold the kb upside down and blow out with a hairdryer set to cold and maximum blast, or purchase a can of compressed air from one of the cheapo shops. Use a long thin paintbrush to assist.

Please advise back on progress.

As a matter of interest, where are you located? I am in Hammersmith, West London.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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December 3, 2012 at 05:08:39
Thanks for your advice to contact Toshiba about the problem I'm having. Even though I bought the computer in 2006, and it is out of warranty, I will still call Toshiba's Repair/Maintenance Department to solicit some gratis help from them. Can't hurt, and they may help me fix the problem.

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December 3, 2012 at 05:24:19
I appreciate your advice, but I don't think I will get a new keyboard, as my computer is a laptop, with built-in keyboard. It is 6-years old, out of warranty, and already the monitor is kaput, so I'm using a desktop monitor, with the laptop monitor laid way down on my pullout desk tray, out of the way. The portable desktop monitor sits on top of the desk, is much larger than the original laptop monitor, and I like it just fine. I will, though, contact Toshiba to seek some gratis advice from their Repair/Maintenance Department. Couldn't hurt, and they may help, as I've used them before.

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December 3, 2012 at 07:23:31
Changed one a couple months ago for a friend. He has an A505-S6012 and the keyboard was 28 bucks. Job took 5 minutes.

Point is, look might be pleasantly surprised.

Audares Juvo

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December 3, 2012 at 19:06:09
Plug in a USB keyboard to go with your external monitor and you'll get a few more miles out of it

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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