April 7th, 2010, 06:27 PM
Keyboard enter key won't work
I have a laptop that has a broken enter key. I usually plug in and use another keyboard.
Recently I've been trying to install a new operating system. The problem is that as soon as I leave the current operating system the additional keyboard and the mouse stop working. I can't navigate and select in the bios or any other menus outside the operating system. If it was another key I would have probably managed somehow, but since it's exactly the most crucial of all keys - the enter key, I can't do anything.
Is there a way to turn another key into an enter key or to have the functions of an enter key?
Is there a way to install an operating system without the use of an enter key?
Is there any workaround for my problem besides getting the laptop to a repair shop and getting my keyboard fixed?
April 7th, 2010, 06:50 PM
Have you tried popping off the key and cleaning any debris that may have gotten into it?
Also, you can usually get a laptop keyboard for $50 or so and swap it out yourself.
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April 13th, 2010, 09:05 AM
I couldn't find a workaround for this. The bios remains inoperable. But I managed to plug a desktop keyboard in the usb port and installed windows with its help. I can't use that keyboard in the bios though.
April 13th, 2010, 06:32 PM
In the "old days' you could use ctrl-M as the Return key. With newer PC's I don't know if the enter key still uses the CR keycode or if it's something else these days. Some other handy alternatives were
ctrl-I horizontal tab
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April 19th, 2010, 07:31 PM
one solution to my question
I found a program that can switch keys on the keyboard. It's called SharpKeys. It uses the registry to switch one key for another and that's why it is a little dangerous but it works.
Originally Posted by Doug G