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Use Keyboard Viewer to work around broken keys
Authored by: operator207 on Apr 24, '09 08:17:28AM

Good hint and all, but the scenario you bring us into, begs the question. He has enough money to buy a MBP, but not enough to get a new keyboard when he spills his beer on his keyboard? (remember folks, don't drink and drive, accidents cause hardware failure)



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Use Keyboard Viewer to work around broken keys
Authored by: vasiliki on Apr 24, '09 08:55:37AM

Hey, accidents happen! Apple asked for something in the order of $1,200 to fix it which is a silly amount for a key. One can possibly get a keyboard for cheap and replace it at home with some effort (I don't think the MBP keyboard is as easy to swap as older models) but in the meantime... the keyboard viewer works.



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Use Keyboard Viewer to work around broken keys
Authored by: powderhound on Apr 24, '09 09:55:45AM

That does not make sense.

I just had my keyboard replaced on my MacBook Pro, and it cost ~ $160: about half for labor and half for the keyboard.



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Use Keyboard Viewer to work around broken keys
Authored by: tbolioli on Apr 24, '09 11:16:33AM

Once you say it was a liquid that spilled on it, they balk and say it needs a level 4 repair which is $1280. I am sure he could try to go to another apple store and hide the liquid spill from them and get the $160 repair.



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Use Keyboard Viewer to work around broken keys
Authored by: vasiliki on Apr 24, '09 11:27:00AM

They told my friend that because the damage involves a liquid spill it will cost more. Perhaps Apple assumes the responsibility of checking the laptop for further liquid damage when they quote that price (what if the key is dead because some other internal connection is messed up for example). Either way, while one ponders all this and compares prices, one can still have the function of the key via Keyboard Viewer. Let's move away from the particular cirumstance, I'm already going to get hell from my friend for mentioning the beer! Focus on the hint. What if you're on a desert island and one of your keys dies? Remember to use your buddy the Keyboard Viewer. It won't revolutionize your Mac experience but it'll keep you going. Thanks for the price quote though, hopefully if he stays quiet on how the key died he can get a cheaper replacement like you did. Shhhh...



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