Looking for a “cost analysis” here:
I recently slopped liquid* onto the keyboard of my cheap Toshiba laptop. I drained out as much of the liquid as possible right away, but obviously didn’t get everything - once it dried out I found a number of the keys simply don’t work any more, including both Enter keys. If not for Windows 7’s onscreen keyboard feature, I wouldn’t even be able to log into the machine.
Here’s the question - I’ve never taken a computer to a repair shop for cleaning/repair, so I’m clueless about costs. The only reason I bought this laptop was to give myself the ability to simultaneously log in two accounts in online games - mainly so that I can invite my own characters into my personal “guilds” in MMOs without needing to involve another player. The only things I’ve installed on the laptop, therefore, are games. There’s no “vital” information on there.
So, am I better off, cost-wise, simply buying an external USB keyboard to use with the laptop, as opposed to taking it to a professional to have it cleaned out? I don’t know what a cleaning like that would cost, but I’m imagining $200+, mostly labor charges. Given that this is a $400 computer loaded with non-essential stuff, I rankle at paying half the laptop’s price for repairs.
- I chew tobacco, and the liquid in question was the contents of my “spittoon”