My wife and I have near-matching Compaq laptops, several years old (model Evo N600 and 610, if that helps). Everything is pretty much interchangeable between the two computers – hard drives, CD drive, batteries, wireless cards, etc. Both have had the stock 30g hard drives replaced with aftermarket 80g drives. The aftermarket drives are from two different manufacturers.
The problem is with my laptop. Several buttons on the keyboard will quit working at random. More specifically, it’s the same keys – letter “i,” “s” numeral “8,” “End” key, etc. But sometimes they’ll just quit working. Later they will work again, or some will work and some won’t, etc. Like I said, “random.”
Here’s the kicker. Since my wife has another laptop from her employer and really doesn’t use her Compaq much, I decided to swap out the hard drives and switch computers, since the keyboard on hers works fine. Well, within a few weeks the keyboard on her computer (now mine), the same keys started acting up! And get this – she’s telling me that she’s having no problems with the keyboard on my computer (now hers).
The only thing I can figure is that there is come kind of conflict between my hard drive and the computer, since the problem seems to move with the hard drive. Has anyone ever heard of any such thing? I’m thinking about getting a new hard drive, maybe one identical to the one in my wife’s to see if that will solve the problem.