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    My colleague has a Dell (Inspiron 1500) with a French keyboard using Vista Home (french Version). The HD became sluggish and is "dying"
    he would like to replace the HD and to install Win7 Home (English version).
    What is the cheapest method to do so:
    - To replace the keyboard (have been told it is not easy)
    - To install letraset stickers on "the specific letters" on the keyboard.

    Is it enough modifying/replacing the keyboard to use Operating System English version?

    Thanks

  • #2
    Re: Laptop with French Keyboard

    Originally posted by sammy View Post
    What is the cheapest method to do so
    Since replacing the keyboard means buying a keyboard whereas the alternative involves buying some sticky labels, I would have thought you could answer this question for yourself. When you looked up prices, how much did Dell want for the new keyboard, and how much can you get the labels for?
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      Re: Laptop with French Keyboard

      Replacing the keyboard's pretty easy.
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        Re: Laptop with French Keyboard

        Keyboards are 10.99 on ebay. Dell keep their service manuals online too, take off the hinge cover and remove 2 screws.
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        • #5
          Re: Laptop with French Keyboard

          Typex is always a good option
          Or learn to touch type
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          • #6
            Re: Laptop with French Keyboard

            Originally posted by Ossian View Post
            Or learn to touch type
            Good idea, and much cheaper than buying Das Keyboard too
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            • #7
              Re: Laptop with French Keyboard

              Thank you for your recommendations.
              The problem is that he needs this laptop for a dual language program (including English not French).
              We replaced the defective HD installing a new one and re-installed the OS (dual language).
              Everything ran smooth i.e. the keyboard working in both languages, except for four keycaps "not responding":
              Backspace, Ctrl (left), Shift (left) and Caps Lock. The Shift right side is working.
              we tried contacting Dell service support in our country, but it seems to be 'under-average". They also said that a keyboard (dual language) is not available and we have to wait approximately three weeks.
              we got sticky labels (dual language) - very cheap.
              We are checking the opportunity to get/purchase a standard keyboard abroad, but in the mean time is there any action which can be performed to "energize" above keycaps, such as cleaning using contact spray, or other process?

              thanks

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              • #8
                Re: Laptop with French Keyboard

                Cleaning the contacts may help if dirty contacts are the problem, but be careful of the stuff that melts plastic.
                Gareth Howells

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