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more tech help. Yes, I'm incompetent.

Okay, I'm freaked because I may have fucked up my iBook. You know those little tabs that you push to lift up your keyboard? Well, I didn't know what they did - in fact, I didn't think they did anything - and then this evening it dawned on me that they might have a purpose, so I fiddled with them and eventually, the keyboard came off, and even though I was a little disturbed by the fact that it was all connected to the rest of the computer with very fragile looking metal thread things, I figured that it must be okay to do that. Until I looked at the manual, and saw that if you take the keyboard off, you're meant to take out the battery and everything. And I did it when the computer was still on! Everything seems okay with the 'puter, but could I have done something really bad to it?

Also, one of the reasons I was fiddling with the keyboard is because several of the oft-used keys have started making an intensely irritating sort of springy noise when hit. Any idea how to stop that too? If my computer still works, that is.

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biascut
Jan. 11th, 2004 06:34 pm (UTC)
Huh. Randomly, I found out that those tabs did that on my iBook today. I found it out by reading the manual, though! (Yes, I was bored. Why do you ask?)

I wouldn't worry about it, though. It seemed to me like the reason that you had to unplug and switch off and remove the battery and everything were because you risked electrocuting yourself if you didn't, not because it would kill the computer. If you're OK, I'm sure the computer's OK!
stephencass
Jan. 11th, 2004 11:14 pm (UTC)
It turns out that electrocution is one of those things where most computers are far more afraid of you than you of them. Except for the stuff going on inside the power supply box (which doesn't even count for laptops because they use external transformers to cheat on weight), the voltages and currents inside the machine are way too low to hurt you. On the flip side, it's possible for a human to carry enough static charge to blow out a chip, which is why electronics are always shipped in those silvery anti-static bags. This isn't such a huge problem in damp climates like Ireland and England, but in drier places, static can really build up: I find getting small shocks from metal doorknobs is a routine occurance in some buildings here in New York, which never used to happen in Dublin, save for once in a blue moon. There's also the danger of accidently shorting a connection with a screw or something while you're fiddling around, which could also fry components if the power was on.
stephencass
Jan. 11th, 2004 11:03 pm (UTC)
Just so long as you didn't cut the blue wire. That's when the autodestruct sequence kicks in. There's nothing more chilling than the smiling mac face with a "Minimum Safe Distance" warning underneath.

Seriously, as long as you didn't knock the connector loose, or touch the logic board directly with your fingers, you're fine. Even if you did the latter, you'd probably be able to get away with it, motherboard Death By Static Electricity isn't as big a problem in the Irish climate as it is elsewhere.

Don't know about the springy noise -- your machine should still be under warranty, so I'd get in touch with the vendor. You might be stuck with it though, in which case a USB keyboard can bypass the problem, albeit not practical for mobile use. I think you can get replacement keyboards for the powerbook, but it will probably be pricey.
blue_monday
Jan. 12th, 2004 05:18 am (UTC)
It'll be fine, I've quite often done it with my iBook and not had any problems. Re the springy noises - is it possible there's something stuck under a key? If a crumb or something is under there it can make it make funny noises. You could try hoovering it gently, to get any dirt out. If there's nothing under it then phone apple and ask them. It may just be one of those annoying things, or it may be something else. If you need a new keyboard it's easy enough to fix.
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