Re: [NTLK] Broken Shift Keys (was Taking Notes on MP2000/2100?)

From: Adrian Smith (
Date: Wed Mar 06 2002 - 21:38:38 EST

Hi Perry,
        Did you ever figure out what caused your SHIFT keys to fail?

I just plugged mine in again the other night (probably a year since I
last used it) and both shift keys are not working, while caps-lock is


At 3:50 PM -0500 17/1/02, Perry Rutherford wrote:
>No - the keyboard stays in my Newton briefcase and never leaves. I
>hope it is sufficiently padded to survive trips from the car to
>beside the desk.
>To my knowledge it has never been dropped nor has anything been dropped on it.
>I just don't know what to look for...
>---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
>From: Stephanie Maks <>
>Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2002 15:08:49 -0500
>>I don't know how the Newton keyboard is wired, but both shift keys might
>>still share the same circuit, and if that circuit is cracked or something,
>>that would explain why both shift keys stopped functioning.
>>Has the keyboard seen any damage recently, like a drop or something?
>>I once dropped a (empty!) pint mug on a keyboard, it landed right on the B,
>>and wiped out b,v,c,x, and z. The shift key though still worked! I took it
>>apart and had to use a jeweler's loupe to find the crack; out of a small
>>maze of traces only a single one had less than a hairline crack. It was
>>enough though to stop those 5 keys till I fixed it.
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