HP and Compaq service manual

My Compaq Presario 2104US laptop is playing up. It?s seems as if a non-printing key like ctrl is stuck down (except I don?t think it is that key).

Symptoms:

  1. Alt-Tab in windows doesn?t work as if ctrl key is held down. Ctrl-tab works
  2. pressing and holding the down arrow key produces a ?c? character every second
  3. Using PuTTY on a unix box ctrl-key combinations that require confirmation fail.
  4. Using KeyTweak it reports the scancode 57392 constantly repeating. When I map that code to any other key it reports the code as key 131 (but I don?t think that is right).
    Update 3 June: It turns out this was right!
  5. Booting in linux, the startup console shows ^[[26~ at the typematic rate

So hopefully cleaning the keyboard will unstick the problem. Unfortunately getting at the keyboard to clean it is not obvious. I got onto HP?s live chat and they sent me the link to the service manual. Worst case this fault will require a trip to the repair shop for a new keyboard or keyboard controller. I?ll try cleaning it first.

This manual provides reference information for servicing the HP Pavilion ze5600, ze5500, ze5400, ze5300, ze5200, ze4700, ze4600, ze4500, ze4400, ze4300, ze4200, and ze4100 Notebook PCs, HP Compaq nx9010, nx9008, nx9005, and nx9000 Notebook PCs, Compaq Evo Notebook 1050v and 1010v Series, and Compaq Presario 2500, 2100, and 1100 Series Mobile PCs. These notebook models use technology code KE.

Via the HP website HP and compaq service manual

Update @ 14:29: Cleaning the keyboard didn?t work. But I can buy a replacement keyboard from HP and it will be here in 2-6 days.

The perfect RSS reader aggregator

Venus Pools Cliff Jumping photo by Gary Christenson Kihei, HI, United States http://www.garyachristenson.com/ via http://www.sxc.hu/photo/435581
Venus Pools Cliff Jumping photo by Gary Christenson Kihei, HI, United States http://www.garyachristenson.com/  via http://www.sxc.hu/photo/435581
Venus Pools Cliff Jumping photo by Gary Christenson Kihei, HI, United States http://www.garyachristenson.com/ via http://www.sxc.hu/photo/435581

I?ve been on the hunt for the perfect RSS reader or aggregator without much luck. I?ve downloaded lots, installed many and uninstalled all.

Here are my specifications. Let me know if something matches it.

  1. Client PC not web-based. I need speed to scan many feeds. Bloglines and the like are great but not fast enough.
  2. Windows (other operating systems a bonus). I?ve temporarily moved back to Windows XP so I?m stuck. I?d like whatever I chose to be cross platform for when I go back to SuSE Linux.
  3. River of News or display by date. I?d like to see today?s posts first across each group of feeds. That way if I miss a week I don?t have to wade through last weeks news from feed 1 to get to today?s news from feed 2.
  4. Not based on IE. I don?t like or trust their insecure browser and I definitely don?t want it processing XML data from potentially untrusted sources. That means if I right click on a link in a post I should not see ?Add to Favorites? and other IE tell-tales.

Interestingly I?m thinking of combining a couple of aggregators as a way of managing my needs. AlertBear is a great little windows only RSS reader that sits in my system tray and pops up whenever a new post appears in it?s feeds. I?m going to use it for the select few feeds I like to monitor closely. I?m not sure if they?ll be the low traffic personal interest blogs, or the high traffic professional interest news. As long as I don?t mix the two it should work well.

Professional news for me is time sensitive and fairly large. But if I don?t get it immediately I?ll hear about it from another source. So it?s a bit like having a 24 hour news channel on. It doesn?t matter if I miss something as I?ll hear about it if it?s important

Personal news often gets buried in that high volume noise. My favourite bloggers post no more than once per day. So as long as I get their updates I?m happy. I hate it when I?ve missed three of Sim?s posts because I thought he was away. So those sorts of feeds will not be put in the same client as the professional feeds. Client site feeds are similarly very important. I hate it when a client asks ?have you read my latest post?? and it turns out I?ve missed the latest update.

By separating the feeds into different tools I?ll track them better.

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