On Saturday my laptop (Compaq Armada 7400 running XP Pro) was plugged in to the mains when we suffered a local power cut for an hour, since then it has been behaving very strangely! Firstly the keyboard was completely locked, it felt like there was a physical obstruction behind the keys, there is also a vertical multi coloured band about an inch wide on the left of the screen,and for 2 days I couldn't get into Windows at all. After many attempts i have now got it to boot up, and the keyboard problem has improved - but bizarrely only the following keys will work -tyasdfklxcm!! I know that this sounds like something from The Twilight Zone but it is a genuine problem, does anyone have any ideas or should I just claim on my insurance for a replacement?
Much to my amazement, my insurance company are going to replace my Compaq Armada (cost £125 + VAT from Morgan Auctions)with a brand new Compaq NX9010 (Pentium 4 2.8, 30GB HDD, 256MB RAM, DVD/CDRW Drive etc etc) costing just under a grand. I recommend Allianz Cornhill to you all. I'm going straight out to buy an adaptor board to protect my laptop against current surges, I won't get this lucky twice!
I did have to take the laptop to my local PC shop who examined the machine, confirmed that they had had several other machines in damaged by the same surge/cut and confirmed that in their opinion the mobo was damaged and it was "beyond economical repair" I then had to fax this through to the insurance company, they did say that they would pay for the report (£40) but in the circumstances I don't think I'll be making a fuss about that!
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