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Keyboards for Computers

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Most people buy their computers in packaged deals that include a keyboard.  However, if your keyboard breaks, it is easy to purchase a new one.  Many people have an unused, but still functioning keyboard in their homes from a prior computer purchase.  Ask friends and family and you can probably find a free one.

Your next source of thrift is Craig's list or a garage sale.  You may find one at a thrift store also.

If you should spill water on your computer, you may be able to save it.  Immediately turn off the power to your computer.  Then turn the keyboard upside down.  Wait 24 hours, and if the keyboard is thoroughly dry, turn the computer back on and see if it works.  If not, you can wait a few more days and try one more time.  If that doesn't work, you will have to replace it.

If your keyboard on your laptop quits working, take you laptop to a computer shop.  They should be able to take the old one out and install a new one.  Be sure and ask them if they have any discounted used keyboards.


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Here are some more frugal tips to save money on computer keyboards.

- Keep your keyboard keys clean with rubbing alcohol.  Put it on the cloth, not the keys, and wipe them clean.  Computers, like phones, pick up lots of germs. 
- Save old keyboards, and use them with other computers that you buy in components.
- Find used and new keyboards on the Internet.
- Keep a spare keyboard in your home in case one gets liquid on it and you need to dry it out.








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