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Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Baton Rouge LA
New (US-INTL) keyboard report - 12-05-2008, 11:35 PM
Thanks to hybridsolidr for reporting the happy accident that resulted in discovery of the US-international keyboard for the Mini 9.
UPS finally delivered my new keyboard a few minutes before 5 p.m. and I've installed it and typed on it. I ordered the keyboard yesterday a little before noon, paid $14.99 plus $5.99 shipping (3-5 day) and sales tax, it was shipped from Houston yesterday and delivered to Baton Rouge today.
Item number U061H description: KYBD;66:US-INTL;S-PTG;QH;WIN
Tried ordering it through online chat and had no luck, called Dell sales and was able to order without a problem.
cmarcho's excellent disassembly photos and the link to the Dell 910 service manual (keyboard page: http://support.dell.com/support/edoc....htm#wp1183262) were very helpful. I just unplugged the computer, removed the battery, and unscrewed the two keyboard screws (helpfully labeled "K"). cmarcho's instructions to PUSH BACK the tiny tabs holding the keyboard cable were a nice touch since the tabs are so tiny and fragile and hard to see that it would be easy to try to move them in the wrong direction.
Klug's instructions for setting the computer so that it recognizes the keyboard (which I will repeat here so people don't have to go looking for them) were also helpful. Some of the keys (all the new ones like Alt Gr and the brackets/braces keys and a couple of others) did not work until I did that.
Setting keyboard matrix:
1. Turn off your computer.
2. If your computer is connected to the ac adapter, disconnect the ac adapter from the computer.
3. Press and hold <Fn><K>.
4. Connect the ac adapter to the computer (assuming that the AC adapter is already plugged into an electrical outlet).
5. Release the key combination.
The keys are noticeably smaller. I have large hands so it's going to be a bit more challenging to type on this keyboard because I'll have to move my fingers less. I don't think I'll have any trouble adjusting, though.
However, I like having all the keys in a "normal" layout even if I do have to scrunch my fingers (especially on the right side for semicolon, colon, apostrophe, quotation mark, and right shift) a bit. I like having all the characters without having to use the Fn key to get them, and not having to hunt for them since they are in the same location on this keyboard as they are on the 630C keyboard and my big MS keyboard. I wish that the right Shift key had a bump on it like the F and J keys do since it's probably the hardest one to hit.
I don't find the smaller Backspace key to be a problem. I'm usually reaching as far to the right as I can, so I'm more likely to miss it on the right side and hit the bezel than miss it on the left side and hit a key.
Anyway, this is a worthwhile upgrade for me, and at a reasonable price.
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Ridgecrest, CA, USA
Re: New (US-INTL) keyboard report - 12-06-2008, 01:27 AM
I've got one on the way! Was able to order just fine using the chat option for "Parts/Upgrades for my Dell". Gave them all my info and they called to confirm my order. Should be here middle of next week; I chose expedited shipping as I want it prior to going on a trip on the 14th.
Thanks for your work! Go MyDellMini members, woohoo!
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: San Francisco
Re: New (US-INTL) keyboard report - 12-06-2008, 08:23 AM
sounds cool... people will like having this option.
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