This internet thing...
I sat down a while ago and started taking the Treo apart – only to discover, it really didn’t want to (come apart). I unscrewed all of the screws but no go.
Today, I was more determined. So, I googled “taking a Treo 650 apart”. First hit – got lucky. The Treo 650 “Tips, Tricks and Hacks” blog had an article “how to disassemble your Treo 650”. Photos – step by steps. It was great. Got the thing apart.
But, couldn’t see anything obvious to fix the “P” key. So, I put it back together (and it still worked). So I thought about getting a replacement keypad..
Googled “Treo 650 replacement keypad” and the second hit was someone wanting the same thing… because…. Their P key was broken (seems to happen a lot – the P key). Read the thread – and they said:
I took out the internal keypad, and since my P is near the edge, I just took a very small flat head to peel up the adhesive top, stick the flat head in the P spot, and poked the metal spring inside UP. now it's working fine.
Ok, one more try, get out that special tool (that all computer geeks have, the “special” screwdriver), take out the 7 screws on the Treo case, the 2 screws on the keypad, use tweezers to pull up the adhesive top – fix the little silver dot/button, put it all together and success. I have a functioning P key again.
I remember exactly where I was when that stupid key broke. On flight UA-917 from IAD to SEA to speak at the PSOUG (Puget Sound Oracle User Group). That was April 13th, it has been driving me nuts since. And now it is fixed. And the web is the reason.
Can you remember life before google, yahoo, amazon, (asktom for me at the very least, semi-life changing), and the rest? Can you imagine life without them again…