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Fixing an Acer 1690 Laptop with Keyboard Problem (In Ladner)

Updated on September 3, 2011
Scratches on the side.
Scratches on the side.
Front view
Front view
1.7 GHz CPU, 1 GB RAM and 40 GB Hard Drive
1.7 GHz CPU, 1 GB RAM and 40 GB Hard Drive
Testing wireless connection, sound and video.
Testing wireless connection, sound and video.
Power panel.
Power panel.
Brand new keyboard replacing the old one below.
Brand new keyboard replacing the old one below.
Hing cover cracked. Fixed by gluing an additional piece on top by glue gun.
Hing cover cracked. Fixed by gluing an additional piece on top by glue gun.
Laptop and AC Adapter.
Laptop and AC Adapter.
White spots in circles which are obvious when background is in single color.
White spots in circles which are obvious when background is in single color.

This Acer 1690 laptop described as having keyboard and touchpad problem was listed $80. I contacted the seller that I would buy parts to fit it for someone to reuse. To keep the total cost low, the seller gave me a discount. I got it on 19Feb2011.

When I returned home, I inspected the laptop. The left hinge cover was cracked. However, the metal hing under the cover was good. After booting up the laptop, some keys were not working as described. The LCD screen has two little white spots on the left hand side. To fix this laptop, I tried to replace the keyboard first.

I bought the keyboard but a wrong one was shipped to me. I sent the photo to the seller who kindly sent me the right one. After I replaced the keyboard, I cleared the 40GB hard drive and installed a new copy of Windows XP to the laptop. I downloaded the Acer drivers and utility programs from Acer website and installed them.

Testing the laptop, both keyboard and toughpad were working, wireless, sound and display were good. For the cracked left hing cover, I cut a piece of plastic and glued it on top to strengthen the cover. For the two white spots on the LCD display, I checked the price for a new LCD display, it is costing $132 that is not worthwhile to replace it.

For the battery, I tested it on internet browsing. It lasted for 50 minutes before the critical battery low warning popped up.

Although this laptop is not perfect, it is good for usage and should last for a few years. Except getting the keyboard which took two months, fixing this laptop was quite straight forward.

It has a new home in Ladner on 18Jun2011, serving a young girl who told me that she was using a big computer home. She is nice and organised in putting the bills and coins in a small bag to pay for the laptop. I gave discount because of the white spots on LCD screen and provided her the backpack which I carried the laptop to her free for taking the laptop home.


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    • laptop.shelter profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Vancouver

      Hi Sabrina,

      Thank you for sharing your update on this Acer 1690. Please follow the steps in my email yesterday to provide me more information.

      If you can go to the 'View Wireless Networks' window and see your network name like the day we met that we could see a list of network names, the wireless should be switched on and the hardware should be good.

      The problem may be similar to the one I encountered in fixing the HP dv9000 laptop that I shared in

      You can try to reinstall the wireless driver which you can download from the Acer website below:

      On the Acer page, look for the drop down box "Driver and Utilities" and select the "Wireless Lan Driver 802.11b+g" to download the wireless driver. After the driver has been downloaded to the laptop, run the Setup and share with me if you can have the wireless connected for further investigation.

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      7 years ago

      Hi Wing,

      I am having one problem with the laptop. It is not able to connect to my home network, although all other computers and laptops in the house are able to. I'm not sure whether it is the network, the laptop, or the interaction between them, and am wondering if you would know what the problem is?

      I find it very neat that you fix laptops and then provide them to people! How nice of you :)

      Thanks again


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