William Overington Posted September 26, 2022 Share Posted September 26, 2022 Yes, this is off-topic, but it is about using Affinity products in that unless I can switch the computer on I cannot use them, so hopefully the moderator will allow this thread to continue please. I am writing this on my backup computer, which is an 11 inch Hewlett Packard laptop computer which runs Windows 10S and I don't want to un-S it as my critical use for a computer is ordering groceries. I have Affiinity Publisher, Affinity Designer, and Affinity Photo on my 13 inch Lenovo laptop. The computing part works fine, but I have had problems. The keyboard and the power switch are what appears to be a rubber sheet thing. It is supposed to have a small light in the on off switch but it has not worked for a long time. In fact, due to some keyboard letters not working properly and trackpad clicking beIng wonky I have for a long time used it by using the move about part of the trackpad, together with a pluged in full size USB keyboard and using mouse keys from the keyboard. In fact I have used the plugged in USB keyboard and mouse keys on this Hewlett Packard computer from as soon as I got it, and I find the full-size keyboard good and I am now very used to using mousekeys from the keyboard and I prefer to work that way. A few days ago the computer would not turn on, but after a few tries it did. Then it wouldn't. But the next day it would not at first, but eventually it did. I have wondered about whether it would be safe that if I can get it to switch on one more time to never turn it off, just to close the lid when not using it. Does anyone have any advice on whether this can be fixed in some way please? I do not carry the computer around, so if it means having an external switch that would not be an issue, but I would need to be able to set that up in the first place. I am wondering if the power switch can be bypassed in some way using the USB socket or something like that. Possibly just wishful thinking but an on-off switch failing might be a fairly common occurrence. Is there a way to turn the computer on independently of the switch? Ultimately I might need to buy another computer, and then decide to either un-S-lock it and add the software, which, thanks to Serif's policy that I can get another copy is possible, or leave it S-locked and buy the software from Microsoft store. so I can keep the computer S-locked. Any advice on this would be helpful please. William Quote Until December 2022, using a Lenovo laptop running Windows 10 in England. From January 2023, using an HP laptop running Windows 11 in England. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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