I don't know how many months ago it was that my current laptop, a Lenovo ThinkPad T480s, first sustained enough damage to make me think I'd be replacing it soon. The trackpad stopped working. At first it just became incredibly slow, then within a day broke completely. The trackpoint and mousebuttons still worked.
The next phase of death was the poweroff problem: if I closed the laptop while it was on battery, it'd sometimes shut off. Not always, but often, and it definitely wasn't due to running out of power. I started carrying it around with the lid open all the time, and I still never close it when it's not charging.
More recently the trackpad healed - as insane as that sounds - it started working again, but only for a few days. Now it's broke again.
And in the last few days, the escape key has broken. It never registers. The brightness adustment keys have also quit, so I must use
intel_backlight directly. (This laptop always had a quirk with keysyms where I needed to hold
Fn to give the F keys their normal function, but until just recently the brightness adjustment keys worked with it, and I didn't make any conf changes.) Now they don't send anything in
xev, with or without
I wonder how much longer I'll keep using this. I've never been keen to replace things before they're unusable. Just incase, does anyone have a pointer for a better FreeBSD laptop? Even before this one starting breaking and aside from the keysym issues, I had one major issue with it: I never managed to get trackpad tapping disabled. Boy did I spend a long time trying, maybe a 50 hour investment or something. It seemed to be that the device wasn't being detected as a trackpad, and it seemed hopeless to try to fix. I would definitely not want to buy a laptop where I couldn't get this working. I got it working on my previous laptop, a ThinkPad T430.