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Sony Vaio won't completely boot

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I have a Sony Vaio VGN FS675P/H laptop that just had a new mobo installed. The laptop was running XP Pro. After reassembling the machine, it either freezes at the Vaio splash screen or if I reboot at that point I get a beep code of 1-3-1-3, which for Pheonix BIOS means A20 gate error or keyboard controller/keyboard error. I can't get into the BIOS at all. The hard drive and memory chips were perfectly fine before the "surgery".

While taking the laptop apart, I had some difficulty removing the keyboard connector from the old mobo. There are visible scratches at the end of the keyboard connector. My question is should I bother spending $60 on a compatible keyboard, or is there something else I should try before?
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