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keyboard keys stick even after cleaning

by allelopath / October 19, 2006 9:01 AM PDT

This has happened with 2 keyboards, a Dell and a Logitech. Stuff (potato chip crumbs, etc) start to accumulate underneath the keys, so I take all the keys off and clean it out, then replace the keys. This makes the keyboard even worse than it was before. Keys stick and are really hard to press down. The keyboard is essentially unusable. I've even tried lubricating (WD40, silicon), which is no help.

Is there something I can do to save the keyboards.

If not, is there a keyboard that will withstand my sloppiness?

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(NT) (NT) Keyboard cover, do a Google on it.
by Coryphaeus / October 19, 2006 10:37 AM PDT
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Check out
by Willy / October 20, 2006 12:40 AM PDT

There are so many different kybds. out there, it isn't even funny. You should really try to find one you like and spend on those that offer spill-proof protection.

As for simple crumbs and the basic food mess, just turn over the kybd. and "burp" it. Basically, that patting the back of it to loosen crud and such to fall onto the desk, then sweep away. Spilled drinks on the other hand are harder to clean, but clean ASAP with clean paper/cloth towels(keep it handy) and use rubbing alcohol to towel wipe down. In no way, spray or directly apply other fluids to kybd.. Some kybds. can be immersed since they're spill-proof, but again, quality does matter, I wouldn't do that. However, there is a "roll-up, rubber kybd. that is about as safe as you can get. Oh yeah, google away for vendors. But, here's one you get you started: http://www.cyberguys.com or any other vendor out there.

tada -----Willy Happy

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If . .
by phantazy / October 21, 2006 2:58 AM PDT
In reply to: Check out

If you are a careful type, you can open the keyboard by unscrewing from the rear half. However be warned because EVERY key has a rubber cup, and once dismantled these will fall everywhere and get lost unless you are prepared. Lose one rubber cup out of (114, in my case) and your keyboard will definitely be finished. However if you get this far you are now in a position to clean keys and cups and replace. It helps if you have an assistant to hold one part, while you dismantle or refix the other. This exercise takes enormous patience. Just my own discovery.
phantazy

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keyboard
by RavenBleeds / October 21, 2006 9:28 AM PDT
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I did attempt to do this. Had all the screws out and the bottom portion of the keyboard open. I couldn't for some reason get the top side nor the top to come off. The keyboard is a Logitech from Dell, if that might help with a clue to getting it all the way off.

I did swab it down with rubbing alcohol....but nothing has helped so far.

Is there a secret to getting the top of the keyboard to pop off? At this point I'm wlling to try anything.

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Last resort...put it in the dishwasher with mild detergent
by VAPCMD / October 21, 2006 3:45 AM PDT

and run it through a full cycle without HEATED DRYING. with a mild detergent no HEATED dry. Cover the keyboard USB or PS2 cable connector with something to keep water out. Saran Wrap worked for me. Once it's finished...stand it up on end let it drain and dry for a day or so. Use a fan on it if you want to dry it out faster, sooner.

VAPCMD

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