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Solved: HELP! Coffee in keyboard!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by bilnrobn, Jul 12, 2005.

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  1. bilnrobn

    bilnrobn Thread Starter

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    Yep, I really did it. A full mug of steaming black coffee with sugar! Not the smartest thing I have ever done :mad:
    I immediately turned the keyboard up-side-down and shook it then hit the kill button on my UPS, then put the keyboard, still up-side-down, in front of the fire and left it there three hours.
    When I tried it the next day it still worked, but now some days later keys are beginning to stick and some keys have a different feel.
    Is it possible to take it apart and clean the sugar deposit I must have left behind? Or maybe there is something else I can pour in to clean it? :rolleyes:
    Last resort, of course.... buy a new one.
    Any suggestions?
     
  2. Couriant

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    You should be able to take the keys off without damage to them. Use a knife or a key to pop them out.
     
  3. Rockn

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    Buy a new one. I had person spill it on the keyboard in the office and it also fried the PC. Keyboards are cheap, get a new one.
     
  4. crjdriver

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    I agree. I have taken keyboards apart and cleaned them; for the amount of time invested it is much more practical to just replace the keyboard.

    If you really want to try cleaning it, take it apart. Clean parts completely with electrical contact cleaner. Let it dry for a period of at least 12 hours. Now reassemble the keyboard and it should work.

    Again this is not really worth it. The contact cleaner alone runs around $8-10; for just a few bucks more you can have a new keyboard.
     
  5. Wolfeymole

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    Full agreement with crj on this.
    It's just not worth messing about trying to clean it.
    Get a new one Bil for a few quid/dollars
    Wolfey
     
  6. bilnrobn

    bilnrobn Thread Starter

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    Thanks guys. You are quite right, at the price of new ones it isn't worth trying to clean it. I will buy a new one tomorrow.
     
  7. Couriant

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    :) yeah I agree with them, but i thought you wanted a way, hence my post :)
     
  8. bilnrobn

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    Thanks Tidus, I appreciate your input. I was all set to start popping off the keys but I got so much advice that it wasn't worth the trouble, (both here and elsewhere). New ones are so inexpensive now that I had to agree!
     
  9. Couriant

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    YEah, i think you can spend no more than $5 for a basic one from a second hand store.
     
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