So I decided to clean my laptop keyboard

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So I decided to clean my laptop keyboard

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I decided to clean my laptop keyboard today. Not the sort of way you'd think, giving it a quick wipe with a cloth. Oh no, I took the keys out

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WHY?!?!?!? have you ever heard of a vacuum cleaner?!?!?!?!
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kichimi wrote::| WHY?!?!?!? have you ever heard of a vacuum cleaner?!?!?!?!
Thats what I used. Unfortunately the crap was stuck under the keys, so I had to remove them first.

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I've cleaned my Apple Pro Keyboard that way twice already. It was a bit of work getting all the keys off, cleaning them and getting them on again, but after that, the keyboard was as shiny as new

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If I were to do that, I'm sure I'd break at least 4 keys. I already broke the space bar (the mechanism underneath the key) trying to take the computer apart to fix it
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Mine jusy pop off and pop back on again. Get your nail under it and it comes off, push it back on again, it clicks and its back on

I did manage to break a plastic clip on the backspace key though. It still works so Im happy

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The spacebar on mine still works too, just one of the little platic pins that stick out to connect to the metal hoops on the actual board broke off. So now the key sits on a bit of an angle, when your typing it sometimes sticks so it gets really annoying lol
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Woah, I'd never risk doing anything like this to my laptop! I'm so scared of causing damage that I could never open it or do anything else like that. Mine's kind of similar to that one but bigger, so I imagine the keyboard would come apart in the same way if I risked trying!
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Vista Ultimate R2 wrote:Woah, I'd never risk doing anything like this to my laptop! I'm so scared of causing damage that I could never open it or do anything else like that. Mine's kind of similar to that one but bigger, so I imagine the keyboard would come apart in the same way if I risked trying!
Ive had mine open to the bare bones fixing the power socket. Ill post a pic if I can find it.

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I'v had all my laptops ripped apart

The Inspiron 7000 with the smaller display had a Coke or something poured in it, so I had to clean it all out.

The Inspiron 7000 with the biggest display was taken all apart because there was a problem with the inverter board for the display, fixed that too.

The Latitude CPi is actually a mixture of about 3 different laptops. The display is from one I got for 35 bucks, the rest of the parts were from other computers that were actually thrown out.

The Armada's I took apart to fix various things lol.

All in all, free stuff has its disadvantages, but in the end, it's usually worth it to be able to fix your own things.

@Andy, I just did some research on that Acer. That's a nice little laptop
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Andy wrote:
Vista Ultimate R2 wrote:Woah, I'd never risk doing anything like this to my laptop! I'm so scared of causing damage that I could never open it or do anything else like that. Mine's kind of similar to that one but bigger, so I imagine the keyboard would come apart in the same way if I risked trying!
Ive had mine open to the bare bones fixing the power socket. Ill post a pic if I can find it.
Yes, I often wish I could do that sort of thing. I hear of people taking the LCDs apart and everything to fix stuff, and I'm always amazed by how they speak of it as if it's nothing special at all to do that kind of thing!
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Its not hard if you know how.

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I'm always so scared of breaking something that I never really try (and I don't know a lot about the inside of laptops anyway). I certainly wouldn't want to try with my main (ie non-free) machine! I tried to have a look inside that old ThinkPad before I sold it, but couldn't even get all the screws out lol...
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@prx984

Just seen your comment on my laptop. Yes its a good little one and considering I got it for nothing, its great

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Free stuff is great, eh?
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prx984 wrote:Free stuff is great, eh?
Can't be beaten

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Andy wrote:
prx984 wrote:Free stuff is great, eh?
Can't be beaten
I love free stuff! I'm currently working on getting a Power Mac G3 tower with an Apple LCD monitor - it'll be a couple of months before I know if I can definitely get it though
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sod taking all of those out and putting them back again, you have a lot of patience

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ekim168 wrote:sod taking all of those out and putting them back again, you have a lot of patience
Doesnt take that long. Took about, hmm, 3 minutes? Nothing more than that.

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i just turn my keyboard upside down and shake it, and all this junk falls out.

i remember changing the keys around on the keyboards at school to anoy people (have like 10 windows keys, and changing the num pad around). We used to change them to say a certain person is a certain something (fits on one line).

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___ wrote:i just turn my keyboard upside down and shake it, and all this junk falls out.

i remember changing the keys around on the keyboards at school to anoy people (have like 10 windows keys, and changing the num pad around). We used to change them to say a certain person is a certain something (fits on one line).
Fun, sometimes that what we would do in a French lesson, providing someone had something to lift the keys up.

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these were old computers (so it wouldn't be a huge loss if they got damaged as they were in the common room, and they took a beating) with old keyboards it is easy to remove keys with your fingers

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