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Sticky keyboard

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by knucklehead, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. knucklehead

    knucklehead Active Member

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    For some reason my wireless keyboard, decided it wasn't going to play anymore. So, I retrieved the other wireless keyboard off my old PC, been in a box for a while. It works, but the keys are kinda sticky. Would a few shots of WD40 hurt a sticky keyboard.
     
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  2. rjssigns

    rjssigns Major Contributor

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    I'd try electrical contact cleaner first.
     
  3. OldPaint

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    price of a new keyboard..............to much for ya????? i got one of them yellow keys blackletters....$14.00. but the letters ware off real easy........
     
  4. Locals Find!

    Locals Find! Very Active Member

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    You can wash a keyboard in the top rack of a dishwasher with the heated drying feature turned off. Then allow to drain & dry. Make sure to seal up the usb or ps2 connection tight first. I use the tip of a latex glove and a couple of loops of a rubbermaid to seal up the cord end.

    Alternatively, you can also soak it in a sink of soapy water. I prefer to use dawn as it cuts grease. Then drain & dry.

    I have been doing this with all my corded keyboards since the 80's and works everytime.

    Edit: Just re-read and you said, wireless. For a wireless I usually just pop the keys and clean it with swabs dipped in alcohol or if it's really bad some goo gone.
     
  5. knucklehead

    knucklehead Active Member

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    Well, seeings how I'm about 40 miles from anywhere, to get a relacement wireless keyboard set. I'm just trying to get through right now, until I can make the run to the office store.

    I guess those who are comfortable getting their computer periphicals at the dollar store, one of those 'As Seen on TV' lighted up units may work. Think I'll pass.

    I've also washed some keyboards, don't know how well the wireless would work in the dishwasher. Then I'd be down to no keyboard.

    Think I'm gonna try some contact cleaner, then maybe some WD
     
  6. Gino

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    It's the Flu season. Cover your mouth.
     
  7. OldPaint

    OldPaint Major Contributor

    i have been "computin'" since 1992, and before that i was trained on computers in 1972.....when the keyboard was a "selectric typewriter."!!!!!! and i have yet to work a keyboard.......in any other place then in front of the monitor.......so being wireless........has no use for me. the $14 AS SEEN ON TV keyboard is workin better then yours...........seems to me))))))))))
     
  8. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    you can unplug a keyboard and soak it in a tub of water..it wont hurt it...just dont plug it back in until its dry
     
  9. knucklehead

    knucklehead Active Member

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    )))))))))(((((((((( Feeding time's over now.////////////////\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\

    Keys musta stuck
     
  10. CanuckSigns

    CanuckSigns Very Active Member

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    i can't say i've ever tried these methods, if there is one member here who would be an expert at dealing with sticky keyboards, it's Addie...
     
  11. earplug

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    DO NOT use WD40. It contains waxes as a protective coating. It will gum up your keyboard and attract more dirt. It will also insulate the electrical contacts causing them not to work.
     
  12. phototec

    phototec Very Active Member

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    +1

    Also I have read that WD40 destroys rubber and can discolor many plastics. Using it on a keyboard would be a very bad idea (IMO).

    :omg:

     
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