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My coffee spill nightmare - Help?

ReviloRevilo Registered User regular
Ok so a few weeks ago I knocked an entire cup of coffee over my laptops keyboard. I FREAKED - OUT.
I took the battery out, poured the coffee out and used a hair drier to dry it off. Thankfully its working fine.

But now all the keys which i spilled coffee on stick when i press them, theres no springback like a keyboard key should have.
Im thinking of unscrewing all the screws from the back of my laptop in an attempt to open it up and clean what i imagine is coffee off the keys.
Is this a bad idea? ive really no idea about computer electronics, but i know enough not to move anything arround in there.

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    PirusuPirusu Pierce Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    It could be the little plastic pieces/rubber cup that act as a spring are just coffee-infused. I'd try pulling them, and cleaning them off, and then trying again.

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    ReviloRevilo Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    it does seem like i could pull the keys out, but will they just click back in and be fine?

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    PirusuPirusu Pierce Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Yep! Absolutely. I linked that website because it gives pretty good pictures of the rubber piece and the retainer clips.

    My fiancee recently punched her laptop's keyboard in frustration, and popped a few loose, and ended up breaking one of the retainer clips. Once I got a replacement, it's as easy as just applying a little bit of pressure to pop everything back into place.

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    ReviloRevilo Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Great, thanks for your help.
    Ill give it a go later.
    It gona be like surgery, i love this thing so much haha

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    PirusuPirusu Pierce Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    I'd just make sure you stay on top of the direction everything goes in. It isn't too difficult to figure out by using surrounding keys, but it could definitely get confusing.

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    ronyaronya Arrrrrf. the ivory tower's basementRegistered User regular
    edited March 2010
    This is what I would do:

    Look for your laptop's disassembly manual.

    Remove the keyboard. This usually isn't difficult, just a matter of popping off a vanity cover then levering it out. Usually. I've seen a couple of models that had screws tying it in from the bottom.

    Handwash it using a little dishwashing liquid and water. No hot water, just tap water.

    Hairdryer the visible water off, then leave it to dry for a week or so.

    Reassemble the keyboard back in.

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