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Windows 7: spilled liquid on keyboard

27 Apr 2011   #1
ronnielee09

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spilled liquid on keyboard

My friend spilled a beer on her lap top key board last night. Now some of the keys don't work. A shop says the key board has to be replaced at $160 parts/labor. Is it possible to remove the keys and clean the contacts myself? Any other suggestions?
Thanks much....


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27 Apr 2011   #2
Devux

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Well if all that doesn't work are a few keys your friend should consider themselves lucky. I would just buy a new keyboard and replace the one that is having problems. Next to RAM the keyboard is ~usually~ the easiest thing to replace on a laptop.
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27 Apr 2011   #3
Mike Connor

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ronnielee09 View Post
My friend spilled a beer on her lap top key board last night. Now some of the keys don't work. A shop says the key board has to be replaced at $160 parts/labor. Is it possible to remove the keys and clean the contacts myself? Any other suggestions?
Thanks much....
Repairing damaged laptop keyboards is not usually within the scope of a non-technical user. If you don't know anything about it, and you try anyway, you are likely to do more damage.It is invariably cheaper to get a new keyboard than to repair one.

There is one trick which may work for you. Get a pint of Isopropyl-alcohol from your drugstore or chemist.

Isopropyl alcohol - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

QUOTE Isopropyl alcohol is used in keyboard, LCD and laptop cleaning, is sold commercially as a whiteboard cleaner, and is a strong but safer alternative to common household cleaning products.UNQUOTE

Using a beaker or similar, pour an amount of this into the keyboard and swill it around by gently swishing the laptop back and forth. Avoid getting any on the screen. You can also use a long thin brush, ( Stiffish Artist's paint brush), to brush between the keys. When thoroughly swilled and brushed, tip the laptop so that most of the Isoprop runs out. Leave at least 24 hours for the rest of the isoprop to evaporate, in a warm well ventilated place.

This works in most cases, and will remove lemonade, coca cola, beer, tea, coffee, and other liquid residues. Of course, you do it at your own risk.

Do this in a well ventilated place, and allow to dry in a well ventilated place.

Regards....Mike Connor
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28 Apr 2011   #4
andyparks

windows 7 home prem 64 bit
 
 

Search YouTube here's one I've found if you need to replace the keyboard

YouTube - Change laptop keyboard
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28 Apr 2011   #5
ronnielee09

windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Thanks for the advise. I'll let her decide what to do.
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