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Living Room / How to fix a keyboard with catchy keys
« on: June 03, 2022, 09:53 AM »
How do you fix a keyboard where the keys catch?

Please don't advise me to clean my keyboard or buy another one.  I want to fix *this* particular keyboard because I like the look and feel of it.

Okay, so, I'm not talking about a keyboard that needs cleaned.  I'm talking about keys, where, when you push on the corners of them they get caught on the way down.  It's an engineering error, but I want to fix this instead of getting another keyboard.

I have a Microsoft Natural Multimedia Keyboard 1.0A  (has a PS2 connector!)

When I type, if I don't push directly in the center of the key then it catches or jams against itself riser underneath the key cap.  This happens especially on the larger keys like the shift and return keys, and mostly with keys hit by my pinky fingers. In fact, on my right shift key, if I try and push it with any finger but I don't hit it in the center, it gets stuck and I have to push it really hard.

Now, when I remove the key cap, I see there is the keycap shaft, the metal stabilizer wire, and then there is a thin vertical piece with a straight slot in it - (you can see it in this picture, but mine is totally clean).  This vertical piece has a slot to receive a flange in the bottom of the keycap so as to keep the key straight when it is depressed.

I've tried putting some mineral oil and then some salve on the keycap shaft to make it slide better, but that didn't help.  I can still push on the corner of the key and if I push it right, it just won't go down.

I think it is this flange that is where the key gets stuck, but I'm not completely sure.
I am posting here to query whether anyone has experience fixing this.  I'd have to fix at least a half dozen keys. 

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It's not difficult to pull the SSD and plug it into another computer using an external drive adapter.  I'm not sure if that's what you mean by dismantling it.  Another option is to boot the computer with a flash drive running free linux or something and then trying to copy the data off it onto a second flash drive.

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DC Gamer Club / Re: Space Awesome!
« on: May 28, 2022, 07:04 PM »
Haha!  I made it, too.  Somehow I cloned my weapons guy and after that I was able to win every battle I came across.  I was running out of fuel most of the time, and my cook and mechanic both died.  I scored 150,000 in 24 events; 3 died; 2 outposts visited.

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General Software Discussion / Re: Best Windows Info tool?
« on: May 14, 2022, 06:43 PM »
It's my choice.  I stopped looking for anything else years ago.

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Contro's right!  I always dislike those answers, too, when I get them, but this problem needs to start with Googling before it gets to a forum.

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