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Sticking keys

Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:52 pm
by FrankG
Okay here's my problem, I have my shiny new Linux Ubuntu 17.10 operating system up and running and I am loving it.
BUT I installed It on my laptop that I hadn't used recently because it didn't take to the Windows 10 creators update. So now that I am using it again I am having a problem with sticking keys I would like to try something other then popping the keys off as that sounds dangerous and drastic!
So my questions are:
  1. Is my keyboard waterproof (I don't want to submerge it or anything but can I maybe damp sponge the keyboard?)
  2. What type of cleaner would you recommend? (Or should I stick to water only?)
  3. Should I remove the battery?
Those are my concerns. Has anyone done this and had success?
Thanks in advance for your help.

Re: Sticking keys

Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:06 pm
by FrankG
Hi Guys,

This is an update to the sticking keys issue on my HP laptop. After trying damp sponging with mild detergent and Q-tips with rubbing alcohol I was still having the same issues. Keys in the center of the board the G, T, Y mostly were relentless, I was spending as much time going back retype those keys as I was typing!
Now I am NOT recommending what I did and if you try it do so at your own risk!
I decided to go big or go home, something sticky had been spilled on the keyboard at some point and trying to clean it with a Q-tip was about as productive as poking a tiger with a stick. So I searched online and found out how to remove my keyboard, which I did (it's actually a lot easier then you would think)
I put the whole keyboard in my dishwasher with a load of dishes! After it was done and before the heated dry cycle started I took it out and it was spotless. Next I put it on top of a air purifying unit that I have so that the clean air was blowing on it.
Then I just left it alone to dry thoroughly over the weekend,I was busy Monday so in total it sat on the air dryer for three days, Today I cleaned the contacts on the ribbon cable plugged it back in and powered it up.
It worked perfectly! It's like a brand new keyboard, I wish I had thought to take before and after pictures but to be honest I didn't think it was going to work.

This whole post was typed with the washed keyboard and looking it over there isn't a single missed keystroke. Once again this worked for me but I don't recommend it. I was ready to order a new keyboard from HP if this didn't work so it was worth trying for me. However if you do try it I would love to hear if it works for you.