Disassembling White Apple Wireless Keyboard

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by haravikk, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. haravikk macrumors 65816

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    Okay, so after nearly seven years of continual use I eventually spilled some liquid on my white Apple Wireless keyboard, which is annoying as I thought it'd only splashed the keys as I dried it off quickly, but obviously something got inside.

    Anyway, it seemed fine after that until eventually I started having trouble using the Apple keys, I thought it was just a weird system glitch and shut-down for the night. This morning though I switch it on and, while it connects okay, now none of the keys work, and I can see a tiny amount of liquid inside.

    While I do have a spare keyboard of the same type, it's absolutely filthy, so either way it looks like I'll need to disassemble a keyboard, but I can't find a screwdriver that will fit. I even have a set of hexagonal screwdrivers but none of them are quite small enough; I really hate how Apple seems to delight in using fittings nobody has a tool for, as disassembling a keyboard is surely bog-standard user maintenance!

    What I need to know though is what type of screwdriver exactly am I looking for these keyboards? They're the older Apple Wireless keyboards made from a clear plastic tray with white keys, full-size keyboards.
     
  2. ray648 macrumors regular

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    I've spilt coffee in my wired aluminium keyboard before. Since its not easy (or possible?) to disassemble these completely, I ended up soaking the whole keyboard in water to remove the coffee, then leaving it somewhere warm to dry out completely for a couple of days before plugging it in. It works fine again now. Obviously remove the batteries first if doing this with a wireless one. Also it may break it completely, especially if plugged back in with water still in it. Don't say I didn't warn you.
     
  3. haravikk thread starter macrumors 65816

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    With the clear keyboard it should be easy enough to tell if it's still wet, hopefully it isn't already broken from my turning it on earlier (when I discovered the problem); it connected fine so the bluetooth chip and power can't have any trouble, must be something interrupting the signal for the keys.

    Anyway, if I can't find the tool to open it properly I'll give water a try; is it okay to just submerge it when doing this, minus batteries of course?
     

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