don't spill coffee on your pro keyboard

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by jeryci, Dec 20, 2002.

  1. jeryci macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2002
    :confused: well... i am a coffee drinker... so ?

    ok, i've had the imac 400 for about 6 months now, so cool ..
    this morning, half awake, i drink my coffee as usually, and eventually spill it on the keyboard (lucky enough it was only the keyboard...)

    and it just stopped working, wouldn't answer a key stroke...

    a bit of a worry.. anyway, i looked up, for the first time, prices for a new keyboard...and decided i'd try to repair it myself,

    so i found myself dismounting the poor thing... took off the transparent covers, and found a white plastic cover underneath, sticked with (not too strong) glue..

    took it off, thinking i would see the base of the keyboard and would then be able to easilly access the membrane to see what was wrong...

    and saw an incredible amount of tiny little screws !!! amazing quantity of them, i couldn't believe my eyes, after unscrewing the bloody screws, i eventually took apart the keyboard of the membrane, finding lose little plastic nipples for each key, that of course fell everywhere.... making sure i didn't lose any, i started cleaning membrane and keys , and finally put it all back together, after err, about 4 hours work ....

    so i guess that will teach me a lesson, not to drink coffee next to the computer, hey..

    anyway, as a proud geek , i took fotos of the process, anyone interested, ask me..
    (and no, no pics of the coffee, i am thinking about , say water from now on.. coffee with sugar tends to make things a bit sticky..)

    well, yes i managed to save my $80 keyboard, and put it all back least i have a clean one now...

  2. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    I want to see a photo of all the tiny little screws :)
  3. zarathustra macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2002
    Philadelphia, PA
    RE: don't spill coffee on your keyboard

    Also avoid licking power outlets, using cd tray as cupholder and using white-out on LCD screen. ;) :p
  4. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    Maybe Starbucks would have sold it as a Christmas gift item--had you been drinking their coffee. :)

    Way back when computer terminal keyboards cost several hundred dollars, we had a strict rule about liquid and keyboards. Some had electric shock involved since the keyboard housing was metal and this was usually enough to keep the oblivious user from spilling anything near the keyboard. :D
  5. Megaquad macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2001
    my pro keyboard has all kinds of food between keys.. if i ever want to sell it with my imac, what will buyer think of me? :D
  6. 4409723 Suspended


    Jun 22, 2001
    The easiest solution to this problem (although it takes much longer) is to, get your keyboard, unplug it, and soak it in water and get all the stickiness off. Then leave it to dry for a few days. Then it will work again without problems ;-).
  7. mmmdreg macrumors 65816


    Apr 14, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    I once got water inside my hockey-puck mouse for some reason and it didn't work for a few hours until it dried up...
  8. 4409723 Suspended


    Jun 22, 2001
    Yeah it's called a short circuit!:D
  9. King Cobra macrumors 603

    Mar 2, 2002
    Luckily when I had a can of Pepsi by my computer the worst that happened was my fingers would become sticky, and my typing would be off.

    Then, again, that might have been from something else. :p

    If you're in such a positive mood about it, obviously you had to tell everyone. :D :D
  10. jeryci thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2002
  11. jefhatfield Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    and never drink near any laptop

    i always keep drinks off the desk

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