Netbook keyboard with coke damage

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Jul 21, 2011
  1. The Pi
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    I made the nub mistake of spilling coke on my netbook. Nothing apart from certain keys (7 including u, o and backspace [​IMG]) are damaged. I dried it off it off the best I could, left it for a few hours and used a pretty powerful fan to try to get the moisture out. I've been able to fix the e key doing that.

    Netbooks and laptops are something I've never took apart fully (have only ever took out or replaced HDDs) only know about desktops.

    Any advice on what to do?

    *feels stupid*
     
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    You could go in and try to clean it thoroughly, but I'd probably see if you could replace the keyboard.
     
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    Take off the affected keys individually and clean and dry them. (almost all keyboard keys pop off easily) If you have to replace the keyboard that's usually not too hard. You have to dismantle some of the casing (each different laptop/netbook requiring different methods to do so), and then its just a matter of unplugging your current keyboard and plugging in the replacement.
     
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    I took off the affected keys and gave them a good clean, unfortunately that didn't help, guess I'll need to replace it then.

    *looks for replacement*

    Edit: Little help? It's an eMachines 350, I'm having some trouble finding a place that sells replacement keyboards, it's a UK keyboard I need.
     
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    This is kinda off-topic, but I misread the title as "coke carnage", as if you were trying to make keyboard damage sound epic.

    On-topic: Try cleaning the metal contacts of the affected keys if you can.
     
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    you should do your lines on a glass table.
     
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    Desktop keyboards' keys pop off easily and pop in easily, however most laptops and netbooks have keys that pop off easily but are pretty much impossible to pop back on. To this day my Acer Aspire One has no enter key.
     
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    I have seen this a few times although not with coke (mainly water and baby milk for some reason), you might be able to disassemble and clean it but chances are it is replacement time as others said (frankly though a few hours of my time for a possible repair vs replacement costs usually mean I do not bother).

    The main reason I replied was not to restate things people have already said but to say pull the bad keyboard out and search using the parts numbers on that. Usually you get a better price than [model name+number] replacement keyboard if nothing else not to mention some keyboards are common to a range of laptops so someone might have neglected to add that to the list. It seems emachines are not so forthcoming with the service manuals or you might have had a third option of emachines replacement parts numbers (although I still suggest model numbers from the parts themselves).
     
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    Cheers! I'll do that. Don't know why I didn't think of it in the first place.
     
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    I suggest just using a USB keyboard, unless you need to bring the netbook to a lot of places.
     

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