1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

fixing desktop keyboard after drink spill

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Apex, 3 Oct 2009.

  1. Apex

    Capodecina

    Joined: 12 Feb 2006

    Posts: 12,020

    Location: Surrey

    i spilt my soda on my keyboard the other day and at first it was ok, but then when i got back from work the space key/b/v/alt gr don't work. I have taken it apart and seen that these keys are all going down one line, and i can see discolouration to the lines just after the left arrow key so assume this is where it is broken. now i'm probably not going to be able to fix this but i'm hoping i can save myself £30 and i can get something that will be "painted" back on to connect the lines and get it working again.

    what i mean by discolouration is that the lines are all silver, but this bit is now brown.

    as i say i don't expect to be able to fix this, but just hoping that i can get something to give it a go :)
     
  2. iNPUt

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 9 Jun 2009

    Posts: 1,801

    Location: London

    Sometimes they just fix themselves, let it dry out see what happens, had it happen before when i split some beer on it, just left it upsidedown for a while and it worked.

    People put keyboards through the showers and dishwashers, I wouldnt be keen to do that on a usb one.

    But this seems a little worse, you sure the discolouration isnt the soda?

    Sorry for not being much use.
     
  3. Apex

    Capodecina

    Joined: 12 Feb 2006

    Posts: 12,020

    Location: Surrey

    yeah definitly isn't the drink as i have tried washing it off.

    this photo shows better what has happened :(


    if you at the bottom to the left of the arrow key you can see it has lost the silver part, all keys that are connected to that line no longer work. if there is a way i can put whatever is used back i'm sure it'll be fixed.
     
  4. JonJ678

    Capodecina

    Joined: 22 Dec 2008

    Posts: 10,371

    Location: England

    You can get a conductive pen which people use to bsel mod processors occasionally, or I think a liquid you paint on which is conductive when dry. You'll need a steady hand and probably to lightly sand off the epoxy covering the tracks.

    Not useful, but you should have immediately disconnected and washed under the tap, then with deionised if you're in a hard water area. Then left it to dry somewhere warm like an airing cupboard for a week or so. After which it would probably be fine, the problem was leaving the corrosive drink residue on it for any length of time.

    Have fun fixing it :)
     
  5. didgemaster

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 11 Aug 2003

    Posts: 1,200

    Location: Taunton, Somerset

    Put it in the dishwasher - google it
     
  6. Apex

    Capodecina

    Joined: 12 Feb 2006

    Posts: 12,020

    Location: Surrey

    ok will google and see what i can get.