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1988 keyboard - many keys 'rubber springs' are melted

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Number "1" appears to be stuck (keeps typing this in whatever screen I'm in)


  1. Unplug the receiver from the back of the PC.
  2. Remove the battery from the keyboard.
  3. Use a paperclip as a tool to remove the key cover. Do so by first straightening it out and then using a pair of needle-nose pliars, shape one end like a fish-hook.
  4. On a large surface lay out a towel and place the keyboard on top--when you remove the key, it is quite likely a spring will pop out and that towel will hopefully keep it from going far.
  5. CAREFULLY insert the paperclip on one side of the 1 key. (You might find it easier to use two paperclips and have the other on the opposite side.)
  6. Gently but firmly pull straight up on the key and it should pop off. Remove the spring (if it didn't pop out) and set aside.
  7. Use a Q-Tip with a fair amount of rubbing alcohol on it and liberally apply to the rubber-like contact under the mechanism.
  8. Allow to dry completely.
  9. Replace the spring around the center spindle of the key.
  10. Gently replace the key itself, pressing firmly downward until it's back in place.
  11. Turn the computer off, replace the batteries in the keyboard, plug it in and then turn on the computer. It should work fine.
*Note: This is also how to fix spills, etc. But remember as interface devices become more and more inexpensive, their overall lifespan is shortening. With moderate use I would replace a keyboard every 3 years.

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My back space ke is nt jumping up and down what i should do


open the keyboard, switch the rubber cap that acts as a spring with another keyboard key that you don't often or no use at all.

Mar 22, 2014 | GE Power Keyboard (97798)

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The A key keeps sticking on my Acer Aspire 5551- help!


If you mean the key is physically sticking, as in pressing down but not releasing,it is possible that the plastic spring or rubber stop under the key has broken.

You can remove the key cover and check if the plastic spring that the key attaches to is moveable and that the small rubber stop underneath is present. If the spring is broken, a replacement key can be got from ebay for a small cost. Check also that there is no dirt or sticky patches under the key, these should be removed using meths or a similar solvent.

If the key is not physically damaged, or there is no dirt etc underneath, there may be a problem with one of the traces on the ribbon cable to the motherboard, this will necessitate a new keyboard

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I have an M-Audio ProKeys88. The D above middle C does not work. The key moves fine, but it doesn't trigger anything when it's pressed. I want to know how to get into the unit to examine the keybed, but I...


I would suggest getting a service manual for the unit. I have two of these units. I opened one to restore a key spring once. There are ribbon cables to the upper shell that have to be disconnected or left if the shell top can be placed behind the unit. The key contacts for most of these keyboards are conductive rubber "pills" in silicone rubber domes that get pressed onto traces on a circuit board under the keys. There are two contacts per key with one closing first. This is the way key velocity is measured. These keys have coil springs for return that have a cone at the end of the spring that fits a slot in the back of the key rearward of the pivot point. Clean the pills AND the circuit traces GENTLY with ONLY 99% isoprophyl alcohol and Q Tips. There are a lot of screws to remove to open the unit. Keep track of what length and thread type for re-assembly.

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How do I take off teh keyboard digits to clean underneath - after spilling melted chocolate on some keys they are stiff and sticky.


  1. Remove the old keyboard key by putting the tip of your fingernail underneath the top right of the key you want to clean.

  2. Lift the key upward to remove the key.

  3. Push the hinge into place on the keyboard, and put the rubber spring piece into place.
  4. Align the cleaned key on the keyboard so that it is in the correct place.
  5. Push the key firmly in place, and move it slightly around until you hear a clicking sound.

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I took my spacebar off to clean it and i dont know how to put it back on?


There is a rubber part that is designed to spring up when you release the space bar - this is the contacts that is the electrical push button. At each end the metal bar is hooked to the plastic (the long space bar key). There may be a couple springs found as well - they should seat on the base. Connect all pieces and place the space bar key over the area where it aligns to the keyboard and snap it place with a slight force.

Nov 23, 2010 | Compaq Keyboard

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Have ypt 400 first c wont play note


This is likely a dirty contact. MANY of these keys use a conductive rubber "pill" that is pressed across a set of circuit traces on a circuit board.

Dis-assemble and clean both the "pills" and the circuit traces with 99% isoprophyl alcohol.

The pills are often under silicone rubber domes that also serve to spring back the keys.

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My son spilled soda on our keyboard.Now the x and s stick. I took it apart and cleaned it, but it still sticks. Also, a wire fell out from the space bar and I cannot figure out how to put it back.Thus the...


You cleaned the rubber under the buttons and the buttons too? All you do is put the metal bars straight down then angle it about 10 degree towards you then put it in like a regular key, but if you lost the wire then.... might need to get a new one, heh.

Dec 22, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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Change keyboard letters


Keyboard replacement instructions: http://support.euro.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ins2200/en/SM/keyboard.htm#1084976

Dec 17, 2008 | Dell Inspiron 2200 Notebook

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LAPTOP KEYBOARD


Newer laptops don't have 'springs' they use rubber or silicone pads for support.

You could try prying the key open (with a thin clip or something) being careful not to damage it or the keys surrounding it.

Check for any debris or lint. Blow on it or just turn and shake it, you might find a staple or something.

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