Subject: Re: OT: Sticky keys
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Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2002 11:23:54 -0500
NNTP-Posting-Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2002 12:09:06 EDT
The MS keyboards use a mechanical key which, when pressed, 'stomps' on a one
piece plastic membrane. These short out and warp all of the time. Ditch it
and find an old IBM 'AT' keyboard. Here in the States, these are available
from computer surplus outlets and thrift stores (store which sell items
donated to charity) for very little money ($3-$7). They last forever. I
have *many* of them...five or six which I use regularly, a few working units
in reserve; plus a number of 'parts' boards.
I buy them *whenever* I see one. For me, there is absolutely no substitute.
In another group (nashville.general), when we had this discussion many
months ago, a poster related that this very same kb was still available new
from the original OEM supplier to IBM...but I don't recall where I stuck the
URL. Maybe you can 'google' the original post...although I believe it was a
side discussion to a different topic.
Bottom line is: if you can't find an original, they are still available new
if you can suss out where.
"N. Thornton" wrote in message
> Terry Pinnell wrote in message
> > The Control and Shift keys of my Microsoft keyboard have become
> > progressively more unpleasant to use. I don't help matters as I've got
> > into habit of pressing leftmost edge, rather than square centre. They
> > seems to be sticking or 'catching' somehow. A small squirt of WD-40
> > made no difference. Before I buy a new K/B, anyone know if you can
> > pull them off to gain access from top please?
> > Terry, West Sussex, UK
> I see you've sorted yours. For any1 else lurking, its easy. Open the
> kb, remove each key and apply a tiny tiny amt of engine oil.
> Reassemble. Works a treat!
> I do it with a new keyboard, and it improves it no end... I don't like
> unoiled ones now, I'm spoilt :)
> Regards, NT