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Thread: Portege R700 - how to clean keyboard keys?

  1. Portege R700 - how to clean keyboard keys?
    #1
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    Hi
    I have a Toshiba Portege R700 - and I have spilt some coke onto a small section of the keyboard.
    Unsurprisingly, two or three keys are now "sticky".

    Is this as simple as getting access to the keyboard and cleaning the relevant keys?
    Or is it not as simple as that?
    If I can do this, is there a pictorial guide on how to access the keyboard?

    I am loathe to open it without a look at the tech manual first.

    Thanks

  2. Re: Portege R700 - how to clean keyboard keys?
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    Hello

    In my opinion you will not be able to clean it properly. Coke is full of sugar. It can be complicated but you can try it.

    In worst case you must exchange he keyboard.
    So what you must do is to remove key cap for each critical button. It is fixed with small plastic holders. Just take something like credit card but more stabile, put under the key cap and try to remove it. Under the key cap is small key mechanism. Try to clean it up with wet cloth. Be very careful and clean it without much pressure.

    When you think it is OK place the key cap in the place and press it down, very gently of course.

    You will hear “click” noise and the key cp should be in place again.

    I hope you will be able to get it work again.
    Please post some feedback.

  3. Re: Portege R700 - how to clean keyboard keys?
    #3
    Hi

    As described by Pedro, the single keycaps can be removed easily and you could try to clean the cap and the area under the caps. I would recommend using an wet fiber cloth… be careful doing this.

    Good luck

  4. Re: Portege R700 - how to clean keyboard keys?
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    My thanks to you both.

    Removng the caps takes a little effort - more than I was initially comfortable with. But once I was used to it, it was quite straight-forward.

    There was clear evidence of residue under the caps, and the mechanism seeemed a little stiff. However,as directed, I carefully cleaned everything i could with a damp fibre cloth, and they now work.

    And even after being left overnight to dry out, they still seem ok.

    My thanks to all.

  5. Re: Portege R700 - how to clean keyboard keys?
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    Thanks for the feedback!

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