Go Premium for a chance to win a PS4. Enter to Win

x
?
Solved

need access to dell inspiron keyboard circuit

Posted on 2004-08-22
7
Medium Priority
?
1,464 Views
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I have a Dell Inspiron 2650 laptop onto which, alas, I spilled some coffee. Some of the keys now double up... typing "1234567890" gives "q1w2e3r4tyu7i8o9p0" ("t" and "y" are unaffected), hitting the "[" key usually would give an indeterminate number of "[[[[[[[[[[[[..." and the curson arrow keys respond erractically. I popped the key tops off and q-tipped around there with alcohol which seems to have solved the "[[[[[[[[[..." problem but the other keys are still malfunctioning. Can anyone supply instructions (directions to a diagram?) on how to dig a little deeper into the laptop to access the keyboard circuitry where I might be able to clean up this mess?
0
Comment
Question by:BobArnett
  • 3
  • 3
7 Comments
 
LVL 31

Accepted Solution

by:
rid earned 1000 total points
ID: 11865322
A new KB is indicated.

Since the component is (very probably) a loss anyway, you could try the drastic method of washing it with water.

1) Remove KB from the computer.
2) Get a sufficient quantity of distilled or deionized water.
3) Immerse KB for some time (say 30 minutes or so), lift up and re-immerse a few times.
4) Repeat with new water.
5) Hang up to drip, then provide moderate heat and some air circulation (let an ordinary incandescent lamp shine on it from a suitably short distance and aim a desk fan at it).
6) Leave like this for at least 48 hours.

The theory is that distilled water is more or less inert and the KB is powerless - no electrolysis or spontaneous corrosion in a short term perspective. Coffee components should be soluble in water. Drying out is key, as moisture will disturb signals inside the KB. Some heat (very moderate; no morer than 40 -50 C) and air flow will help a lot here.

Don't bother with this if you can't get an external KB to work OK - you may have problems below the KB, too, unfortunately.
/RID
0
 

Author Comment

by:BobArnett
ID: 11872126
OK, thanks for the tip. After checking an external keyboard, I'll try that out.
0
 

Author Comment

by:BobArnett
ID: 11872802
Is there some place I can get a diagram of how this thing is put together so I can get to the keyboard or should I just start taking out screws until it opens up?
0
Independent Software Vendors: We Want Your Opinion

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

 
LVL 31

Expert Comment

by:rid
ID: 11877286
There are screws undeneath the laptop. Those that are under the KB should be loosened and the KB can then be lifted out. Careful with the flat cables running to the Motherboard. They can be pulled out of their sockets easily once the clamping sleeves on the connectors are lifted a little.
/RID
0
 
LVL 8

Expert Comment

by:bobo_tech
ID: 11888805
I had a dead keyboard that did soemthing simliar.  The problem is that the way the keyboards are made.  They are made with 3 layers of plastic, the top and bottom layers have the contacts and the middle layer is sort of a buffer layer with holes where each key is.  When you push down on a key, it will push the top layer down and pushes it enough so that it touchs the bottom contact shorting a circuit hence giving you a key.

Well what happened is that the soda is now creating new paths for the current to flow.  Now for sake of argument, your A key when pressed now types a \A instead of just the A, that doesn't mean that the problem is necessarly with the A key, it might be with someting else causing the A key to fail.  Keyboards are designed in a matrix and the soda is distrubing the matrix.

First thing I would do would be to go ahead and clean as much of the keyboard as possible using deionized water and/or rubbing alchol.  Pay attention to the edges of the keyboard in particular.  Once that is done test, if it still fails,you can try to take a hypo needle (the kind that diabetics use) and poke holes near where the drink was spilled and then rinse it off hoping that the water/alchol will penatrate the pinholes and breakdown the soda.  Then let dry (try using a hot hair dryer on it for an extended period of time).  The hot hair dryer hopefully will then evaporate liquids and your keyboard will work again.

If all that doesn't work, then try to buy a new keyboard for 10-30 dollars on ebay and call it good.
0
 

Author Comment

by:BobArnett
ID: 11917932
Thanks for the tips. After doing the whole laundry thingy, I found you were right; "A new KB is indicated"... so I've now got one on the way.
0
 
LVL 31

Expert Comment

by:rid
ID: 11919515
I was afraid it might end like that...
Cheers
/RID
0

Featured Post

What does it mean to be "Always On"?

Is your cloud always on? With an Always On cloud you won't have to worry about downtime for maintenance or software application code updates, ensuring that your bottom line isn't affected.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

When you press your power button on your laptop and the LCD screen just stays black.  What is the problem? Possible problem can be the on-board video chip or Video Card. Possible problem can be the power inverter. Possible problem can be the ba…
When you hit the power button on your laptop and it does nothing there are a couple of things that you need to check. You will need to check your Ac Power Adapter and your DC Power Jack.  Tip: If you have checked your Ac power adapter and know …
This course is ideal for IT System Administrators working with VMware vSphere and its associated products in their company infrastructure. This course teaches you how to install and maintain this virtualization technology to store data, prevent vuln…
Finding and deleting duplicate (picture) files can be a time consuming task. My wife and I, our three kids and their families all share one dilemma: Managing our pictures. Between desktops, laptops, phones, tablets, and cameras; over the last decade…
Suggested Courses

916 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question