[PLUG-TALK] Keyboard super-sucker

Keith Lofstrom keithl at kl-ic.com
Tue Dec 29 21:08:18 PST 2009

On Tue, Dec 29, 2009 at 05:15:50PM -0800, John Jason Jordan wrote:
> So what do y'all do to clean your keyboards?

Remove it to clean it.

Usually, you can remove a thinkpad keyboard by removing two screws
on the back - on my T60, they are marked with two little location
bubbles that point at little keyboard pictures.  The keyboard lifts
up, and is connected with a flex cable and flex connector to the
mainboard.  I don't know what the connector looks like on a T61,
but often they plug in sideways, with little white pressure clamps.
Slide them about 0.5mm in the direction of the cable and the flex
cable slides gently out.   Others have little pushdown connectors
that pop out vertically.  Either way, it does not take much force.

After you get the keyboard out, you turn it upside down and shake it.
Some stuff will come out.  You may be able to wash it (it may just
turn the cat hair to felt), or maybe clean it out with dental floss. 
In any case, if it is disconnected from the main unit (much of which
is VERY water sensitive) it is safer to clean.

It is good to know how to get the keyboard out to clean, in case
you spill something on it, or pop loose a keycap, or need to replace
it.  A spare can be handy - watch eBay for inexpensive/good ones.


Keith Lofstrom          keithl at keithl.com         Voice (503)-520-1993
KLIC --- Keith Lofstrom Integrated Circuits --- "Your Ideas in Silicon"
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