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Offline fssbzz

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« on: Tue, 09 November 2010, 20:31:00 »
thanks ripster.
very very nice guide~
geek hack is really on the top for mechanical kb article.

Offline squarebox

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« Reply #1 on: Tue, 09 November 2010, 21:06:52 »


This happened to me once.
I managed to yank the whole stem and keycap out.
The keycaps was stuck so tight on i need a screwdriver to separate the keycap from the stem.

Thankfully i manage to push the stem back in...

edit: Mine were Cherry Brown
« Last Edit: Wed, 10 November 2010, 03:45:05 by squarebox »
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Offline bilbo3000

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« Reply #2 on: Wed, 10 November 2010, 04:21:33 »
Hi Ripster,
great article. I had the same problem as above with the ESC key on my G80-3000 with blues - probably due to the fact that I removed the key caps only with a screw driver from one side. Thank god the switch still works. Just put everything back in place and good.

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Offline Culinia

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« Reply #3 on: Fri, 18 February 2011, 14:43:19 »
Nice guide. Just worried about replacing the ISO enter key really. Does anyone know where the stabilizers are?

Offline guilleguillaume

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« Reply #4 on: Wed, 23 February 2011, 14:31:49 »
Thanks Ripster!

It was very usefull to replace for first time my Noppoo Spacebar and backspace.

Offline guilleguillaume

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« Reply #5 on: Thu, 24 February 2011, 09:51:29 »
I was actually very easy.

I was afraid to apply too much force but with care you're not going to break anything.

On the backspace this piece:



Was a bit loose so at the same time the key went out of the stem the piece was kept on the stabilizer, so easy way to replace it in any case.

Offline Bern

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« Reply #6 on: Thu, 24 February 2011, 10:16:35 »
Anything special for pulling an ML switch?

Offline Zamorph

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« Reply #7 on: Fri, 20 May 2011, 14:10:02 »
I just removed my first spacebar ^.^  I had difficulty at first because I was too gentle with it so it would not come off.

Offline kidchunks

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« Reply #8 on: Fri, 20 May 2011, 14:18:24 »
Quote from: Zamorph;349069
I just removed my first spacebar ^.^  I had difficulty at first because I was too gentle with it so it would not come off.

 
It gets easier the more caps you pull! Try wiggling when you pull, helps loosen them up.
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Offline morethanless

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« Reply #9 on: Mon, 11 July 2011, 17:31:32 »
Hey Ho, alert !!!
A lot of flickr pictures under "kung fu style" are offline.

can you fix it?

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Offline morethanless

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« Reply #10 on: Tue, 12 July 2011, 11:03:21 »
Great, it is fixed :smile:

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« Reply #11 on: Sun, 31 July 2011, 05:28:16 »
Are the stabilizers on space the same as on Ctrl Shift Alt etc on a Filco?

Offline litster

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« Reply #12 on: Sun, 01 January 2012, 14:52:24 »
ripster, what lube do you recommend for lubing contact and stem inside a switch?  Thanks.

Offline litster

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« Reply #13 on: Sun, 01 January 2012, 15:06:42 »
Thanks ripster.  I am opening switches.  I am getting switches ready to put the first Phantom prototype together.  I am sourcing brown stems and springs from a Cherry POS PCB-mounted keyboard, and switch casing from an old Wyse plate-mounted keyboard.  So I have switches taken apart.  I thought I should lube them before I put the switches back together.  These parts are kinda old.

I will see if Home Depot has any silicone grease. Thanks.

Offline bbbbqq

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« Reply #14 on: Tue, 03 January 2012, 21:56:46 »
IDEA: rename this thread to Cherry MX Keycap Pulling and Swapping guide.

Will reduce confusion with pulling apart the actual switches.

Offline hamza_tm

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« Reply #15 on: Fri, 10 February 2012, 12:00:22 »
can you remove a regular key with just your fingers?

like the number 7 key on my Tt esports meka which stopped responding completely...

Offline hamza_tm

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« Reply #16 on: Fri, 10 February 2012, 12:20:59 »
Pianists fingers ;)

Is it just about getting them under the edges of the keycap?

Offline hamza_tm

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« Reply #17 on: Fri, 10 February 2012, 12:25:21 »
Oh, and now that your here Ripster (I've heard so much about you!) what are the chances of repairing the key without having to solder?

The key completely doesnt respond, could i swap some parts with an unused key like the scroll lock?

Offline captain

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« Reply #18 on: Wed, 18 April 2012, 10:09:17 »
Where did all the pictures go??  "ATTACHMENT" is lame.  Isn't this the problem that we solved in the thread about editing files with global find & replace??
Welcome to geekhack -- where we like to type -- but don't care so much about reading.

Offline Glissant

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« Reply #19 on: Thu, 17 May 2012, 21:44:54 »
Oops... I'm glad plate mounted stabilizer clips are available at wasd.
Good thing I found this guide after going caveman on my keyboard, and just yanking the keys out.

It's about to be five in the AM here, so no pictures.

Thanks for the wiki, article, post, thing, Ripster.

Offline Djuzuh

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« Reply #20 on: Fri, 18 May 2012, 10:48:26 »
Yeah I had to rebuy a stabilizer thingie too.

So I ordered my self a bunch of Orings with them xD.