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Offline geekcub

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Replace a key on a G-cord Keyboard
« on: Wed, 11 September 2019, 12:44:49 »
I purchased a G-Cord GC-MK104WI keyboard.  While I'm not excited about the alien characters on the keys, I am ok with the keyboard.  I am too old to learn new tricks so I carry it with me when I travel to use on my laptop. My fingers are too big to type on the keys of a laptop.  Last week,  I was removing the keyboard from my suitcase and caught the esc key on something.  The key broke.  On further review, it looks like there is a raised + on the keyboard itself and this is what broke.  I know this is going to be a hard question to answer, especially in this time of throwaway items, but is there anywhere I can get the replacement key for this keyboard.  I am reasonably good at soldering and would like to repair this board and not throw it away. 
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Re: Replace a key on a G-cord Keyboard
« Reply #1 on: Wed, 11 September 2019, 12:52:48 »
You need to desolder the switch and resolder a new one that is the same as what is in your keyboard. I think it uses Outemu switches. It's pretty simple to fix it's just trough hole soldering :)

Ps. You can find replacement switches on Aliexpress if you search for outemu switches

Edit: Didn't read all the way.
« Last Edit: Wed, 11 September 2019, 12:57:16 by Sup »
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Offline geekcub

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Re: Replace a key on a G-cord Keyboard
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 11 September 2019, 13:09:48 »
Thank you!  I just ordered it and it should be here in October.  There are a lot of cheep stuff on Aliexpress.  Just have to wait for it.

Thanks again.

Carroll

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Re: Replace a key on a G-cord Keyboard
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 11 September 2019, 13:11:24 »
BTW. There are lots of videos on Youtube on how to replace key switches... and on modding, repair and building mechanical keyboards in general.  The community has grown pretty huge.
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Offline geekcub

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Re: Replace a key on a G-cord Keyboard
« Reply #4 on: Thu, 19 September 2019, 15:21:48 »
I found a place in Tennessee that has the switches.  I got them in the mail yesterday.  10 for $8.00.  I will be putting them in tomorrow.  Thanks again for the info.

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Re: Replace a key on a G-cord Keyboard
« Reply #5 on: Sat, 21 September 2019, 12:17:22 »
So last night, I installed the switch.  It was pretty easy although I had self imposed problems.

1) I ordered the brown switches instead of the white switches.  With a little dremel work, I got switch to fit and it works fine.
2) When I took the screws from the keyboard and pulled the keyboard apart, I heard something hit the floor. After I got the keyboard put back together, I found out that it was the on/off switch on the back of the keyboard that I dropped.  After 30 minutes of looking for it, I finaly found it.  I had to take the keyboard apart again to get the switch in.  It was about 2 hours of work (today, I could do it in 20 minutes) but the keyboard works fine now. '
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Re: Replace a key on a G-cord Keyboard
« Reply #6 on: Sat, 21 September 2019, 13:29:00 »
So last night, I installed the switch.  It was pretty easy although I had self imposed problems.

1) I ordered the brown switches instead of the white switches.  With a little dremel work, I got switch to fit and it works fine.
2) When I took the screws from the keyboard and pulled the keyboard apart, I heard something hit the floor. After I got the keyboard put back together, I found out that it was the on/off switch on the back of the keyboard that I dropped.  After 30 minutes of looking for it, I finaly found it.  I had to take the keyboard apart again to get the switch in.  It was about 2 hours of work (today, I could do it in 20 minutes) but the keyboard works fine now. '
Thanks again.
Carroll

Glad it worked out for you and having a different switch on the esc isn't that bad at all anyway  :)
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