Having problems with your Dell Inspiron 1521 Laptop ?

I SPILLED SODA ON MY LAPTOP KEYBOARD ABOUT A WEEK AGO. AT FIRST THE KEYBOARD WOULDNT WORK AT ALL, THEN IT STARTED WORKING BUT WOULD PUT RANDOM LETTERS INSTEAD OF WHAT YOU WERE PUSHING. NOW ITS MUCH BETTER BUT STILL RANDOMLY TURNS ON THE CAPS LOCK AND THE TAB AND CAPS LOCK BUTTONS DONT REALLY WORK. IS THERE ANYWAY I CAN TAKE IT APart AND CLEAN IT MYSELF WITHOUT PAYING SOMEONE TO DO IT? IM ALRIGHT WITH A DESKTOP, CAN TAKE THEM APART and what not but a laptop I have no experience with.


Answers :

HI,

If you would like to fix the issue without removing the keyboard thenthe best thing to do is turn off your laptop. Then turn it upside down so the keyboard is facing downwards.
Let it stay their for 24 hours. This will allow everything inside your laptop to come out.
Whether\015\012you spilled something or not, your keyboard might begin to start\015\012getting sticky. In this case, the best course of action is to again\015\012shut your laptop down.
Grab a lint-free towel if possible and wet it with water. Rinse it out thoroughly and begin washing your keyboard.
Don't\015\012be worried. Your laptop will be able to handle the very small amount of\015\012water that is around your keyboard when you do this.
After you are done, again grab a lint-free towel if possible and begin drying your laptop.

If the above solution doesn't fix the issue then you can proceed with removing the keyboard.please click on the below link to know how to remove the keyboard with help of pics and also follow the steps below.

http://www.insidemylaptop.com/replace-damaged-keyboard-dell-inspiron-1525-laptop/


Proceed as follows:\015\012DISASSEMBLE

Make a keyboard map so you know where each key goes.
\015\012Carefully pry each key loose with a small screwdriver and place in a\015\012container. They pop off. DO NOT use excessive force. There may be a\015\012small rubber piece for each key. Remove all of these and place in a\015\012separate container. CAREFUL, these are small and like to jump away.\015\012
\015\012CLEAN KEYBOARD ( do this well...... you will be wonderfully rewarded )\015\012
Clean the keyboard with cotton swabs SLIGHTLY DAMPENED with water.\015\012Replace these often and BE SURE they are only slightly damp. If they\015\012are too wet the excess water will contaminate the keyboard through\015\012capillary action. This will clean all water soluble contaminants like\015\012Coca-Cola, coffee, and sugar residue. For the very small places, cut\015\012the foam rubber into small pieces and use the tweezers, again SLIGHTLY\015\012DAMPENED, for cleaning. You must clean each and every key space, inside\015\012and out, this is critical since this is where the key touches and\015\012moves.
\015\012Repeat this procedure again using rubbing alcohol and cotton swabs but\015\012NOT the foam rubber as it disintegrates when used with alcohol.
\015\012Finally repeat this procedure using naptha (lighter fluid) and foam\015\012rubber. You can clean even the smallest key guides with small pieces of\015\012foam rubber and tweezers. This action will remove any petroleum based\015\012contaminants as well as the grease that is sometimes used on the wider\015\012keys which may have guide wires, for example, the SCACE BAR.\015\012
\015\012CLEAN KEYS\015\012
Some keys may have wires attached and some grease on them, clean\015\012these first with cotton swabs and naptha (lighter fluid). Remove all\015\012traces of the grease.\015\012
Place all keys in a kitchen strainer. Spray with household cleaner\015\012and let stand for 5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with hot water and place\015\012keys on paper towels to dry. Let dry completely.\015\012
CLEAN RUBBER COMPONENTS\015\012
Place all rubber components in a kitchen strainer. Spray with\015\012household cleaner and let stand for 5 minutes. Use stopper in the sink\015\012so that you don�t lose these if they jump out of the strainer. Rinse\015\012these thoroughly with hot water and place on paper towels. Fold the\015\012towels over and press to squeeze most of the water out of the pieces.\015\012Let dry completely.\015\012
LUBRICATE KEYS\015\012
Place all keys bottom-up on a paper bag. Lightly coat the keys, at\015\012a 45 degree angle with Super Lube Dry Film lubricant. Do this from all\015\0124 sides to assure penetration and coverage into the small and critical\015\012guide spaces inside each key. Let dry ( this happens nearly instantly).\015\012DO NOT overdue this step as the carrier solvent may affect the plastic.\015\012
LUBRICATE KEYBOARD\015\012
Mask off the laptop with paper and scotch tape. Apply lubricant (as above in LUBRICATE KEYS) to the keyboard and let dry.\015\012
All right, you now have perfectly cleaned and lubricated keys, keyboard, and rubber components. \015\012
REASSEMBLE\015\012
Place all rubber components into the keyboard.\015\012
Install keys with wires. Make sure wire is secured in the key,\015\012usually snapped into place. Place ends of wire in the guide slots\015\012adjacent to the key location as you align the key. Firmly press down to\015\012snap the key into place.
Install the rest of the keys by aligning and firmly pressing down.

Thank You
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