09-20-2009 01:36 PM
I bought my g15 over a year ago, and I absolutely love it. Unfortunately, one day when I was out, my kittens knocked over a glass of water that was on my desk, and the keyboard got wet. I hadn't noticed it till I came home, and by that time the keyboard was bone dry BUT now, whenever I try to use the keyboard, certain buttons add extra characters when I try to type. (for example, my 6 on the number pad adds a , and my , button adds a 6, as well as when I type a 3 it comes out as 3k8 and so on.
What I'm wondering now is, should I keep it and find a way to fix it (i only spent 30$ on my keyboard because of a store credit i had), or should I just toss the keyboard ?
The majority of the buttons do as they are supposed to do, but its certain buttons, including buttons that I need to use for my log in passwords that mess up.
Any suggestions ? Or does anyone know how I can possibly fix the problem myself ?
(as I said this was purchased over a year ago, so the warranty is finished now)
09-20-2009 09:06 PM - edited 09-20-2009 09:08 PM
first try cleaning:
open up the board by removing the screws in the back. remove the plastic layers inside. you should be able to clean the layers with 70% (or better) rubbing alcohol (isoprophanol), paper towels and q-tips.
while its apart soak the housing with the keys still in it (or not if re-greasing) into soapy water to get the CAT HAIR OUT and let dry in front of a fan to get all the hair and such out from under the keys, but it might start to squeak when you push the keys. so for the best clean job re-grease behind all the keys where the metal springs clip into plastic, top and bottom after cleaning
if it still dont work there are tons of people that will buy it for parts!!!
post here and g15forums.com or ebay. people have been asking for certain parts. couple days ago someone needed the ribbon cable for lcd.
09-20-2009 11:12 PM
what Trusello said is good although if you go to your Pharmacy you can get 5 bucks worth of Isopropyl Alcohol BP, that is nearly pure. med grade 99.5% many electronics/hobby places just rip you right off with watery gritty junk!
lint free wipes might save you some little problems too. a couple of dollars from an electrician/technician supplies or anywhere you can get wipes for your panels/plasma/lcd etc.
you could additionally get some tips on reflowing the board using heat after it has been thoroughly cleaned, this can eliminate some issues. a hot air blower (mother in law will suffice) or hair dryer from your cat salon will do too. be careful!
i know what it's like when you get a good one in the batch or get attached never get rid of a tried and true gadget, tool or any other good friend.
please note: i have never opened a G15 these tips are all general. for a look at the gizzards you could visit hackaday and search there. there are guides around to help you.