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No way would I put a mechanical keyboard in the dishwasher.

I'm sure people more knowledgeable than me will be along soon, but isopropyl and  contact cleaner would be my choice

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24 minutes ago, mimo said:

No way would I put a mechanical keyboard in the dishwasher.

I'm sure people more knowledgeable than me will be along soon, but isopropyl and  contact cleaner would be my choice

 

That's sort of what I was thinking, but wanted to get others' opinions. Thanks. I need to pickup some contact cleaner and some smaller brushes.

 

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On these Atari mechanical keyboards (referring to ALPS and AWC), what do people do to lubricate the switches.  I have 4 mechanical keyboards, I have the two different AWC versions (one version has 'T' shaped posts, the other '-' shaped posts, plus the ALPS has its own shape.  Of the two ALPS, one is new on the 800XL I bought as a spare years ago when these were being sold off by retailers at the end of the 8 bit days (think I paid $50 ?).  That one works awesome.  Then I have another just like it that appears new, but has a gritty binding feeling when typing.

 

On the AWC's, the one with the 'T' shaped plungers works wonderfully, and the other with the more '-' shaped switch plungers binds a lot.  Is this due to dust getting into the switch ?  Or lubrication that has dried up ?

 

I was thinking of trying silicone lube applied with a q-tip to the plungers.  But I'm curious what others do to get the best out of their mechanical XL keyboard.

 

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with the metal contact leaf and the metal rod variants I use deoxit to clean them.. ever so slight silicon lube on the outer stalks to get the travel nice and smooth... I never like to disturb the leafs if I can as just wetting them with deoxit and using the key seems to do the job, then a slight outer lube an a little  use to give it smooth movement again. Not normally needed to do anything else. To many people bend the leafs etc when they got the rub and scrub route. You never want water or corrosive surficants like a dishwasher uses to touch the contacts in the keyboard ever!

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34 minutes ago, _The Doctor__ said:

You never want water or corrosive surficants like a dishwasher uses to touch the contacts in the keyboard ever!

 

 

This is pretty much what I was thinking, but glad to have you guys confirm. I think most of the dishwasher methods I've read of, or seen videos for, were mylar keyboards, not mechanical. I'm still not sure I'd want to use that method for any keyboard. It works great for empty case shells, but I prefer a more hands on approach for keyboards.

 

I think I'm going to order some DeoxIT and a small brush set similar to this:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074LZ649V/

 

Thanks for the comments. I don't want to derail the variants thread anymore than I already have.

 

 

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Before I spend a lot of time teaching myself to use KiCAD and trying to design a replacement PCB, is anyone aware of anyone else already having designed a new PCB for a Type 1 ALPS mechanical keyboard?

 

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I'm curious about the little resistor connector board that come with at least some 600XLs. I received a 600XL that didn't have one, but it has a mylar keyboard. Did all 600XLs come with this board, or only those with mechanical keyboards?

 

Also, I'm looking for a Y keycap for a Type 2 AWC mechanical keyboard. If anyone has a keyboard they're parting out or can otherwise can spare the key, please let me know.

 

Thanks.

 

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5 hours ago, bfollowell said:

I'm curious about the little resistor connector board that come with at least some 600XLs. I received a 600XL that didn't have one, but it has a mylar keyboard. Did all 600XLs come with this board, or only those with mechanical keyboards?

 

Also, I'm looking for a Y keycap for a Type 2 AWC mechanical keyboard. If anyone has a keyboard they're parting out or can otherwise can spare the key, please let me know.

 

Thanks.

 

Post me a picture of the keyboard for the key you are after, see what I can do

 

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51 minutes ago, mistapaul said:

Post me a picture of the keyboard for the key you are after, see what I can do

 

 

Thanks! Here's a rough picture of it. I don't have the keyboard in hand quite yet, or I'd take a better closeup of the top of the switch.

 

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From the number on the board, it appears to be a Type 2, AWC keyboard, part number 70166201. That being said, the top of the switches look a little different from this picture than they do from another Type 2, AWC, part number 70166201 keyboard that I have in hand from someone's computer that I'm upgrading, so I'm not 100% sure.

 

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25 minutes ago, bfollowell said:

 

Thanks! Here's a rough picture of it. I don't have the keyboard in hand quite yet, or I'd take a better closeup of the top of the switch.

 

s-l1600.thumb.jpg.6659bad3f6e58a3fa6649911d1079361.jpg

 

From the number on the board, it appears to be a Type 2, AWC keyboard, part number 70166201. That being said, the top of the switches look a little different from this picture than they do from another Type 2, AWC, part number 70166201 keyboard that I have in hand from someone's computer that I'm upgrading, so I'm not 100% sure.

 

Hi the keyboard I have spares for is awc 70166202. Don't know how different they are...

7 hours ago, bfollowell said:

I'm curious about the little resistor connector board that come with at least some 600XLs. I received a 600XL that didn't have one, but it has a mylar keyboard. Did all 600XLs come with this board, or only those with mechanical keyboards?

 

Also, I'm looking for a Y keycap for a Type 2 AWC mechanical keyboard. If anyone has a keyboard they're parting out or can otherwise can spare the key, please let me know.

 

Thanks.

 

Post me a picture of the keyboard for the key you are after, see what I can do

 

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Yes that looks like the type 2 AWC. They are good! More of a firm typing experience.

 

Edit: oh nevermind.. Was only reading the previous post and missing context.

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2 hours ago, mistapaul said:

Just found a rev 4 70166201-3, any good?

 

 

I'll let you know as soon as I get this one in and check it out. Thanks!

 

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