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X61 dies after cleaning

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karotlopj
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X61 dies after cleaning

#1 Post by karotlopj » Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:04 am

After a little maintenance on my X61 yesterday it booted up fine to start with but later would not switch on.

I sprayed some silicone lubricant on the fan which cut down the fan noise dramatically and then cleaned the keyboard with some foam cleaner, and it worked fine initially.

If the foam cleaner damaged the keyboard, is there another keyboard I could try to see if that is the cause of the problem?

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Re: X61 dies after cleaning

#2 Post by karotlopj » Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:06 am

After rooting around in my 'ThinkPad spares' box, I found another keyboard which fitted the keyboard socket of the X61 and was able to power it up, so at least the X61 hasn't died as I feared...

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Re: X61 dies after cleaning

#3 Post by axur-delmeria » Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:27 am

I'd never use liquids to clean a laptop keyboard. If I ever do, I'd make sure to dry it out as much as possible.
Daily driver: X220 4291-C91 i7-2620M

Backup: X220 4291-P79 i5-2520M
Toy: X60F Core Solo U1300
In pieces: two retired but working X61Ts
RIP: 760XD 9546-U9E; X61 7676-A24; and a BOE-Hydis HV121P01-100 in failed SXGA+ mod
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Re: X61 dies after cleaning

#4 Post by Shredder11 » Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:52 am

Better to use something that evaporates quickly and completely like isopropyl alcohol.
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Re: X61 dies after cleaning

#5 Post by karotlopj » Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:06 am

Is my keyboard dead or is it rescuable?

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Re: X61 dies after cleaning

#6 Post by axur-delmeria » Sat Jul 15, 2017 12:57 pm

To be completely honest, I have no idea.

Maybe just put it in a warm dry place (not in direct sunlight) for a week or so, and hope that everything evaporates.
Daily driver: X220 4291-C91 i7-2620M

Backup: X220 4291-P79 i5-2520M
Toy: X60F Core Solo U1300
In pieces: two retired but working X61Ts
RIP: 760XD 9546-U9E; X61 7676-A24; and a BOE-Hydis HV121P01-100 in failed SXGA+ mod
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