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Managed to destroy my X201 keyboard, what is the next logical step?

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Managed to destroy my X201 keyboard, what is the next logical step?

#1 Post by Kristian-770 » Thu Jan 02, 2020 4:52 am

So, I don't think it had ever been cleaned, and I gave up on less gentle methods and put it under running water. It is quite clean now, but only the power button works.

I see that "Brand New" X201 keyboards are being shipped from China for a cheap price. Should I just get one of those and just switch the few keys that I need to make it Danish (my locale)? Or is there a better way to go about this?

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#2 Post by Neil » Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:22 am

On occasion I've used running water to clean a ThinkPad keyboard, and as long as I've given it enough time to dry out completely, it has not caused any problems. Maybe a little more time and your keyboard will work again. But, if not, have you tried to find a Danish replacement? It's not very easy to swap key caps, but it is possible.
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Re: Managed to destroy my X201 keyboard, what is the next logical step?

#3 Post by Kristian-770 » Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:48 pm

I already gave it 48 hours, but will give it a few days more.

I did some quick research, and it appears a guy in my area is selling TP keyboards at a reasonable price. Will contact him if mine does not come alive.

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#4 Post by axur-delmeria » Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:09 am

The problem is that a laptop keyboard has 2-3 plastic sheets laid on top of each other, and any water that gets in between those layers will take a long time to dry out.
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#5 Post by Kristian-770 » Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:48 pm

Giving it a few more days ...

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#6 Post by axur-delmeria » Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:09 pm

Worst case, it might not even dry out unless you crack open the keyboard and separate those plastic sheets. Good luck putting it back together though.
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Re: Managed to destroy my X201 keyboard, what is the next logical step?

#7 Post by Kristian-770 » Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:02 am

UPDATE, JANUARY 23, 2020

So, I sort of gave up on this keyboard and started looking around for a new one -- or do the unthinkable and send my trusty X201 off to Valhalla. Then, a few days ago, I decided to give it another try, just for the hell of it ... and it worked. I put it properly back in today and gave it a test, and I don't notice any issues. I think it had to dry for eighteen days, though!

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