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10-19-2011

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Cleaning T510 and battery power

2011-10-19, 3:37 AM

Hey,

I've had my Thinkpad T510 for a little over a year now and have never given it a good, deep cleaning. Any tips on getting the keyboard clean? I figured out how to pop off the keys but there is a lot of lint and fiber stuck around the rubber cones and under the white plastic pieces that the keys pop onto. I'm also curious as to how to clean the fan.

 

I'd also like to know how to get the battery to last longer. I can only seem to get about three hours out of it. What settings would give me good battery life without leaving my screen too dark to read? Any tips on battery life and battery preservation will be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Cleaning T510 and battery power

2011-10-19, 12:45 PM
Popping off keys and the scissor switch mechanism for cleaning can be a haphazard thing and may lead to damages. So you got to be very careful not to damage the parts whilst popping them off the keyboard.

Cleaning fan tutorial is here: http://forum.lenovo.com/t5/T61-and-prior-T-series-ThinkPad/T60-T61-Fan-Cleaning-Replacement/ta-p/247953

Regarding battery, that would depend on the spec of your CPU/GPU and the size of the battery itself (i.e. 6 cells or 9 cells, etc).
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Re: Cleaning T510 and battery power

2011-10-19, 13:25 PM
Linking to a post on battery life:
http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/T400-T500-and-newer-T-series/Poor-T420-battery-life-3-4-hours/m-p/564853#M51663

(I'm lazy that way. :P)

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Re: Cleaning T510 and battery power

2011-10-19, 20:16 PM
The Colonel's treatise of battery life is excellent. I would only add, that at home, I am always A/C connected and the battery removed. It lasts a l-o-o-o-n-g time that way. :)
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Re: Cleaning T510 and battery power

2011-10-21, 2:32 AM

What would be a proper alternative to popping the keys off to clean the keyboard? I am way too cautions to remove the little mechanisms beneath the keys. I actually considered taking tweezers and cleaning around the mechanisms that way, but that is going to take me forever... thanks for your help!

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Re: Cleaning T510 and battery power

2011-10-21, 2:33 AM

Very much appreciated!

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Re: Cleaning T510 and battery power

2011-10-21, 4:08 AM
You could just give the keyboard rinse with distilled water, but I've used tap water before and it was fine. If you put any liquid on the keyboard, let it COMPLETELY dry before powering up.

(Remember to remove the keyboard backplate before rinsing it though.)

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Re: Cleaning T510 and battery power

2011-10-21, 23:55 PM

wrote:

What would be a proper alternative to popping the keys off to clean the keyboard? I am way too cautions to remove the little mechanisms beneath the keys. I actually considered taking tweezers and cleaning around the mechanisms that way, but that is going to take me forever... thanks for your help!



Compressed air is probably the best way to remove debris. I wouldn't use liquid if your not sure about what your doing, and definitely remove the keyboard first if you do, then give it a day or two to fully dry, but proceed on the understanding that you're prepared to buy a new keyboard if this damages it.

 

As for the water to use, a automatic capichino maker can give you a cheap source of distilled water. Catch the steam and let it condence back into water and all the minerials should be removed, just make sure it's clean so it doesn't have coffee residue in it.

 

Also ask yourself why your cleaning it. A computer is a tool, not something to display and look pretty. If your more concerned with looks over function, you could end up nice shiney computer that doesn't work properly, so be careful.

 

ps. I'm typing on a ten year old thinkpad that has deep wear marks on the keys from being used every day. It's far from pretty and I actually have a new keyboard to install, but this one still works, so I'll uuse it until it fails. It's a tough little computer.

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