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X1 Carbond keyboard replacement or repair after liquid spill

2017-03-18, 15:31 PM

I spilled a full 16 oz coffee on my keyboard - a direct hit. The only real issue is that two 3 keys no longer function. The 'w', 'q' , and Backspace do not work.  I am looking to ship it to have the keyboard replaced. Is this the best solution, or is there a way to try to troubleshoot this myself?  



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Re: X1 Carbond keyboard replacement or repair after liquid spill

2017-03-18, 16:47 PM

Coffee is not good with electronics.  It is acidic, conductive and corrosive.  If there is sugar in it, it is even worse.  If you just lost the keyboard, you are lucky.  How to proceed depends on what generation your X1 Carbon is.  If it is 1st gen, I suggest replacing the keyboard yourself with a used assembly from eBay.  You remove the bottom screws and the whole top layer pops up.  The only tricky part is the cable can take a while to reattach if you haven't done it.  Later machines are much harder to do.  Basically, you keep removing things (screen, motherboard, speakers, etc.) until the only remaining part is the keyboard.  That job may require professional help.


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Re: X1 Carbond keyboard replacement or repair after liquid spill

2017-03-18, 16:53 PM

Ouch, that's not good. I would suggest just going ahead with a keyboard replacement, since coffee would leave a sticky residue that isn't great to type on.


Depending on which generation your laptop is; it might be pretty easy to source a replacement keyboard part to replace yourself if you prefer. 

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