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replace the keyboard of T61

2009-09-14, 19:33 PM

Hi I tried to clean the keyboard of T61 and I think I broke 6 of the keys... I thinking about order a keyboard to replace this broken one. But where can I find it? or would it be cheaper to get it fixed? Any suggestions? Thanks!


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Re: replace the keyboard of T61

2009-09-15, 1:09 AM

you get the part from ebay for around 40 to 60 USD or so. No one fix these keyboards, which part did you break anyway?


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Re: replace the keyboard of T61

2009-09-15, 5:30 AM

Are those six keys next to eachother ? and did you use anything but high mixture alcohol such as a 90% or just water ?

And was it turned on or was the battery / AC power connected at the time ?


Or are you fanatical and actually removed the keys to scrub every inch ?


If you can answer Yes to Q1 then six smoked keys and next to eachother is encouraging, ...when an enitre quadrant or half the keyboard is useless and cleaned with liquids....it could indicate a partially shorted moboard.


Your anwers to Q2 and 3 are irrelevant because a $4 can of compressed air does  a great job of blowing out anything you can drop into a Thinkpad.....that keyboard can take spilled liquids and dump it out the bottom through drain holes.


The repair is about four screws and replacement costs are all over the map but yo9u're discovering one of the best reasons people and corporations choose Thinkpad for their modularity and field serviceability.

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