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Another HP-21 repair
11-20-2019, 10:24 AM
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(11-19-2019 10:01 PM)Moggul Wrote:  Oddly enough it does not work when connected to the charger (with batteries installed) but it operates normally on just the batteries so all is well.

Better forget about the charger altogether! When I get a new Woodstock series calculator, first thing is put a sticker with the calculator serial number on the charger and then put it in a box together with the others never to be used again.
The battery contacts are very prone to corrosion, even with new batteries, and even a well serviced calculator can be killed by it's charger a year later.

(11-19-2019 10:01 PM)Moggul Wrote:  Some of the keys do not register at all when pressed so I opened it and will clean it tomorrow. If I understand correctly I should clean the contacts with vinegar, then rinse with water and clean again with isopropyl alcohol.

If it is entire rows or columns of keys that are not working then the cause is usually one of the contacts which connect the two PCBs. Single bad keys are caused by the key contact or by corroded traces on the keyboard PCB. The easiest way to troubleshoot keyboard and display problems is to interchange these parts between different calculators. This can be done safely. From the picture I see that you have already takebn the keyboard apart which should be a last resort because it is very difficult to re-assemble in a way that will last over time.

For oxide removing I use both vinegar and baking powder (or baking soda as it is called elsewhere) because some of the oxides get better dissolved by acid and others by alcaline agents. I have never used isopropyl alcohol to clean a calculator but if, I would rather use it for the keyboard upper side (making sure that it will not dissolve the labels). I have isopropyl alcolhol in my toolbox but I use that for optical surfaces like camera lenses and my astronomical telescopes and eyepieces.

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Another HP-21 repair - Moggul - 11-19-2019, 10:01 PM
RE: Another HP-21 repair - Maximilian Hohmann - 11-20-2019 10:24 AM
RE: Another HP-21 repair - Moggul - 11-21-2019, 09:01 PM

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