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Key Contact Cleaner
01-16-2021, 04:53 AM (This post was last modified: 01-16-2021 04:56 AM by teenix.)
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Key Contact Cleaner
Hi all,

This may be of use to anyone who needs to clean key contacts.

I was fiddling with a HP-67 someone sent to me to try to get going again, but it looks like an ACT failure as the chip gets warm, probably battery-less charging, and although I can see data on the IA bus it seems to be not of any use.

I tried one of my replacement CPU boards which brought it back to life, but hardly any of the keys worked and some gave false key codes to the CPU. After some cleaning they still wouldn't work so I guess the corrosion was a bit worse that expected.

I made a tool as shown in attached image. It was made out of a lid of one of those disposable plastic containers that you can buy in packs for a dollar or so.

I cut out a strip about 5mm wide and scratched a cross hatch pattern one both sides of a small area with a scriber (any sharp item will do). This is easy to do as the plastic is quite soft and this provides a soft but rough double sided cleaning surface.

The plastic is stiff enough to be placed between the metal contact bubble and the keyboard. I used isopropyl alcohol as the cleaner and then the 'tool' is moved back and forward with some finger pressure pushing down on the metal bubble.

After 35 keys done, the keyboard was fixed :-)

Deoxit might be better but I didn't have any.



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Key Contact Cleaner - teenix - 01-16-2021 04:53 AM
RE: Key Contact Cleaner - Dave Britten - 01-16-2021, 11:23 PM
RE: Key Contact Cleaner - mfleming - 01-17-2021, 01:48 AM

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