How to best clean dragon 32 keyboard?

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matthew
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How to best clean dragon 32 keyboard?

Post by matthew » Sun Nov 24, 2019 4:09 pm

Hi,

My old Dragon 32 is working perfectly except the keyboard not always reliably picking up key presses. It used to work perfectly 30-odd years ago; what are the recommendations for cleaning/restoring the keys? Is it safe to try to pop off the key covers to clean?

thanks!

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Re: How to best clean dragon 32 keyboard?

Post by sorchard » Wed Nov 27, 2019 4:11 pm

Hi and welcome!

The keycaps will pull off; there's nothing holding them on other than friction. Take care to pull the caps off vertically to avoid straining the switch body.

Once the keycap is removed, the contacts are visible and can be cleaned. If you gently push the key down you can see how the contacts come together to give you an idea of where they need to be cleaned.

It might be worth trying dipping a thin bit of card in IPA and using that to gently wipe the contacts.
Stew

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Re: How to best clean dragon 32 keyboard?

Post by Bosco » Mon Dec 16, 2019 3:45 pm

IPA - Isopropyl Alcohol, or Indian Pale Ale?

Sorry Stew, couldn't resist. :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: How to best clean dragon 32 keyboard?

Post by sorchard » Mon Dec 16, 2019 10:26 pm

Bosco wrote:
Mon Dec 16, 2019 3:45 pm
IPA - Isopropyl Alcohol, or Indian Pale Ale?
"A Double Diamond works wonders" ;)
Stew

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Re: How to best clean dragon 32 keyboard?

Post by robcfg » Mon Dec 16, 2019 11:29 pm

I’ll write that down for the next meetup :mrgreen:

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