Tony Duell wrote:
Sure, but I'm still here (and I am still
using that Model 4)
We expect you to be around for a while because rumor has it that you can
be fixed with parts commonly found in a kitchen drawer.
Well, in _our_ kitchen, that's probably true...
On the other hand, I'll only be around if I don't do something silly when
repairing a SMPSU, a monitor, or whatever. But if I don;t carry on
working on such things, I won't get new repair tricks to share with you
all. Oh well...
I found it relatively easy to desolder the
keyoard. I think it's just a
single-sided PCB. From what I rememebr, it's easiest to pull all the
keycaps, then desolder the 2 pins of a particular switch and unclip it
from the frame. Dont' try to desolder the whole lot at once and take the
PCB off before removing any swtiches.
Desoldering the single switch was fairly easy. I just wasn't looking
forward to doing 70 of them. My particular key switches have four
contact pins. The only inscription on the switches is 'SMK'. The trick
Thinking about it (and it's been about 10 years since I've been inside my
M4), mine might well have had 4 pins too.
was figuring out how to pull the switch through the
metal mounting plate
without having ready access to the sides of the switch.
Is it easier to remove the ones near the edge of the array (can you reach
between the PCB and the frame)? If so, that may be why I took the whole
thing apart. On some keyboard -- again I can't rememebr if the M4 is like
this -- you can get to the locking clips on top of the keyboard, I
modified an IC extractor tool to squeeze those in and release the switch
when I was repairing HP9826 (etc) keyboards.
There are kits sold to repair(TV, etc) remote
controls which use a
similar technology. The one I used (not on this keyoard) was made by
Chemtronics IIRC, it was a 2-part thing. You mixed the contents to the 2
pots and applied the result to the surface of the bad. You had about 30
minutes to do that after mixing (so have all the swithces open at the
start) and then you left it overnight to set.
The prolem is that the kit is not cheap, and once you've mixed it it only
lasts 30 minutes. And you have to mix the lot in one go.
Bingo - somebody else informed me about these kits over at Erik Klein's
web forum. Except for the mixing and expiring part, the kit sounds like
the perfect fix.
The miixnig is trivial (IIRC you pour the little pot into the bigger one
and stir it :-)). But the fact yuou have to use the whole lot at one go
is a pain.
I paid a visit to Rat Shack (Radio Shack for you non-US citizens) and
Oh, I've some across Radio Shack (traded as 'Tandy' over here, until
about 10 years ago). The thing to watch for is that when UK people talk
about 'RS' they almost certainly mean 'RS components'
) who are a well-known component distributor over
here and nothing to do with Tandy/Radio Shack.
did not find the conductive ink pen. The store
manager is pretty good
about his parts, and he knew it was discontinued. I told him I was
restoring a Model 4 and his face just lit up. :-)
I'm going to experiment with the conductive ink pen first because it
looks easy to apply. I only need to fix a few keys on this keyboard.
How many? If it's less than 12, I really would move them onto the numeric
keypard. On these machines the keypad is wired in parallel with the
appropriate swiches in the main part of the keyboard (so shifting the
keypad keys does giuve you the top-row punctuation characters). You cna
manage without it.