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How to Clean, Upgrade, Repair, Mod, Disassemble a NoName Computer Keyboard

Do you need to clean, upgrade, mod or repair your {##} computer keyboard? Here is a collection of free take apart instructions, disassembly pictures, upgrade and repair manuals, as well as do-it-yourself (DIY) tips and tricks for computer keyboards.

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N.N. [external link]Keyboard cleaning and replacing missing characters from the keys.
N.N. [external link]How to paint a keyboard and all the caps black (in Italian).
N.N. [external link]How to replace the painting and add a LEDs below the keyboard cover (in Italian).
N.N. [external link]An UV light modding (in Italian).
N.N. [external link]Keyboard LED modding, how to change the original LEDs.
N.N. [external link]How to attach a backlight made from LEDs under the hood (in German).
N.N. [external link]A typewriter to keyboard conversion.
N.N. [external link]Some pictures of a typewriter to keyboard modding (in Japanese).
N.N. [external link]How to prepair and clean a keyboard for a painting mod.
N.N. [external link]HowTo: Simple Keyboard Painting.
N.N. [external link]How to Paint Your Keyboard, eh!
The Underwood No. 5 [external link]How to put a mini-ITX board into an Underwood Standard Typewriter Number 5 and attaching the original keycaps to a small modern keyboard.
miscellaneous keyboards [external link]How to hack a keyboard for use in MAME. Electronic schematics of different keyboards are included.
miscellaneous keyboards [external link]This HOWTO describes how to repair non-functional keys of keyboards. A method of repair which is approved for years is the renewal of the conductive coatings using graphite spray.
N.N. [external link]Keycap removal instructions and exhaustive cleaning guide.
N.N. [external link]Ever wanted to change those dull boring green LED's on your keyboard? Maybe just for looks or to match that modded Case? Well, this HOWTO show you how. It's fairly easy and with some minor soldering skills, you can have this mod done in just a few minutes.
N.N. [external link]This guide explains how to add a keyboard light (in German).
N.N. [external link]How to add a neon string illumination (in German).
N.N. [external link]This guide explains how to add a background lighting to the bottom (in German).
N.N. [external link]Keyboard dissection and LED replacement (in German).
N.N. [external link]This instructable will guide you through diagnosing and possibly repairing of a USB keyboard.
Osborne Keyboard [external link]KeyboardSpotLight: Open the lid, a few borrowed keys from another keyboard attached with some superglue(tm), solder the LEDs and the switch, and voila.

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