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How to Clean, Upgrade, Repair, Mod, Disassemble a MicroSoft 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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Microsoft Keyboard [external link]Advanced Keyboard Modification - LCD4me Part Deux. Today's new improved keyboards feel great and are stylish to boot, the only thing we hate are those silly media keys uptop. Join us as we nix those impractical buttons with something a bit more useful.
Microsoft Keyboard [external link]How to add a NeonTrim lighting rod below the cover.
Microsoft Keyboard [external link]If you want to spice up your keyboard a bit, changing the Num lock, Caps lock, and Scroll lock LEDs will certainly liven things up.
Microsoft Keyboard [external link]Das Keyboard is the name of the most popular keyboard with no inscriptions on the keys (blank keyboard). This instructable will guide you through making one yourself with any old keyboard you have lying around. The method chosen to use to remove the labels was with a Dremel and a grinding disc attachment.
Microsoft Keyboard [external link]Keyboard Dishwasher Howto.
Microsoft Keyboard [external link]Sanding and painting the keyboard with zebra stripes.
Microsoft Internet Keyboard [external link]DIY Wafer-thin keyboard: after taking an ancient keyboard apart, t turns out it's a rather simple mod to convert it to a wafer-thin, touch sensitive, transparent beast. Little bit of duck tape, and it's perfect.
Microsoft Internet Keyboard [external link]A keyboard LED modding explanation.
Microsoft Natural Keyboard [external link]A lighting mod guide and disassembly instructions.
Microsoft Natural Keyboard [external link]"When I noticed that the case of my keyboard was turning yellow from the sunlight, I decided to paint it. I chose to go with a two tone black and aluminum that will match my case and my mouse. .."
Microsoft Natural Keyboard [external link]Keyboard Mods: Chopping the Numeric Keypad off.
Microsoft Natural Keyboard [external link]How to repair the space bar: The key to having the spacebar work right is the metal clip that is called the "Coat Hanger". Having the coat hanger attached correctly allows to hit the space bar on either the right or the left side easily. If the Coat Hanger does not re-attach correctly, then the space bar has to be hit in the middle, which does not lend to being very ergonomic.
Microsoft Natural Keyboard [external link]How to change the keyboard LEDs from green to blue (in German).
Microsoft Natural Elite USB Keyboard [external link]Logging into MS-Windows XP using RFID: With RFID being impervious to dust and dirt, and being totally contactless, it's a perfect candidate for desktop authentication. In this feature, you're going to build a covert RFID enabled USB keyboard that keeps its enhanced functionality a secret from the general public.
Microsoft Natural Ergo 4000 Keyboard [external link]A pictures illustrated instruction guide to loosening the stiff space bar key.

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