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Really old quote that explains it:

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Originally Posted by nawon72 View Post

I just got my Leopold Tenkeyless a few days ago and im quite satisfied with it. Ill upload pictures another day so i can join the club.
The only real issue im having with this keyboard is that the left shift it a bit stiffer today and when i press it. If i press it with one finger on the far right of the key it squeeks(plastic against plastic?) and is stiffer then when i press it elsewhere. I was wondering if there is a simple fix to this. And i dont have a key puller BTW.
The other very minor issue is that the blue LED in the Scroll Lock is too bright(at least compare to the Caps Lock). If you know how do make it dimmer, could you please let me know. Thanks.
Edit: I forgot to mention that they are Brown switches, if it makes a difference.

A little more up to date details: The left shift key is feels a bit stiffer than the other stabilized keys when press in the middle to far left. When pressed just to the right or farther (particularly closer to the bottom), it gets stiffer. And then when i press the edge (but not over it) with my pinky it squeaks and requires more force than before.

 

I got a WASD keypuller a few days ago for an upcoming O-Ring mod, so i thought i should take a look under the key to see if there is any obvious problem. But i couldn't find anything out of the ordinary. When i switched the shift key with the enter key, i still had the problem. So i know it cant be a faulty keycap.

 

Any ideas?

 

Anyone know if this would be covered by EliteKeyboards warranty?


Edited by nawon72 - 2/21/12 at 3:46pm
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bump

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i learned about these grease from geekhack that was for my mechanical switch. id suggest those boards but the people over there are kinda.... dicks....

but yeh geekhack.org prob has the answer
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Just put a little grease on whatever is causing the squeeking under the key, that will get rid of it. You don't need a legit key puller just to get a key off, just makeshift one out of thin metal or even wire (make two "loops" and fit them where they shape the key, put one under each time, pull up!).
    
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id suggest those boards but the people over there are kinda.... dicks....
but yeh geekhack.org prob has the answer

 

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I was thinking of going there if OCN didn't have an answer. Hopefully they aren't dicks to me, since i did read everything in the wiki's...

 

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Originally Posted by Allen86 View Post

Just put a little grease on whatever is causing the squeeking under the key, that will get rid of it. You don't need a legit key puller just to get a key off, just makeshift one out of thin metal or even wire (make two "loops" and fit them where they shape the key, put one under each time, pull up!).
Well, i got one anyways tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by eosgreen View Post

i learned about these grease from geekhack that was for my mechanical switch.


Here the problem with that: I don't know what is causing the squeaking, and i don't want to just randomly put grease on my keyboard and hope it will solve it. When i took a look at the stabilizers and the switch, i couldn't see anything wrong with them. Even when i played around with them a bit, i couldn't reproduce the problem that occured when the key cap was on. So i'm totally lost.

 

Edit: I don't think it will hurt to try a little grease on the stabilizer. So should i put it on the left side, right side, or both? This is what i mean by left side: http://geekhack.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=37801&d=1326826531


Edited by nawon72 - 2/21/12 at 4:18pm
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Hey, my name isn't Richard!

Show some love (hint, hint......228)

http://geekhack.org/showwiki.php?title=Island:12649#Lubrication
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Hey, my name isn't Richard!
Show some love (hint, hint......228)
http://geekhack.org/showwiki.php?title=Island:12649#Lubrication

I've already read that. I just wasn't sure i wanted to lube my board. But that now seems to be the only fix, so i'll see what i have available. When I finish lubing these areas using a tooth pick, ill post the results. It might not happen until next week though.

 

BTW, I love your wiki's. But i'm not going to call you the #1 keyboard expert on the planet... Unless it means i get some more good info out of you tongue.gif

 

Edit: I need to buy some grease. Gonna be another week or more(going to USA to buy).


Edited by nawon72 - 3/7/12 at 4:11pm
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Hi there, I've had a similar problem as you. http://www.overclock.net/t/1194665/first-mechanic-keyboard-ducky-shining-but-now-a-problem/10#post_16108376 , I'm assuming that the squeaky is coming from the switch itself and not the metal supports right?If so that's exactly what happened to me. What I did to fix my two squeaky switches was actually buying new switches and de-solder the malfunction ones and re-solder new ones onto it. I don't know if there's an easier way, but if you can't find other ways then I suggest you doing what I did.

I also changed the colour of the LED of the malfunction ones on the way! thumb.gif
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Hi there, I've had a similar problem as you. http://www.overclock.net/t/1194665/first-mechanic-keyboard-ducky-shining-but-now-a-problem/10#post_16108376 , I'm assuming that the squeaky is coming from the switch itself and not the metal supports right?If so that's exactly what happened to me. What I did to fix my two squeaky switches was actually buying new switches and de-solder the malfunction ones and re-solder new ones onto it. I don't know if there's an easier way, but if you can't find other ways then I suggest you doing what I did.
I also changed the colour of the LED of the malfunction ones on the way! :thumb:

It's definitely not the switch that is squeaking, thankfully. I tested by taking off the keycap, and pressing down, as well as trying the "Z" keycap on it. But thanks for trying to help.

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Oh, haha! rolleyes.gif good luck anyway!
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