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Replacing switches on a keyboard?

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Keyboard:
I have a xarmor keyboard, and it has a backlight on each key.


Issue:
the number pad " . 3 6 9 " keys are getting "stuck" to the point where i have to put a huge amount of force on them to get the to register then they work fine for a give amount of time, usually 30 min to 1 hour.

what can i do about this? the keyboard is already out of warranty and i have never really soldered anything before ( the only other suggestion i had was to replace the switches )

What i have done:
cleaned under keycaps
I have taken it apart cleaned it

what I have noticed, when i pop off the keycaps it seems to work everytime but i dont know why it wouldnt be registering without them better than it is with.


any tips or advice? I have considered getting replacement caps but i dont know if that will have any positive effect on it.
post #2 of 3
There's a good chance your problem is due to poor soldering causing loose contact between the stuck switches and the circuit board. Since your keyboard is already out of warranty, you might as well open the case up and inspect the solder on the backside of the circuit board to see if you can notice anything loose near your problem switches.

If that's the case, re-soldering the loose contacts would be the fix. I know you said you've never done it before, but there are a few video guides on YouTube about soldering cherry switches that you could follow.
post #3 of 3
See the Cherry MX Switch Replacement and Soldering Guide here:

http://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/wiki/keyboardmaintenanceguides
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