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DOH managed to "break" a key on a storm trigger

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So, had a spindle of DVD's fall off and land on my storm trigger today. Thought all was well but sat down later to start typing and the keycap for my Y key is broken off. The "nub" that the keycap fits on is snapped off at the base of the keycap. Any way to fix this or am I off to Fry's in the morning for an unplanned replacement? doh.gif
    
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If you mean the stem on the keycap or the stem on the switch itself where the keycap mounts, it's going to be replaced unless if you can find a matching replacement"Y" keycap for the keyboard. frown.gif
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Yeah the stem is broken. I think I'm basically out of a keyboard. Even if I got a new switch, the broken piece of the stem is probably going to be impossible to remove from the cap. Sigh, may just plug my old Sidewinder X6 back in and use it for a bit.

edit: The annoying part is that as you can see the "Y" switch still works, just the keycap is broken.
Edited by flyinion - 4/6/13 at 2:13am
    
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Quote:
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Yeah the stem is broken. I think I'm basically out of a keyboard. Even if I got a new switch, the broken piece of the stem is probably going to be impossible to remove from the cap. Sigh, may just plug my old Sidewinder X6 back in and use it for a bit.

edit: The annoying part is that as you can see the "Y" switch still works, just the keycap is broken.

Find a very thin screw, screw it into the stem that is stuck in the keycap. This will give you something to hold onto and allow you to pull out the stem from the keycap.
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So I got a better look at it in the light today. I think I can use some epoxy (assuming it's compatible with the plastic) and glue the key back on. There looks like plenty of room to do it as long as I don't get too much in there and glue the switch to itself.
    
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is it out of warranty? I would rather buy it off you broken than risk permanently wrecking it with epoxy.

Take a pick of how the switch looks right now?
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is it out of warranty? I would rather buy it off you broken than risk permanently wrecking it with epoxy.

Take a pick of how the switch looks right now?

I'll try to get a pic later. Warranty or not that wouldn't cover something like this though otherwise I'd be checking on that for sure.
    
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post #8 of 8
Possibly too late to be any help, but as these mechanical keyboards use Cherry MX switches, they are often easy to take apart and solder new switches in. Quite a few people swap switch types around manually, or move switches from old to new keyboards. WASDKeyboards used to sell the single switches (discount for 10+) , or usual auction sites have them too for a couple of bucks too.
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