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Hello everyone,

I have a CM Storm Quickfire XT Cherry MX Blue keyboard. I love the MX Blue switches, but the only problem I'm having is when I'm playing Minecraft. When I double click the W key to sprint, it doesn't register sometimes. So I want to switch out the W switch with either a red switch or a black switch. Is this fairly easy to do or does it require me to disassemble of the keyboard? I don't want to get I keyboard with all linear switches because I don't like the feel while typing, and for any other circumstance, the blue switches work perfectly while gaming. Any help is appreciated.
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depends on the switch mount.

http://deskthority.net/wiki/Switch_mount

if your switches are plate mounted, you need to desolder the switch in order to open it and replace the stem and spring.

PCB mounting allows for direct opening of the switch.

the are also custom plates with cutouts for switch opening, i.e. Phantom
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If you feel comfortable soldering doing a single key should be pretty easy. Just by a sample kit or something to get the extra switch. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQ_2GxeR4Es
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If you feel comfortable soldering doing a single key should be pretty easy. Just by a sample kit or something to get the extra switch. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQ_2GxeR4Es

Thanks for the help, I was able to do it thanks to the video you posted. I bought the switch here for anyone else who wants to perform this mod:

http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/index.php/products/keyboard-parts-1.html

The process was actually pretty simple and only took about 20 minutes to do. Here is the result:

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