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Cherry Switch Swap in Rosewill is quite easy!

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I wish I'd taken some pics while I did the surgery, but alas, I did not so I'll thoroughly explain what I did.

The problem was that my letter A key would occasionally make double letters, like so: "this aand thaat". I have Rosewill mechanical keyboards model RK9000 with Cherry MX blues and silly me didn't order them on Amazon and so return shipping to NewEgg would stink. Therefore I decided to swap the A switch with the Scroll Lock switch, since nothing uses that key these days wink.gif



Step 1: Remove the bottom cover. There are 3 screws, and then a thin object is needed to release the latches around the perimeter. Pops apart effortlessly.

Step 2: Using a small 35w soldering iron, I heated the solder for the switches and used a de-soldering suction bulb to remove it. Much cleaner than braid and results in less heat going into the plastic switch:



Step 3: Use a small screwdriver and small hammer to gently tap the switches out from the PCB.

Step 4: Swap 'em around, and re-solder. Needless to say my keyboard is no longer RoHS compliant (Pb all the way!).

Step 5: Re-assemble the keyboard and switch the key caps around. I used a Filco puller:



Works like new!!

I may order a couple spare Cherry switches to keep on hand, although I never use the right hand Windows keys...
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Thanks for sharing! thumb.gif + Rep
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