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wow did you take a coat hanger to it? you can put the spring back on the stem and wiggle it back in left to right with a bit of force. It'll go in but it won't sit properly ever again.
if you do plan on using the switch, then either RMA or do the solder thing.
you never said if you knew how to solder or not
you gonna need
a solder sucker 10$
solder iron $15
solder $5

and a new switch (or transplant a switch from your board that won't use again, like * on numpad or a function key).

or you can desolder the switch, then use tweezers/pliers to take the switch apart from the tabs. Glue the broken blue pastic back to the stem (i would recommend gorilla glue, super awesome) let it set and put the switch back together.

i think that's all your options.
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wow did you take a coat hanger to it? you can put the spring back on the stem and wiggle it back in left to right with a bit of force. It'll go in but it won't sit properly ever again.
if you do plan on using the switch, then either RMA or do the solder thing.
you never said if you knew how to solder or not
you gonna need
a solder sucker 10$
solder iron $15
solder $5

and a new switch (or transplant a switch from your board that won't use again, like * on numpad or a function key).

or you can desolder the switch, then use tweezers/pliers to take the switch apart from the tabs. Glue the broken blue pastic back to the stem (i would recommend gorilla glue, super awesome) let it set and put the switch back together.

i think that's all your options.
lol I just used the key remover thing that came with the keyboard, I dont know how to solder... so I think my only option is to RMA it, the only problem is that I leave for school on sunday, so I wont be able to take this with me, unless they do cross shipping and reply to my emails.

we got this keyboard from buy.com would they accept the keyboard like this? or is my only option dealing with the manufacturer?
Edited by gooface - 12/27/10 at 2:41pm
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well I shot a email off to x-armor last night when this happened, and still no reply, (vacation?) then I called their number and its like please press 2 for tech support, I press 2 and it says you have exceeded the time limit, please dial the extension again, and it says that over and over again, then I press 0 for the operator and nothing, asks me if i want to leave a message.

so i guess they are on vacation still, that sucks... this really bothers me, I just got this for christmas, and I broke it in one day...

I hope they will accept this for a RMA, this really sucks, I didnt know you couldnt/shouldnt do this, they even give you a key remover.
XArmor has always replied to me within 4 hours of emailing them, on three different occasions. However yes, they are on vacation until Tuesday. (28th).

Also, the uneven back lighting on the \\ is normal. Also it doesn't use stabilizers so it's just a regular key, you must have really yanked that switch out hard.

I think XArmor uses REALLY cheap plastic for the "+" molds that fit over the switch, because on A LOT of my keys, there are cracks running down the cylinder, making my key loose...
Edited by Khaotik55 - 12/27/10 at 2:46pm
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XArmor has always replied to me within 4 hours of emailing them, on three different occasions. However yes, they are on vacation until Tuesday. (28th).

Also, the uneven back lighting on the \\ is normal. Also it doesn't use stabilizers so it's just a regular key, you must have really yanked that switch out hard.
dang I figured as much, I didnt know about the back lighting thing being like that btw I didnt real yank on it hard (ok just a little), because I think the blue part of the switch is glued on the key because I cant even separate the two from each other. so this key wasn't meant to come off, I had no idea. do u think they will accept this as a RMA?
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i don't think you telling buy.com that it broke cuz you yanked a key out of a keyboard, to many it would sound weird and have no purpose and just say that you broke it.

btw the blue stem is supposed to be seperated from the keycap they are never glued together, it's prolly just shoved in really tight.
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I think the blue part of the switch is glued on the key
O.O

By the way...



What I was talking about earlier.

On the space bar a piece of paper was inserted into that broken end to make it more snug (By XArmor)...

That's what really gets on my nerves.
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i don't think you telling buy.com that it broke cuz you yanked a key out of a keyboard, to many it would sound weird and have no purpose and just say that you broke it.

btw the blue stem is supposed to be seperated from the keycap they are never glued together, it's prolly just shoved in really tight.
must of been tight enough to not want to let go of the switch when i took the key off.
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post #18 of 46

Sorry for the blurry quality, I was too close. But does anyone know if this is normal?

My switches wiggle. Also, I noticed while editing this, playing it in fast motion was funny as hell for some reason.

Well, anyways... Since this is a U9BL thread I figured I wouldn't make a new one just for this small question.


If you're wondering why it seems as if I am drunk, I was trying to wiggle the keys by looking at the camera, not what I was actually doing.
Edited by Khaotik55 - 12/27/10 at 3:30pm
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The switch wiggling is standard. The putting paper in the keys by Xarmor to make the keys fit is really, really strange.
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Why would XArmor put paper in the keys? Either it's an indication of poor quality control by the manufacturer or skimp out on using low quality parts.
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