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Can I convert rubber dome to cherry mx?

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As the title says, can I convert a regular rubber dome keyboard into a cherry mx blue/brown mechanical keyboard?
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Not really.

Cherry switches are mounted on a PCB, rubber domes make contact on a plastic membrane. Now, even if you replaced the membrane with a PCB, your keycaps wouldn't be compatible. Even if that wasn't an issue, the electronics wouldn't be right (the keyboards electronics are tuned to the particular characteristics of the switching mechanism)

There are people who have modded some particularly interesting rubber dome keyboards (such as that Belkin gaming pad) to have Cherry switches, but this involved just keeping the casing of the keyboard and substituting their own electronics. For a regular keyboard, there is absolutely no point.
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thanks repped

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I wouldn't say its impossible, but it really depends on the keyboard and how much work you are willing to put into it.
The best bet would be a transplant of electronics, pcb, and switches out of an existing cherry board into a different casing, which would have to be modded to accept them. Also, only cherry keycaps would work, unless you cut cherry stems off of keys and glue them in your old keys. It would be a lot of work, but doable if you have the right tools and motivation.
    
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They are 2 different kinds of switches. You would have to literally redesign the board and replace EVERYTHING in it for that to work.
 
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post #6 of 6
if your really serious, here's my current mod that is 2months in.
http://geekhack.org/showwiki.php?title=Island:12439&do=comments

The nostromo mod is easy compared to doing this, nostromo modding took me all of 6 hours, this is going on forever.
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