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Just picked up a Model M from the Goodwill Reboot store for $5.99! Haven't tested it out yet. Only things wrong that I can see is that it's dirty (duh), the cap for the "1" on the numpad is missing, and the space bar needs to be oiled. I was happy with my find.

Any suggestions on how to oil the space bar? I definitely don't want to ruin this bad boy.
post #2 of 9
Why does it need oiling? Is it too stiff, or is it getting stuck?

Missing keycaps are relatively easy to replace. Clickykeyboards.com is a pretty good place if you are looking for an individual one.
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It's getting stuck. Is oiling not the proper tact to take here? I'm EXTREMELY noob with mechanical keyboards.
post #4 of 9
Sounds like the stabilizer has come loose. I'd advise pulling out the spacebar (two flathead screwdrivers under either end and yank up... or you could do it with your fingers even), dusting out whatever's underneath it, then reinserting it.

I'd recommend pulling out a small key, like Control or Alt to practise reinsertion before doing the spacebar. If you're reinserting an ordinary key, you hold the Model M upside down or with the front tilted upwards (important for getting the spring lined up with the notch on the inside of the keycap) and just push the key back into place. If the key doesn't click properly or sounds/feels weird, just pop off and try again. It's quite hard to damage the spring, so don't worry about it.

Reinserting the spacebar requires the same process, except you also have to make sure the stabilizer bar slots into the little holders on the keyboard. This is a bit trickier than a normal key, but is pretty easy compared with some other space bar designs.

EDIT: After trying it on one of my Model Ms, when dealing with the spacebar, it's much easier to reinsert the spacebar with the front of the keyboard slightly tilted upwards. Doing it upside down makes it difficult to keep the stabilizer lined up with the slots.
Edited by ch_123 - 1/21/11 at 12:16pm
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post #5 of 9
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So I just took off the space bar and the (I'm going to call it "resistor bar" just wasn't put back into it's notches properly. I'm typing on it right now. Works Great!

Edit: Well you ninja'd me but now I know what the bar is called. Thanks!
post #6 of 9
Glad to hear it. The Model Ms are particularly well built, and most of the potential problems that you can encounter with them have easy fixes like that, and don't require you to fish tiny hairs out of the sides of switches like some mech keyboards *coughsbluecherriescoughs*
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post #7 of 9
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Thank you for the help! I love this thing already, so nice. Can't wait to game with it.

Eventually I'm going to deep clean is as per the recommendations of the mechanical keyboard guide but for now I will have my fun.
post #8 of 9
If you are interested, ill ship you that missing 1 key for free, if you pay postage. I have a few donor boards flying around here.


Shipping would be 1,50€, so i guess about 2 bucks.
    
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Originally Posted by ascaii View Post
If you are interested, ill ship you that missing 1 key for free, if you pay postage. I have a few donor boards flying around here.


Shipping would be 1,50€, so i guess about 2 bucks.
That would be marvelous.
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