View Full Version : sticky spacebar

03-10-2002, 04:05 PM
I have a IBM Workpad Z50 (a handheld with a near normal keyboard) that has a spacebar problem. At present,
the spacebar has lost most of its 'travel' and has a generally
squishy feel. It still works, sort of, but is not dependable for just one space. I suspect cleaning the plunger (if it has one!)but I am hesitant to pry up on the spacebar. I believe it has a wire that helps it spring back. Has anyone had experience with this? Suggestions?


03-10-2002, 05:13 PM
Hello g-davidson,

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I Google searched till I was blue in the face...and could find nada regarding cleaning the keyboard on your model! http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/mad.gif http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/frown.gif

After I spilled water on my old keyboard (desktop) I did take the thing apart since it wasn't coming up for air. They keys could be pried up. If you attempt to do so, I would get myself some high octane Isopropyl Alcohol(There are usually two versions available at the drug store...you want the one that's 99%, BTW it's cheap, a whole pint, and it's the same stuff for cleaning your video game carts and VHS players that they hose you for when buying the cleaning kits) and use a Q-tip or cotton swab of some sort. You might want to soak the key itself.

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03-10-2002, 06:02 PM
seems this is a little hand held Isn't there some screws on the back where you can take the face plate off? These keys are just like the one's in your remote control for the TV,Just a little touch pad behind the keys but those key's them selves may be incased in a rubber coating which will prevent you from cleaning each key? If that is the case all you can do is buy another rubber replacement key pad it's self?

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