[vcf-midatlantic] PET keyboard question

Alexander ajpierson1 at yahoo.com
Thu Nov 2 18:02:02 EDT 2017

I saw the silver paint-on used in a PET keyboard repair for the first time recently.  It seems like it was an effective fix.  However, I have only seen that done to a single PET, so I don't think it's a common solution.  That would be my next choice, seeing as the isopropyl didn't help things.  

-Alexander 'Z' Pierson

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william degnan via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:

>I could but I am looking for  what someone who successfully restored a dead
>keyboard did.  I never heard anyone putting colloidal silver on a pet
>keyboard before.
>Bill Degnan
>twitter: billdeg
>On Nov 2, 2017 4:48 PM, "Jeffrey Brace via vcf-midatlantic" <
>vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
>How about putting silver on the contacts?
>On Thu, Nov 2, 2017 at 4:21 PM, william degnan via vcf-midatlantic <
>vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
>> I used the 91% with qtip on both.  I could try the eraser why not...but my
>> method should have worked
>> Bill Degnan
>> twitter: billdeg
>> vintagecomputer.net
>> On Nov 2, 2017 3:53 PM, "Justin Jernigan via vcf-midatlantic" <
>> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
>> >
>> > >>I searched the web and did not find any specific best way to handle
>> keys
>> > >>that have no response at all given my described situation. Most places
>> > say
>> > >>"clean everything"....OK tried that. What does one do specifically
>> > >>(materials and procedure) to clean the black carbon contact points to
>> > >>ensure conductivity? This is not the same issue as the SOL/Tandy-II
>> > >>keyboard problem with the dried-out pads. The PET has springs, and
>> > >>particular keyboard has no rust and very little crud. There must be
>> > >>something microscopic like a thin film that needs to be cleared. I
>> > believe
>> > >>the pads are extending and contacting the control board. I tried using
>> > >>deoxit and isopropyl alcohol. Hope I did not ruin. I was able to get a
>> > >>few keys to work but there are a lot more to fix.
>> >
>> > I use alcohol (91%) and a qtip on both the contact points and the carbon
>> > pads.  Have you tried using a pencil eraser on the board contact points?
>> > Might be worth it on the carbon points as well (pencil eraser) and then
>> > clean again with alcohol.
>> >

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