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eh i just get a new keyboard from kmart if i accidently bust one on the keys.

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why even take off the keys and wrap the USB cable? just put it in there and let it dry before using it again, It'll work.

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why even take off the keys and wrap the USB cable? just put it in there and let it dry before using it again, It'll work.
That's what I was thinking too....We have plenty of extras laying around here, I'll have to "borrow" one.

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The way I see it - this is JUST FOR FUN. If your keyboard is so dirty you need a dishwasher to clean it - BUY A NEW ONE.

If you place a bunch of keys in a dishwasher, they are likely to fly around and damage your dishwasher for good. $10-$30 for a new keyboard is way cheaper

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why even take off the keys and wrap the USB cable? just put it in there and let it dry before using it again, It'll work.
Because if you take them off you can lock them in a mesh compartment so that they don't fly around in a dishwasher. USB cable - to avoid getting water inside of the connector, it will take ages to dry.

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Because if you take them off you can lock them in a mesh compartment so that they don't fly around in a dishwasher. USB cable - to avoid getting water inside of the connector, it will take ages to dry.
That's foolish, if you're dishwasher is stong enough to blow the keys off the keyboard then you either have a totally shitty keyboard or a pressure washer for a dish washer. I'm not sure it would take any longer to dry out the USB connector than the inside of the keyboard.

Also this is a viable option for those who are cheap or have forms of OCD.

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There is also the option of not using your keyboard as a food tray, it would be nice if the people here (@ work) got a clue

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That's foolish, if you're dishwasher is stong enough to blow the keys off the keyboard then you either have a totally shitty keyboard or a pressure washer for a dish washer. I'm not sure it would take any longer to dry out the USB connector than the inside of the keyboard.
Well, dishwashers do use some pressure. It may not be much, but the keys are really light and it's quite possible that they will fly off the keyboard when subjected to moisture, heat and some pressure. Heck, sometimes they come off even if you turn the keyboard upside down (old / shitty keyboard). Then the keys can get into the dishwasher filter or jam some rotating parts.

As far as the USB connector - that's just my theory . I wouldn't stick a keyboard into dishwasher myself, anyway

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this use to be common knowledge for cleaning keyboards before USB. oh, and no one ever bothered taking the keys off


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Popular Mechanics did this years ago. They suggested top shelf in the washer and no dry mode.

I accidentally washed my flash drive a few times and it always worked.

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Couldn't you spray the keyboard with compressed air to get all the crap out from under the keys? Maybe remove a couple of the keys so the crap has some where to go.
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Couldn't you spray the keyboard with compressed air to get all the crap out from under the keys? Maybe remove a couple of the keys so the crap has some where to go.
it's the crap that builds up on top of the keys that's the problem here at work.


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it's the crap that builds up on top of the keys that's the problem here at work.
Not only that but all the little food stuffs and dust gets caked in there and even compressed air doesn't get it all out.

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I have a 12 year old Microsoft Ergonomic keyboard that they don't make (this model) anymore. When it died, I bought a used one off eBay and replaced the guts of my clean one with the guts from the used one to bring it to life again.

They stopped making these in 1997, so I tracked down a case of them in some wherehouse in bumfukidaho and I now have a lifetime supply of the best keyboard I've *ever* used....which is nice considering Peanut grunges it up a lot!!

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My only concern is that PS2 connections will go away.
They are going away, matter of fact a lot of newer PCs don't even offer a PS2 option anymore. Just get a G15 and call it a day.

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My only concern is that PS2 connections will go away.
PS2 connection


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Shouldn't be a concern, there're PS/2 to USB adapters.

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I used to put old keyboards in the dishwasher. But my new one has a LCD screen on it so thats out of the question.
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I used to put old keyboards in the dishwasher. But my new one has a LCD screen on it so thats out of the question.
Yeah, I wouldn't put my G15 in there, but I have no problems doing it with any of the keyboards we have here at work.

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