Restore and Update a Mechanical Computer Keyboard

By Jason Fitzpatrick on August 17th, 2011

If you’re a big fan of older mechanical keyboards there may come a point where you have to restore one to its former glory. This DIY guide covers everything from brightening the plastic to rewiring the keys for a USB interface.

While older keyboards are built like tanks (plenty of the venerable IBM Model M keyboards are still in use today) sometimes you might find they need a little repair and updating. Lowpoly, over at Deskthority, shares a guide to ripping apart and old Apple keyboard (the M0110) to overhaul the guts with a USB connection, quieter springs, and a bleaching of the case to remove the dinginess years of oxidation can bring to older electronics.

Hit up the link below for additional photos and details on the repair job.

The Apple M0110 Today [Deskthority via Hack a Day]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 08/17/11
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