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Hi!


I'm trying to refurbish an old Schneider CPC 464. It lived in a cellar for the last decade and even though it is a little bit dirty, it seems to work well.
The W-key is broken though It seems like the part of the switch, that goes into the the stem of the keycap, broke at some point and it someone tried to fix it using some kind of glue. I guess it broke again afterwards and now one part of the switch is glued in the keycap. It seems like the switch itself is still working (I can create a W-key event by pressing onto the broken switch on the keyboard), but I'm not sure how to repair it.

Here are some pictures of the computer: Schneider CPC464 - 1984 - Album on Imgur

This computer has a high personal value, so I don't want to do anything to damage it even more. Maybe someone has some experience with this and can give me some hints?

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Re: Fixing a key switch of a Schneider CPC 464 - Advice needed
« Reply #1 on: 21:02, 06 January 16 »
Hi,
    unfortunately CPCs like yours (with real key buttons instead of membrane) are rather rare. There are several other keyboards with similar keys, that you may be able to use as a donor. I have quite a few types here, but wothout having the keyboard, it's difficult to tell which type would be easiest to adapt.
I see you are in Germany, if you are anywhere near Köln you could bring/send it over and I could try other types as a replacement.

Bryce.

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Re: Fixing a key switch of a Schneider CPC 464 - Advice needed
« Reply #2 on: 21:12, 06 January 16 »

Thank you for your reply!


I think I could fix the keycap myself by removing the broken stem part.
If I do so, I would need a replacement for the broken key switch though.

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Re: Fixing a key switch of a Schneider CPC 464 - Advice needed
« Reply #3 on: 22:59, 06 January 16 »



If I do so, I would need a replacement for the broken key switch though.

Which key is that?
I recently gained possession of a (non schneider) CPC 464 with real keys (old type) which I'm intending to use for spares. I think I may send you that key if it's compatible with your Schneider...

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Re: Fixing a key switch of a Schneider CPC 464 - Advice needed
« Reply #4 on: 16:28, 07 January 16 »

Thank you, this would be awesome!


I would need two things:


* The W-Key key cap
* A spare key switch, so I can replace the broken one of the W key


You can see the key switch here: Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet


Any key switch of the same kind of keyboard would be fine, I guess.


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Re: Fixing a key switch of a Schneider CPC 464 - Advice needed
« Reply #5 on: 12:20, 11 January 16 »
Thank you, this would be awesome!


I would need two things:


* The W-Key key cap
* A spare key switch, so I can replace the broken one of the W key


You can see the key switch here: Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet


Any key switch of the same kind of keyboard would be fine, I guess.


I'll be trying to dismantle the key and the switch today. I'll need your shipping address et al. Pls PM with details.

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Re: Fixing a key switch of a Schneider CPC 464 - Advice needed
« Reply #6 on: 13:04, 11 January 16 »
Done. Here are your W key and some key caps

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Re: Fixing a key switch of a Schneider CPC 464 - Advice needed
« Reply #7 on: 12:31, 12 January 16 »
Key and extra switches shipped to @questionsallday

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Re: Fixing a key switch of a Schneider CPC 464 - Advice needed
« Reply #8 on: 22:45, 21 October 18 »

Dear dodgildo,


Do you still have this CPC464 with real keys and do you still have some spare parts ?


I've just bought a CPC464 and the "8-key" key cap is missing and also the key switch has been broken.


Can I buy from you a key switch and the "8-key" key cap ?


Thanks and kind regards,


kopizoli