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This is another easy but cool project for you to do with your keyboard .
Probably you're tired of the green LED's from your keyboard and you want some other color ? Or you may want a different color for every LED on your keyboard ? This instructable will show you how to change the LED's from a standard computer keyboard.
 
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Step 1: Tools and materials

Picture of Tools and materials
The materials you need are the 3mm replacement LED's , nothing else is needed.
The only tools you need are a soldering gun and a screwdriver.

Step 2: Take everything apart

The first thing you wanna do is get your screwdriver and start removing all the screws from the keyboard.
After that , put the keyboard on your desk and remove the keys side . Some keyboard use springs for the keys , some other ones (like mine for example) use a plastic layer which acts exactly like a spring . So if you have this layer , remove it (it's transparent and looks like a very large button array) . After removing the keys you will see the main circuit board and two transparent plastic foils full of electrons and circuit patterns . You will have to remove that . To do this , find the metal blade which connects the foils to the main board , and remove the screws from it , and after that gently pull the foils out of the keyboard.Next unscrew the main board , remove any connector and you will end up with only the main board .
drresearch4 years ago
But how come do you have four LEDs on your keyboard? Num lock, Caps lock, Scroll lock, and what else? Anyway interesting, I am going to try it out!
His fourth button is known as Fn lock, on some models of desktop keyboard the function buttons (F1 through 12) have a dual purpose preforming common functions such as copy and pasting that is usually the default, requiring the function lock to be active in order to use the function keys for their F-number purpose
spider874 years ago
Now, I'm not an expert by any means but shouldn't you mention that if you're removing the green leds (2.2v~) and replacing them with red (1.5v) that you'll need a resistor? That difference isn't HUGE but it could make the LED burn out faster.
phenoptix5 years ago
I think this was one of the first things I did with LEDs, next is your mouse, then it spreads....
to what, your case?
Vladmakesstuff (author) 5 years ago
There is no actual special app , it's just a VB script which i ran and it lighted up the LED's in a sequence , one by eachother.
marselsipod5 years ago
so what was that "special app"?
Corpy5 years ago
lol I have same keyBoard... I think I'll try it out...
Vladmakesstuff (author)  Corpy5 years ago
same keyboard ? cool ! :P
the_mad_man5 years ago
It's been a nagging question in the back of my head for some time now, what is the difference between a soldering iron as apposed to a soldering gun?
Vladmakesstuff (author)  the_mad_man5 years ago
The both do the same job , but they're different in shapes . Usually soldering irons stay constantly on when you power them and they have a screwdriver-ish shape . Soldering guns look like guns and heat up only when you press a button . Aditionally , guns can store solder in their tip , while some soldering irons don't.
ok thanks for that. It's just that I've never seen a soldering gun for sale, so I've got an iron