In today's throw away society, we tend to run out and buy a cheap $15 keyboard to replace our previous high quality keyboard. This is fine as a temporary solution, but eventually we're going to want that quality feel and function back.
Most of the time, quality keyboards die because of abuse. Not necessarily intentional, but abuse nonetheless. A few drops of any beverage with acid it in will surely cause an eventual failure. This would include almost any juice (most are "vitamin fortified" which included citric acid) or soda.
Step 1: Supplies
We'll also need an Ohm Meter or Multimeter and a computer. I'm using a Mac here, but any Computer will do. We'll also need an On-Screen Keyboard for testing.
Lastly, we'll need about 6-8 inches of 30 guage insulated wire, commonly called wire-wrap wire and a conductive pen (available from Radio Shack).
Step 2: Prepare the Computer.
On a Mac, we need to enable and bring up the Keyboard Viewer. Open the International preferences pane located in System Preferences (under the Apple menu). Place a checkmark next to Keyboard Viewer. Close the preferences pane. Now, we can select the Keyboard Viewer from the Flag menu.
On a Windows machine, go to the Start menu, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to Accessibility and finally select OnÃ¢â¬â€Screen Keyboard. Note: A message box with a link to more information about the OnÃ¢â¬â€Screen Keyboard may appear. To close the box, select OK.