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MS Natural Ergo Keyboard 4000 Sticky/Stiff Spacebar Fix

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by Paul Michaels, Oct 1, 2008.

  1. I bought a newer MS Natural Ergo Keyboard 4000 to replace my very old
    white MS Natural Keyboard Elite.

    I was very disappointed to find that the space bar was stiff or
    sticky. So I searched the web for all the possible solutions.

    Here's what I found and tried:
    1. lubricate plastic posts on underside of key (didn't work)
    2. twist metal sway bar away from each other slightly (acceptable)
    3. remove metal sway bar completely (acceptable)

    I took pictures of the procedures. Here's the gallery -

    Hopefully this will help some of you that have this keyboard.

    Paul Michaels
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Paul Michaels, Oct 1, 2008
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    Arno Wagner Guest

    Lubricating plastic does require special lubricants. What did
    you use?


    Arno Wagner, Oct 1, 2008
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    Rotten Ronny Guest

    Silicon spray is a safe lubricant on plastics. I have a Microsoft Comfort
    Curve keyboard and the spacebar is not sticky so get that keyboard instead.
    They are cheap too.
    Rotten Ronny, Oct 11, 2008
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    Arno Wagner Guest

    Safe, yes. Effective, not allways. But it is a good first approach.

    Arno Wagner, Oct 11, 2008
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    Rotten Ronny Guest

    I use silicon spray to lubricate my racing pedals and it is effective.
    Rotten Ronny, Oct 11, 2008
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    hurturk Guest

    guys be sure I tried everything to fix bar, lubricating, cutting,
    bending etc

    this keyb is shit

    I'm gonna burn it. I won't buy "any" microsoft product after this.
    hurturk, Oct 18, 2008
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    Arno Wagner Guest

    Well, a typical case of they buy a company with a good product
    and then "improve" it. BTW, for non-ergonomic, the Cherry
    G80-3000 series is excellent and uses individual switches.
    After 7 years of working and gaming with one, the "w" key became
    a bit unreliable, but swapping it with "scroll lock" took 10
    Minutes with a soldering iron and it is fine again.

    Note that the G81/G83 series are substantially lower quality.

    Arno Wagner, Oct 18, 2008
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