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  • #591425

    plaid
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    Hi,

    I often eat near my computer, and I”m pretty certain that there’s chametz in my keyboard. Any suggestions of how to get the chametz out and keep the keyboard (and hard drive :)) intact?

    thanks!

    #682052

    Gabby
    Member

    First of all, don’t eat or drink by your computer. Drinking is even worse because if something spills, it could ruin the inside mechanisms. If you had a plastic keyboard cover, you could easily shake off crumbs and wash the stickiness off. I am assuming that you don’t, so you can clean off visible chametz with a Q-tip between the keys and then spray a compressed air can to extract anything leftover.

    P.S. Your computer probably came with little cleaning brushes that are more effective than Q-tips.

    #682053

    Jothar
    Member

    PC Magazine said you can soak a keyboard in distilled water and let it dry for 2 days.

    #682054

    cherrybim
    Participant

    Computers are so full of shmutz, the only way to clean them is by libun; heat it in a self clean oven until it glows.

    #682055

    Mayan_Dvash
    Participant

    Get a can of compressed air and blow out the stuff between the keys. You can get those in a computer supply store. Another idea is to sell the keyboard and mouse with the chometz and get a (cheap) keyboard just for pesach use.

    ;

    #682056

    Jothar
    Member

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    #682057

    hereorthere
    Member

    Cherrybim, how did you post your message without one of those “schmutzdik” computers?

    #682058

    cherrybim
    Participant

    hereorthere: I already did libun gamur and it’s been reconstituted.

    #682059

    jphone
    Member

    Just cover it with foil. The more, the better.

    #682060

    jphone
    Member

    regarding the crumbs and your HD. is this an external drive? would be quite a feat for crumbs to get into your disk drive.

    #682061

    d a
    Member

    Jothar, welcome to the April Fools Day prank! There is NO such thing as a “YEARLY INTERNET MAINTENANCE” it is a prank done around this time of year because of April 1st.

    There is no need to:

    1. Disconnect all terminals and LANs from the Internet.

    2. Disconnect all Internet servers from the Internet.

    3. Refrain from connecting any computer, or any other Internet connection device, to the Internet in any way.

    Enjoy your Chol HaMoed typing! (is that muttar? is it considered writing???)

    #682062

    plaid
    Member

    Sorry I wasn’t more specific…it’s a laptop, so I can’t exactly hack off the keyboard. 🙂

    #682063

    Here’s what we do, takes 25 minutes:

    1. Unplug the keyboard, of course

    2. Google a layout of a keyboard and print it, or draw one yourself.

    3. Pop out the keys with a knife.

    4. Soak the keys in warm soapy water in a big bowl for a few minutes. Swish around.

    5. Rinse them and dump into a sieve. Shake around to get out the most water.

    6. Put the keys into a big towel and shake it around. Leave it in there for a good 10 minutes.

    7. Wipe down keyboard, with knife and damp shmattah.

    8. If you have compressed air, that does 50% of the job.

    good luck!

    Note: You should probably have someone who knows what they are doing help you if you are going to take apart the keyboard so that you don’t permanently damage it.

    #682064

    ronrsr
    Member

    (keep in mind that I not only eat and drink near my computer, but I own an online computer store)

    Why not just buy a new keyboard for under $10 – you can get a pretty good one for that price. THen, you can have a Pesach keyboard, and a keyboard for the rest of the year. Just like the dishes. Sell the chometzdikh keyboard with your other chometz.

    #682065

    hello99
    Participant

    Halacha does not require one to clean crumbs that are under the keys since they are inaccessible. Just wipe the surface well with a cleansing agent, and preferably wash your hands after touching the keyboard before handling food on Pesach.

    #682066

    ronrsr
    Member

    also, now you can buy completely sealed, roll-up silicon keyboards. Schmutz can not get into them! They start in the $25 range.

    #682067

    jphone
    Member

    Silver foil. Just wrap your keybopard tight. I have heard that you are not mikayem “baal yeraeh” unless you have used at least 75 sq feet of silver foil as part of your pesach cleaning.

    #682068

    Halelujah
    Member

    If you have a thin tongue you can lick out the crumbs, unless some crumbs are fleishig and some are milchig. The majority of your crumbs however, are probably parve, so the milchig/fleishig are probably batel bashishim and it’s not a problem altogether.

    #682069

    plaid
    Member

    yuck halelujah!!!!!!!! 🙂

    So seriously, anyone have tips for cleaning a laptop keyboard??

    thanks!

    #682070

    cherrybim
    Participant

    plaid – I asked your shaila and the p’sak was that you need not worry since in all likelihood the mouse that hangs out near your keyboard has already eaten any chametz that you can’t see.

    #682071

    plaid
    Member

    I’m so tempted to throw my laptop at one of you….which I guess would solve my issue! 🙂

    #682072

    Jothar
    Member

    I am quite aware it’s an Internet prank. It’s also very old- nobody uses “sysop” anymore. Reminds me of my old BBS days with my 2400 baud modem.

    #682073

    kapusta
    Participant
    #682075

    shtieging
    Member

    how about cleaning the inside of your screen?

    click on this link to do so..

    http://www.raincitystory.com/flash/screenclean.swf

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