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Acer Aspire E1-531 Keyboard Not Working Repaired

By on July 13, 2015
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Today a customer sent to me his Acer Aspire E1-531 laptop with keyboard problem. The problem was his kid splash a glass of juice over the keyboard. After a day or two the keyboard stops working. After my inspection, I could feel that sticky feeling of the juice.


Therefore, I decide to take out the keyboard and try to wash it. See the picture how to remove the keyboard, it is pretty simple. You need a screwdriver and bit of patience…

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 This is the Acer Aspire E1-531

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Put the screwdriver gently and unlock all around the keyboard.

how to remove acer laptop keyboard

Lift the keyboard but take care of the flat cable under the keyboard.

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I then splashed the keyboard with mix of demineralized (distilled) water and soap-see the photo below:

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The reason why I use demineralized water for washing electronic pcb or so is because that type of water have less ions and so it did not conduct electricity compared to tap water.

protective moisture layer in keyboard

After the washing, I took out the moisture protective foil from the keyboard and dry it with a hair dryer, sun, or whatever. This protective foil protects the inner side of the laptop from entering minimal amount fluid drops. If you leave on until you dry the keyboard you will get steam under the foil and your keyboard won’t be dry.

After this surgery, I reassembled and tested the keyboard and it was working fine.








This article was prepared for you by Christian Robert Adzic from Novi Knezevac-Serbia.



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  1. Hosiad

    July 13, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    So fantastic, i believe it works since it works for you.

  2. Yogesh Panchal

    July 13, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Good attempt! how about using Isopropyl alcohol?

    • Chris

      July 14, 2015 at 10:15 pm

      Hi Yogesh, thanks you because you support my article.
      I personally do not use alcohol in my service. It is flammable, I dont like how it smells. Ok, that is only one side of why I dont use it, but, the other side is that alcohol, even Isopropyl or not, it will dissolve ethyl cellulose, polyvinyl butyral, many oils, alkaloids, gums and natural resins and other stuff too. It could be dangerous ( must not be in every situation ) for the compound glues which is used on a keyboard or other stuff. It will dissolve the colors of the letters but must not happen.
      For me is better to buy distilled water and put detergent for kitchen in.
      Distilled water is demineralized and have no minerals in it which could left over any traces of dirty. Did not conduct current so can not harm for electronic connections or so. Alcohol evaporate too fast and maybe dont clean all the dirty stuff from hidden places from the keyboard and so.
      This is only my opinion...

  3. Albert

    July 13, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    That's how we did it at our Repair centre. But also with normal Tap Water and some Soap. Always better then the previous state of the sticky Keyboard as it was not working.
    And if that didn't help we replaced it by a new one. Always much cheaper then buying a new laptop.

  4. Humberto

    July 13, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    I really liked your attempt. Congratulations.

    • Chris

      July 14, 2015 at 3:37 am

      Thank you Humberto for supporting my article.

      • Humberto

        July 15, 2015 at 8:31 pm

        By the way Christian, did you disarm the keyboard into parts or pieces? That's what I saw in your last photo.

        • Chris

          July 16, 2015 at 6:29 am

          No, I pulled out the keyboard and separated only the protective foil.
          All other parts was not separated.

  5. henry

    July 13, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Nice one man, i have been having this kind of issues but wasent sure of what to do, i love it , how one get that water?

    • Chris

      July 14, 2015 at 10:18 pm

      Thank you Henry for supporting my article.
      In my country I can buy distilled water on every gas station.
      It is used in summer time in cars as cooling liquid too.
      My best regard.

      • Robert Calk

        July 16, 2015 at 8:10 am

        That's true, Chris. I also use distilled water in the sponge for my soldering iron.

  6. Merlin Marquardt

    July 14, 2015 at 4:25 am

    Good work.

  7. Andre Gopee

    July 14, 2015 at 4:52 am

    Great Work Thanks for sharing.

  8. Robert Calk

    July 14, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Thanks for the article Chris.

  9. reza

    July 14, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Dear Christian Robert Adzic
    thank u for sharing this article.

  10. Dennis

    July 21, 2015 at 2:37 am

    Thank you for a good article.

  11. Ben

    July 22, 2015 at 6:27 am

    Can I have a tip for repairing keyboard for acer aspire one D255

  12. RDelectronics

    August 6, 2015 at 3:04 am

    Thanks for this article. So, Can I use distilled water to wash printed circuit boards?

  13. Gurpreet

    August 13, 2015 at 2:09 pm


    Good job and thanks for sharing this article.

  14. sherif

    March 11, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Hanks for this info,but can I use ordinary tap water?..


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