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Discussion in 'Troubleshooting and Repair' started by phxknight, Aug 4, 2010.

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  1. phxknight

    phxknight

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    My IBM selectric keyboard just jammed. Carriage return works, backspace works. Any ideas to get it running again?
    Tks, Phxknight
     
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    (*steve*) ¡sǝpodᴉʇuɐ ǝɥʇ ɹɐǝɥd Moderator

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    Do you mean a keyboard on a selectric typewriter?

    try here. This person identifies the most common cause for a key sticking down as lack of lubrication.

    Oddly enough, these are apparently almost 100% mechanical.
     
  3. phxknight

    phxknight

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    Yes the actual keyboard. When pressing on any letter there is no response.
     
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    (*steve*) ¡sǝpodᴉʇuɐ ǝɥʇ ɹɐǝɥd Moderator

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    Those typewriters are mostly mechanical. If any keys work then the electrical part is probably OK. Check for something common to all keys.
     
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