Saving a 2100 From Death: The Unsaver Way!

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Mattr567

04 Jun 2019, 08:24

Hey everyone! Haven't posted a new project in a while (college, doh!) but finally, here it is. This saga took place in the course of about 4-5 months.

I had bought a shipping damaged G80-2100, saving it from USPS as they were going to destroy it in order to get insurance money. And I wasn't sure what to do with it. Fix it, but how? The PCB and case were really messed up.

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Then it hit me, unsaver time! I knew of one other in existence but documentation was lackluster. So here is my journey.

This got the board running again

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Repaired the case with JB Weld plastic epoxy, one little piece at a time

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Initial cut

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Bridging the seam as well as the shipping damage hole :shock: The area of the shipping damage isn't perfect, but considering how warped the case plastic was I'm just happy it's straight :lol:

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Missing: tons and tons of sanding

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Wiring: I programmed a key (on all layers) on the 2100 to be Esc before I cut it since I was losing it with chopping the numpad. I kept the PCB scrap if this programming ever gets reset. Ended up needing to have an IC on a separate cut out section of the PCB for fitment purposes.

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Paint wise I ended up needing to do many coats to fill everything in as seen here. Plus more sanding after.

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Also, weeks of dry time for it to cure fully underneath the surface. Definitely learned that lesson.

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Final coat

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Being a German ISO board, I bought a donor board for the US-ISO legends, which included a rare full-size icon mod shift! The PCB has a provision for the full-size shift so it was no big deal to change to. Also red LEDs cause :roll:

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Finally, the finished product :o

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Hope you enjoyed :)
Last edited by Mattr567 on 04 Jun 2019, 08:34, edited 5 times in total.

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Mattr567

04 Jun 2019, 08:26

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Wodan
ISO Advocate

04 Jun 2019, 08:39

Came hard, thanks. Keep the change <3

Wazrach

04 Jun 2019, 10:03

Not a fan of Cherry really, but that's really pretty. Love the red LEDs - guess that's the cherry on the... the... yeah just nice work!

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Tias

04 Jun 2019, 10:04

You certainly did a really great job on bringing this board back to life again considering how horrific the shipping damage was. Such an awesome project and resurection with a beautiful end result. Another Cherry (Un)saved :)

Findecanor

04 Jun 2019, 10:29

Good job!

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depletedvespene

04 Jun 2019, 10:44

Congratulations! This is excellent work. The battlelimp certainly deserved better than an unceremonious destruction (probably at the hands of the same who damaged it in the first place).

Lanrefni

04 Jun 2019, 11:06

That is a very clean case mod,well done.

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Dingster

04 Jun 2019, 11:51

Fuck thats amazing. Great job man :)

DJSwayde

04 Jun 2019, 13:18

So good. Good job, dude!

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zrrion

04 Jun 2019, 14:35

This is super nice! Great job.

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ZedTheMan

04 Jun 2019, 22:34

That looks clean. Excellent job saving a board otherwise destined to be scrapped.

samuelcable

04 Jun 2019, 22:40

Thank you so much for saving it! I thought it was too far gone for repair when I got it but you managed to surprise me with how well done this is!

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kbdfr
The Tiproman

05 Jun 2019, 08:32

Happy to see this long and unpleasant story ending in a short and nice keyboard ;-)

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