I inherited a Pixelbook from my roommate who's bedroom was covered in coffee. I mean everything, top to bottom. This machine would have been perfect for my new job but the keyboard has patches of dead keys. There is also a nasty impact on the top corner behind the screen, but I'm leaning towards coffee as the culprit. Waiting for my ifixit kit to come in and I will dig into it. It was free so I've got nothing to lose.
If any of you find a solid teardown to the keyboard, please link me.
Okay, I've done A LOT of digging into this one now and I think I see the problem. It is not a software problem. After ripping off the layers of plastic they hide their keyboard in, I exposed the only slightly dirty inner workings. Looks like the little leads coming off each of the keys experienced corrosion. I'm wondering if it has to do with the choice of materials since I'm seeing people losing their keyboards so often in the forums.
You can see a normally functioning key with clean white leads running from both the top and the bottom. Then one that doesn't work with the top lead looking brown or rusty. The last pic is another key that doesnt work and even feels a little different when being used. The lead coming from the top is completely missing, just a little rust where one used to be.
I was hoping to clean this up and fix it, but those leads are gone, the plastic layers are brittle and tore up with all of the adhesive during removal, and the board itself is riveted into the chassis with what looks to be nearly 100 tiny rivets. With how well the rest of this machine is thought out I can't help but feel like this was engineered as a delayed fuse for a keyboard failure. A keyboard that is 3 kinds of nasty to remove and replace. So very disappointed.
If any of you come up with a solution, especially a spare parts source, I'm all ears.
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