Model M8413 or A1007 / 600, 700, 800, or 900 MHz G3 processor

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How do you get rid of the smell of the keyboard adhesive?

I have recently acquired an iBook G3, 800M MHz, and the keyboard has a sharp smell. Is there a way to get rid of the smell? I have tried goo-gone, but not removing the back sticker, and other commercial products. Thank you!

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This was a known problem some years ago and as I recall the only reliable cure was to replace the keyboard. Had to do that once myself--what a stink.


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Try a magic eraser on the keys, but be careful, they can wear off the lettering on the keys, I have seen it get wore off if too much pressure is used, so I can vouch for that warning about the lettering

The keyboard is also replaceable, follow this guide and put it in the dishwasher, or you can replace it right away and not bother with the dishwasher, take your pick

this is the removal guide

iBook G3 14" Keyboard Replacement

Here is a video of uxwbill putting his Dell Latitude D800's keyboard in the dishwasher(this is a last resort if a magic eraser fails to do anything, let it dry for 24-48 hours if you do this)

If you do this, don't follow how he takes it apart, it's way different on the iBook

If the smell doesn't go away, it's not going to go away and you're stuck with it, and you need a replacement keyboard to fix it

iBook G3 12" Keyboard (Short Tab)

Remember, any attempt to clean it that is successful will not last forever, it will just buy you more time to avoid replacing the keyboard, but you will have to eventually

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