Introduction

This guide will go over how to replace the switches on a CM Quickfire Rapid keyboard.

Remove the keycap of the key whose switch you'd like to replace by following the small keycap replacement guide or large keycap replacement guide. Remove the keycap of the key whose switch you'd like to replace by following the small keycap replacement guide or large keycap replacement guide.

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Using a Philips #0 screwdriver, remove the .5cm screw from the back of the keyboard. This will void your warranty!
  • Using a Philips #0 screwdriver, remove the .5cm screw from the back of the keyboard.

  • This will void your warranty!

  • When inserting the screw after replacing the switch, make sure to not screw in too tight. This may cause erratic behavior with the keyboard.

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Wedge a plastic opening tool between the rear plate and rim of the keyboard and slide it through the circled areas to separate the plastic hooks that mount the rim to the rear plate. Wedge a plastic opening tool between the rear plate and rim of the keyboard and slide it through the circled areas to separate the plastic hooks that mount the rim to the rear plate. Wedge a plastic opening tool between the rear plate and rim of the keyboard and slide it through the circled areas to separate the plastic hooks that mount the rim to the rear plate.
  • Wedge a plastic opening tool between the rear plate and rim of the keyboard and slide it through the circled areas to separate the plastic hooks that mount the rim to the rear plate.

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Firmly grasp the bottom panel of the keyboard and carefully detach it from the rest of the board. Do not put strain on the ribbon cable when lifting the bottom panel.
  • Firmly grasp the bottom panel of the keyboard and carefully detach it from the rest of the board.

  • Do not put strain on the ribbon cable when lifting the bottom panel.

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Detach the 4-pin cable from the bottom panel of the keyboard. Detach the 4-pin cable from the bottom panel of the keyboard.
  • Detach the 4-pin cable from the bottom panel of the keyboard.

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Desolder the joints holding the switch to the board.
  • Desolder the joints holding the switch to the board.

  • Remove the switch and solder the new switch in place.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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