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Introduction

Since its considered impossible to repair Rapoo Keyboards i tried and succeeded to at least get to the component which breaks first: The USB Connector Port

  1. The main cause of defect with Rapoo Slimline Keyboards seems to be a faulty USB Connector Port. As I couldn't find any conclusive repair instructions but several (violent) teardowns I at least had an idea of approaching a repair. As I couldn't find any conclusive repair instructions but several (violent) teardowns I at least had an idea of approaching a repair.
    • The main cause of defect with Rapoo Slimline Keyboards seems to be a faulty USB Connector Port.

    • As I couldn't find any conclusive repair instructions but several (violent) teardowns I at least had an idea of approaching a repair.

  2. Since the keayboard side is superglued (who needs sustainability when you can just buy a new one, duh) it is impossible to access the electronics from the topside. The PCB and Battery compartment on the backside is screwed from the inside which makes it virtually impossible to teardown.
    • Since the keayboard side is superglued (who needs sustainability when you can just buy a new one, duh) it is impossible to access the electronics from the topside.

    • The PCB and Battery compartment on the backside is screwed from the inside which makes it virtually impossible to teardown.

    • However, the screws are, well.. screwed into thin little poles which can easily be broken with enough (not too much) leverage.

    • Begin with prying one corner with the thin prying tool.

    • Then slide a more sturdy wedge or in this case spatula underneath the first tool

  3. Now lay down the keyboard somewhere raised and press on the metal part so it wont bend. Then youll need to wiggle in the spatula or tool of choice with an angle since the screwplate has a raised border. Then slowly apply force to SLOWLY wedge the plastic plate upwards.
    • Now lay down the keyboard somewhere raised and press on the metal part so it wont bend.

    • Then youll need to wiggle in the spatula or tool of choice with an angle since the screwplate has a raised border.

    • Then slowly apply force to SLOWLY wedge the plastic plate upwards.

  4. This particular Keyboard has four screws. One at each end and two in the middle. Try to pop the screws at the ends first. Then the last two in the middle. Youll need to pry from each side. Try to pop the screws at the ends first. Then the last two in the middle. Youll need to pry from each side.
    • This particular Keyboard has four screws. One at each end and two in the middle.

    • Try to pop the screws at the ends first. Then the last two in the middle. Youll need to pry from each side.

  5. Be very careful not to yoink the cables as you pry the board. Best to hold the plastic box in place when working on the last screw.
    • Be very careful not to yoink the cables as you pry the board.

    • Best to hold the plastic box in place when working on the last screw.

    • Open the flatcable connector by pushing its ends left and right with an flathead screwdriver or similar.

  6. With this particular keyboard there is another flatcable lingering in the darkness.
    • With this particular keyboard there is another flatcable lingering in the darkness.

    • You can try to pull it but youll need excessive force to do so plus it will be very difficult to get it back inside once youll reassemble.

  7. Carefully rotate the keyboard ever so slightly to get access to the faulty USB Port. And there we have it, that pesky little bugger. Now resolder and reassemble and you're good to go.
    • Carefully rotate the keyboard ever so slightly to get access to the faulty USB Port.

    • And there we have it, that pesky little bugger. Now resolder and reassemble and you're good to go.

    • This bigger keyboard has two hooks at the inside of the plastic compartment so you can just snap it back in place.

    • With keyboards that don't have such hooks you might need to tape or superglue the parts back together.

    • Congratulations, you have (hopefully) successfully repaired the USB Port.

Finish Line

Vendetti

Member since: 02/18/2021

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Thanks, I have the same keyboard and the same micro-USB problem. I used a flat screwdriver to remove the PCB cover (breaking all the screws), removed both cables, soldered it, and with a lot of patience and with small pliers I was able to re-insert both cables. Now I’m just not sure how to glue the cover on again

Flarnity - Reply

Glad i could help :)

Maybe use superglue on the corners so you can pop it off again if something doesnt work well?

Cheers

Vendetti -

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