I Restored This Yellowed Keyboard for My Home Office - Retro Tech Restoration

Since everyone, including me, are working at home offices now I decided to restore this yellowed retro KeyTronic keyboard. It’s quite yellow and dirty, one of the keys even got stuck when I tested if the keys move properly. I will also connect it to modern laptop with only USB connectors. The original color of the keyboard is beige so it will have slight yellowness to it anyways but you will see the difference in the end. This model is an ergonomic keyboard. You can tell it by the curved base for the keys.
The keyboard has no screws. It is held together only by plastic tabs that I needed to pry open. It’s important to be careful with those as they might break easily. Once everything was pulled apart, I could see there was no damage on the inside. Only decades worth of dirt and grime. To remove the keys I made a handy little tool from a paper clip. They sell “real” tool for this, but I don’t thin those are any better.
Once the keys were out I washed all the dirt of the parts and I put them in the “solarium” with hydrogen peroxide. More about this process called retrobrighting here: grgone.info/will/zsqJiqOjnrp8lKc/b-nteo
To connect the keyboard to USB port I used two cables female PS/2 to USB cable especially meant for connecting keyboard and mouse to USB port. And Male PS/2 to Male PS/2 cable. One end of the second cable was changed to 5 pin DIN female plug to connect which fit the keyboard. The wiring standards for these types of plugs for keyboard can be found from google. I soldered each wire to the correct positions and with these 2 cables I could now connect the keyboard to my laptop. I could have connected the 5 pin DIN plug straight to the USB cable but now I can use that same adapter still as PS/2 adapter.
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  1. Антон Симановский

    Антон Симановский

    Πριν 6 ώρες

    Lockpicking keyboard

  2. Autumn's Animations

    Autumn's Animations

    Πριν 8 ώρες

    We’re not gonna talk about the immense earwax and pubes?💀

  3. SpongeBoi


    Πριν 10 ώρες

    Someone’s dad when he is drunk at his child 3:47

  4. Coline R.

    Coline R.

    Πριν 12 ώρες

    this moment is cute 9:18

  5. dustin wroblewski

    dustin wroblewski

    Πριν ημέρα

    I read restored as destroyed

  6. G Baby

    G Baby

    Πριν ημέρα

    I love the rubber duck

  7. Mundo Makina\Pawel Jerzyk Pawel Jerzyk

    Mundo Makina\Pawel Jerzyk Pawel Jerzyk

    Πριν ημέρα

    Excellent and dificcult job ,,,,,,,,,saludos ,,,,,,,,,,

  8. spongebobfan


    Πριν ημέρα

    that tysytube guy legit copied u lol

  9. Colby Jousten

    Colby Jousten

    Πριν 2 ημέρες

    Soapy water ? Yeah right

  10. Nonary Nine

    Nonary Nine

    Πριν 2 ημέρες

    So... I'm *not* supposed to pry the keys off with my hands, is the message I'm getting

  11. ahmed jamal aldoseri

    ahmed jamal aldoseri

    Πριν 2 ημέρες

    I love this channel

  12. Susan Mason

    Susan Mason

    Πριν 2 ημέρες


  13. Susan Mason

    Susan Mason

    Πριν 2 ημέρες

    Omg how is he going to put it back together, I would be HELP SOMEBODY HELP 😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱

  14. Swif7Shadow


    Πριν 2 ημέρες

    2:17 I just use a spoon

  15. slothyyy


    Πριν 2 ημέρες

    thats probably older than me

  16. Andrew Bove

    Andrew Bove

    Πριν 3 ημέρες

    You can get a new one from the goodwill for a buck. What a horrible waist of time.

  17. among the master

    among the master

    Πριν 3 ημέρες

    Windows 95 am i right

  18. sum


    Πριν 3 ημέρες

    Awesome video! ... Does anyone else get disgusted seeing a toothbrush being used for cleaning, even if the toothbrush is specifically dedicated to cleaning?

  19. Kateřina Vilémová

    Kateřina Vilémová

    Πριν 3 ημέρες

    I remember that the 0ld keyboards are quite fun to use but now I can't imagine working on them for too long 🤔🤔 but maybe it's better! Not sure

  20. Guilherme


    Πριν 3 ημέρες

    His laptop keyboard: Am I a joke to you?

  21. Redacted


    Πριν 3 ημέρες

    Try to play Friday night funkin on it

  22. Withered Lotus

    Withered Lotus

    Πριν 3 ημέρες

    Is no one gonna talk about how he made his own cable for it-

  23. Ren


    Πριν 4 ημέρες

    I'm curious: does anyone know the purpose of those metal bits that went on the inside of the keys?

  24. Too Late Nate

    Too Late Nate

    Πριν 4 ημέρες

    There's actually a toolset sold by IBM for technicians in the 80's that my mother had for removing keys and completely disassembling every model of IBM-based keyboard up to that point. Don't have it anymore, but you could get those keyboards apart in like 2-3 minutes, or less if you did it constantly.

  25. Jules alexander

    Jules alexander

    Πριν 5 ημέρες

    Ps2. Thats not a ps2 console

  26. smooth collision

    smooth collision

    Πριν 5 ημέρες

    my ASMR is kicking in lol

    • smooth collision

      smooth collision

      Πριν 5 ημέρες

      lol making me too relaxed lol

  27. miku thee stallion

    miku thee stallion

    Πριν 5 ημέρες

    17:39 he transed that cable's gender...

  28. Charred Rxse Cologne

    Charred Rxse Cologne

    Πριν 5 ημέρες

    So after I watch this, I'll learn how to do some deep cleani- Guy: 3:30 Me: pF-

  29. o0h _Deer

    o0h _Deer

    Πριν 6 ημέρες

    These are the keyboards from elementary school

  30. Merkava369


    Πριν 7 ημέρες

    I used to just use a butter knife to pop the keys off but your method doesn't project them across the room.... you shoulda restored a mechanical keyboard... way more interesting

  31. rainbow


    Πριν 8 ημέρες

    It's more dirty then my room and I needed to scrape a carpet off the floor

  32. coco pops

    coco pops

    Πριν 8 ημέρες

    in my head: it's good to bring keyboardsto professionals so they can work their magic chemicals on them him: uses isopropyl alcohol

  33. Matt Dougherty

    Matt Dougherty

    Πριν 9 ημέρες

    This intrigued me because tysytube, also restored a keyboard. Don't clean the plastic duck it's irrelevant.

  34. charlenedotsim


    Πριν 10 ημέρες

    This is possibly one of the bravest things ever, touching possibly 20 years' worth of grime. I'm so glad you are wearing gloves.

  35. Mohamad Aminzadeh

    Mohamad Aminzadeh

    Πριν 10 ημέρες

    21:57 of video watching cleaning , turning yellow to light yellow

  36. Aoife


    Πριν 11 ημέρες

    *22 minutes video on cleaning old keyboard "Ain't nobody got time for that" Me throughout video: 👁️👄👁️

  37. Aoife


    Πριν 11 ημέρες

    Sometimes i think the old stuff is more durable and made of better quality than most of the stuff we have today...

  38. Gustavo Rospigliosi

    Gustavo Rospigliosi

    Πριν 12 ημέρες

    cuán taspiesas tiene eceteclado

  39. Ricardo Martinez

    Ricardo Martinez

    Πριν 12 ημέρες

    Do you reused the Hydrogen Peroxide with other projects?

  40. Izabela Wilson

    Izabela Wilson

    Πριν 12 ημέρες

    Restored. A COMPUTER. Component. Jeez, I'm getting old.

  41. Larkky


    Πριν 12 ημέρες

    "When was the last time you cleaned your keyboard" Me: >looks for compressed air can on amazon

  42. Hxly.


    Πριν 12 ημέρες


  43. van


    Πριν 12 ημέρες

    i don't even know why im watching this, i have quizzes to answer jskjdkshfkshfksdh



    Πριν 13 ημέρες

    3:13 tell me I'm not the only one who is bothered by the sound of the keys

  45. Eryn Hughes

    Eryn Hughes

    Πριν 13 ημέρες

    Why the water so foggy??

    • Larkky


      Πριν 12 ημέρες

      Because its soapy

  46. Valfrid-Ly Silva Couto

    Valfrid-Ly Silva Couto

    Πριν 13 ημέρες

    These keyboards were great!! Noisy but great!!!

  47. Kalash Nikov

    Kalash Nikov

    Πριν 13 ημέρες

    He didnt lube the metal springs D:

  48. Patricio Ramos

    Patricio Ramos

    Πριν 13 ημέρες

    Podes restaurar mi teclado?

  49. TheRedGlint4427


    Πριν 14 ημέρες

    3:41 reminds me of how to basic lol

  50. Cap Simp

    Cap Simp

    Πριν 14 ημέρες

    My man said soapy water but I aint see no soap

  51. Blaze Elvira Firehoof

    Blaze Elvira Firehoof

    Πριν 14 ημέρες

    I had a toothbrush just like that, now I know where it went.

  52. Achim Fontinelle

    Achim Fontinelle

    Πριν 14 ημέρες

    The abstracted eggnog connoly wriggle because foot trivially connect amidst a feeble feigned sideboard. billowy, scared puffin

  53. Project_Dawn


    Πριν 14 ημέρες

    1:58 7 years ago, take or leave it.

  54. Inu Kazam

    Inu Kazam

    Πριν 16 ημέρες

    After watching this I now feel bad for replacing my keyboard last month because the spacebar and some keys were malfunctioning.

  55. Kaylee Austin

    Kaylee Austin

    Πριν 16 ημέρες

    I clicked on this and was curious so I skipped to a random part in the middle and he was cleaning a rubber duck and I still dont understand the purpose

  56. S B

    S B

    Πριν 16 ημέρες

    Nice keyboard. W/O f***ng window key!

  57. isa bella

    isa bella

    Πριν 18 ημέρες


  58. Darrius Chung

    Darrius Chung

    Πριν 18 ημέρες

    It sounds pretty damn good for a membrane keyboard

  59. Silver Shaye

    Silver Shaye

    Πριν 19 ημέρες

    I want you all to know that this is my favorite video on GRgone and it'll be playing at my funeral or my wedding, whichever comes first

  60. Bonifasius Laksanamatahari

    Bonifasius Laksanamatahari

    Πριν 19 ημέρες

    *S U B C R I 8 E*

  61. higuera :p

    higuera :p

    Πριν 19 ημέρες

    I don't have to clean my keyboard cause it's flat (art laptop)

    • higuera :p

      higuera :p

      Πριν 19 ημέρες

      (by art laptop I mean tahtw here the keyboard is supoused t be its flat so u can use a pen, the keyboard lights up if u turn it on)

  62. I Don’t Know

    I Don’t Know

    Πριν 19 ημέρες

    Yes, “Subcribe.”

  63. Spring David

    Spring David

    Πριν 20 ημέρες

    3:20 HowToBasic is proud.

  64. 미네랄인절미


    Πριν 20 ημέρες

    갑자기 알리고즘에 의해 들어왔는데 한국인들 없나요

  65. Philip Dudin

    Philip Dudin

    Πριν 21 ημέρα

    It's the type of keyboard you can use as a weapon. Really durable and heavy-duty.

  66. Abby Louise Rexroth

    Abby Louise Rexroth

    Πριν 22 ημέρες

    Hey look, it's Dr. Mallard from NCIS!! Aka "Ducky"

  67. M I L K S H A K E

    M I L K S H A K E

    Πριν 22 ημέρες

    Imagine seeing a gamer, with this keyboard in their PC setup-

  68. Flaaah Lopees

    Flaaah Lopees

    Πριν 23 ημέρες

    Anúncios dos inferno

  69. Lanna's Missing Link

    Lanna's Missing Link

    Πριν 23 ημέρες

    The membrane looks like the rubber stuff my mum put on the bottom of the bath when we were kids so we wouldn't slip. So nostalgic!

    • Golf Pen

      Golf Pen

      Πριν 2 ημέρες

      I hated that stuff

  70. AMOF


    Πριν 23 ημέρες

    3:44 Making popcorn

  71. Hello World

    Hello World

    Πριν 23 ημέρες

    Does anyone know the name of that keyboard layout? That J enter key... which is upside down from International ISO layout is still used in Japan and existed in Korea a decade ago. Didn't know it was also in the US!

  72. Hello World

    Hello World

    Πριν 23 ημέρες

    It's good to know what chemicals we can use to clean very old and dirty electronics! ;)

  73. Hello World

    Hello World

    Πριν 23 ημέρες

    Umm those metal pieces are called stabilizers.... yeah recently into keyboards. This old membrane keyboard cleaning is fascinating to watch, more so if it works! I suppose all the keys worked in the end? Soldering wires to make genders... that was another level haha

  74. Hello World

    Hello World

    Πριν 23 ημέρες

    I cleaned my mechanical keyboard today by removing all the key caps! But that tool making was impressive lol... and that Enter key!!! Memories of the 90s... haha

  75. Luxiana D.Luxtra

    Luxiana D.Luxtra

    Πριν 23 ημέρες

    I actually cleaned my keyboard like a month ago but I just used my fingers to remove the keys

  76. AbsoluteIrony


    Πριν 24 ημέρες

    This is pretty cool!

  77. Laurie Campbell

    Laurie Campbell

    Πριν 24 ημέρες

    Totally planned on skipping ahead to see the finished product. Watched the whole thing hypnotized.

  78. Phenom II X6 1055T

    Phenom II X6 1055T

    Πριν 25 ημέρες

    Buy keycap puller?

  79. Hayden Gordon

    Hayden Gordon

    Πριν 25 ημέρες

    I've been a sub since 15k, it makes me so happy to see this channel grow

  80. NoCap2Game


    Πριν 25 ημέρες

    I think im lost again umm sir clean a newer one for your next vid

  81. Yz Zy

    Yz Zy

    Πριν 25 ημέρες

    Today my pizza fell to my keyboard. And yes, I love ketchup. :D

  82. John Banks

    John Banks

    Πριν 25 ημέρες

    I just bunged mine in the dishwasher.

  83. ShadowStorm 3.0

    ShadowStorm 3.0

    Πριν 25 ημέρες

    Take notes, Buzzfeed

  84. ohjajohh


    Πριν 26 ημέρες

    I was waiting for the sound of the enter key

  85. Tereza


    Πριν 26 ημέρες

    i dont have the patience to do this kind of thing

  86. Matrix


    Πριν 26 ημέρες

    most satisfying part is when he cleans it with ducktor and when he puts it in the uv light.

  87. Universe Of Edits

    Universe Of Edits

    Πριν 26 ημέρες

    Guns in gta sa be like 3:43

  88. Hope Vergara

    Hope Vergara

    Πριν 27 ημέρες

    Lets see what was the last food the owner eaten. Then shows a hair. Lol

    • Rowdy Eggplaad

      Rowdy Eggplaad

      Πριν 25 ημέρες

      The last owner was a cannibal!

  89. samuel Chaleal

    samuel Chaleal

    Πριν 27 ημέρες

    También baño al pato xd

  90. Samantha Krull

    Samantha Krull

    Πριν 28 ημέρες

    Does the purple light react with the hydrogen peroxide to help whiten it better?

  91. amber g

    amber g

    Πριν 28 ημέρες


    • Rowdy Eggplaad

      Rowdy Eggplaad

      Πριν 25 ημέρες

      The Ducktor doesn't mind this, he dies it everyday

  92. Rebs B

    Rebs B

    Πριν 28 ημέρες

    oh my god the key removal.... better than bubble wrap

  93. Jeffrey Fiegen

    Jeffrey Fiegen

    Πριν 29 ημέρες

    That keyboard has some *BULK* to it.

  94. Walter Kovacs

    Walter Kovacs

    Πριν 29 ημέρες

    Wait, you guys don't rip out keys with a screwdriver?

  95. Rustymegabyt Is cool

    Rustymegabyt Is cool

    Πριν 29 ημέρες

    Let’s take a moment to realize this might be shlatts computer

    • Rowdy Eggplaad

      Rowdy Eggplaad

      Πριν 25 ημέρες

      *proceeds to down a whole 2l bottle of grape soda*

  96. violet christine

    violet christine

    Πριν 29 ημέρες

    I think this is the best video on the internet.

  97. _mediocre _music_

    _mediocre _music_

    Πριν 29 ημέρες

    I just kept thinking "This would make a sick gaming keyboard" Also, MY MANS MADE AN ADAPTOR! THE COMMITMENT!!

  98. T Hol

    T Hol

    Πριν μήνα

    Its so crazy seeing this keyboard again! Im an early 2000s baby and there was this exact keyboard in the library of our elementary school

  99. Carmita Handke

    Carmita Handke

    Πριν μήνα

    The embarrassed cap wessely trot because missile grossly mend upon a nonchalant potato. hateful, calculating shoemaker

  100. Ognjen 100janovic

    Ognjen 100janovic

    Πριν μήνα

    Prijatelju,za to vreme kolko cistim tastaturu mogu lepo da odem i da kupim novu