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: denewss.info/channel/oJaJh9acooeqlas/video.html
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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  • Janne van Capelle
    Janne van CapelleVor Tag

    i kinda really like the sounds these kinds of older keyboads make...reminds me of my childhood...

  • 안상우
    안상우Vor Tag

    이거 옛날에 마음의 소리에서 그 주인공 할아버지가 쓰던 키보드인데

  • Sad Gittarian
    Sad GittarianVor Tag

    sounds of tinkering are my fav to fall asleep to so idk HOW i didnt know about your channel until today. this is the perfect content for me. so glad u make it

  • M S
    M SVor 2 Tage

    I like that the ducktor got scrubs

  • Taylor Dampier
    Taylor DampierVor 2 Tage

    Dude simple green

  • Taylor Dampier
    Taylor DampierVor 2 Tage

    They sell tools to do this but I want to mutilate this precious paper clip

  • patryk bojar
    patryk bojarVor 3 Tage

    Bo Just buj a new freaking keyboard i think a new keyboard costs less than the hemicals you used man

  • Wojtek Kita
    Wojtek KitaVor 4 Tage

    likes and subs on this comment will be only from phone, tv and laptop users

  • Spectrum
    SpectrumVor 4 Tage

    Imagine accidentally splashing that’s water with all the gunk in it , and it lands in your eyes or mouth

  • Ty Herbert
    Ty HerbertVor 4 Tage

    @3:30 How to basic style

  • Tala Rutherford
    Tala RutherfordVor 4 Tage

    this is insanely good asmr

  • Christian Gaston
    Christian GastonVor 4 Tage

    Looks similar to my old Dell At101 keyboard! Works great

  • Coral B
    Coral BVor 4 Tage

    I thought it was a keyboard made of wood

  • Lauren Bengochêa
    Lauren BengochêaVor 5 Tage

    does someone know the name of the tool he uses to "strip" the cable at 18:49 ?

  • Rubix Blaque
    Rubix BlaqueVor 5 Tage

    This guys got some serious electrical skills

  • Josep Karr
    Josep KarrVor 5 Tage


  • Bongolo Geisha
    Bongolo GeishaVor 6 Tage

    Imagine using this to play video games. If I got beat by someone with a keyboard like that, I would quick gaming.

  • Robert Ashley
    Robert AshleyVor 6 Tage

    Love your content!

  • Puff Puff Bacon
    Puff Puff BaconVor 6 Tage

    *gasp* brushing the ducktor's teeth with a dirty brush "INSANITARY!!!"😤😤😤😂😂😂

  • RyanRevenge
    RyanRevengeVor 7 Tage

    Yo buy a new keyboard

  • Aaspery Hm
    Aaspery HmVor 7 Tage

    Speed 1,75 recommended


    Imagine if you paint it like a galaxy.


    It looks clean tho. I love old keyboards.

  • Bap
    BapVor 8 Tage

    You know what? Screw you. *un keys your board* 3:43

  • Антон Симановский
    Антон СимановскийVor 8 Tage

    Lockpicking keyboard

  • Autumn's Animations
    Autumn's AnimationsVor 8 Tage

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

  • SpongeBoi
    SpongeBoiVor 8 Tage

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

  • Coline R.
    Coline R.Vor 8 Tage

    this moment is cute 9:18

  • dustin wroblewski
    dustin wroblewskiVor 9 Tage

    I read restored as destroyed

  • G Baby
    G BabyVor 9 Tage

    I love the rubber duck

  • Mundo Makina\Pawel Jerzyk Pawel Jerzyk
    Mundo Makina\Pawel Jerzyk Pawel JerzykVor 9 Tage

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

  • 9o4d
    9o4dVor 9 Tage

    that tysytube guy legit copied u lol

  • Colby Jousten
    Colby JoustenVor 10 Tage

    Soapy water ? Yeah right

  • Nonary Nine
    Nonary NineVor 10 Tage

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

  • ahmed jamal aldoseri
    ahmed jamal aldoseriVor 10 Tage

    I love this channel

  • Susan Mason
    Susan MasonVor 10 Tage


  • Susan Mason
    Susan MasonVor 10 Tage

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

  • Swif7Shadow
    Swif7ShadowVor 11 Tage

    2:17 I just use a spoon

  • slothyyy
    slothyyyVor 11 Tage

    thats probably older than me

  • Andrew Bove
    Andrew BoveVor 11 Tage

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

  • among the master
    among the masterVor 11 Tage

    Windows 95 am i right

  • sum
    sumVor 11 Tage

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

  • Kateřina Vilémová
    Kateřina VilémováVor 11 Tage

    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

  • Redacted
    RedactedVor 11 Tage

    Try to play Friday night funkin on it

  • Withered Lotus
    Withered LotusVor 11 Tage

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

  • Ren
    RenVor 12 Tage

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

  • Too Late Nate
    Too Late NateVor 13 Tage

    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.

  • Jules alexander
    Jules alexanderVor 13 Tage

    Ps2. Thats not a ps2 console

  • smooth collision
    smooth collisionVor 13 Tage

    my ASMR is kicking in lol

  • smooth collision

    smooth collision

    Vor 13 Tage

    lol making me too relaxed lol

  • miku thee stallion
    miku thee stallionVor 13 Tage

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

  • Charred Rxse Cologne
    Charred Rxse CologneVor 13 Tage

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

  • o0h _Deer
    o0h _DeerVor 14 Tage

    These are the keyboards from elementary school

  • Merkava369
    Merkava369Vor 15 Tage

    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

  • rainbow
    rainbowVor 16 Tage

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

  • coco pops
    coco popsVor 16 Tage

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

  • Matt Dougherty
    Matt DoughertyVor 17 Tage

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

  • charlenedotsim
    charlenedotsimVor 18 Tage

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

  • Mohamad Aminzadeh
    Mohamad AminzadehVor 18 Tage

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

  • Aoife
    AoifeVor 19 Tage

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

  • Aoife
    AoifeVor 19 Tage

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

  • Gustavo Rospigliosi
    Gustavo RospigliosiVor 20 Tage

    cuán taspiesas tiene eceteclado

  • Ricardo Martinez
    Ricardo MartinezVor 20 Tage

    Do you reused the Hydrogen Peroxide with other projects?

  • Izabela Wilson
    Izabela WilsonVor 20 Tage

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

  • Larkky
    LarkkyVor 20 Tage

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

  • Hxly.
    Hxly.Vor 20 Tage


  • van
    vanVor 21 Tag

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


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

  • Eryn Hughes
    Eryn HughesVor 21 Tag

    Why the water so foggy??

  • Larkky


    Vor 20 Tage

    Because its soapy

  • Valfrid-Ly Silva Couto
    Valfrid-Ly Silva CoutoVor 21 Tag

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

  • Kalash Nikov
    Kalash NikovVor 21 Tag

    He didnt lube the metal springs D:

  • Patricio Ramos
    Patricio RamosVor 21 Tag

    Podes restaurar mi teclado?

  • TheRedGlint4427
    TheRedGlint4427Vor 22 Tage

    3:41 reminds me of how to basic lol

  • Cap Simp
    Cap SimpVor 22 Tage

    My man said soapy water but I aint see no soap

  • Blaze Elvira Firehoof
    Blaze Elvira FirehoofVor 22 Tage

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

  • Achim Fontinelle
    Achim FontinelleVor 22 Tage

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

  • Step-On Curry
    Step-On CurryVor 23 Tage

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

  • Inu Kazam
    Inu KazamVor 24 Tage

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

  • Kaylee Austin
    Kaylee AustinVor 24 Tage

    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

  • S B
    S BVor 24 Tage

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

  • isa bella
    isa bellaVor 26 Tage


  • Darrius Chung
    Darrius ChungVor 27 Tage

    It sounds pretty damn good for a membrane keyboard

  • Silver Shaye
    Silver ShayeVor 27 Tage

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

  • Bonifasius Laksanamatahari
    Bonifasius LaksanamatahariVor 27 Tage

    *S U B C R I 8 E*

  • higuera :p
    higuera :pVor 27 Tage

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

  • higuera :p

    higuera :p

    Vor 27 Tage

    (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)

  • I Don’t Know
    I Don’t KnowVor 27 Tage

    Yes, “Subcribe.”

  • Spring David
    Spring DavidVor 28 Tage

    3:20 HowToBasic is proud.

  • 미네랄인절미
    미네랄인절미Vor 29 Tage

    갑자기 알리고즘에 의해 들어왔는데 한국인들 없나요

  • Philip Dudin
    Philip DudinVor 29 Tage

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

  • Abby Louise Rexroth
    Abby Louise RexrothVor Monat

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

  • M I L K S H A K E
    M I L K S H A K EVor Monat

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

  • Flaaah Lopees
    Flaaah LopeesVor Monat

    Anúncios dos inferno

  • Lanna's Missing Link
    Lanna's Missing LinkVor Monat

    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

    Vor 10 Tage

    I hated that stuff

  • AMOF
    AMOFVor Monat

    3:44 Making popcorn

  • Hello World
    Hello WorldVor Monat

    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!

  • Hello World
    Hello WorldVor Monat

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

  • Hello World
    Hello WorldVor Monat

    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

  • Hello World
    Hello WorldVor Monat

    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

  • Luxiana D.Luxtra
    Luxiana D.LuxtraVor Monat

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

  • AbsoluteIrony
    AbsoluteIronyVor Monat

    This is pretty cool!

  • Laurie Campbell
    Laurie CampbellVor Monat

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