[Photos] Interesting Model M Find

I just scored this nice little cache of Model M's as well as an HP 85 portable computer. They were found in a building that was being refurbished. Good thing they didn't get tossed. One of the Model M's has some interesting key cap legends. I wish I had some more history behind this find to document.

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I imagine these legends were used with some special purpose application.
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One of the M's has came with a neat modification which prevents the cable from being disconnected.
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HP 85 Portable I got for cheap. Looks like a gigantic calculator.
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Nice. What's the part number of the weird M?
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Dude where do you find this stuff
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ohaimark wrote:Nice. What's the part number of the weird M?

It's a standard M part #. This is the picture of the back.

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taylorswiftttttt wrote:Dude where do you find this stuff

I can't tell you guys all my secrets ;)
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It blows my mind how you can find all this stuff! Congrats, man!
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All these M's and your main board is a Rosewill cherry blue :cry:
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Oh, the current keyboard I am using at work is a model M. My current desk at home is pretty small but that hopefully will change soon. Eventually I do plan to downsize my duplicate boards. Also I will rotate boards from time to time.
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ohaimark wrote:Nice. What's the part number of the weird M?

It's a standard M part #. This is the picture of the back.

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Yeah special keycap Model M's dont really have special part numbers. My green sublegend board has the same part numbers as yours, just the bog standard part number.

I actually resold that M and kept its sick keycaps for my F77 ;)
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ohaimark wrote:Nice. What's the part number of the weird M?

It's a standard M part #. This is the picture of the back.

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Yeah special keycap Model M's dont really have special part numbers. My green sublegend board has the same part numbers as yours, just the bog standard part number.

I actually resold that M and kept its sick keycaps for my F77 ;)

I was hoping to have some special part number, but I still like it because of its uniqueness. I could always borrow the clear re-legendable key caps for my F107 or F77 :D
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I love how the Model M is the best known single keyboard model yet every once in a while a previously unreported wacky one shows up!
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DustGod wrote:I love how the Model M is the best known single keyboard model yet every once in a while a previously unreported wacky one shows up!

That's right, with the Model M you can always count on new varaints showing up out of nowhere with funky keycaps and or otherwise.
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I'm interesting in the HP88 portable keyboard.
Could you pull out some keycap?
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Do be careful with the HP85. I once had a HP machine from the same era and it had Cherry M11 switches that were really brittle. Incredibly thick keycaps though.
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Findecanor wrote:Do be careful with the HP85. I once had a HP machine from the same era and it had Cherry M11 switches that were really brittle. Incredibly thick keycaps though.

It's not easy to find a Cherry M11. Could I have the chance to see yours?
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terrycherry wrote:I'm interesting in the HP88 portable keyboard.
Could you pull out some keycap?

I didn't have a chance last night to pull one of the keys but here is a picture of the same model which sold of eBay that happens to be missing a key. Some of the keys on mine, at the top row are sticky and do don't successfully return to their starting positions.

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Thanks bro! It's the Hi-Tek module switch if you can see on the back of the keyboard PCB.
And it has the rare latching switch on it.
I have some experience to fix the switch. If you have some problem, pm me.
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