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by Aran.E99
Yesterday, 19:29
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Issues with keyboard (1989 Datacomp DFK192)
Replies: 3
Views: 106

Re: Issues with keyboard (1989 Datacomp DFK192)

I think this might be the best solution if nothing else works. It's going to be hard to do though. I think I might try and replace the oscillator first but I can't find any references for what type to use as there is pretty much one picture showing the controller up close.
by Aran.E99
Yesterday, 18:51
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Issues with keyboard (1989 Datacomp DFK192)
Replies: 3
Views: 106

Re: Issues with keyboard (1989 Datacomp DFK192)

Swapped the electrolytic caps out and still the same result - it's not looking too good for the keyboard at this point.
by Aran.E99
Yesterday, 01:38
Forum: Marketplace Help
Topic: Price Check: How much is my _____ worth?
Replies: 4339
Views: 215776

Re: Price Check: How much is my _____ worth?

That's about what I expected, cheers!
by Aran.E99
21 Mar 2019, 22:39
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Issues with keyboard (1989 Datacomp DFK192)
Replies: 3
Views: 106

Issues with keyboard (1989 Datacomp DFK192)

Hi everyone, Today I got a Datacomp DFK192 in what looks to be good condition. As it turns out, it appears to be dead. I have tried all 3 protocols (labelled with numbers) but am pretty sure the "30" marking is AT compatible (IBM model 30?) and this does not work. What is happening: -The keyboard is...
by Aran.E99
21 Mar 2019, 11:05
Forum: Marketplace Help
Topic: Price Check: How much is my _____ worth?
Replies: 4339
Views: 215776

Re: Price Check: How much is my _____ worth?

How much would around 100 loose Alps SKCM Salmon/Orange be? Thanks!
by Aran.E99
18 Mar 2019, 17:43
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3444
Views: 141706

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

Update on Chicony KB-5160: I noticed the caps looked very odd and realised they're 100% Futaba MA switches based on the keycaps. I ended up getting a Datacomp DFK192 from the same seller instead, though.
by Aran.E99
16 Mar 2019, 10:46
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)
Replies: 36
Views: 1124

Re: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)

Here are some more pics of the completed keyboard - top.jpg bottom.jpg alpha close.jpg All I need now are some adhesive pads to call this complete! Regarding the 2nd keyboard, I've fixed the bottom plate by hitting it with a hammer a few times over a block of soft wood. This has worked really well b...
by Aran.E99
15 Mar 2019, 19:41
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)
Replies: 36
Views: 1124

Re: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)

Update 2 - Got it back together. Bar clamp method didn't work one bit, most likely because the foam was too thick. This time, the keycaps went on first try for the most part. Everything works however the keys sometimes the keys activate random ones but that's probably down to the fact that it's a 30...
by Aran.E99
15 Mar 2019, 18:00
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)
Replies: 36
Views: 1124

Re: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)

Update - Foam has arrived however some cockwomble from the place I bought it decided to fold it in the middle. No, it wasn't a flat parcel, it was a tube. They folded it and rolled it. After punching out the holes (and slicing my finger in the process), the holes are VERY out of line because of the ...
by Aran.E99
13 Mar 2019, 20:50
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)
Replies: 36
Views: 1124

Re: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)

If it's any consolation, it probably wasn't worth it. It's been like 2 weeks now and its still not finished. I've even had to borrow a bar clamp!
by Aran.E99
13 Mar 2019, 17:28
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3444
Views: 141706

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

Yeah sadly it seems like its switch roulette. I'l wait for the seller to get back to me and hopefully they take my offer!
by Aran.E99
13 Mar 2019, 16:33
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3444
Views: 141706

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

Hey everyone (for the third time, lol) - what switches would a non-stepped Chicony KB-5160 have? The FCC ID ends in XT which I can't seem to find anything about. I figured Omrons but I want to be safe. Thanks!
by Aran.E99
08 Mar 2019, 19:38
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alphameric 142-2762
Replies: 0
Views: 113

Alphameric 142-2762

I recently spotted an Alphameric keyboard on ebay coincidentally a day after Chyros' video was uploaded and decided to bid knowing what I would receive. There is no outer case like the few examples I've seen but it is possibly NOS as it is still in its plastic bag (not sure if original, but its a pe...
by Aran.E99
07 Mar 2019, 19:03
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)
Replies: 36
Views: 1124

Re: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)

A sign? more like a cry for help :lol:

Bottom plate is currently waiting for it's last coat of paint but it's raining (expected in the UK) so I can't get that finished just yet.
by Aran.E99
07 Mar 2019, 18:13
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)
Replies: 36
Views: 1124

Re: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)

Hooked up my teensy converter I made using an old midi jack and everything worked well in Aqua apart from the occasional key getting stuck and sometimes not registering. I decided to close Aqua and open a text doc to type it's first words in many years. The result?:
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by Aran.E99
05 Mar 2019, 17:34
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)
Replies: 36
Views: 1124

Re: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)

Yup, I made sure to tilt the board back. Now that I think about it, completely removing the springs from the flipper might have caused it - I pulled a few springs with tweezers and re-seated them and that did the trick for most. It might explain why they actuate when bottomed out, too (or that could...
by Aran.E99
05 Mar 2019, 16:31
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)
Replies: 36
Views: 1124

Re: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)

I thought it could be that but the flippers would be completely stuck if they had surely? all the flippers move fine but the keys feel extremely spongy and not responsive. Maybe I aught to invest in a bar clamp, take it apart and put it back together.
by Aran.E99
05 Mar 2019, 14:33
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)
Replies: 36
Views: 1124

Re: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)

Okay so after placing all the barrels & flippers in, I managed to get everything clamped down. I hammered the plate until it was slid in place. I've noticed while putting on the keycaps that maybe 20 or so springs don't buckle at all no matter how I install the cap. Other keys feel very loose and no...
by Aran.E99
05 Mar 2019, 12:23
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)
Replies: 36
Views: 1124

Re: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)

Thanks, hoping to have it together in the next few days. The hole punch arrived but like the idiot I am, I forgot to order a 2-3mm one for the alignment lugs. The main holes are all punched out and hopefully correct. The bottom case is primed but I need to buy some white paint before I can continue ...
by Aran.E99
04 Mar 2019, 16:42
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)
Replies: 36
Views: 1124

Re: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)

John Doe wrote:
04 Mar 2019, 06:34
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What I got after Vapor-Rust using, its really like magic, thanks guys.
Looking good, might try it myself at some point (when I can afford the stuff!)
by Aran.E99
02 Mar 2019, 16:05
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)
Replies: 36
Views: 1124

Re: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)

Update on keyboard 2: definitely more rusted....... rust plate.jpg The bottom plate is also bent in the corner (if anyone knows a good fix, please let me know!) bent plate.jpg Oh, and the keycaps smell awful. A smell I can only describe as sadness. I don't know what I've gotten myself into but I don...
by Aran.E99
01 Mar 2019, 19:06
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)
Replies: 36
Views: 1124

Re: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)

Surprisingly the springs (from what I saw) are really clean and the bottom pan looks clean but the internals look like they've been submerged in the ocean since 1986... I mean how does this even happen to a keyboard? rust.jpg MBS whoever they are (presumably the company that ripped out the IBM badge...
by Aran.E99
01 Mar 2019, 18:44
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)
Replies: 36
Views: 1124

Re: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)

Managed to get another F XT from the same seller. Jesus. Fucking. Christ. It might be even more rustier than the first. The top of the barrel plate has thick corrosion and the back plate is bent. If he gets any more I'm definitely asking for a lower price...
by Aran.E99
27 Feb 2019, 17:12
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3444
Views: 141706

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

Maybe not the right place but can anyone help me identify this old computer/keyboard combo that was in my dad's office? That’s an Olivetti M20: http://www.z80ne.com/m20/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olivetti_M20 I’ve never seen this computer in person, but I recognized the Olivetti style. We had O...
by Aran.E99
27 Feb 2019, 08:01
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)
Replies: 36
Views: 1124

Re: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)

Thanks, I only paid about £27 for it which I feel is alright but in hindsight I could have offered less and got it. I doubt it will be worth a lot more once restored but al least it will work :)
by Aran.E99
26 Feb 2019, 16:33
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)
Replies: 36
Views: 1124

Re: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)

So today I've spent a bit (a lot) of time in Photoshop recreating the rear sticker. It isn't perfect and since I don't own an IBM dot matrix printer, the numbers aren't spot on but I'm pretty happy with it.
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by Aran.E99
25 Feb 2019, 13:35
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3444
Views: 141706

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

Just looking at it makes my wrists hurt! If I were my dad, I would have stuck something under the front and used those books as a wrist rest :lol:
by Aran.E99
23 Feb 2019, 17:44
Forum: Workshop
Topic: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)
Replies: 36
Views: 1124

Re: IBM Model F XT restoration (Work in Progress; lots of images)

Holy shit those are some of the worst springs I've seen! I considered trying a contact cleaner but it's very similar to WD40 so I doubt it would work. The corrosion seems really stubborn on the springs and other metals which is strange because vinegar normally works fine for me.
by Aran.E99
22 Feb 2019, 19:52
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3444
Views: 141706

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

Maybe not the right place but can anyone help me identify this old computer/keyboard combo that was in my dad's office?
DadComputer.jpg
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Sorry for the blurry pic, best I could get :D

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