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by Polecat
27 Sep 2020, 05:47
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: White Alps Question
Replies: 4
Views: 253

Re: White Alps Question

In hindsight I should have also mentioned the later unbranded "white Alps" switches that I've found in a few Datacomp keyboards from around 1992. These have the two long mounting tabs found on Alps switches, rather than the four small tabs found on many or most clones. But they do not have any Alps ...
by Polecat
23 Sep 2020, 04:07
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: White Alps Question
Replies: 4
Views: 253

Re: White Alps Question

Zed's comments agree with what I've found. I have dozens of white Alps keyboards that I've collected over several decades, which give a good sampling of the changes. They were definitely not all created equal, and generally the later ones sound and feel inferior (that's an opinion) to the earlier on...
by Polecat
23 Sep 2020, 03:22
Forum: News
Topic: Stuff you just bought
Replies: 1884
Views: 172271

Re: Stuff you just bought

I'll first mention that I'm not a chemist or chemist adjacent. I think the biggest thing is to have direct sunlight. I don't have a problem with that out here, because I live in a desert and we have high UV warnings almost every day. I think the second thing is to make sure that whatever you're ret...
by Polecat
22 Sep 2020, 03:53
Forum: News
Topic: Stuff you just bought
Replies: 1884
Views: 172271

Re: Stuff you just bought

Now that I've owned several older Alps and Alps clone keyboards, I realize that Tai-Hao keycaps are really common. Anyhow, they do take to retr0brighting extremely well. For the case, itself, if you can remove the "2001" logo, the F key legend strip, and the indicator light strip, you should be goo...
by Polecat
21 Sep 2020, 03:36
Forum: News
Topic: Stuff you just bought
Replies: 1884
Views: 172271

Re: Stuff you just bought

Focus FK-2001, an early example with white Alps and unbranded upper housings, circa 1989. This one has an inspection number very close to my other early 2001, which has blue Alps switches. The case and caps on this one are yellowed, but the switches are absolutely lovely. These are the switches that...
by Polecat
10 Sep 2020, 05:31
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Monterey k108 from hell
Replies: 12
Views: 591

Re: Monterey k108 from hell

Hi guys. I got this today. It is a Monterey k108. I was hoping for Monterey switches, but they are Hua-Jie AK-CN2. (what do you guys think of them?) Neat to see the "W" (Winkeys) version of the K108! I found a K104W a while back, also with Hua-Jie switches. In my experience these switches are ok wh...
by Polecat
08 Sep 2020, 00:30
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 4310
Views: 381530

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

Thanks guys. I guess I should get it with his Focus FK-7200 I wouldn't expect "good" Alps switches in this one. Ergo boards didn't become common until the mid-'90s, and Windows keys not until 1996 or so. By then it was bamboo white or simplified, or some version of clones. Of course some people lik...
by Polecat
01 Sep 2020, 05:48
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYSWITCH thread
Replies: 239
Views: 30350

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYSWITCH thread

Found these going through forty years of storage. No identification on the switches or caps. Switches are linear, very mushy. Black and white sliders feel the same. Caps are blank, and have what's almost an inverted Alps mount. I have about a dozen in total, and no clue what they are.
by Polecat
28 Aug 2020, 05:31
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Dead Focus 2001
Replies: 29
Views: 1680

Re: Dead Focus 2001

Very good advice from Willy4876. Recently another member had a problem with a Focus board that turned out to be a bad monoceramic cap, rather than an electrolytic: https://deskthority.net/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=24348&p=469841#p469841 Personally I don't think that Focus keyboards are any worse electroni...
by Polecat
23 Aug 2020, 19:48
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: Found (was WTB): 9.75u Spacebar!
Replies: 5
Views: 504

Re: Found (was WTB): 9.75u Spacebar!

MicalH wrote:
23 Aug 2020, 17:34
where is SP? Im looking for one too now XD
Custer, Washington

https://www.solutionsinplastic.com/contact/
by Polecat
20 Aug 2020, 04:26
Forum: News
Topic: Stuff you just bought
Replies: 1884
Views: 172271

Re: Stuff you just bought

Costar CSK-2102. White Alps (not the early ones unfortunately...), Arabic sublegends. Appears new--immaculately clean, zero shine on the caps, and the cord is still in plastic. Worth sleeping in the van over? Probably not, but I couldn't resist.
by Polecat
19 Aug 2020, 05:23
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3599
Views: 275084

Re: Alps Appreciation

my new board is so wierd dont even know where to start ... the name of the board? dunno! Kernel? 2Kernel? LKernel? IIKernel!? than the layout i mean its cool got an big ass enter key but to make room they shifted the keys a bit ...thats fine keys are now there where the win key would be in future b...
by Polecat
16 Aug 2020, 20:37
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Double Shots
Replies: 14
Views: 862

Re: Alps Double Shots

I just dug out the original caps from my Multitech/Acer KB-101A and I believe these might be Alps Electric also. But be careful, as not all of these keyboards came with double shot caps. The caps from my Datacomp DFK-777 look like they're from the same manufacturer, but that's not an ANSI 101 layout.
by Polecat
16 Aug 2020, 01:37
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3599
Views: 275084

Re: Alps Appreciation

@//gainsborough: Back in 2016, I discovered a Leading Edge DC-3014 that had white Alps switches. It seems to have been stock and not Frankenswitched. The DC-2214 definitely came both ways. I have examples of both in the database. As with the Northgates there doesnt seem to be an exact break by seri...
by Polecat
13 Aug 2020, 04:55
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3599
Views: 275084

Re: Alps Appreciation

Yeah, I was surprised by that. Several bidders really wanted it, and apparently got their stimulus checks at just the right moment.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/124235746943
by Polecat
13 Aug 2020, 02:56
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3599
Views: 275084

Re: Alps Appreciation

Passed on two on ebay in the last year or so, $65 and $99. One just sold for $760, go figure! I'm happy with my 2214, replaced the white alphas with blues, just because I could.
by Polecat
13 Aug 2020, 02:47
Forum: Workshop
Topic: solved! fixing focus fk-2002 escom alps skcm blue
Replies: 24
Views: 830

Re: solved! fixing focus fk-2002 escom alps skcm blue

wanderhoden wrote:
12 Aug 2020, 23:28
here some pics from the inside
the switchplates are white ....i tought they are grey ?
Wiki says white after 1987, so that agrees with yours:

wiki/Alps_SKCL/SKCM_series
by Polecat
12 Aug 2020, 05:27
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: [WTB] Tai Hao ABS Double Shot Keycaps - White on Black or Dolch Set
Replies: 6
Views: 247

Re: [WTB] Tai Hao ABS Double Shot Keycaps - White on Black or Dolch Set

Sorry, I used those from both sets. Mostly what's left are bottom row caps that didn't work on my customs.
by Polecat
12 Aug 2020, 02:58
Forum: Workshop
Topic: solved! fixing focus fk-2002 escom alps skcm blue
Replies: 24
Views: 830

Re: solved! fixing focus fk-2002 escom alps skcm blue

There were several changes to Alps switches over the years, and then Focus switched to clones at some point. I'll bet someone here would trade you some tactile or linear Alps switches for your blues.
by Polecat
12 Aug 2020, 02:54
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: [WTB] Tai Hao ABS Double Shot Keycaps - White on Black or Dolch Set
Replies: 6
Views: 247

Re: [WTB] Tai Hao ABS Double Shot Keycaps - White on Black or Dolch Set

Which keys do you need? I have some leftovers from a couple projects.
by Polecat
10 Aug 2020, 00:09
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Double Shots
Replies: 14
Views: 862

Re: Alps Double Shots

Does anybody know of a standard extended keyboard layout which has Alps doubleshots? I have a couple boards which have Alps double shot boards (Leading Edge DC-2014 and the keyboard unit from a Toshiba T1600) and I really like them but I'd like to have a full-sized, preferably ANSI, board with them...
by Polecat
09 Aug 2020, 01:52
Forum: Workshop
Topic: solved! fixing focus fk-2002 escom alps skcm blue
Replies: 24
Views: 830

Re: help! focus fk-2002 escom alps skcm blue

holy moly you have a black one? Oo :shock: thanks again ! i work also a lot with electronics but iam from the arcade gaming corner ^^ 1 question i still have the keyboard and the keys are awesome but the keycaps i rly dont like those there a so thin ...i mean my main keyboard was a gen1 model m loo...
by Polecat
09 Aug 2020, 00:14
Forum: Workshop
Topic: solved! fixing focus fk-2002 escom alps skcm blue
Replies: 24
Views: 830

Re: help! focus fk-2002 escom alps skcm blue

Well I've been using Alps keyboards for thirty years, and working with electronics for more than fifty years now. The best way to learn is by playing with things, and the information here is the best I've found. The Focus keyboards were made for many years and in many different versions, but the ear...
by Polecat
08 Aug 2020, 23:08
Forum: Workshop
Topic: solved! fixing focus fk-2002 escom alps skcm blue
Replies: 24
Views: 830

Re: help! focus fk-2002 escom alps skcm blue

wooohoo it works now i was a bit of :D it was under the two i markd ....the cap have 104 on it omg thank you soooo much !!!! Nice, glad to hear that! 104 is the code for a 0.1uF cap, and the monoceramic type typically comes in a 50 volt rating. Not critical, those are there to suppress electrical n...
by Polecat
08 Aug 2020, 22:39
Forum: Workshop
Topic: solved! fixing focus fk-2002 escom alps skcm blue
Replies: 24
Views: 830

Re: help! focus fk-2002 escom alps skcm blue

ah you are right both legs are on the same traid InkedIMG_5364_LI.jpg No, a capacitor wouldn't do anything if its legs are connected totether. The pads you circled will be the bottom legs of the two ceramic caps. The two pads below the circle will be the cap in question. But a bypass capacitor conn...
by Polecat
08 Aug 2020, 22:33
Forum: Workshop
Topic: solved! fixing focus fk-2002 escom alps skcm blue
Replies: 24
Views: 830

Re: help! focus fk-2002 escom alps skcm blue

That could happen if the capacitor itself is shorted, and that seems likely seeing how it's burnt. Disconnecting the cap should allow the keyboard to work normally in that case as long as nothing else is damaged. edit - that might sound contradictory, but a bad cap isn't necessarily a dead short, li...
by Polecat
08 Aug 2020, 21:55
Forum: Workshop
Topic: solved! fixing focus fk-2002 escom alps skcm blue
Replies: 24
Views: 830

Re: help! focus fk-2002 escom alps skcm blue

wanderhoden wrote:
08 Aug 2020, 21:52
oh ok i see but i have to bridge those two points than right?^^
No! Don't do that or you'll short out the 5 volt power and that will do major damage. Just unsolder one lead and carefully bend the cap up and away from the PC board so it's no longer connected.

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