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by lhutton
26 Mar 2019, 21:21
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model M Chattering
Replies: 9
Views: 439

Re: Model M Chattering

Yeah, I just figured these things were due to it being an earlier Model M. I've seen the thicker zinc (I think) coated plates in a couple with an 87 or 88 date in one the back of the case. But those could have and their assemblies swapped before I got them so who knows. Glad to know I wasn't going c...
by lhutton
26 Mar 2019, 15:48
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model M Chattering
Replies: 9
Views: 439

Re: Model M Chattering

I would wonder whether someone spilled a sugar drink into it, and if I was going to give up anyway, I would protect the circuit boards as best I could and soak the rest in water for an hour. If it was something simple that might let you peel them apart. The thought had crossed my mind as well but i...
by lhutton
24 Mar 2019, 16:18
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model M Chattering
Replies: 9
Views: 439

Re: Model M Chattering

FWIW, Unicomp sells new membranes, as well as new rubber mats. If you have issues with keys failing and/or chattering, you can potentially repair yourself, but it sounds like this keyboard has been through a lot and replacing the membrane outright may be the best path forward. Yeah I've got a coupl...
by lhutton
24 Mar 2019, 15:15
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model M Chattering
Replies: 9
Views: 439

Re: Model M Chattering

Model M? https://deskthority.net/search.php?keywords=rivets&terms=all&author=&sc=1&sf=all&sr=posts&sk=t&sd=d&st=0&ch=300&t=0&submit=Search You would think that by saying I replaced the cracked barrel plate it would imply a bolt mod but apparently not so allow me to be more specific: Yes, I know ver...
by lhutton
24 Mar 2019, 06:21
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model M Chattering
Replies: 9
Views: 439

Model M Chattering

I've got a 1986 Model M that is chattering on the E key. It's a very early version and the barrel plate was badly cracked so I replaced it with a new part from Unicomp. Tried replacing the spring on the E key and if anything that made it worse. I did notice that the membrane seems to be glued to the...
by lhutton
18 Mar 2019, 06:36
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model M PCB Mounting Repair
Replies: 3
Views: 214

Re: Model M PCB Mounting Repair

Do you still have the plastic pieces from the tabs? Maybe try to epoxy (Loctite plastic epoxy or JBWeld is usually my go to stuff) them back on. A few M's I've fixed have had the columns that hold the metal backplate up break off and I just used some JBWeld to put the little tabs back on. AFAIK they...
by lhutton
17 Mar 2019, 05:53
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Tell me about your experience with dome boards
Replies: 13
Views: 641

Re: Tell me about your experience with dome boards

I have a soft spot for NMB dome with slider and some of the (Silitek maybe?) domes sold under the Dell and WYSE label in the late 90s. They tend to be tactile but not noisy. I've got a couple of old Packard Bell boards (BTC dome and slider) as well. A good keyboard is a good keyboard in my book. I'm...
by lhutton
15 Mar 2019, 04:34
Forum: Deskthority talk
Topic: Deskthority header images v2
Replies: 112
Views: 4552

Re: Deskthority header images v2

Last one for now I promise ... also seeing a theme in all my submissions ...
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by lhutton
15 Mar 2019, 03:09
Forum: Deskthority talk
Topic: Deskthority header images v2
Replies: 112
Views: 4552

Re: Deskthority header images v2

One more for the road, my Selectric III. Not a keyboard but close enough maybe?
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by lhutton
15 Mar 2019, 02:45
Forum: Deskthority talk
Topic: Deskthority header images v2
Replies: 112
Views: 4552

Re: Deskthority header images v2

Shot of my ol' pingmaster.
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by lhutton
15 Mar 2019, 02:10
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM Selectric III
Replies: 0
Views: 195

IBM Selectric III

Late last summer I picked up an IBM Selectric Model III from a local thrift store. Not really a keyboard but it certainly has that IBM heritage. Needed some work to get running, it had the usual broken transport pulley, dirt and foam that turned to goo. After a cleaning, lubrication and a new pulley...
by lhutton
15 Mar 2019, 01:52
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model F Prices
Replies: 5
Views: 455

Model F Prices

So, lately I've been watching a number of eBay auctions for Model F ATs to get a feel for what they cost. I'm very familiar with restoring and repairing Model Ms at this point but the last time I saw a working Model F was in the early-to-mid-90s on a hand-me-down AT our family was given. Sadly I don...
by lhutton
13 Mar 2019, 20:36
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: M122 Soarer's Converter { and < keys
Replies: 11
Views: 432

Re: M122 Soarer's Converter { and < keys

One other question, the key marked "Rule" in the center of the cross arrow nav, what's that addressed as by Soarers? That'd be neat to macro for a few things in vi or tmux. I map it to Scroll Lock — highly useful for me (but, then again, weirdos think I'm a weirdo). I don't think I've used scroll l...
by lhutton
13 Mar 2019, 20:12
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: M122 Soarer's Converter { and < keys
Replies: 11
Views: 432

Re: M122 Soarer's Converter { and < keys

Hi, Ihutton. This is the "hid map" I got from my M122: m122_scan_codes.jpg As you can see, the hid code you need to remap the central key of the cross arrow nav is 0x93 (LANG_4). As for the "<" key, I guess your computer expects an US-EN layout, which lacks that key so it produces a strange charact...
by lhutton
13 Mar 2019, 19:54
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Why can't modern Mechanical keyboard build like Northgate Omnikey?
Replies: 8
Views: 556

Re: Why can't modern Mechanical keyboard build like Northgate Omnikey?

I think it's mainly that it's no longer considered a priority to build a durable product. From what I've seen it's pretty obvious that most customers are more than willing to buy overpriced crap as long as it has RGB and says "gaming" on the front. Besides, disposability has been an increasing thin...
by lhutton
13 Mar 2019, 19:33
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: M122 Soarer's Converter { and < keys
Replies: 11
Views: 432

Re: M122 Soarer's Converter { and < keys

why you dont use hid-listen to find out the keycode? I used xev (running Linux, no Windows installs nearby) and didn't see any scan codes coming from the keys. Looks like Soarer's doesn't send scan codes from things that aren't mapped? The SECOND one is 0x64 ("EUROPE_2") and you don't need to remap...
by lhutton
13 Mar 2019, 05:24
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: M122 Soarer's Converter { and < keys
Replies: 11
Views: 432

Re: M122 Soarer's Converter { and < keys

Hmm, so I think the braces key is Europe_1?
by lhutton
13 Mar 2019, 05:07
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: M122 Soarer's Converter { and < keys
Replies: 11
Views: 432

M122 Soarer's Converter { and < keys

I have an IBM M122 and I'm trying create a custom Soarer's config. I've read through the docs but I can't find what the key with the braces (next to the tall return key) and the less than/greater than symbols on are called. The default Soarer's config doesn't seem to have them mapped to anything. Ph...
by lhutton
02 Mar 2019, 16:07
Forum: Deskthority talk
Topic: Future of DT
Replies: 83
Views: 3745

Re: Future of DT

I was going to mention that to me, it feels like the interest in mechanical keyboards has lowered since maybe 7-10 years ago. But Google Trends tell me my feelings are wrong. I think Razer and other gaming companies have co-opted mechanical keyboard to mean one of those RGB scifi font things they s...
by lhutton
22 Nov 2018, 16:17
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Gateway 2000 AnyKey Inoperative Alt Keys
Replies: 3
Views: 297

I've got one of them, played around with it a bit so far, but never noticed the Alt keys not working on mine Oo . Maybe the trace is oxidised? Perhaps, a little reluctant to take this one apart as the seller OK'ed a return. Couldn't find a decent photo of the membrane/traces to see if the Alt keys ...
by lhutton
21 Nov 2018, 20:57
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Gateway 2000 AnyKey Inoperative Alt Keys
Replies: 3
Views: 297

Gateway 2000 AnyKey Inoperative Alt Keys

I recently picked up a Gateway 2000 AnyKey off eBay and it's in great shape, only thing is the Alt keys don't work. I reset the board using the procedures I found online (hold Crtl+Suspend Macro on boot) and it definitely cleared the board but the Alt keys still aren't sending scan codes according t...
by lhutton
08 Jul 2018, 04:09
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Topre Realforce 104UW review (Topre variable-weight capacitive)
Replies: 12
Views: 609

I'm with you. Topres are nice, I'm just not sure they're $200+ worth of nice. I've got a soft spot for old NMB dome and sliders myself so I'm fine with their construction. Just that price tag. Ouch.
by lhutton
26 Jun 2018, 18:10
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model M 1393464 Restore
Replies: 5
Views: 455

I remember that particular keyboard's auction on eBay. I'm glad it's in good hands now; please enjoy using it as much as you enjoyed restoring it. :) I was kind of surprised to have the winning bid but I'm glad I got it now. I've quite the collection of keyboards including a modern Unicomp, other M...
by lhutton
26 Jun 2018, 05:04
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model M 1393464 Restore
Replies: 5
Views: 455

Model M 1393464 Restore

Recently I stumbled on a 1393464 Model M off eBay for a decent price. This was a model with custom keycaps made for the American Airlines reservation system. Otherwise it's a normal 2nd generation Model M from 1990. I just think the differently printed keycaps look neat. It arrived and I found that ...
by lhutton
09 Jun 2018, 05:06
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: White Alps Hanging
Replies: 3
Views: 260

Thanks for the input! I was thinking about lubing the switches but I wasn't sure if that was safe for Alps. When I get some more time I'll take a couple of the worst switches apart and see what's going on in there too.

For now I'll have to suffer with one of my IBMs. :P
by lhutton
08 Jun 2018, 04:59
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: White Alps Hanging
Replies: 3
Views: 260

White Alps Hanging

Hello! New user here with a question on the care and feeding of white Alps switches. I recently found an Adesso AEK-105 in one of my bins with old Mac stuff. The board was stored indoors in a container and was in pretty good shape, just some dust in the case. I cleaned it up, obtained an ADB to USB ...

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