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by lhutton
Today, 06:21
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model M Chattering
Replies: 1
Views: 61

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: 2
Views: 113

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: 7
Views: 292

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: 108
Views: 3783

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: 108
Views: 3783

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: 108
Views: 3783

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: 125

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: 383

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: 10
Views: 296

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: 10
Views: 296

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: 487

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: 10
Views: 296

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: 10
Views: 296

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: 10
Views: 296

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: 3338

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: 277

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: 277

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: 551

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: 416

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: 416

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: 245

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: 245

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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