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by twasa
19 Feb 2019, 18:37
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What's Wrong with a Thrift Shop?
Replies: 16
Views: 472

Re: What's Wrong with a Thrift Shop?

I always thought that being in Africa sucked for finding any mechanical keyboards. We have a charity shop walking distance from home, where I found two model M's in a week, as well as some white Alps boards. They sold for next to nothing, so perhaps I should be more optimistic that I'll find a blue ...
by twasa
03 Feb 2019, 17:15
Forum: Workshop
Topic: 1984 IBM 3178 Model C2 USB conversion with solenoid
Replies: 12
Views: 839

Re: 1984 IBM 3178 Model C2 USB conversion with solenoid

I also have my work cut out, but thankfully also with the assistance of orihalcon, I should be able to restore it. The foam is shot though, it just disintegrated when I removed it. Cleaned up what I've got so far and hoping to have the barrel plate sandblasted and powder coated in the coming week. 3...
by twasa
22 Jan 2019, 20:01
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Cleaning a plate without removing switches
Replies: 20
Views: 667

Re: Cleaning a plate without removing switches

You can. I use an Imperial 1/16" drill bit which is just a tiny bit undersized for a 2mm screw, but it cuts it way into the plastic very nicely. It is even possible/easy to do a "screw mod" with a 1/16" drill bit and 2mm screw and no nut at all, for example in that first row below the space bar whe...
by twasa
20 Jan 2019, 16:33
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Cleaning a plate without removing switches
Replies: 20
Views: 667

Re: Cleaning a plate without removing switches

I use M2 machine screws which have a shaft diameter of 2mm. Thanks fohat. I have the M2 screws and nuts. Mine have a hexagonal depression in the head, so I'll have to get an allan key that fits. I'm looking for a 4mm nut driver or socket here. Does one use a 2mm drill bit for the holes in the barre...
by twasa
17 Jan 2019, 19:10
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Cleaning a plate without removing switches
Replies: 20
Views: 667

Re: Cleaning a plate without removing switches

Thanks fohat, I have a small enough phillips screw driver, but don't even know what size socket would fit the nuts. It looks like something like 2mm, but it would not be generally available over here at least.
by twasa
17 Jan 2019, 18:55
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Cleaning a plate without removing switches
Replies: 20
Views: 667

Re: Cleaning a plate without removing switches

As a relative novice, I really find Hypersphere's post useful. Although the forum probably has all the answers one may be looking for, finding the right post depends on selection of keywords to get there. I wish we had a sort of "recipe" topic, with a parts list, e.g. what parts and which tools are ...
by twasa
16 Jan 2019, 18:07
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22143
Views: 1028851

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

Thanks Muirium, that makes sense. Although I would expect that one can ameliorate some of the strangeness with key remapping (to a point).
by twasa
16 Jan 2019, 17:32
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22143
Views: 1028851

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

swampangel wrote:
16 Jan 2019, 16:56
Model F AT for $225 USD
I'm too new at this to know, but why are AT model F's somehow more desirable (and expensive) then XT ones?
by twasa
16 Jan 2019, 16:49
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22143
Views: 1028851

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

Not a great find necessarily, but cheap from the local charity shop up my street: $ 3.74 for the three at the current exchange rate.

Two NTC boards and one Ortek MCK-101FX. All appear to have either white alps or clones. The NTC with the diagonal navigation keys seems peculiar.

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by twasa
09 Jan 2019, 19:02
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: IBM beam spring and vintage computing prices in general - speculators?
Replies: 23
Views: 3306

Re: IBM beam spring and vintage computing prices in general - speculators?

I agree that the thread is an interesting read. I'm also wondering about the growth in people interested in vintage keyboards over time. With sites like this and youtube channels like Chryrosran's, more people are introduced to the pleasure of using vintage keyboards and demand grows. With growth in...
by twasa
06 Jan 2019, 17:24
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: Buckling spring keyboards
Replies: 27
Views: 964

Non-expert opinion this, but I think a model M is a great start. They're easily available, with clean ones going for a decent price if one must buy them. They're often just found.
by twasa
05 Jan 2019, 12:33
Forum: Workshop
Topic: How to use a Pro Micro as a cheap controller/converter
Replies: 334
Views: 71188

Thanks mxgian99. I tried that with the same result. hid_listen does not register any key press. I'll check the wiring to the pro micro again.
by twasa
03 Jan 2019, 20:02
Forum: Workshop
Topic: How to use a Pro Micro as a cheap controller/converter
Replies: 334
Views: 71188

@Darkshado, that's what I was expecting too. I am stumped, since I don't know why the board gets identified as code set 1, which I suspect is why I don't get any keys to register.
by twasa
02 Jan 2019, 18:18
Forum: Workshop
Topic: How to use a Pro Micro as a cheap controller/converter
Replies: 334
Views: 71188

I'm using the converter I believe (Soarer_at2usb_v1.12_atmega32u4.hex). Good for you St0ckz, I'm hoping to also get this to work, without knowing enough yet about what I'm doing. :D
by twasa
02 Jan 2019, 17:53
Forum: Workshop
Topic: How to use a Pro Micro as a cheap controller/converter
Replies: 334
Views: 71188

Thanks for the detailed reply. Adding the Soarer tools folder to the path, allows one to address the contents of the folder from any other folder. I'm ok with the command line and don't really need that to execute the Soarer tools. I was under the impression that there is a default key mapping when ...
by twasa
02 Jan 2019, 17:23
Forum: Workshop
Topic: How to use a Pro Micro as a cheap controller/converter
Replies: 334
Views: 71188

@St0ckz: So far, I have flashed the Soarer hex file to the pro micro and then soldered the wires as you said I should. The original cable of the keyboard was forcibly removed, leaving behind the little black connection box that connects the cable to the pins on the pcb. I soldered the wires that rem...
by twasa
02 Jan 2019, 17:08
Forum: Workshop
Topic: How to use a Pro Micro as a cheap controller/converter
Replies: 334
Views: 71188

@Hypershere No I haven't. I thought those were only needed when one uses a long cable. I'm testing with a very short one.
by twasa
02 Jan 2019, 16:59
Forum: Workshop
Topic: How to use a Pro Micro as a cheap controller/converter
Replies: 334
Views: 71188

@Hypershere Yes, the loading of the hex file was my first hurdle. I checked the wires that I soldered to the pro micro and they correspond to the advice St0ckz gave.
by twasa
02 Jan 2019, 16:03
Forum: Workshop
Topic: How to use a Pro Micro as a cheap controller/converter
Replies: 334
Views: 71188

One step forward, soldering the wires to the pro micro successful. Fired up hid_listen: Waiting for device:.... I connect the keyboard to a usb port: Listening: wEE remaining: FFFC Keyboard ID: 0000 Code Set: 1 Mode: PC/XT R05 And then nothing happens when I press a key on the keyboard. Any suggesti...
by twasa
02 Jan 2019, 14:44
Forum: Workshop
Topic: How to use a Pro Micro as a cheap controller/converter
Replies: 334
Views: 71188

Thanks a lot St0ckz! I would have wired it incorrectly. That is completely clear.
by twasa
02 Jan 2019, 14:16
Forum: Workshop
Topic: How to use a Pro Micro as a cheap controller/converter
Replies: 334
Views: 71188

Thanks St0ckz. Looks like I have J1 top, then Tx0, Rx1, GND, GND, 2, 3 etc. Do I use the first GND?
by twasa
02 Jan 2019, 13:55
Forum: Workshop
Topic: How to use a Pro Micro as a cheap controller/converter
Replies: 334
Views: 71188

Just a sanity check if someone knowledgeable is around. I'm connecting an M122 (1390718) to a blue Pro Micro. Are these also correct for that keyboard:

Black -> VCC
White -> GND (third away from the usb connector)
Red -> 3
Yellow -> 2
by twasa
30 Dec 2018, 17:37
Forum: Marketplace Help
Topic: Price Check: How much is my _____ worth?
Replies: 4332
Views: 209040

Looks like that may have a bit more value. An Ebay listing from November this year had a price of $75 on it: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Cherry-Mechanical-USB-Keyboard-w-4-USB-Ports-MY3000-G81-3504LADUS-0-White-/391737934015?nordt=true&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.m43663.l10137 It looks like i...
by twasa
30 Dec 2018, 13:19
Forum: Marketplace Help
Topic: Price Check: How much is my _____ worth?
Replies: 4332
Views: 209040

A new one sold on the French ebay for 27.5 euro (about $31) In July.

https://www.ebay.fr/itm/Brand-New-Benq- ... 3428541642
by twasa
23 Dec 2018, 07:55
Forum: Workshop
Topic: How to use a Pro Micro as a cheap controller/converter
Replies: 334
Views: 71188

Thanks ThePillenwerfer, using avrdude from the latest WinAVR worked.
by twasa
21 Dec 2018, 18:48
Forum: Workshop
Topic: How to use a Pro Micro as a cheap controller/converter
Replies: 334
Views: 71188

That's where I started, but that just brings up a list of supported parts, of which atmega32 is the closest, with m32 as the shorthand name. It is a 32-bit avrdude executable, which I think I should look for again. It may be an older version perhaps.
by twasa
21 Dec 2018, 18:24
Forum: Workshop
Topic: How to use a Pro Micro as a cheap controller/converter
Replies: 334
Views: 71188

I spent a frustrating afternoon attempting to flash Soarer's converter to a pro micro. All I get is the following error message: Connecting to programmer: . Found programmer: Id = "@ d"; type = Software Version = D. ; Hardware Version = É._ avrdude: error: buffered memory access not supported. Maybe...
by twasa
09 Dec 2018, 19:09
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Spherical Buckling Spring Thread
Replies: 304
Views: 19956

That honestly looks amazing. I read the thread for the first time (new member) and I'm stunned by what members of this board are capable of. Is this being sold at all?
by twasa
02 Dec 2018, 18:19
Forum: Workshop
Topic: How to use a Pro Micro as a cheap controller/converter
Replies: 334
Views: 71188

I think I've seen reports of the usb connector on the pro micro's not being very secure and that one would need to glue them. Is this a general issue?
by twasa
27 Nov 2018, 19:52
Forum: For sale
Topic: Deskthority Rabbit Hole kit (2018 Christmas Edition)
Replies: 104
Views: 7455

This is really a generous offer and given that it is aimed at new entrants to vintage keyboards, even more so. I don't recall exactly when my interest in mechanical keyboards started, but I bought a Filco with Cherry MX blue switches in 2012, thinking that that would be close to my (vague) recollect...

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