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by NeK
23 Jul 2020, 10:33
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Focus FK-2002 many key combinations not working
Replies: 2
Views: 1010

Re: Focus FK-2002 many key combinations not working

well, I know this will sound weird, but I'm using the Touchcursor , which by holding down the Spacebar you can use the jkliuonh keys as navigation keys. They work on all other keyboards I have except this one. So for instance these don't work at all: SPACE+LSHIFT+L, SPACE+LSHIFT+J, SPACE+LSHIFT+U, S...
by NeK
23 Jul 2020, 09:38
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Focus FK-2002 many key combinations not working
Replies: 2
Views: 1010

Focus FK-2002 many key combinations not working

I have a wonderful FK-2002, but unfortunately, many key combinations are not registering, which makes it useless for me to use it. It's a Blue ALPS with 9/10 condition switches and I would love to have it an my main board. I know the reason why these combinations don't work, it is due to the fact th...
by NeK
04 Jun 2020, 08:52
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Lubricant FOUND!
Replies: 42
Views: 4186

Re: Alps Lubricant FOUND!

I noticed that the account manager in his email kept spelling the original model wrong TB2851P instead of TB2581P. This casts some doubts on how well he knows this craft. I hope he knows what he is saying though. Lets see how this goes, let us know when you have any news.
by NeK
04 Jun 2020, 00:59
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Lubricant FOUND!
Replies: 42
Views: 4186

Re: Alps Lubricant FOUND!

Not sure how much this will help at this point, but this is a response I got from a ThreeBond Account Manager: Good morning Jack, Apologize for the delay here. ThreeBond does still make a product called TB2583G, which would be our closest product to TB2851P. I have attached a data sheet on the prod...
by NeK
25 May 2020, 20:29
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23902
Views: 1873110

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

John Doe wrote:
25 May 2020, 18:03
https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre ... 4234203843

Obvly some guys have noticed this, but still worth a share as record.

A NIB MCK-142pro with quite price offer so far.
471$ with 8 DAYS remaining. Is this thing made of gold? :shock: :o
by NeK
25 May 2020, 08:26
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Lubricant FOUND!
Replies: 42
Views: 4186

Re: Alps Lubricant FOUND!

The wording they use is very specific and doesn't actually say that it is that, which I find suspicious. In their reply to the second email, the wording is not vague at all: The lubricant is TB2581P from Threebond. If the question was specifically asking what was the lubricant used in SKCM/SKCL, th...
by NeK
25 May 2020, 08:18
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Lubricant FOUND!
Replies: 42
Views: 4186

Re: Alps Lubricant FOUND!

Guys, as I read the spec-sheet for the 2500 series of threebond, I have a feeling that the TB2581P that ALPS recommended, was in fact the lubricant for the bottom part of the slider where the leafs are in contact with. The lubricant on the housing rails and the slider rails may be quite different. (...
by NeK
25 May 2020, 05:04
Forum: Workshop
Topic: new big skcm blue alps
Replies: 44
Views: 3928

Re: new big skcm blue alps

Sweet!!!!! 👍👍👍
by NeK
24 May 2020, 23:20
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23902
Views: 1873110

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

White ALPS in a nice form factor: https://www.fromjapan.co.jp/en/auction/yahoo/input/v720424222/ 3x Monteray boards with White ALPS: https://allegro.pl/oferta/3-szt-klawiatura-mtek-monterey-k104-xt-at-8025344882 I would like one of the montereys, I already have one but with a German layout and woul...
by NeK
24 May 2020, 22:21
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: What do you think about this keyboard?
Replies: 24
Views: 1622

Re: What do you think about this keyboard?

Just dropping by to say: big ass return, is the only return. And of course, right numpad enter, is best enter.

;) XD
by NeK
24 May 2020, 22:16
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23902
Views: 1873110

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

White ALPS in a nice form factor: https://www.fromjapan.co.jp/en/auction/yahoo/input/v720424222/ 3x Monteray boards with White ALPS: https://allegro.pl/oferta/3-szt-klawiatura-mtek-monterey-k104-xt-at-8025344882 I would like one of the montereys, I already have one but with a German layout and woul...
by NeK
24 May 2020, 22:03
Forum: For sale
Topic: [WTS] NIB SKCM Blue Alps - Chicony 5161 - OPUS technology
Replies: 25
Views: 2104

Re: [WTS] NIB SKCM Blue Alps - Chicony 5161 - OPUS technology

Enjoy and welcome! And take care of it. It is very rare to have a blue skcm NIB board. I would put it in a cabinet display, sealed from dust.

Nah... will probably just used it as my main driver. XD
by NeK
24 May 2020, 14:35
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Chicony 5182 not working, can it be fixed?
Replies: 11
Views: 797

Re: Chicony 5182 not working, can it be fixed?

You've been a great help, despite that we didn't succeed to make it work. Thanks.
by NeK
24 May 2020, 12:41
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Chicony 5182 not working, can it be fixed?
Replies: 11
Views: 797

Re: Chicony 5182 not working, can it be fixed?

I changed the order of the data and clock, but still nothing. And yes, the A/X switch is at the A(TX) position. :) I also checked a yet another IC that was behind the keyboard plate but I could figure out the pins from the back of the pcb. It also read ~4.9 V on some of its pins. Also as I was readi...
by NeK
23 May 2020, 20:19
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Chicony 5182 not working, can it be fixed?
Replies: 11
Views: 797

Re: Chicony 5182 not working, can it be fixed?

ok so I traced the first IC (which is hex inverter) to the V and it supplies ~4.9 Volt DC. The second IC which is the microcontroller 8049 chicony version, it gets ~4.9 volt in its Vcc pin, all other pins of the microcontroller, get either 0, 0.3, 4.5 to 4.9 and the GND gets ~0.65. I have no idea wh...
by NeK
23 May 2020, 18:31
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Chicony 5182 not working, can it be fixed?
Replies: 11
Views: 797

Re: Chicony 5182 not working, can it be fixed?

Ok Ill do that, but I don't want to spent a lot of time on this, so no teensy for me I will probably harvest the switches and keys and put them on another board. The switches are in good condition and they are early lubed white pines, effectively as good as blue skcm. I just like this board for some...
by NeK
23 May 2020, 18:21
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Lubricant FOUND!
Replies: 42
Views: 4186

Re: Alps Lubricant FOUND!

This really is very exciting because I was about to make a post about my extensive tests these past few months, where almost daily was trying many different types of lubes and hours upon hours of polishing the sliders and housings with nail files and various sandpaper grits. Only to fail again and a...
by NeK
23 May 2020, 17:42
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Chicony 5182 not working, can it be fixed?
Replies: 11
Views: 797

Re: Chicony 5182 not working, can it be fixed?

It is probably fried by now :( I did found the schematic of the IC, it is a variation of the Intel 8049 (https://www.ceibo.com/eng/datasheets/Intel-8048-8049-8050-plcc-dip.pdf). I have no idea how to check if it is fried. What I verified was that when connected properly the voltages that pass throug...
by NeK
23 May 2020, 16:46
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Chicony 5182 not working, can it be fixed?
Replies: 11
Views: 797

Re: Chicony 5182 not working, can it be fixed?

You are right, the cable was wrong. However, I just tried it with another cable that is cut on the end, I quickly soldered the inside cables one by one with the right order CDVG (and verified each one end-to-end with a multimeter) but it still didn't work. Maybe the order is not CDVG? I could only v...
by NeK
23 May 2020, 11:22
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Lubricant FOUND!
Replies: 42
Views: 4186

Re: Alps Lubricant FOUND!

I did find almost the same product code on this pdf page 75 https://threebond.com/wp-content/uploads/Products-Guide_ver6-LOCAL.pdf It has a TB2585G -Not P but, G, and the 1 replaced with the 5. Similar though. The thing to note is that the sheet while saying its a plastic lubricant indicates its' "...
by NeK
23 May 2020, 11:20
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Lubricant FOUND!
Replies: 42
Views: 4186

Re: Alps Lubricant FOUND!

Wonderful news! please give us an update with the order, did you got it?
by NeK
23 May 2020, 10:05
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Chicony 5182 not working, can it be fixed?
Replies: 11
Views: 797

Chicony 5182 not working, can it be fixed?

So I got my hands on this sweet little Chicony which is in somewhat good condition, but it didn't have any cable. I used a spare that I had that fits it but unfortunately it does not work. Its LEDs are not switching on at all when I connect it. I am asking those that know about electronics and keybo...
by NeK
31 Mar 2020, 15:40
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps restoration guide
Replies: 37
Views: 4161

Re: Alps restoration guide

I have a blue ALPS keyboard and it feels great apart from a few switches have a very soft click. How can i go about making these switches have the same click as all the other switches? Thanks. you should take them apart and bent the click leaf a bit. Be sure to check out the videos of chyros in the...
by NeK
31 Mar 2020, 11:54
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps restoration guide
Replies: 37
Views: 4161

Re: Alps restoration guide

Just wanted to add that I may have come close to a really important observation. Smoothing and polishing the housing rails and the slider rails seems to be more important regardless of the lubricant. Will get back with more results. hi, interesting observation here - What is the method by which you...
by NeK
31 Mar 2020, 09:38
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps restoration guide
Replies: 37
Views: 4161

Re: Alps restoration guide

Interesting, so both your findings are the same as mine ^^ . AND Alps', I guess! xD Reading your comment again I am now not sure if you were just being sarcastic. To be clear my findings are contrary to yours. Tungsten Disulfide made them way worse and all the silicone greases that I tried did noth...
by NeK
30 Mar 2020, 22:22
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps restoration guide
Replies: 37
Views: 4161

Re: Alps restoration guide

Ok, A little bit more confusion : Here in France there is another one wich is "3-en-un technique Lubrifiant sec au PTFE". The brand is different but it's manufactured by WD-40 company. This means "3-in-1 technical PTFE dry lube". I personally have very bad result with this. The spray is supposed to...
by NeK
30 Mar 2020, 20:40
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps restoration guide
Replies: 37
Views: 4161

Re: Alps restoration guide

Just wanted to add that I may have come close to a really important observation. Smoothing and polishing the housing rails and the slider rails seems to be more important regardless of the lubricant.

Will get back with more results.
by NeK
30 Mar 2020, 20:34
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps restoration guide
Replies: 37
Views: 4161

Re: Alps restoration guide

To add to the confusion: Also in europe at least, there's the specialist high performance silicone instead of the Water resistant silicone one. Anyway regardless I ordered both the silicone and the PTFE ones, along with a FinishLine Dry Teflon (DuPont rebranded supposedly) tube and I will test them ...
by NeK
22 Mar 2020, 16:12
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps restoration guide
Replies: 37
Views: 4161

Re: Alps restoration guide

And lets say that we do find an ICP and we find that it has some mixture of whatever chemical. How probable is it to discern the original chemical composition that resulted into that? Or even if we be able to find any existing lube that is close to it chemically? Somehow I doubt that we can do that ...
by NeK
21 Mar 2020, 14:21
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps restoration guide
Replies: 37
Views: 4161

Re: Alps restoration guide

I just want to share my own experience and results with lubing, and to also hope that someone can help me out. Here it goes, I have 3 blue ALPS boards, 2 with great/excellent condition switches and 1 that has at best mediocre. I try to restore them to a better condition, so I followed the lubricatio...

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