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by orihalcon
27 Sep 2020, 14:32
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23904
Views: 1874443

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

Guuuuys... check out this IBM numpad. https://www.ebay.com/itm/274496258628?ul_noapp=true I don't think I had ever seen one like this before. And I can't imagine how high the price is going to end up being. Went for almost 2100 bucks. I was expecting it to go high as the only one sold in recent mem...
by orihalcon
15 Sep 2020, 18:49
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Do the orihalcon Soarers have pull ups?
Replies: 31
Views: 826

Re: Do the orihalcon Soarers have pull ups?

I actually just tried adding some 1k resistors between +5V to Clock and +5V to Data on an XT Model F that was working fine unmodified. Adding those two 1K resistors caused it to stop working altogether. Of note, there was already about 2K resistance between +5V and the clock and data lines while unp...
by orihalcon
15 Sep 2020, 17:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Do the orihalcon Soarers have pull ups?
Replies: 31
Views: 826

Re: Do the orihalcon Soarers have pull ups?

Very interesting. I could implement this on a future batch of AT/XT converters. The pull ups noted could be added from within the keyboard for those that have the issue (basically just a short jumper cable that goes between the cable and the motherboard (for a solderless solution) , or by soldering ...
by orihalcon
26 Jun 2020, 23:02
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23904
Views: 1874443

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

:D https://www.ebay.com/itm/In-Stock-Xwhatsit-IBM-Beamspring-Usb-Keyboard-Controller-5251-3101-3278/224057042426?hash=item342ad725fa:g:e3YAAOSwQV5e8~1y Are you kidding me? Oh, fuck, who go to sell some to the seller with 350$ price and let he profit from reselling? Ironically, I have a lot of these ...
by orihalcon
24 Mar 2020, 20:35
Forum: For sale
Topic: [WTS] ALPS Switch Opener Tools and AT&T Magnetic Separation Switch Testers
Replies: 1
Views: 359

[WTS] ALPS Switch Opener Tools and AT&T Magnetic Separation Switch Testers

Hello all! I have a couple of new items I'm selling and figured this is the best way to announce them! It's probably easiest to buy them through the Ebay links below as they aren't particularly expensive and makes it much easier to generate shipping labels to ship out the next business day. See link...
by orihalcon
23 Mar 2020, 19:25
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Beamspring from Hell Restoration Log
Replies: 25
Views: 3457

Re: Beamspring from Hell Restoration Log

Definitely going to take some work! Looks good so far. I'd probably suggest sandblasting everything if you have the resources to do it. The one I had in this condition have rusted out return springs and some stems, everything else on this one looks pretty salvageable though! Not sure what your PCB l...
by orihalcon
19 Mar 2020, 13:05
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F AT Key Issues After Foam Change?
Replies: 15
Views: 1141

Re: IBM Model F AT Key Issues After Foam Change?

Agree, spring is in correct barrel, tilting keyboard back as far as possible while you put the cap on often is needed for certain keys. I’m talking very tilted back like perpendicular to the ground. You might also want to examine the inside of your shift keycaps as well. I’ve seen a few instances wh...
by orihalcon
18 Mar 2020, 22:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F AT Key Issues After Foam Change?
Replies: 15
Views: 1141

Re: IBM Model F AT Key Issues After Foam Change?

This might seem kind of basic, but did you put the hammer under the correct barrel for these multi wide keys? The cap won’t orient the spring in the right position if it’s under the wrong barrel. Also explains why putting a single unit cap over the spring DOES work.
by orihalcon
18 Mar 2020, 04:28
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model F BigFoot... 8521
Replies: 9
Views: 830

Re: IBM Model F BigFoot... 8521

If you have access to a regular XT capsense PCB, since the layout is the same, you can just change capsense PCBs (which has the controller on it) that and you'll have an easy to convert XT signal and you could even use the XT's original cable if you so choose. I've made this suggestion a few differe...
by orihalcon
16 Mar 2020, 05:27
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Vintage Keyboard Repair/Restore Service
Replies: 4
Views: 468

Re: Vintage Keyboard Repair/Restore Service

Wouldn’t be too hard for a lot of people here to fix, but the to and from shipping cost really adds up fast unfortunately, likely much more than the cost of the repair itself. How much were you looking to pay total?
by orihalcon
16 Mar 2020, 05:22
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Deleted
Replies: 5
Views: 1058

Re: Dell AT101 Double-Shot PBT (vs. Dye-Sub)

Honestly, not sure I know of any vintage doubleshot PBT caps. Then again, I’m no expert on keycap materials.

There are a lot of vintage doubleshots that don’t yellow, but I think they were mostly made before bromine was added as a flame retardant to the ABS or something from what I recall.
by orihalcon
16 Mar 2020, 05:18
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Deleted
Replies: 5
Views: 1058

Re: Dell AT101 Double-Shot PBT (vs. Dye-Sub)

Do you know for sure that they are doubleshot PBT? I think there’s like an acetone test that would maybe tell you?
by orihalcon
11 Mar 2020, 17:33
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23904
Views: 1874443

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

A buyer asked me to list them that way to get combined shipping to figure correctly, so not insane, just good customer service. It’s possible they decide not to end up buying, but that’s ok if that turns out to be the case. Free market lets buyers vote with their dollars. If you don’t want to buy so...
by orihalcon
10 Mar 2020, 22:56
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM model F XT not working suddenly
Replies: 49
Views: 4028

Re: IBM model F XT not working suddenly

If it was me, I'd probably just get a different capsense PCB or I suppose a desoldered chip from someone who's parted their XT out if you're 100% sure that's the problem. Other thing you can do is cut the original controller part off and replace with an Xwhatsit as I have done here: https://deskthor...
by orihalcon
10 Mar 2020, 22:52
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Connecting a Model M to a Macintosh Computer
Replies: 9
Views: 1826

Re: Connecting a Model M to a Macintosh Computer

You could always put the converter inside of the keyboard (like a Soarer's Converter or TMK/QMK converter) and just run a USB C cable out of the keyboard, so no external adapters will be required. I believe there's also some bluetooth conversion options, so no adapters or cables would be required at...
by orihalcon
10 Mar 2020, 00:52
Forum: Workshop
Topic: A Smaller Xwhatsit
Replies: 105
Views: 12271

Re: A Smaller Xwhatsit

Just curious, does this same thing happen with other Xwhatsit controllers, or is it just the batch that was used in Ellipse's reproductions? I believe he used a more "compact" version, just wondering if the full size version has that issue as well as this is the first I've heard about it. Webwit, do...
by orihalcon
05 Mar 2020, 00:14
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Nondetachable_beamspring_3741_keyboard restoration and converting log
Replies: 11
Views: 1018

Re: Nondetachable_beamspring_3741_keyboard restoration and converting log

Looks like it's in pretty decent shape! It's when the return springs or stems are rusted through that you're in real trouble!
by orihalcon
03 Mar 2020, 00:29
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: [WTB] F122,IBM 5556, IBM 5251
Replies: 7
Views: 1131

Re: [WTB] IBM 3178, IBM 5576-001, F122 , IBM 5556

I have some 3178's without barrels/hammers/solenoids, but not sure if that's something you want to mess with or not. PM me if interested.
by orihalcon
02 Mar 2020, 18:49
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Post your keyboard/keycaps!
Replies: 3050
Views: 344316

Re: Post your keyboard/keycaps!

Very impressive collection indeed! I see I'm not the only "M-Style" fan out there (I call them grandfather ergodoxes :D ) That's also only the second numpad I've seen for the ASkeyboard/ASCII/Reudo keyboards! Any of the older ones that you want to convert to USB, but haven't yet? With an expansive c...
by orihalcon
02 Mar 2020, 18:18
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23904
Views: 1874443

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

3277 Full Size Beamspring. Keep in mind this requires a custom replacement capsense PCB to convert. Should be a thread elsewhere on DT with the PCB files.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/264653394359
by orihalcon
01 Mar 2020, 16:17
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23904
Views: 1874443

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

I haven’t come across this too often as a seller, but it at least used to be that for auction items that the winning buyer cancelled, second highest bidder could be offered a “second chance” to the next highest bidder. Would think they’d have gone that route unless the >$420 bid was a fake bid by a ...
by orihalcon
29 Feb 2020, 15:32
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Univac Keyboard (Micro Switch) - Now USB converted via custom TMK scan module!
Replies: 73
Views: 11346

Re: Univac Keyboard (Micro Switch) - Now USB converted via custom TMK scan module!

Very impressive progress! Out of curiosity, which of the below are the ones that are difficult to convert? (from https://deskthority.net/wiki/Micro_Switch_SD_Series ) A - Sink level (4 pins, 2 redundant sense lines) B - Sink pulse C - Source level E - 3 pins, 1 sense line K - Timed repeat (4 pins, 2...
by orihalcon
26 Feb 2020, 22:59
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: [WTB] IBM M122 Controller
Replies: 2
Views: 301

Re: [WTB] IBM M122 Controller

I probably have one kicking around that you can have for the cost of shipping if I can find it
by orihalcon
26 Feb 2020, 05:24
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Help! Retrobrite fail on Apple keyboard
Replies: 10
Views: 1095

Re: Help! Retrobrite fail on Apple keyboard

2 Gallons of 40 vol developer? Where I am that would make up a significant portion of what the keyboard is worth, or maybe I just haven't found it in very large containers or something to make it a little less expensive? Heat apparently can be used as a substitute for sunlight and that will be evenl...
by orihalcon
26 Feb 2020, 05:10
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23904
Views: 1874443

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

Hmm. Hard to say without having one in hand to try. At least one IBM board outputs a mix of all 3 code sets (the 1397000 I believe in particular, which is a vintage M122 with lock LEDS). There's also at least one third party branded (Lynk) M122 that the most recent version of Soarer's converter does...
by orihalcon
13 Feb 2020, 02:18
Forum: News
Topic: Stuff you just bought
Replies: 1884
Views: 172556

Re: Stuff you just bought

Haha, I didn't think that SSK owner knew what it was worth, otherwise would have put that in the title :D
by orihalcon
11 Feb 2020, 15:09
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3602
Views: 275642

Re: Alps Appreciation

Click leaf on the right is a first gen (Grey Plate) Blue ALPS (and looks like it's got some original lubricant on it as well). Feel is pretty similar but maybe a bit smoother. You can kind of see that the plastic on the ligthter blue sliders is smoother/less textured/more slippery, Springs appear to...
by orihalcon
11 Feb 2020, 06:23
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3602
Views: 275642

Re: Alps Appreciation

The replacement IIc made it to me today with (sky?) blue ALPS. A couple of the switches had broken top housings, which I replaced those without any problems. See pics below for difference in slider color and click leaves compared to regular blue ALPS. Newer (sky?) blue stem is the one in the middle ...
by orihalcon
09 Feb 2020, 07:14
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Converting a PC Keyboard to a Terminal Keyboard using Soarer?
Replies: 5
Views: 591

Re: Converting a PC Keyboard to a Terminal Keyboard using Soarer?

You might first want to look into whether your terminal supports hot plugging of keyboards or not, guessing they do, but I (and probably most of us) have not used a terminal keyboard with its original hardware. If hot plugging isn't supported, you'd have to reboot the terminal each time you wanted t...
by orihalcon
08 Feb 2020, 02:35
Forum: Workshop
Topic: READY - $10 - DIY Through Hole Universal Model F and Beamspring Controller
Replies: 80
Views: 10075

Re: Coming Soon - Through Hole Universal Model F and Beamspring Controller

Very interesting indeed! How many rows and how many columns are supported? Would be pretty cool if you could go beyond the 24x4 and 16x8 of the existing beamsprings/model F's so they could be adapted to other custom projects potentially? Wondering if there could be optional components to install for...

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