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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: 169

[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: 18
Views: 910

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: 818

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: 818

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: 558

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: 342

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: Dell AT101 Double-Shot PBT (vs. Dye-Sub)
Replies: 13
Views: 627

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: Dell AT101 Double-Shot PBT (vs. Dye-Sub)
Replies: 13
Views: 627

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: 23191
Views: 1509822

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: 3001

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: 1089

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: 104
Views: 9506

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: 703

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] IBM 5576-001, F122 , IBM 5556
Replies: 5
Views: 611

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: 2900
Views: 271526

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: 23191
Views: 1509822

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: 23191
Views: 1509822

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: 8157

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: 148

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: 698

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: 23191
Views: 1509822

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: 1848
Views: 133722

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: 3495
Views: 209697

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: 3495
Views: 209697

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: 412

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: Coming Soon - Through Hole Universal Model F and Beamspring Controller
Replies: 19
Views: 1464

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...
by orihalcon
06 Feb 2020, 02:15
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Making an IBM M4-1/spacesaver II cable
Replies: 2
Views: 365

Re: Making an IBM M4-1/spacesaver II cable

Yes, the middle 4 pins cary the keyboard signal and the outer two must cary the mouse signals. A regular SDL cable plugged into a Trackpoint keyboard will just ignore the mouse. I'd just take the pinouts from a regular SDL cable and if you get the outer pins reversed, it shouldn't cause any damage. ...
by orihalcon
06 Feb 2020, 02:06
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3495
Views: 209697

Re: Alps Appreciation

I won that one! I had a real NOS one about 5 years ago, but ended up trading it soon after I got it. See here: https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=71488.0 Money shot from NOS board of yore: IMG_0848.jpg I was too afraid to open them for fear of damaging them, but I've gained a lot of experience in ...
by orihalcon
06 Feb 2020, 01:32
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: WTB: M50; M122; and F Bigfoot from Unicomp's Black Friday
Replies: 5
Views: 473

Re: WTB: M122 and F Bigfoot from Unicomp's Black Friday

I have a couple of the M122's and was mainly interested in them for the caps, but if anyone wants the rest of the board, would be willing to sell for about half of what I paid, something like $45 plus actual shipping without the alpha-numeric APL caps. I do have some original M122/101 key caps of th...
by orihalcon
31 Jan 2020, 00:21
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 23191
Views: 1509822

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

Tron had one and restored his, see pictures here:

https://imgur.com/a/D1XHKll

My guess is that it came from the same batch, so might be nice other than the caps?

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