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by SneakyRobb
Today, 16:41
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: what connector is this???
Replies: 4
Views: 194

Re: what connector is this???

I think this is a proprietary (?) connector as made by Fujitsu for their "FM Towns" line of personal computers. https://ancientelectronics.wordpress.com/2019/04/04/fm-towns-ii-se20/ You can see it on the front of the computer here. https://ancientelectronics.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/fmtse1.jpg?w=...
by SneakyRobb
18 Oct 2019, 17:26
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3810
Views: 214747

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

xs_xs wrote:
18 Oct 2019, 14:44
identify this keyboard
This is a laser projection keyboard that is currently in the off
by SneakyRobb
15 Oct 2019, 18:10
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Talking w/ someone selling a Chicony KB5181 and I asked if they could tell me the color of the switches...
Replies: 9
Views: 373

Re: Talking w/ someone selling a Chicony KB5181 and I asked if they could tell me the color of the switches...

If you do not know what it is, the seller is being elusive and not giving a straight answer... You are gambling.

Still, Good luck.
by SneakyRobb
15 Oct 2019, 16:19
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Repainting / repairing IBM 3278?
Replies: 10
Views: 341

Re: Repainting / repairing IBM 3278?

Hi,

I need to update my 3d models as I am still learning FreeCad, but you basically can just print/mold a new stem out of plastic/resin.

Then insert it into the slider part.

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by SneakyRobb
15 Oct 2019, 15:47
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Repainting / repairing IBM 3278?
Replies: 10
Views: 341

Re: Repainting / repairing IBM 3278?

darkcruix wrote:
15 Oct 2019, 14:29
It is an MX mount key from Signature Plastic :)
Hi Darkcruix, why do you not use more of the MX mounts? I thought I remember you having many more MX keys on your beamspring
by SneakyRobb
10 Oct 2019, 17:15
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps restoration guide
Replies: 11
Views: 493

Re: Alps restoration guide

I liked this, but part 4 is incomplete without mayonnaise and toothpaste test data. No internet test is complete without these 2 essential materials. You're thinking of thermal paste testing. Exactly! What if mayo really does work for Alps? Or toothpaste, it could also work to keep it clean. Just l...
by SneakyRobb
09 Oct 2019, 16:59
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps restoration guide
Replies: 11
Views: 493

Re: Alps restoration guide

I liked this, but part 4 is incomplete without mayonnaise and toothpaste test data. No internet test is complete without these 2 essential materials.

*Obviously good job and very informative otherwise
by SneakyRobb
07 Oct 2019, 01:40
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Convert&Restoration project of IBM 3742 beamspring keyboard
Replies: 9
Views: 545

Re: Convert&Restoration project of IBM 3742 beamspring keyboard

Honestly the mechanism for the switches is like 8/10.

You will easily be able to repair this beamspring mechanically...

I am unsure about converting the pcb.
by SneakyRobb
07 Oct 2019, 01:33
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Beautiful NMB Hi-Tek 122 Key turned into ugly artwork
Replies: 7
Views: 366

Re: Beautiful NMB Hi-Tek 122 Key turned into ugly artwork

The culprit. https://i.imgur.com/ESZq5r3.jpg I would be lying if I said this didn't legitimately upset me. At least the keyboard is still in one piece... salvageable I tried to buy it, but the lady selling it refuses to ship it to me... Why wont they ship it. Are they afraid you might...type
by SneakyRobb
07 Oct 2019, 01:21
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Beautiful NMB Hi-Tek 122 Key turned into ugly artwork
Replies: 7
Views: 366

Re: Beautiful NMB Hi-Tek 122 Key turned into ugly artwork

Chyros wrote:
06 Oct 2019, 23:26
wat
This is taxidermy, lol.

Keyboards are tools and machines. This random case is very bizarre and strange, but it is offensive to put working switches in a case for display.

Keyboards are safe on the shelf, but that is not what keyboards are for.
by SneakyRobb
04 Oct 2019, 04:27
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3810
Views: 214747

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

by SneakyRobb
02 Oct 2019, 21:55
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 43G2455 w/ "Prototopre"
Replies: 2
Views: 1832

Re: IBM 43G2455 w/ "Prototopre"

Hi, I seem to be trolling through patents constantly now.. did anyone ever definitively show these were made by brother? Does this proto-topre switch have any relation to the Topre "Condenser switch?" Specifically the slider with the large square area at the botton. https://patents.google.com/patent...
by SneakyRobb
02 Oct 2019, 21:35
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 5576 Keyboard
Replies: 10
Views: 1166

Re: IBM 5576 Keyboard

Here is the patent for alps foam and foil with rubber collar I remember seeing.

https://worldwide.espacenet.com/publica ... B=&locale=

I have no idea if this is the same switch
by SneakyRobb
02 Oct 2019, 19:15
Forum: Gallery
Topic: IBM 5576 Keyboard
Replies: 10
Views: 1166

Re: IBM 5576 Keyboard

Hi, did you ever talk about this board.

Are these switches alps capacitive foam switches with rubber shield
by SneakyRobb
28 Sep 2019, 21:28
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3810
Views: 214747

Re: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

Hi, For fun I called the Westrex International Office in Boston. Took quite a few tries to get a human. They seem to just maintain POS printers and are a tiny size compared to before. Not sure how many people even work there. The guy at Westrex said that they closed their keyboard manufacturing faci...
by SneakyRobb
28 Sep 2019, 18:33
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Membrane Keyboard History?
Replies: 6
Views: 552

Re: Membrane Keyboard History?

Hi, one thing I would do is head over to google patents. You can often find a lot of information there. To start: Basically try to find something you think might have a patent like an IBM model M membrane. This is your starting point. Patents are organized into family and citation sort of branches. ...
by SneakyRobb
26 Sep 2019, 19:22
Forum: News
Topic: Modern Beamspring? - The Silo Beam Switch
Replies: 55
Views: 5624

Re: Modern Beamspring? - The Silo Beam Switch

Just checked the Kono website and low and behold, they now supplied two switch versions with this keyboard, Tactile and Linear. So where's the Clicky version? :? :? :? :( The tactile mechanism can be as easy as a drop in "kaihl style" tactile bar thing. You could basically use 100% the same everyth...
by SneakyRobb
25 Sep 2019, 15:50
Forum: Workshop
Topic: My daily driver stopped working 50%
Replies: 4
Views: 257

Re: My daily driver stopped working 50%

Hi, before sending for repair, if you are able to open the case and photograph the pcb and especially where the cable connector meets the pcb? We may not be able to see anything, but there is a chance there is an obvious reason why this device does not work and we can offer further guidance. I would...
by SneakyRobb
23 Sep 2019, 16:35
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Unknown ALPS switch?
Replies: 17
Views: 728

Re: Unknown ALPS switch?

Hi Ah yes makes sense you mentioned. Obviously you should keep it together then. I hope to find one of these switches then to disassemble. That lower contact mechanism is neat. There are quite a few patents from alps in the 70s and 80s time frame where they have large variation in sensing method, sp...
by SneakyRobb
22 Sep 2019, 23:18
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Unknown ALPS switch?
Replies: 17
Views: 728

Re: Unknown ALPS switch?

Hi, are you able to take the bottom part apart?
by SneakyRobb
20 Sep 2019, 21:29
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Unknown ALPS switch?
Replies: 17
Views: 728

Re: Unknown ALPS switch?

Hi, The second actuation force could very well be correct. (edit) http://www.firstpr.com.au/rwi/tr-808/TR-808-switches/1980s-ALPS-switch-catalogue-sample-card.jpg if you see the switch type in the second column just about half way down 10904 "KHF" switches The second actuation force can get quite high
by SneakyRobb
20 Sep 2019, 20:07
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Unknown ALPS switch?
Replies: 17
Views: 728

Re: Unknown ALPS switch?

Hi, I think this should be the text..... Alps Electric Co., Ltd. - 3 lo. March, 1983 1 -7 Yukigaya Otsuka-Cho G-SW-1429 IG / Wo Ota-Ku, Tokyo 145, Japan VNR Io2 741 Push switch (Priority of Japanese Application No. 46644/82 of 31. March 1982) The invention relates to a push-button switch according t...
by SneakyRobb
20 Sep 2019, 19:36
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Unknown ALPS switch?
Replies: 17
Views: 728

Re: Unknown ALPS switch?

The housing is not exactly the same, and it lacks the metal part on the top... but it does have that bottom part.

Not sure how it works though.

I also found this german version. Maybe someone can run it through a translator
DE3308989A1.pdf
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by SneakyRobb
20 Sep 2019, 19:08
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Unknown ALPS switch?
Replies: 17
Views: 728

Re: Unknown ALPS switch?

Hi,
This reminds me of this patent I came across previously. Specifically the lower contact part. Where there are 4 legs in addition to the switchplate legs.

Not sure if this is helpful.
JPS58150232U.pdf
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by SneakyRobb
17 Sep 2019, 18:56
Forum: Workshop
Topic: New - Need help with Atari MegaST Keyboard
Replies: 4
Views: 266

Re: New - Need help with Atari MegaST Keyboard

https://deskthority.net/wiki/Space_bar_dimensions#9_units_.28171mm_wide.2C_3_mounts.2C_66.675mm_apart.29 Hi this appears to be a 9 unit cherry space bar with costar stabilizers. The stabilizers are 3.5 units to the left and right of center. I think signature plastics has 9 unit spacebars and thus ma...
by SneakyRobb
17 Sep 2019, 18:38
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Where is your god of clicks now?! :D
Replies: 21
Views: 1219

Re: Where is your god of clicks now?! :D

Chyros wrote:
17 Sep 2019, 08:12

Yeah, really enjoying it - it is indeed converted to USB (the converter is inside the housing).
A well designed concert hall makes the symphony more enjoyable.

Glad you found enough room inside to put the converter, was wondering where you were going to put it! :P
by SneakyRobb
12 Sep 2019, 18:02
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Zed's IBM 3101 Beamspring Triple Restoration Thread
Replies: 27
Views: 1689

Re: Zed's IBM 3101 Beamspring Triple Restoration Thread

Hi, One of the best photos for this is this xwhatsit one. Are you able to share a higher res photo of your board so we can see if you have any bridges/orientation? It is kind of hard to see what is going on due to blurriness https://geekhack.org/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=58192.0;attach=68969;i...
by SneakyRobb
11 Sep 2019, 16:38
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Are there any benefits to having a mechanical keyboard if you're not a heavy gamer or aren't a power user
Replies: 20
Views: 1950

Re: Are there any benefits to having a mechanical keyboard if you're not a heavy gamer or aren't a power user

I guess so I play many games through steam and have 1000+ hours on some games. My pc has full custom water cooling so I would say I'm a real gamer.IMG-20190107-WA0004.jpeg Hi, cool. I guess your coolant doesn't go straight from cpu to gpu, but to a secondary radiator first. You must have super high...
by SneakyRobb
05 Sep 2019, 19:19
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Burn him at the stake
Replies: 43
Views: 2578

Re: Burn him at the stake

True. Typical to myself, I have not even followed the link. I can imagine based on past experience. Right or wrong… Is the guy meant to be famous or something? Opinionated lookitmeeee! quick takes are typically on platforms every bugger uses, for virality’s sake. Why mediocre baseline item, is the ...

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