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by fohat
Yesterday, 23:23
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: WTB: Model F XT factory Cable
Replies: 5
Views: 139

Re: WTB: Model F XT factory Cable

I had a couple but tossed them out because they had turned to sticky black goo.

As a tangential question, does anybody know how to restore old black plastic that has become sticky and nasty?
I am thinking of some handles in particular, such as tools and umbrellas.
by fohat
Yesterday, 02:36
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Help with a cursed model F 122
Replies: 63
Views: 1564

Re: Help with a cursed model F 122

I ordered F122 foam from Ellipse for $60 shipped, You complain about money for shipping, yet numerous people have volunteered to put this together for you for the cost of round trip postage. I think that it is about time that you send your keyboard to someone, in another country if necessary, and h...
by fohat
19 May 2019, 14:53
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Fixing the $10 Industrial M13
Replies: 4
Views: 246

Re: Fixing the $10 Industrial M13

I would consider using a Dremel to create a hole for those trackpoint switches.

https://www.pckeyboard.com/page/product/1394942
by fohat
19 May 2019, 03:24
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model M - Cleaning Membrane. Isopropyl / sterilized water / or?
Replies: 3
Views: 154

Re: IBM Model M - Cleaning Membrane. Isopropyl / sterilized water / or?

I would say water only. You probably have mere dried drink residue.
by fohat
16 May 2019, 21:57
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Help with a cursed model F 122
Replies: 63
Views: 1564

Re: Help with a cursed model F 122

i think i'll just sell this. can't get the stabiliser inserts back into the barrel frame and i've mangled them trying. don't want to resort to other keycaps.. For the future, I don't know whether I detailed this in my guide, but it is best to push the plastic stabilizer tabs out from behind with a ...
by fohat
13 May 2019, 03:36
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM Model f122
Replies: 2
Views: 290

Re: IBM Model f122

If you have a Teensy and Soarer's firmware it should work easily. If you have one of Orihalcon's converter cables, the XT uses a 180 degree DIN while a 122 uses a 240 degree DIN and they are not interchangeable.
by fohat
13 May 2019, 00:02
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Does anyone know about wiring speakers and amplifiers ?
Replies: 0
Views: 135

Does anyone know about wiring speakers and amplifiers ?

I got a subwoofer with no volume control module, the amplifier and everything else is inside the subwoofer box.

If I get this 9-pin plug cable and cut it back to bare wires, what do I connect to hot-wire it so that it is just on at full volume all the time?

Thanks!
by fohat
12 May 2019, 23:58
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Help with a cursed model F 122
Replies: 63
Views: 1564

Re: Help with a cursed model F 122

when i removed the tabs to put bolts. Please don't attribute removing tabs to me! Once upon a time maybe 6-8 years ago, I briefly posted a guide showing tabs being cut off and numerous bolts used to replace them. I did that procedure a few times and it worked well enough, but there were potential p...
by fohat
12 May 2019, 16:31
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Help with a cursed model F 122
Replies: 63
Views: 1564

Re: Help with a cursed model F 122

the middle row doesn't sound as nice as the rest, I can't speak directly to the issue of sound, since I try to attenuate the high-pitched overtones of the F, but for several years now, every time I open one of these up to clean it, I add 3 screws and nuts near the center line: one between CapsLock/...
by fohat
12 May 2019, 01:31
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Help with a cursed model F 122
Replies: 63
Views: 1564

Re: Help with a cursed model F 122

Have you looked at my guide for the ANSI mod? With a hole punch and some clamps I have refurbed probably at least twenty-five Fs without any particular issues, all but about 2 or 3 needing new foam. I have generally used 1.5mm moderately firm closed-cell "art" foam and also a slightly thinner but al...
by fohat
09 May 2019, 15:38
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22378
Views: 1134501

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

I have bought a KB-5181 with blue Cherries, but most of them are SMK, quite nice.

The Laser is a very nice board, too, but neither of these are really top-tier keyboards.
by fohat
07 May 2019, 23:30
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22378
Views: 1134501

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

My guess is that there is definitely $500 worth of value in there.

An arm full of good keyboards could do it, and a working (or even non-working) Selectric is worth something.
by fohat
07 May 2019, 23:26
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3084
Views: 120483

Re: Alps Appreciation

It has been at least a couple of years since I found an excellent keyboard for a cheap price in the wild, but today I got an absolutely pristine AEK2 in a salvage shop for $3.99 This one is utterly immaculate and not yellowed at all whatsoever, a later model with dampened whites instead of creams. I...
by fohat
28 Apr 2019, 15:51
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22378
Views: 1134501

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

Somebody in the UK needs to pounce on that one.
by fohat
28 Apr 2019, 15:48
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Dirty Alps
Replies: 7
Views: 424

Re: Dirty Alps

I have bought "almost new in box" Alps that felt terrible, and yet I also got a Dell AT101W in 1998, used it for several years until some of the caps were shiny, gave it to friend who never used it and kept it in a closet for 6-8 years, then got it back and it still felt good. I kept "Northgate 101"...
by fohat
26 Apr 2019, 23:47
Forum: For sale
Topic: Cherry G81-3100SAV keyboards, keysets.
Replies: 116
Views: 8689

Re: Cherry G81-3100SAV keyboards, keysets.

There is nothing wrong with buying things low to re-sell. Nobody forces any buyer to buy anything at a price higher than he is willing to shell out.

And it is especially good to keep desirable objects out of garbage cans.
by fohat
24 Apr 2019, 23:45
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3084
Views: 120483

Re: Alps Appreciation

I wouldn't bother getting the sets off of them, they are sold on eBay and several mech shops I don't know, they seem just as pricey anywhere and the white-on-black CapsLock (one of my primary quests, along with the even more difficult old-school space bar) doesn't seem to be listed anywhere else.
by fohat
23 Apr 2019, 21:44
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3084
Views: 120483

Re: Alps Appreciation

Sorry for a silly newbie-esque post, but I want to order some Alps caps, a Tai Hao Dolch set, maybe something else, and a couple of CapsLocks that will fit vintage boards like AT101 and Omnikey. I live in the US, is it best to order from Tai Hao or somewhere in the West? Looking at Mechanical Keyboa...
by fohat
23 Apr 2019, 00:43
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Before and after of the 12 USD IBM model F 122
Replies: 22
Views: 738

Re: Before and after of the 12 USD IBM model F 122

with some pieces of rubber to avoid more damage. but didn't took more than 2 attempts. Folded cardboard, the rough brown kind, is the best way to buffer yet hold firmly and avoid scarring. Don't be discouraged until at least half a dozen attempts have failed. I have done dozens of these, and even f...
by fohat
22 Apr 2019, 18:17
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Before and after of the 12 USD IBM model F 122
Replies: 22
Views: 738

Re: Before and after of the 12 USD IBM model F 122

it was too wobbly Some types have ball joints under the pressure pads, and those can be hard to keep stable under the thin edges of the plates. That is picture I sent. I have used that kind but it is tricky. If you can find the kind that have flat pressure plates that don't swivel, that would proba...
by fohat
22 Apr 2019, 15:23
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Before and after of the 12 USD IBM model F 122
Replies: 22
Views: 738

Re: Before and after of the 12 USD IBM model F 122

It seems like you have some aversion to getting a bar clamp, they are simple and cheap. That is the only reasonable way to slide the plates back together. I do usually give it a tap with a hammer at the very end, but only after it is assembled properly. https://express.google.com/u/0/product/3090523...
by fohat
20 Apr 2019, 22:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Before and after of the 12 USD IBM model F 122
Replies: 22
Views: 738

Re: Before and after of the 12 USD IBM model F 122

Don't trust the colors if you don't have the original cable, and remember that the diagrams show the socket, not the plug.
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by fohat
20 Apr 2019, 00:13
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Can someone explain to me the whole Geekhack
Replies: 25
Views: 1446

Re: Can someone explain to me the whole Geekhack

Geekhack is lighter in weight that Deskthority and occupied by a number of pseudo-trolls, who can be argumentative and profoundly annoying, but not to a degree that rises to the level of "toxic" although it has been buffeted by a number or storms. There is a lot more non-keyboard and keyboard-tangen...
by fohat
19 Apr 2019, 23:54
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Fixing Dead Omnikey 102
Replies: 6
Views: 249

Re: Fixing Dead Omnikey 102

Not all male-to-male mini-DIN cables have 4 or more active wires.

I once had one with with only 3 pins actually live and it was driving me crazy on a Northgate.
Test your continuity before you worry about anything else.
by fohat
13 Apr 2019, 00:52
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Looking for original model M elevator foot
Replies: 5
Views: 284

Re: Looking for original model M elevator foot

It is good to say where you live. For example, international postage outbound from the US is ridiculously expensive, and there is not a "small packet" option as there is in most countries. If it does not lie flat and flexible in an envelope less than 2 cm thick, then it is considered to be the same ...
by fohat
12 Apr 2019, 15:55
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The 2019 Keyboard Meme Contest
Replies: 50
Views: 3111

Re: The 2019 Keyboard Meme Contest

depletedvespene wrote:
12 Apr 2019, 15:22

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Winner!
by fohat
12 Apr 2019, 00:51
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22378
Views: 1134501

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

Arrow keys look to be swapped horizontal for vertical.
by fohat
11 Apr 2019, 23:58
Forum: Want to buy
Topic: [WTB]Ibm Model F bigass enter key
Replies: 8
Views: 268

Re: [WTB]Ibm Model F bigass enter key

Wheelwriter ones use different stabilizers. As I recall they have square holes or something.

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