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by Darkshado
02 Sep 2018, 03:48
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Model M vs Unicomp actuation weight
Replies: 11
Views: 708

Out of curiosity, are the "slots" through which the spring buckle on your Unicomp clean or do they have some leftover plastic? Particularly bad examples will sound rather "crunchy" instead of clicky as the spring rubs on the plastic. To fix: remove the keycap stem and clean with a sharp blade.
by Darkshado
02 Sep 2018, 03:43
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3713
Views: 190672

I also note it has two "bodge wires" which tends to indicate an early unit, small production run, or prototype of some sort.
by Darkshado
27 Aug 2018, 23:20
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Looking for a new keyboard with the following specs:
Replies: 5
Views: 319

WASD Code TKL with Clears? Doesn't have PBT caps though. Also, do you care about ANSI vs ISO?
by Darkshado
26 Aug 2018, 06:52
Forum: For sale
Topic: Keyboard parts
Replies: 19
Views: 1983

PM'd a few days ago
by Darkshado
22 Aug 2018, 06:33
Forum: Workshop
Topic: [solved] keys jittering...
Replies: 5
Views: 352

Isopropyl would be good for excess flux, not so much for bridging. I haven't done much surface mount yet, but one trick I'd suggest is using soldering wick on top of the contacts to remove excess solder and potential bridges.
by Darkshado
15 Aug 2018, 06:58
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Post the ugliest keyboards you've seen!
Replies: 508
Views: 27709

The brand names these have often make me smile; you know, the BlueDragonMoltenLavaKingEmperorUnicornMagicClamRoosterBloodTrail or something... must sound better in Mandarin, I guess. No idea why, but there's LOTS of these cheap Cherry-clone "gaming" keyboards with this bastard layout combining an AN...
by Darkshado
15 Aug 2018, 05:12
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22635
Views: 1231026

My experience is that Apple Design Keyboards with attached cables are rubber dome with useless keys, while Apple Design Keyboards with detachable cables at least Alps-compatible PBT caps. That is only based on a handful of specimens, however. For ISO AppleDesign keyboards, the Czech Republic made o...
by Darkshado
12 Aug 2018, 06:27
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Does anyone can identify these keyboards?
Replies: 6
Views: 434

If you just want to identify the switches, you can use a key puller to remove a keycap; you could make your own out of some solid metal wire or order one online.

You should then be able to refer to the wiki and previous posts to tell apart Alps, Acer switches and Alps clones.
by Darkshado
12 Aug 2018, 06:16
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: New method for AT's ANSI mod's spacebar barrel
Replies: 26
Views: 1100

Hacked the modifier keycaps to keep the case as-is too. Interesting! I would like to keep the mod as non-intrusive and reversible as possible, too. How did you hack the modifier keycaps, if I may ask? I used a small box cutter style knife; what I should have used for a cleaner result is a rotary to...
by Darkshado
11 Aug 2018, 04:33
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: New method for AT's ANSI mod's spacebar barrel
Replies: 26
Views: 1100

I also tried the SAE 7/16 washers but didn't like the travel impediment and rattling. (Don't mind the barrel on B, that was a test.) BCCMgukLDGI For what it's worth, I used a regular AT-style buttress barrel for the spacebar, with the goal of preserving the spacebar frame and stabilizer, works fine....
by Darkshado
10 Aug 2018, 06:20
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: New method for AT's ANSI mod's spacebar barrel
Replies: 26
Views: 1100

How did you stabilize the spacebar?
by Darkshado
02 Aug 2018, 07:26
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22635
Views: 1231026

Cheap F AT in Montreal: 65$CAD (50$ USD) https://www.kijiji.ca/v-souris-claviers-webcams/ville-de-montreal/ibm-clavier-keyboard-mecanic-model-m-1984/1373335773 I already have one and I don't have the time for another restoration project or simply to go get it so... enjoy whoever lives in this area ...
by Darkshado
31 Jul 2018, 05:32
Forum: Mice & other input devices
Topic: looking for a mouse with ALL proper switches, not just the main two
Replies: 4
Views: 550

Ducky Secret could be an option: https://www.duckychannel.com.tw/page-en/ducky-secret/ might be a tad expensive, but it looks fairly understated compared to other "gamer" mice and pushes all-Omron switches as a selling point.
by Darkshado
30 Jul 2018, 02:18
Forum: News
Topic: Stuff you just bought
Replies: 1764
Views: 93933

Found through classifieds:
PC AT - juillet 2018.jpg
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by Darkshado
29 Jul 2018, 23:50
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Do BOX switches stretch PBT and break ABS keycaps?
Replies: 135
Views: 7714

Same here, if anything I'd be worried about breaking the oversize stem on the Box switch. A possible (tedious and inconsistent) DYI approach would be to use a very small file or hand-spin a small rotary tool (e.g. Dremel) bit to remove a bit of material from the stems. In a perfect world: once new s...
by Darkshado
29 Jul 2018, 23:27
Forum: Marketplace Help
Topic: Price Check: How much is my _____ worth?
Replies: 4410
Views: 257174

Hmm, if I had to put a number, anywhere between $20 and 40 $USD? Perhaps on the lower end because the keys (despite being PBT) seem to have quite a bit of shine. For insurance purposes, I'd say 80 $USD. My impression is that for some reason, the PBT keycaps on the AEK II and ADK (Czech variant) are ...
by Darkshado
27 Jul 2018, 01:30
Forum: News
Topic: Stuff you just bought
Replies: 1764
Views: 93933

Two AppleDesign donor boards: AppleDesign_keyboards.jpg The Czech-made variant has Alps mount slider-over-dome construction, OEM profile PBT dye sub caps, ABS spacebar. Update: all cleaned up! Salvaged the ADB connectors and fixed cables for future converters, scrapping the rest, cleaned one of the ...
by Darkshado
27 Jul 2018, 00:48
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3713
Views: 190672

mystery_board.JPG Mystery board from classifieds, any idea? I called and the gent wasn't sure which device I was talking about, out of multiple photos. There was also a probable Model M but it seems it has already met an unfortunate fate at the hands of recyclers. :( Update: yJxCdh1Ps48 Went there ...
by Darkshado
16 Jul 2018, 16:18
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3713
Views: 190672

^^ Andrew: for their sake, please leave an explanatory note inside those boards
by Darkshado
10 Jul 2018, 17:43
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: PS/2 cable in AT keyboard?
Replies: 5
Views: 265

So I'm guessing hot swapping could cause damage? Yes. PS/2 wasn't designed for hot swapping, some have gotten away with it, others have fried keyboard controllers or motherboards doing it. If I don't have a multimeter are we just out of luck? Also yes. A multimeter is cheap enough and has tons of u...
by Darkshado
10 Jul 2018, 07:07
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Rescuing keyboard puppies from the pound
Replies: 27
Views: 1852

by Darkshado
10 Jul 2018, 06:39
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: PS/2 cable in AT keyboard?
Replies: 5
Views: 265

Hot plugging PS/2 isn't the best idea. The Mini-DIN connector for PS/2 and the larger DIN one for the AT are standardised. What's inside connecting the cable to the keyboard's PCB isn't. You might get "standard" 0.1 inch pitch pin connectors which are fairly easy to deal with, or something else alto...
by Darkshado
08 Jul 2018, 18:08
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Can anyone recommend me the best mechanical gaming keyboard?
Replies: 2
Views: 280

Hello, MX Brown switches are mildly tactile; going by what you're saying your partner prefers linear switches, both the Cherry MX Red and MX Silver are of that variety. "Clicky" switches are those with part of their design making a click noise at or very near the actuation point, in the Cherry MX li...
by Darkshado
08 Jul 2018, 02:23
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Rescuing keyboard puppies from the pound
Replies: 27
Views: 1852

Cool finds!

Wonder is there's anything wrong with that WASD Code (number 25) besides the missing Escape key... It's a recent keyboard that could have been repaired. Worst case it's a good chassis for a custom.
by Darkshado
07 Jul 2018, 05:51
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread
Replies: 3713
Views: 190672

Any ideas on this one? I suspect rubber dome, but can't quite find a match for it on the wiki. What about the windowed keys? Blockers too?
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Mystery HP keyboard
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by Darkshado
06 Jul 2018, 04:04
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Post the ugliest keyboards you've seen!
Replies: 508
Views: 27709

Zu spät. What the hell was that? Yes, I know, a two minute ad for a USB lighter, but as I said, what the hell was that?
by Darkshado
29 Jun 2018, 18:20
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alternatives to springs for key switches -- air, gel, etc.
Replies: 29
Views: 1179

Proto: in case you're not (we all have to start *somewhere* after all), those look like the internals of a Topre capacitive keyboard. I'll let you search from there.
by Darkshado
22 Jun 2018, 06:42
Forum: Workshop
Topic: A Compact SSK
Replies: 14
Views: 1204

How much of a difference does the "flat" profile make? Is it weird to type on? Did you try with M2 caps?
by Darkshado
22 Jun 2018, 03:30
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Terminology?
Replies: 7
Views: 384

If you're talking about the four bits that clip the switch below its mounting plate, I recall seeing the term "wings" at some point.
by Darkshado
18 Jun 2018, 05:52
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Keyobard
Replies: 7
Views: 403

I'd take the Corsair over the Alienware given the former uses genuine Cherry switches while there's no specific mention of the manufacturer for Alienware. If you *really* want macros, however... Look at Tipro boards, a Model M 122, Model F 122, or just a separate macropad with whatever other keyboar...

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