IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

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Muirium
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03 Oct 2019, 17:10

That’s the first I’ve heard someone speak kindly of them. A few years ago, a regular theme on DT was people linking industrial IBM XT keyboards, and various of us pointing out these were NOT Model Fs, but Oak inside. People’s reaction was always the same: good save, guys! It’s like they were rubber dome Unsavers. Such hope, dashed!

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User101

03 Oct 2019, 18:06

Muirium wrote:
03 Oct 2019, 17:10
That’s the first I’ve heard someone speak kindly of them. A few years ago, a regular theme on DT was people linking industrial IBM XT keyboards, and various of us pointing out these were NOT Model Fs, but Oak inside. People’s reaction was always the same: good save, guys! It’s like they were rubber dome Unsavers. Such hope, dashed!
I guess most people just haven't tried it yet because of the name. I wasn't going to buy any either, it's just a coincident that my Ge Fanuc computer have this type of switch. That's how I found out it's actually good.

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snuci
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03 Oct 2019, 18:12

User101 wrote:
03 Oct 2019, 18:06
I guess most people just haven't tried it yet because of the name. I wasn't going to buy any either, it's just a coincident that my Ge Fanuc computer have this type of switch. That's how I found out it's actually good.
Which model of GE Fanuc? I just got one (on the way) and it may have Oak switches too.

vsgv

03 Oct 2019, 18:26

Need help with those

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Second one looks like DEC LK401-AA, so jusrt fancy rubber dome?
Third one is Lite-on made by silitek by those FCC ID and number model gives me nothing
First one is DTK but again, googling it gives me nothing.

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User101

03 Oct 2019, 21:18

snuci wrote:
03 Oct 2019, 18:12
User101 wrote:
03 Oct 2019, 18:06
I guess most people just haven't tried it yet because of the name. I wasn't going to buy any either, it's just a coincident that my Ge Fanuc computer have this type of switch. That's how I found out it's actually good.
Which model of GE Fanuc? I just got one (on the way) and it may have Oak switches too.
GE fanuc workmaster I, the one that looks like the ibm 5155.

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ppCircle

03 Oct 2019, 21:21

vsgv wrote:
03 Oct 2019, 18:26
Need help with those
Saw them 2 months ago. Nothing special.

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snuci
Vintage computer guy

03 Oct 2019, 21:27

User101 wrote:
03 Oct 2019, 21:18
GE fanuc workmaster I, the one that looks like the ibm 5155.
Works for me. That's the one I just bought. I don't mind these switches at all but I didn't buy it for the keyboard. I bought it because it's a re-branded IBM 5155. I like oddballs ;)

Thanks for the reply.

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User101

03 Oct 2019, 21:37

snuci wrote:
03 Oct 2019, 21:27
User101 wrote:
03 Oct 2019, 21:18
GE fanuc workmaster I, the one that looks like the ibm 5155.
Works for me. That's the one I just bought. I don't mind these switches at all but I didn't buy it for the keyboard. I bought it because it's a re-branded IBM 5155. I like oddballs ;)

Thanks for the reply.
You're welcome. I bought it for the computer too, but I dont think the workmaster I is a rebrand 5155. They have different internals and different dimensions, not to mention ibm is not to be found anywhere on the hardware. However, the workmaster I does have ibm bios, so it's a mystery.

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elecplus

04 Oct 2019, 03:05

Any clue what these are? I can get 2 of these, NIB, been on a shelf for 25+ years.
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SneakyRobb
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04 Oct 2019, 04:27


MMcM

04 Oct 2019, 04:30

elecplus wrote:
04 Oct 2019, 03:05
Any clue what these are?
Looks like this.

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snufflecat

04 Oct 2019, 09:21

User101 wrote:
03 Oct 2019, 15:57
The oak membrane is a very nice switch. Dont look at the name, I have two boards with this type switch and they're all very smooth linear.
Alright, note taken. :) The seller is asking roughly $130 for the monitor and machine, and isn't sure if it's working or not. While I'd really love to own the machine, I'm not sure if now is the time..

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snuci
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04 Oct 2019, 19:02

snufflecat wrote:
04 Oct 2019, 09:21
Alright, note taken. :) The seller is asking roughly $130 for the monitor and machine, and isn't sure if it's working or not. While I'd really love to own the machine, I'm not sure if now is the time..
Does he have floppy drives for the computer? I may be interested.

rymut

04 Oct 2019, 19:27

snufflecat wrote:
02 Oct 2019, 08:43
ollir wrote:
01 Oct 2019, 19:59
A friend of mine had a board like the top two ICLs and it felt mushy, linear and unlikable.
(he liked it though)
Dang it. Let's at least hope one's good..
I had identical board but with Nokia brand name on top, keyboards even for robber dome keyboard feels weird. Good thing about this keyboard is that it have connection cable that is compatible with IBM keybords with due to SDL connector. It is sometimes cheaper to buy old ICL's/Nokia rubber dome keyboard for SDL cable.
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rymut

08 Oct 2019, 16:10

Does anybody known anything about BORK BK-951/K keyboard available here https://allegro.pl/oferta/retro-klawiat ... 8560561062 seller says that it is a hall effect board, but the switches do not look as any hall effect switch that I come across (key caps looks fine, but some are missing).
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PancakeMSTR

10 Oct 2019, 01:53

Can anyone identify anything mechanical in these two pictures?

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Dingster

10 Oct 2019, 19:52

Second pic I can see a model M looking thing, except it has windows keys (might be a unicomp) and a dell at101(?) and an NEC APC H412. First picture is rather lackluster though.

PancakeMSTR

10 Oct 2019, 20:55

Dingster wrote:
10 Oct 2019, 19:52
Second pic I can see a model M looking thing, except it has windows keys (might be a unicomp) and a dell at101(?) and an NEC APC H412. First picture is rather lackluster though.
Can you point out the NEC APC H412?

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snufflecat

11 Oct 2019, 14:50

rymut wrote:
04 Oct 2019, 19:27
I had identical board but with Nokia brand name on top, keyboards even for robber dome keyboard feels weird. Good thing about this keyboard is that it have connection cable that is compatible with IBM keybords with due to SDL connector. It is sometimes cheaper to buy old ICL's/Nokia rubber dome keyboard for SDL cable.
Ooh, nice. I didn't even look at the connector. Will check later.

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snufflecat

11 Oct 2019, 14:53

snuci wrote:
04 Oct 2019, 19:02
Does he have floppy drives for the computer? I may be interested.
Sadly, no, and FYI it's located in Norway, shipping tends to be obnoxiously high when shipping things abroad.
But with that said I could get in touch with him for you if you're interested.

4_404

11 Oct 2019, 15:15

I picked up a dozen or so old boards today (including several of ALPS & 3x NEC APCs, not sure if it's interesting enough to make a new thread about though), and most of them were easily identifiable. However, I couldn't find much info about this one. Looks to have SMK vintage linear, but nothing more than that. I assume the Apple logo is just glued on top, not related to the board. Does anyone know who made it/what the connector and protocol is? Is it possible to disassemble/clean these switches? Thanks
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As a side, I posted way back in April with a terrible photo of an unidentifiable keyboard. Today curiosity got the better of me, and I finally went and got that as well. Turns out it was a Qtronix QX201 with MX Blues. Almost none of the switches click (is there a fix for this?), so the point I guessed they were dirty Blacks before pulling a cap. Still, interesting enough board, and I love the big space bar. Qtronix QX201 album: https://imgur.com/a/knFn9Ju

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Dingster

11 Oct 2019, 16:42

PancakeMSTR wrote:
10 Oct 2019, 20:55
Dingster wrote:
10 Oct 2019, 19:52
Second pic I can see a model M looking thing, except it has windows keys (might be a unicomp) and a dell at101(?) and an NEC APC H412. First picture is rather lackluster though.
Can you point out the NEC APC H412?
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PancakeMSTR

17 Oct 2019, 01:22

Can anyone identify these?
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Findecanor

17 Oct 2019, 01:43

?, I think this is a Chicony-made rubber dome judging by the large mods
Mitsumi KPQ-E99ZC, with KPQ switches, Fujitsu/ICL rubber dome
?, ?
NMB RT6856, Fujitsu rubber dome

davkol

17 Oct 2019, 08:28

The third row from top: the IBM keyboard on the right is a rebranded Chicony rubber dome over membrane; the AT&T branded keyboard on the left should be NMB as is the keyboard below.

xs_xs

18 Oct 2019, 14:44

identify this keyboard

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User101

18 Oct 2019, 15:54

xs_xs wrote:
18 Oct 2019, 14:44
identify this keyboard
There is nothing to identify

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SneakyRobb
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18 Oct 2019, 17:26

xs_xs wrote:
18 Oct 2019, 14:44
identify this keyboard
This is a laser projection keyboard that is currently in the off

kcrimson

20 Oct 2019, 10:16

Does anyone have a clue as to what keyboard this is or what switches it has? I searched through the entire list of keyboards on the DT wiki but couldn't find anything that looks like it. No branding is present other than a slot-in function key legend for WordPerfect, and any other angle or close-up of the keyboard was never taken as this is the only image. What's notable, though, is that it's stored in the wrong box, meant instead for the TUV ACK-200 (a rubber dome), which even the eBay seller believed the keyboard to be called; It also appears to have TH double shots (but I could be wrong)
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edit: looking through this thread it seems this is a Tai-Hao keyboard with APC switches.

vespertine

22 Oct 2019, 01:32

I want to use this keyboard with my modern pc and it has some weird connector ive never seen...need to know how to get it converted to ps2 so I can use a ps2 to usb converter and use it with my pc
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