IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

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kbdfr
The Tiproman

14 May 2020, 07:40

Omegasupreme33 wrote:
13 May 2020, 23:52
Hello everyone, just looking for some info if anyone has it for this board bought a while ago. I know who makes it, just can't find anything on it. I can take more pics if anyone needs them but this was made by Access Keyboards.
Welcome on DT.
As you know the manufacturer, perhaps you should simply ask them whether they still have any info and/or material:
https://www.access-is.com/

And please do contact me if you ever consider getting rid of it - or at least of the "Trouble" keycap :mrgreen:

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shine

14 May 2020, 09:52

John Doe wrote:
14 May 2020, 06:13
Got these two fujitsu boards these days, top one is clicky and bottom is linear. Totally no idea whats this, anyone could help? Thanks.

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you should open them, look at the model number written in the pcb and update the wiki. Switches on the top one are Fujitsu Leaf spring 2nd generation and bottom are 3rd gen.

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Chyros

14 May 2020, 13:27

Fujitsu leaf spring

Omegasupreme33

14 May 2020, 16:31

kbdfr wrote:
14 May 2020, 07:40
Omegasupreme33 wrote:
13 May 2020, 23:52
Hello everyone, just looking for some info if anyone has it for this board bought a while ago. I know who makes it, just can't find anything on it. I can take more pics if anyone needs them but this was made by Access Keyboards.
Welcome on DT.
As you know the manufacturer, perhaps you should simply ask them whether they still have any info and/or material:
https://www.access-is.com/

And please do contact me if you ever consider getting rid of it - or at least of the "Trouble" keycap :mrgreen:
If I get Access to give me ANY information on this and the Trouble key is yours. Never figured to ask them directly because it's not a retail board. I'll keep you updated!

Robauke

14 May 2020, 20:15

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Hello folks,

this keyboard is the reason I registered, i just wanna know more about it, its merits and how to do it justice.

I recently got into thrifting for old hardware and build myself a windows 98 PC, so i can tinker a bit with old hardware and games. Ofc the PC is turning into a exibit piece, and thats where this keyboard comes in.

Its not just any keyboard but a suprising find in my parents house. Its a tool of my late father, who was some sort of earned journalist in Würzburg, Germany. I recall him as always stressed, this keyboard still reaks of his overboarding smoking habits. It works fine, I cant find any flaws. I assume he just put it aside at some point, deemed it outdated.

Its not at all from the age that i am familiar with, the one that has windows key. I understand its an AT keyboard with nice mechanical cherry switches. The keys are easy to remove and clean (which i did with the numpad) i dont really plan to open the case for further cleaning. AEG is a well respected company but not for computer hardware, so the label is an eyecatcher. Im lucky there is still the 5Pin adapter attached.

So is this the quality keyboard it seems to be, or more an average product of its time? What was its time?
Can its worth be put into numbers?

The yellow keys are itching me to dip my feet into retrobright adventures, do you guys think thats a terrible idea?
The case and the greyer keys seem to have no signs of yellowing.
There is some black stains close to the AEG logo i would like to rub off, i did so on other parts of the case. Is the aeg print prone to damage?
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Lekrafter

15 May 2020, 03:10

Good evening everyone!
Would anyone be so kind as to enlighten me on what keyboards these are and what switches they might have? Thank you
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kelvinhall05

15 May 2020, 03:20

Zenith has rubber domes, no idea on the other one.

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kbdfr
The Tiproman

15 May 2020, 11:32

Robauke wrote:
14 May 2020, 20:15
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Hello folks,

this keyboard is the reason I registered, i just wanna know more about it, its merits and how to do it justice.

I recently got into thrifting for old hardware and build myself a windows 98 PC, so i can tinker a bit with old hardware and games. Ofc the PC is turning into a exibit piece, and thats where this keyboard comes in.

Its not just any keyboard but a suprising find in my parents house. Its a tool of my late father, who was some sort of earned journalist in Würzburg, Germany. I recall him as always stressed, this keyboard still reaks of his overboarding smoking habits. It works fine, I cant find any flaws. I assume he just put it aside at some point, deemed it outdated.

Its not at all from the age that i am familiar with, the one that has windows key. I understand its an AT keyboard with nice mechanical cherry switches. The keys are easy to remove and clean (which i did with the numpad) i dont really plan to open the case for further cleaning. AEG is a well respected company but not for computer hardware, so the label is an eyecatcher. Im lucky there is still the 5Pin adapter attached.

So is this the quality keyboard it seems to be, or more an average product of its time? What was its time?
Can its worth be put into numbers?

The yellow keys are itching me to dip my feet into retrobright adventures, do you guys think thats a terrible idea?
The case and the greyer keys seem to have no signs of yellowing.
There is some black stains close to the AEG logo i would like to rub off, i did so on other parts of the case. Is the aeg print prone to damage?

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  1. Your keyboard is obviously a straightforward Cherry G80-1000 with an AEG Olympia branding, the real giveaway being the Cherry-label size of the recess on the back.
  2. I don’t think i is worth very much, but there are certainly people who would buy it just in order to desolder the swithches, as vintage black switches are some sort of (in my eyes undeserved) hype. It would be a pity to destroy such a nice collector’s item.
  3. I wouldn't attempt retrobrighting without having first acquired some retrobrighting experience with completely worthless stuff.
    Alternatively, you can simply replace the badly yellowed caps with less yellowed ones, which are quite easy to find.
  4. To eliminate the black stains near the logo, you can use a Q-tip moistened with (not soaked in) ispropanol* - gently rub without touching the logo and wipe dry with a kitchen tissue
    *not the 70% solution sold under the Hetterich brand in German pharmacies (which by the way is a perfect disinfectant against Covid-19), but pure stuff, which your pharmacy will sell you for a few Euros, perhaps asking first what you need it for because of other possible usages

Findecanor

15 May 2020, 19:51

Lekrafter wrote:
15 May 2020, 03:10
Good evening everyone!
Would anyone be so kind as to enlighten me on what keyboards these are and what switches they might have?
The bottom keyboard is a Sun Type 4. I think it has Key Tronic foam-and-foil switches.
Notice the left key cluster, Compose key, Control key position and Meta ⋄ keys.

(There are a couple of mentions in the Wiki, but no actual article)

Lekrafter

16 May 2020, 07:16

Is this, what I think it is!?
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ntv242

16 May 2020, 10:50

Robauke wrote:
14 May 2020, 20:15


So is this the quality keyboard it seems to be, or more an average product of its time? What was its time?
Can its worth be put into numbers?

The yellow keys are itching me to dip my feet into retrobright adventures, do you guys think thats a terrible idea?
The case and the greyer keys seem to have no signs of yellowing.
There is some black stains close to the AEG logo i would like to rub off, i did so on other parts of the case. Is the aeg print prone to damage?

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I think it was and still is a decent keyboard. The switches are still highly sought after now. While the built and the case might not be the best this era could offer, it is still good imo. The keycaps problem is quite easy so solve really, just go on reddit to find an OG double shot keycap set, good one cost about 50 eur and you got yourself a handsome keyboard again.

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Muirium
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16 May 2020, 10:51

Lekrafter wrote:
16 May 2020, 07:16
Is this, what I think it is!?

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If you think IBM AT, then no. AT layout, yes. But no.

imdatperson

16 May 2020, 11:07

Lekrafter wrote:
16 May 2020, 07:16
Is this, what I think it is!?

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Kinda looks like a Futaba MA board with those caps. Diggin the look of it!

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Chyros

16 May 2020, 12:21

Lekrafter wrote:
16 May 2020, 07:16
Is this, what I think it is!?

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Pretty sure it's a Datacomp with Futaba MA switches. I think I covered that exact model in a video.

Lekrafter

16 May 2020, 15:15

Oh man! After a little digging around that's what I had figured out but at first I though it was a Monterey K2AX with SKCM blues...

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ppCircle

16 May 2020, 15:50

Lekrafter wrote:
16 May 2020, 15:15
Oh man! After a little digging around that's what I had figured out but at first I though it was a Monterey K2AX with SKCM blues...
You can define that by looking at keycaps. > stepped =alps

Lekrafter

16 May 2020, 17:28

Chyros wrote:
16 May 2020, 12:21
Lekrafter wrote:
16 May 2020, 07:16
Is this, what I think it is!?

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Pretty sure it's a Datacomp with Futaba MA switches. I think I covered that exact model in a video.
Futaba MA one of the worst souding switches ever eh?

Robauke

17 May 2020, 13:30

@ntv242 @kbdfr thanks for the insights!
buying fitting keysets seems to be a challenging topic in itself, any place here in the forum to get to know that road better?

ntv242

17 May 2020, 16:08

Robauke wrote:
17 May 2020, 13:30
@ntv242 @kbdfr thanks for the insights!
buying fitting keysets seems to be a challenging topic in itself, any place here in the forum to get to know that road better?
Multiple options really, and what matters most is patience.

You can look directly into the market place of this forum. If someone is listing an OG cherry double shot set for sale, great, pm and grab them.

One step further, you can post one post in the Want To Buy sub section, also in Market place. Someone with the products can pm you, maybe.

Furthermore, go on https://www.reddit.com/r/mechmarket/ to search for one keycaps set.

And let's not discount the fact that you can always buy a modern keycap set to replace the current one. There are many that replicate this retro look and color scheme. Cheers.

Lekrafter

18 May 2020, 16:09

Anybody know what this is?
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Thanks!

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Polecat

18 May 2020, 16:31

Compaq Enhanced Keyboard. Wiki says both foam and foil and rubber dome versions exist.

Lekrafter

19 May 2020, 02:17

And what would this one be?
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wadeak78

19 May 2020, 03:02


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funkmon

20 May 2020, 02:50

I need some right help on this one. It's a square badged Model M terminal from the early years with a metal 240 degree DIN plug, non removable, and stubby feet. Which one is it? I just bought it on ebay for cheap as hell but I don't know what I'm getting into here.

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John Doe

20 May 2020, 02:58

It's like 1386303/1386304 terminal 102-keys layout M , but with an metal plug? interested me...

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funkmon

20 May 2020, 03:03

John Doe wrote:
20 May 2020, 02:58
It's like 1386303/1386304 terminal 102-keys layout M , but with an metal plug? interested me...
Or the 670, yeah, but as far as I can tell, they don't have metal plugs.

According to the wiki, could be the 680, or a 1390305, maybe, but the image I can see of the 1390305 has more plastic on the DIN plug.

John Doe

20 May 2020, 03:54

funkmon wrote:
20 May 2020, 03:03
John Doe wrote:
20 May 2020, 02:58
It's like 1386303/1386304 terminal 102-keys layout M , but with an metal plug? interested me...
Or the 670, yeah, but as far as I can tell, they don't have metal plugs.

According to the wiki, could be the 680, or a 1390305, maybe, but the image I can see of the 1390305 has more plastic on the DIN plug.
Yeah, quite surely it's 1390305 now.

found this after google:https://www.recycledgoods.com/ibm-13903 ... -keyboard/, details matched.

Hausen

20 May 2020, 19:22

Does someone know this keyboard ? And the switches that are being used? That keyboard has a turbo button which is strange mhm..

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kelvinhall05

20 May 2020, 19:30

Hausen wrote:
20 May 2020, 19:22
Does someone know this keyboard ? And the switches that are being used? That keyboard has a turbo button which is strange mhm..

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Interesting board. No idea what it is but I can almost guarantee it has rubber domes.

Findecanor

20 May 2020, 21:37

The shape of the keyboard case reminds me of a rubber dome keyboard that was super-common back in the second half of the '90s... but that style would date it from 1999 to only a couple years forward (copying the Tangerine iMac from '99).
Unikey/Chicony used that arrangement of 1.5u modifiers on the bottom row.

If you can see right through it, you can see that it has no plate and no PCB ...

A Turbo key modifies how fast the keys repeat when held down.

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