IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

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Inxie

22 Jul 2020, 15:54

Here's one to identify. Season 1 of Alf had several different monitors and keyboards on Willie's PC for some reason, but this one struck me odd because I can't identify it. It seems like a Model F with a square IBM badge on the left, but I can't tell if it's painted black or a clone. Also, it has 1 row of function keys from what I can see, and no Model F had that. (Closest would be a Battle Ship but that's two rows, and it's clear this isn't a Battle Ship).

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EDIT: Looks like it might be this, with a fake IBM badge square stuck on? wiki/File:BTC_5151_keyboard_profile.jpg

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zrrion

23 Jul 2020, 05:59

https://www.ebay.com/itm/283899188950

Does anyone know what switches this has? I've messaged the seller to try and get a pic but have not heard back.

juspek

23 Jul 2020, 11:00

Looks similar with this. I guess it is Alps SKFF
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AJM

23 Jul 2020, 20:17

Inxie wrote:
22 Jul 2020, 15:54
Here's one to identify. Season 1 of Alf had several different monitors and keyboards on Willie's PC for some reason, but this one struck me odd because I can't identify it. ....
Yes, that keyboard is certainly nothing from IBM. The monitor is a clone as well. It's neither the green 5151, nor the CGA 5153, nor the EGA 5154

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hellothere

23 Jul 2020, 23:06

Jimi14 wrote:
20 Jul 2020, 19:19
Can anyone identify what switch this thing uses? It's from 1996 from what i can find and OEM is Jing Mold Electronic Technology.
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hellothere

24 Jul 2020, 01:52

Gnho wrote:
01 Jul 2020, 06:32
Jesseg wrote:
01 Jul 2020, 04:32
Gnho wrote:
30 Jun 2020, 22:15
Anyone has experience with this one?
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The seller says it's Harris C1100 but I can't figure out what switches are in it. Thanks!
This looks a bit like NMB (space invader), but I could be wrong
Interesting... I guess we will see when it arrives (from Egypt, God damnit)
The stepped keys remind me an awful lot of my Tandy 1000, which has Fujitsu leaf springs. That'd be a cool pickup for $10!

I did some searching and it looks like they made a bunch of terminal keyboards. There's also this one, which has a solenoid!

xxhellfirexx

25 Jul 2020, 07:32

Jesseg wrote:
01 Jul 2020, 08:33
Chyros wrote:
01 Jul 2020, 07:24
I think it's KT F&F off the top of my head.
Looking at the the big old style numbers you might be right actually..
It is.

https://m.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Harris-K ... 3481787350

keyboardn00b

25 Jul 2020, 21:15

Anyone knows this keyboard? It's a 'Commodore 5140', but I can't find any additional information online.
Edit: And what is the plug called?
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Findecanor

25 Jul 2020, 21:20

Welcome keyboardn00b! That's a BTC 5140, only with Commodore's branding. It has a 5-pin DIN plug for the PC/AT protocol. The signals are the same as PS/2, just with a bigger connector. The big plug was still quite common in the late '90s at least.

The BTC rubber domes are pretty good as rubber dome keyboards go. The smaller keycaps (those not needing stabilisers are compatible with Cherry MX-switches. I have a couple in the same series myself (not Commodore-branded)

Edit: BTW, The old Commodore company went bankrupt in 1994, and Windows keys were introduced first with Windows 95. German PC manufacturer Escom owned the Commodore brand from 1995 until 1997 when the brand was acquired by Tulip Computers. There are also Escom-branded 5140's so I would speculate that this Commodore-branded keyboard had been sold by them.
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keyboardn00b

25 Jul 2020, 21:30

Thanks!

Jimi14

02 Aug 2020, 10:40

Any idea what switches this canon board uses? Looks possible like alps,but far from an expert.
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Seller is also selling these brown alps boards, but claim they aren't working. Is it because they aren't speaking AT?
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kelvinhall05

02 Aug 2020, 16:07

The wiki shows a very similar Canon board as having white Alps, so I think it's safe to say it's probably white Alps.

I'd get the brown Alps boards regardless. Hell, if they're cheap and you're not too interested in it, I may consider buying one from you.

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Polecat

02 Aug 2020, 20:24

Jimi14 wrote:
02 Aug 2020, 10:40
Any idea what switches this canon board uses? Looks possible like alps,but far from an expert.
The Canon is a rebranded Acer. That case style was used on several ISO and ANSI models. ISO versions were KB-102A, KB-102AS, 6012, and 6312. The position of the XT/AT switch suggests it's a KB-102A or AS, which likely has blue or white Alps switches.

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Redmaus
Gotta start somewhere

02 Aug 2020, 20:54

Jimi14 wrote:
02 Aug 2020, 10:40
Seller is also selling these brown alps boards, but claim they aren't working. Is it because they aren't speaking AT?

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Those actually have their own processor on the keyboard PCB. If you wanted to use them you would have to probably wire in your own controller on the PCB. It would definitely take work as those keyboards are only meant to be used with a TIPC.
kelvinhall05 wrote:
02 Aug 2020, 10:40
I'd get the brown Alps boards regardless. Hell, if they're cheap and you're not too interested in it, I may consider buying one from you.
Same here, I know some people who are looking for brown alps.

Jimi14

02 Aug 2020, 22:30

kelvinhall05 wrote:
02 Aug 2020, 16:07
The wiki shows a very similar Canon board as having white Alps, so I think it's safe to say it's probably white Alps.

I'd get the brown Alps boards regardless. Hell, if they're cheap and you're not too interested in it, I may consider buying one from you.
Sadly i forgot to check the auction date for the TI boards and they ran out of time. They remained unsold though, so is gonna message the seller and see if he would be willing to sell them directly. (EDIT, turns out the seller already sold them directly to someone else, so no brown alps for me...)

Definitely gonna try to get that canon board though, already have an blue alps board in the form of an Datacomp DFK-102, but i always found it kinda ugly looking and would gladly replace it with this one.

Lekrafter

06 Aug 2020, 04:47

Anyone knows what this one might be?
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kelvinhall05

06 Aug 2020, 05:41

Super hard to tell from that pic. Complete guess would be some kind of buckling springs, I dunno.

juspek

06 Aug 2020, 06:30

Picture is so blurry but it looks like it is a keyboard :lol:
Seriously though, this Televideo PC keyboard looks same http://www.retrotechnology.com/aux/televid_dos.html

hpqoeu

11 Aug 2020, 18:13

Hi, I'd like help with identifying the keyboard in this imgur album:
https://imgur.com/a/tRJMtDb

ntv242

11 Aug 2020, 18:37

hpqoeu wrote:
11 Aug 2020, 18:13
Hi, I'd like help with identifying the keyboard in this imgur album:
https://imgur.com/a/tRJMtDb
Futaba ma series switches

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