IDENTIFY THE KEYBOARD thread

husnulhamidiah

23 Jan 2021, 03:28

Can someone help to identify these two keyboards? Thanks

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Jacobalbertus1

23 Jan 2021, 05:49

last one is hard to tell i think that is bamboo white alps could be pine thew first looks like clicky alps don't know thew don't quote me

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Chyros

24 Jan 2021, 12:00

Looks very Key Tronic to me...

Jan Pospisil

25 Jan 2021, 15:20

Is the small round lock light integrated into a keycap a guarantee of Keytronic foam and foil?

kklinikowski

25 Jan 2021, 15:35

Hello everyone,

Have anyone seen a keyboard like this one before?
It has polish characters so might be some Poland manufactured one or made in CCCP.

I cannot find any markings that could identify it in any way.

Thanks!
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Jan Pospisil

25 Jan 2021, 15:41

Almost certainly some kind of Siemens, per the round keycaps, layout and connection.

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kps

25 Jan 2021, 17:25

TNT wrote:
23 Jan 2021, 00:06
Anyone can help me out with this one?
wiki/Key_Tronic_Corp.19790

forter4

25 Jan 2021, 20:14

This is from a current ebay auction that says it's from a company called Data Electronics (can't get any more generic lol). Anyone know what switches these are? Keycaps look almost like Micro Switch keycaps

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TNT

25 Jan 2021, 20:43

kps wrote:
25 Jan 2021, 17:25
TNT wrote:
23 Jan 2021, 00:06
Anyone can help me out with this one?
wiki/Key_Tronic_Corp.19790
Thanks a lot! Most interestingly, the pic I posted (from ebay) and the pictures on the Wiki page appear to be of exactly the same board :o

Gotta ask seebart about this.
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TNT

25 Jan 2021, 20:50

forter4 wrote:
25 Jan 2021, 20:14
This is from a current ebay auction that says it's from a company called Data Electronics (can't get any more generic lol). Anyone know what switches these are? Keycaps look almost like Micro Switch keycaps
I looked around a bit and I found this piece of information: viewtopic.php?t=19867

They look kind of similar to me and got the OAK branding.

Don't know anything about the board, but maybe this already helps

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leetuser

28 Jan 2021, 01:40

Well, this keyboard is identified as an "Ortek MCK-301W" But I need help identifying the DIN connector, it looks like it has 6 pins instead of 5. Can anyone help me figure out how I could get this working on a PC? Is there some kind of converter I can use? Also, these switches look like some kind of ALPS clone, does anyone know exactly what kind of switches these are in terms of clicky, tactile, or linear and if they're any good?
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MMcM

28 Jan 2021, 02:01

leetuser wrote:
28 Jan 2021, 01:40
But I need help identifying the DIN connector, it looks like it has 6 pins instead of 5.
Are you sure we aren't looking at a mini-DIN-6, that is, a regular old PS/2 connector, but zoomed in a lot?

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leetuser

28 Jan 2021, 02:04

MMcM wrote:
28 Jan 2021, 02:01
leetuser wrote:
28 Jan 2021, 01:40
But I need help identifying the DIN connector, it looks like it has 6 pins instead of 5.
Are you sure we aren't looking at a mini-DIN-6, that is, a regular old PS/2 connector, but zoomed in a lot?
Haha I feel silly. Yeah I think you are correct. The perspective with him holding it makes it look bigger in that picture. 8-)

andresteare

28 Jan 2021, 02:13

Don't have high hopes for modern keyboards but this looks interesting, it's a post on facebook marketplace, I don't have it
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MMcM

28 Jan 2021, 03:25

https://commerce.toshiba.com/wps/portal ... /keyboards

The brochure doesn't tell you want you probably want to know, though.

davkol

28 Jan 2021, 11:32

Some of it looks very similar to IBM ANPOS keyboard which has buckling rubber sleeves for key mechanism (similar to Mitsumi hybrid switch).

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rev

28 Jan 2021, 11:58

Hi, can you lot help me identify the age and model/manufacturer of this board? Switches are Futaba MA, no markings or labels on it whatsoever Image
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andresteare

28 Jan 2021, 13:00

MMcM wrote:
28 Jan 2021, 03:25
https://commerce.toshiba.com/wps/portal ... /keyboards

The brochure doesn't tell you want you probably want to know, though.
It has 10-key roll over, a true gaming keyboard right there

andresteare

28 Jan 2021, 18:52

rev wrote:
28 Jan 2021, 11:58
Hi, can you lot help me identify the age and model/manufacturer of this board? Switches are Futaba MA, no markings or labels on it whatsoever Image
You can alway open it to know the manufacturer, for the Brand you would have too look inside I guess. The has to ve some FCC ID somewhere

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rev

28 Jan 2021, 19:19

andresteare wrote:
28 Jan 2021, 18:52
rev wrote:
28 Jan 2021, 11:58
Hi, can you lot help me identify the age and model/manufacturer of this board? Switches are Futaba MA, no markings or labels on it whatsoever Image
You can alway open it to know the manufacturer, for the Brand you would have too look inside I guess. The has to ve some FCC ID somewhere
I have since opened it up, no text or info to be found anywhere on the inside case or the PCB, is it possible that it's not part of any productionline and is just a one-off?

andresteare

28 Jan 2021, 19:58

rev wrote:
28 Jan 2021, 19:19
andresteare wrote:
28 Jan 2021, 18:52
rev wrote:
28 Jan 2021, 11:58
Hi, can you lot help me identify the age and model/manufacturer of this board? Switches are Futaba MA, no markings or labels on it whatsoever Image
You can alway open it to know the manufacturer, for the Brand you would have too look inside I guess. The has to ve some FCC ID somewhere
I have since opened it up, no text or info to be found anywhere on the inside case or the PCB, is it possible that it's not part of any productionline and is just a one-off?
Wow, that's curious, does it have a plate between switches and pcb? It's very weird because even prototypes are labeled. Or some melt plastic mark in some weird part of the inside of the chassis for the fabrication year. Very interesting

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rev

28 Jan 2021, 20:22

andresteare wrote:
28 Jan 2021, 19:58
rev wrote:
28 Jan 2021, 19:19
andresteare wrote:
28 Jan 2021, 18:52


You can alway open it to know the manufacturer, for the Brand you would have too look inside I guess. The has to ve some FCC ID somewhere
I have since opened it up, no text or info to be found anywhere on the inside case or the PCB, is it possible that it's not part of any productionline and is just a one-off?
Wow, that's curious, does it have a plate between switches and pcb? It's very weird because even prototypes are labeled. Or some melt plastic mark in some weird part of the inside of the chassis for the fabrication year. Very interesting
It does have a black metal plate that the switches are sat on top of, and this plate is held to the PCB seemingly only by the switches, I did my regular quick clean on it, and I've found no sign of anything (like labels or imprints) missing. I've played with the idea of it being someone's personal homemade project but it looks too well made for that

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Polecat

29 Jan 2021, 02:45

rev wrote:
28 Jan 2021, 11:58
Hi, can you lot help me identify the age and model/manufacturer of this board? Switches are Futaba MA, no markings or labels on it whatsoever
The channel for the cable suggests it's from a luggable PC. Does it have latches to lock it into the front of a case? Those keyboards became the front cover when the case was closed up to transport. AT 84 key layout would be from the late '80s--286 or early 386 vintage in other words. Many of those luggable cases were sold to do-it-yourselfers and to local computer stores who built them into a computer and sold them, often with their own name on them. I have something similar, only with white Alps switches, with a very generic name on it. The manufacturer was probably a factory in Taiwan, and not something you could look up or match up to anything meaningful.

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rev

29 Jan 2021, 09:32

Polecat wrote:
29 Jan 2021, 02:45
rev wrote:
28 Jan 2021, 11:58
Hi, can you lot help me identify the age and model/manufacturer of this board? Switches are Futaba MA, no markings or labels on it whatsoever
The channel for the cable suggests it's from a luggable PC. Does it have latches to lock it into the front of a case? Those keyboards became the front cover when the case was closed up to transport. AT 84 key layout would be from the late '80s--286 or early 386 vintage in other words. Many of those luggable cases were sold to do-it-yourselfers and to local computer stores who built them into a computer and sold them, often with their own name on them. I have something similar, only with white Alps switches, with a very generic name on it. The manufacturer was probably a factory in Taiwan, and not something you could look up or match up to anything meaningful.
If you mean to lock the cable into the front case then no, but it is a tight fit if I just push it into the channel so being portable is still likely. Thanks for the explanation, for lack of a better option I'll say it was someone's DIY project

helmut

29 Jan 2021, 10:06

Hi !

I'm looking for information about the keyswitches i found in a 286 computer keyboard. Machine is a french Goupil G5, keyboard was built in west germany and the switches look like this :
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Looks like an integrated dome, it's definitely not clicky but it has a nice feel nonetheless.
If you know what it is, let me know !
Thanks !

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Chyros

29 Jan 2021, 13:45

Not integrated dome, that's 1st gen Cherry MY.

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kbdfr
The Tiproman

29 Jan 2021, 15:37

Chyros wrote:
29 Jan 2021, 13:45
Not integrated dome, that's 1st gen Cherry MY.
Chyros is of course right.
Details in the wiki: wiki/Cherry_MY

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webwit
Wild Duck

29 Jan 2021, 15:51

Chyros wrote:
29 Jan 2021, 13:45
Not integrated dome, that's 1st gen Cherry MY.
Someone should go back in time, and kill it right there, like Hitler.

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Polecat

29 Jan 2021, 17:10

rev wrote:
29 Jan 2021, 09:32

If you mean to lock the cable into the front case then no, but it is a tight fit if I just push it into the channel so being portable is still likely. Thanks for the explanation, for lack of a better option I'll say it was someone's DIY project
Actually to lock the keyboard into the front of the matching computer's case while it was being transported. Here's an Osborne, just one example, yours would be a bit later than this:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/373383648859

edit: here's an IBM 5155, which is probably a better example. These took a standard sized motherboard and cards. The next generation was "lunchbox" sized with special internals and not long after that laptops started appearing. Interesting time in computer history.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/313289478034

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rev

29 Jan 2021, 17:25

Polecat wrote:
29 Jan 2021, 17:10
rev wrote:
29 Jan 2021, 09:32

If you mean to lock the cable into the front case then no, but it is a tight fit if I just push it into the channel so being portable is still likely. Thanks for the explanation, for lack of a better option I'll say it was someone's DIY project
Actually to lock the keyboard into the front of the matching computer's case while it was being transported. Here's an Osborne, just one example, yours would be a bit later than this:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/373383648859

edit: here's an IBM 5155, which is probably a better example. These took a standard sized motherboard and cards. The next generation was "lunchbox" sized with special internals and not long after that laptops started appearing. Interesting time in computer history.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/313289478034
Yeah you're right it does have extendable bits at the bottom that go through the top case, so I just assumed it was to hold the top case in place or something, but I guess this is the reason!

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