Questions regarding IBM 122 key


29 Sep 2019, 20:16

Hey hello hi

First of all, I'd like to point out im new to the whole keyboard world, think of me a as a total newbie. The questions might be a hard facepalm for most of you, but I'd love to double check just to make sure I dont end up wasting a lot of money. Now, proceeding onto the things i'd like to know. I have not yet got around to get myself a proper keyboard, unlucky most of the time. However, after looking through some local deals I came across this IBM 1397000 board, the large terminal 122 key one. It has this detachable Ps2 cord.
Now pretty much all IBM terminal boards I had seen and come across were usually RJ, rarely DIM, so is the Ps2 a real variant that existed somewhere? And since its Ps2 is it fully PC compatible? I assume it is (coz ps2), maybe not f13 or terminal keys but perhaps its possible to remap these with some software? And are there any other issues I might have with the board? I dont mind it being large and taking up most of my desk, thats actually cool. Also the guy had tested and it works, I just want to know whether I need to look for an expensive converter or I can plug that into my PC and just have it running straight off

I am also sorry if Im posting this in the wrong section, I believe it is the right one but I guess I can be wrong. If anyone could help me I'd be very grateful for some answers.

Thanks in advance!

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29 Sep 2019, 20:21

The 1397000 is indeed a rare variant of the common Model M122, it's fully PC compatible and programmable (!!!).


29 Sep 2019, 21:21

so i assume its worth to just grab it and call it a day with board seeking?

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24 Nov 2020, 23:42

The 1397000 is a very versatile keyboard. As long as you're not hooking it up through USB you can use it with every single PC or IBM terminal since the original IBM PC with only a passive adapter, since it speaks every scancode set. But as far as calling it a day the F 122 is much better for everyday typing.

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