I guess we need a thread to show how dirty a keyboard could be.

John Doe

30 Mar 2020, 07:21

I know its weird, but maybe somebody has the same interest aswell. :)

It's an f122 left in a room of a house since 1983.
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Redmaus
Gotta start somewhere

30 Mar 2020, 07:27

C R U S T Y

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dcopellino

30 Mar 2020, 11:40

Mhmh, how much C R I S P Y an F122 may be.... I'am wandering how come J, K and N, M, keycaps are so dirty. Maybe in '90s, videogames were played with such keys instead of today WASD? :lol:

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depletedvespene

30 Mar 2020, 14:08

dcopellino wrote:
30 Mar 2020, 11:40
Mhmh, how much C R I S P Y an F122 may be.... I'am wandering how come J, K and N, M, keycaps are so dirty. Maybe in '90s, videogames were played with such keys instead of today WASD? :lol:
That doesn't look like dirt from usage; probably that area was more exposed to the elements than the rest of the keyboard.


That said, some old Apple ][ programs used IJKM for the arrows, but wasn't the case in programs running on IBM hardware.

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depletedvespene

30 Mar 2020, 14:20

WOAH.

That plate looks to be beyond saving, and makes me fear for the PCB as well. Is the case in one piece and unbroken? Could this keyboard be put back into service?

Worst case scenario, (case and) caps should be salvageable and cleanable, and would make for a great "before and after" pair of pics.

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Weezer

30 Mar 2020, 14:41

I think it will be ok with some TLC :) Plate looks like it will be pitted even after sanding though.

JBert

30 Mar 2020, 14:46

John Doe wrote:
30 Mar 2020, 07:21
It's an f122 left in a room of a house since 1983.
Did the roof fall in or something? :shock:

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JP!

30 Mar 2020, 15:15

First we have the beam spring from hell and now an F122 with Corona virus. :o

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E3E

30 Mar 2020, 15:36

Uhh... What kind of room was it left in? A bathroom?

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snacksthecat
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30 Mar 2020, 15:46

Sometimes it's the hidden grossness that'll get you.

https://www.reddit.com/r/mechmarket/com ... sob_story/

I can appreciate the seller's transparency but I don't think I'd be able to look past "the implication".

Going to start requesting blacklight pics from now on :shock:

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Weezer

30 Mar 2020, 15:59

snacksthecat wrote:
30 Mar 2020, 15:46

Going to start requesting blacklight pics from now on :shock:
This may not be as conclusive as you may think. ;) It's not just semen that glows, finger prints and other smudges can show up under blacklight.

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Dingster

30 Mar 2020, 16:42

Im pretty sure I have you beat with a 1000 I found a while ago :lol:
Best of luck with restoring that thing!

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Erderm_

02 Apr 2020, 03:15

While I second the fear that the pcb might be damaged, this board is still super recoverable! The plates can be sanded and repainted pretty easily. Great find, Ive found 6 F XT's for practically free so far but still not a single F122 :p

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mike52787
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02 Apr 2020, 17:04

Ugh, that is truly disgusting. I have had boards come to me filled with hair, nail clippings and old food, but never quite to that degree. I really hope it's not too far gone to save. model Fs can really take a beating and keep working though, so I assume you would have no trouble getting it working. Good luck!

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Chyros

02 Apr 2020, 22:53

courtesy of someone else (I think it was Max, but I'm not sure):

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zrrion

03 Apr 2020, 02:12

This one was literally left outside for at least a year or two.

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John Doe

03 Apr 2020, 06:08

depletedvespene wrote:
30 Mar 2020, 14:20
WOAH.

That plate looks to be beyond saving, and makes me fear for the PCB as well. Is the case in one piece and unbroken? Could this keyboard be put back into service?

Worst case scenario, (case and) caps should be salvageable and cleanable, and would make for a great "before and after" pair of pics.
Reasonable. Just hope the PCB is still positive, I havn't go that deep. Case is still in good condition except the dust as I can see. Will update as finished.
JBert wrote:
30 Mar 2020, 14:46
John Doe wrote:
30 Mar 2020, 07:21
It's an f122 left in a room of a house since 1983.
Did the roof fall in or something? :shock:
E3E wrote:
30 Mar 2020, 15:36
Uhh... What kind of room was it left in? A bathroom?
Interesting, unfortunately im not the discoverer, just a normal buyer who paid a nice price. Admittely no idea what's like inside under the keycaps before payment.
Erderm_ wrote:
02 Apr 2020, 03:15
While I second the fear that the pcb might be damaged, this board is still super recoverable! The plates can be sanded and repainted pretty easily. Great find, Ive found 6 F XT's for practically free so far but still not a single F122 :p
Maybe next time :D , never know what we'll find when wake up in the morning.
mike52787 wrote:
02 Apr 2020, 17:04
Ugh, that is truly disgusting. I have had boards come to me filled with hair, nail clippings and old food, but never quite to that degree. I really hope it's not too far gone to save. model Fs can really take a beating and keep working though, so I assume you would have no trouble getting it working. Good luck!
thanks, mike. love your g80-5k.

John Doe

03 Apr 2020, 06:09

zrrion wrote:
03 Apr 2020, 02:12
This one was literally left outside for at least a year or two.

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Is it possible to recover the switches like this condition?

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zrrion

03 Apr 2020, 17:08

some of the springs were rust powder inside the switches. The caps were the only thing I was able to recover.

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JP!

03 Apr 2020, 17:38

zrrion wrote:
03 Apr 2020, 17:08
some of the springs were rust powder inside the switches. The caps were the only thing I was able to recover.
Hopefully you save that metal case. A bit of sandblasting, a paint job and new switches this would be a keeper.

kelvinhall05

03 Apr 2020, 23:16

Chyros wrote:
02 Apr 2020, 22:53
courtesy of someone else (I think it was Max, but I'm not sure):

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Asian layout, it deserved it :lol:

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ddrfraser1

08 Apr 2020, 20:47

So... I stole this model F for $20 from the Nashville recycle center. Was missing a space bar and stab wire so I had to rebuild one.
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John Doe

09 Apr 2020, 12:48

ddfraser1 wrote:
08 Apr 2020, 20:47
So... I stole this model F for $20 from the Nashville recycle center. Was missing a space bar and stab wire so I had to rebuild one.
Damn, 20$? thats truly a steal...

Congrates.

John Doe

14 Apr 2020, 10:32

Scrachy and cracked ProWorld switch board.
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