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Please welcome your new kingpin: matt3o

webwit
Hi everybody, After 8 years of running deskthority, I've decided to retire in that role and hand over the reins to matt3o, who volunteered to help out and take over. My role from now on is as some…

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XT/AT/PS2/Terminal to USB Converter with NKRO
XT/AT/PS2/Terminal to USB Converter with NKRO

Soarer
This is my Teensy-based project which adapts XT, AT and some 122 key terminal keyboards to USB, also known simply as "Soarer's…

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Workshop, Threads Of Interest

matt3o
This is my attempt at indexing the most interesting and inspirational threads in the workshop. It's hard to catch all the amazing things that are happening in this section and it's…

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20181214T22000Z: Learn how to make Model F / Beamspring PCBs

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I'll be doing a Google Hangout, Yourtube live-stream or something as discussed in other threads to teach people how to design & fab their own Model F / Beamspring PCBs. Timewise that's: 23:00…

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IBM 5251 restoration (break-down phase)

snacksthecat
Subcat sold me this really awesome beamspring that should make a great project. I had a blast going through all the different parts and learning bits and pieces about what makes this keyboard chooch.…

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Ortek MCK-101FX keyboard
Ortek MCK-101FX keyboard

snacksthecat
Hi guys, I picked up this keyboard and I'd like to put some different switches and caps on it. I'll probably retrobrite it as well since it's a bit…

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Fortune 1000 Keyboard with Digitran Cap Leaf Switches, Xwhatsit USB
Fortune 1000 Keyboard with Digitran Cap Leaf Switches, Xwhatsit USB

OldIsNew
Got lucky with this one. I knew nothing about it but it looked interesting so picked it up and it turned out to be a Digitran capacitive leaf switch…

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Another new project (IBM PCJr)
Another new project (IBM PCJr)

tatsurou
Henlo again, I bought this abomination of a keyboard for 10USD since nobody likes them and will try to turn it into something more up to date…

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IBM 5110/5120 keyboard conversion
IBM 5110/5120 keyboard conversion

snacksthecat
I titled this post "5110/5120" because I'm not sure which one it is. If you know, please chime in :) I bought this a few months…

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Is a viable idea use two Arduinos instead of a Teensy for KB firmware?

PlacaFromHell
Well guys, I have two Wyse keyboards with fucked up controllers and at least two projects running. For diverse reasons is very hard to me get a Teensy 2.0++ (I already got one but still need at least…

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XT to USB project [OPEN SOURCE]
XT to USB project [OPEN SOURCE]

Manak1n
Manak1n's Open Source Converter (XT) About a week ago I found an IBM Model F and began to search how I could get it working with my computer. To…

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A solution for cracked Hi-Tek switches (VT100, Hazeltine, HP, etc.)
A solution for cracked Hi-Tek switches (VT100, Hazeltine, HP, etc.)

afan
I'm restoring my Hazeltine terminal, which has Hi-Tek High Profile keys which are known to be fragile. And I think I've found a good solution on…

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Victor 9000 keyboard conversion
Victor 9000 keyboard conversion

snacksthecat
Hi Guys, I got a Victor 9000 keyboard that I get to play around with. First, some photos of the board: …

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Problem with WYSE Keyboards

PlacaFromHell
Hello. Everytime I connect one of my WYSE keyboards with a Soarer's converter to my PC, there is no response from them. Only the leds work when I unplug it and plug it again. Both are the "normal…

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My new project (saved today from being scrapped)
My new project (saved today from being scrapped)

tatsurou
There, let's see what secrets she keeps :D https://i.imgur.com/UBMYy2…

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Low quality solder, iron, and desoldering iron - burnt my PCB pads
Low quality solder, iron, and desoldering iron - burnt my PCB pads

Menuhin
I just found out that good solder and good soldering iron make great difference, by this video. No wonder I have been lifting pads, burning circuits…

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IBM 3101 Beamspring keyboard restoration.
IBM 3101 Beamspring keyboard restoration.

chzel
So, thanks to dzhoou, I got me a beamspring! Advertised as a barn find, it turns out it was an accurate description! After a couple of weeks…

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Alps Glidepoint Keypad - Backlighting & Matias Switches
Alps Glidepoint Keypad - Backlighting & Matias Switches

flowerlandfilms
In the 80's and early 90's, it was all about COMDEX. A massive yearly trade-show where people came from all over the world to showcase…

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C.ITOH CIT324/324E - Alps Buckling Springs... (Conversion to USB?)
C.ITOH CIT324/324E - Alps Buckling Springs... (Conversion to USB?)

snacksthecat
Continuation of an old thread I started. Hopefully in a more appropriate place. :lol: https://deskthority.net/keyboards-f2/c… I…

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Spherical Buckling Spring Thread
Spherical Buckling Spring Thread

rsbseb
Several months ago Muirium suggested to me in a PM that I should look into making caps for IBM buckling spring keyboards. I toyed around…

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Mechamorphosis
Mechamorphosis

Anakey
I posted this on Reddit yesterday, but hopefully some on here will like it also https://i.imgur.com/oF5I6Q… Completed build with…

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The Not So Space Saving Keyboard Thread!
The Not So Space Saving Keyboard Thread!

andrea-i
Just finished the epoxy job on my Model M, success! Photo 26-11-2018, 12 59 51.jpg It's a bit bigger than a standard SSK, definitely cheaper, and…

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Xerox Docutech Keyboard - cleanup and (hopefully) conversion
Xerox Docutech Keyboard - cleanup and (hopefully) conversion

snacksthecat
Hi Guys, This thread is going to be a log of work I'm doing to clean up this Xerox Docutech keyboard and hopefully -- if I'm able to do it --…

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Converting an IBM Pingmaster

just_add_coffee
I haven't found great instructions for converting an IBM Pingmaster (in my case, PN 6113442) to programmable USB. This person has great pictures but few details of converting PN 6341739. …

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Making lasered sublegends?

abrahamstechnology
I was wondering, what kind of equipment would be necessary to laser engrave sublegends on ABS keycaps? A laser, obviously, but what kind?

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[WTD] decent hardware USB low/full speed protocol analyzer, new/used

mind_prepared
Hey guys, I'm the fella behind the Blusb BT-USB-Hybrid controller project. The current design is based on an Atmel ATXMEGA32 MCU and, as far as the USB interface is concerned, Atmel's ASF USB stack.…

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HP86 New 3D Printed Key Stems (Hi-tek stackpole)
HP86 New 3D Printed Key Stems (Hi-tek stackpole)

green-squid
azZY6InASlo Keyboard part starts at 3:50 Also, some high-res images of the PCB for the Wiki! :)

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Guide for Rebuilding an IBM Model F XT ?
Guide for Rebuilding an IBM Model F XT ?

Waxwood
Hi! I'm quite new to all of this, so please do excuse my "noob-ness". :D I recently received an IBM Model F XT keyboard. It appears to…

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FSSK v1.00 - Installation & Users Manual
FSSK v1.00 - Installation & Users Manual

idollar
I will post here the installation and users manual for the FSSK v1.00 DSCF6521_01.jpg Attached you can find the source files: FSSK…

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How to build your very own keyboard firmware

matt3o
This is a tutorial about building your own custom firmware with Hasu's keyboard firmware . It may seem daunting to work with Hasu's wall of code but the files you need to modify are not…

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How to use a Pro Micro as a cheap controller/converter
How to use a Pro Micro as a cheap controller/converter

scottc
In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to make a cheap controller or converter using a Pro Micro. This tutorial will specifically talk…

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Tiny Caps, Num and Scroll indicator program for you guys.

tatsurou
Hey, I got pissed while using my IBM Model F keyboard which obviously doesn't have Caps, Scroll or Num Lock leds so I made a little tiny program to display these crucial informations. Packed with…

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Custom Cherry MX plate  measurements.
Custom Cherry MX plate measurements.

lled3733
Working on learning..... My first keyboard project.... My question is the sizing of the Cherry MX hole to be cut. Looking through the forum and on…

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Televideo - The beginning of a journey. The end of my social life.
Televideo - The beginning of a journey. The end of my social life.

snacksthecat
So I wasn't sure if I should post this in "marketplace" or "workshop". I guess I'll make the marketplace post at a…

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Adding a F-row to the Whitefox
Adding a F-row to the Whitefox

matt3o
So I've been toying around with the idea of adding a function row to the whitefox (and a split spacebar), I'm in contact with vortex that…

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IBM 5291 Bigfoot (personally prefer surfboard, as bigfoot is taken)

listofoptions
I've made another keyboard converter! this time for the 5291 surfboard (aka bigfoot), also running on QMK. I writing this post on it in fact! here's the link to the source, lemme know via bug report…

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