DisplayWriter Restoration and Conversion

This is a DisplayWriter keyboard I purchased about a month and make been slowly working on it. I feel as though I have made enough progress with this that I can start a post detailing the progress. Before a tear down I decided to test the functionality using a modified Xwhatsit from Orihalcon.

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Banana for scale.
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A little bit dirty.
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Born 1983
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Original speaker, controller, and cable.
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Installed solenoid, Xwhatsit, and solenoid driver
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Here I have the ground wire attached to the case.
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After making sure the keyboard worked with the new controller I then proceeded to disassemble the great white.

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This part was a sticky mess. Even goo gone is no match for this gunk. I was able to wipe the mess away though with a paper towel.
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Shiny
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Here I just used some double-sided tape with a thin strip of scotch silicon rubber electrical tape
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I used art foam and a 15mm punch that I sharpened so that no hammer was needed to punch the holes.
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Looks great so far, keep us updated. No need for more bananas though. :mrgreen:
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Haha, I am fresh out of bananas. I have cleaned all the keys and now need to give the case a bath. I am worried about preserving the DisplayWriter information card. I would hate to damage it by getting it wet. I am hoping I can use a heat gun or hair dryer so that the adhesive holding the card will loosen up.
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You can just use a sponge or wet cloth to keep from getting water on the card. You don't need to submerge the whole thing.
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That's some sweet work on the foam!
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JP! wrote:I am worried about preserving the DisplayWriter information card. I would hate to damage it by getting it wet. I am hoping I can use a heat gun or hair dryer so that the adhesive holding the card will loosen up.

Yeah I hear you, of course mine did not have the card. I might have to replicate one.
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seebart wrote:No need for more bananas though. :mrgreen:

Wrong. 8-)
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So I removed the information card which did not go so well at first which has left my card with some damage. Not a show stopper though. It turns out my fear that the label might get damaged after getting wet was entirely unfounded as the card is not actually a cheap piece of paper but more like a thin mylar sheet or film. I will try and get a high quality scan of the original and make a reproduction which I will then laminate and reattach to my case using 3M double sided tape.

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Now here is this awesome new product I just picked up. Without it, this card would look a lot worse. The left half of the card was removed with this product which I think speaks for itself.

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I hand washed the case. I am happy with how that turned out. Some scuffs but overall very nice so I will leave the paint like it is.

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JP! wrote:So I removed the information card which did not go so well at first which has left my card with some damage. Not a show stopper though. It turns out my fear that the label might get damaged after getting wet was entirely unfounded as the card is not actually a cheap piece of paper but more like a thin mylar sheet or film. I will try and get a high quality scan of the original and make a reproduction which I will then laminate and reattach to my case using 3M double sided tape.

Great thanks, I'll get back to you on the information card scan no rush though. The case looks great now, I'd leave it like that too.
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seebart wrote:No need for more bananas though. :mrgreen:

Wrong. 8-)

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JP! wrote:Wrong. 8-)

Right. :maverick:

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So back to work on this project, I made a scan of the Displaywriter info card which I previously removed and have decided to reproduce this label as mine has some slight damage and also because there are many of these which are missing their cards. Here is teaser of some of my work in progress. If anyone is interested in something like this, feel free to pm me. Also since there are different variations of these cards, if would be nice to see some pictures or scans as I might be able to reproduce those as well.

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