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Tram13

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Yesterday I went to a flea market and found a PS2 to USB adapter for just 1.32€. I decided to test an ancient IBM Model M keyboard we had lying around and to my surprise the adapter works. The keyboard seems to work as well (I think it just sat unused for at least 20 years) but some keys need a bit persuasion (they don't feel as clicky as the other keys and sometimes the keyboard won't register them, hopefully it's jut dust), but generally, I've been wanting to hook up some sort of a mechanical keyboard to my laptop for a while now, and this seems like it'll work. I jut need to give the keyboard a thorough cleaning.

Excuse the mess on the picture. I'm currently at my parents' place, and the whole apartment is a bit of a mess. This is more of a proof of a concept, it's just nice to know that I can use the old keyboard with my laptop.

As for the setup itself, the table is too small to be able to use the keyboard comfortably, but in Zagreb (where I study) I have a much bigger table than this one, and the aural punishment won't be too much of an issue there. Here my brother already started complaining, and I've started using the keyboard just minutes before I started typing this post.

Oh, and here's a fun fact: today is this keyboard's 30th birthday!

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Matt2000

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I had no idea they built those things here. Should be plenty of guides online for taking it apart to clean it. Dug out the keyboard I had with my first PC (not as nice as an IBM) but can't use it as it has a big old AT connector on the end. It used to have an AT-PS/2 connector on the end but the two obviously parted company somewhere along the line.
 

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Looking at the Wiki page info on the Model M, it seems a lot of European variants were manufactured by IBM UK. I still haven't got around to clean it, but I'm actually looking forward to experiencing how it performs once it's clean of two decades of accumulated dust.

I do also have some AT connector keyboards (a Cherry membrane one and a Mitsumi hybrid switch one), which I might test as well just to feel the difference. I even have an AT to PS2 converter/adapter, but it's currently in use with my parents' PC and some cheap Taiwanese-made keyboard.
 

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They are awesome keyboards. My family's first computer was an IBM with a Model M. I used it exclusively until the need for the Windows key forced me to move to a Unicomp.

Cleaning it shouldn't be hard, you can pop off the keys and easily reinstall them. If the springs are worn you might need to go hunting on eBay for a spare keyboard.
 

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It seems awesome indeed. Our first computer was also an IBM, as a matter of fact, we still have it lying around, with its original keyboard (the Model M I'm showing here) and the original monitor (which resides in our garage). Unfortunately, we had it when I was a kid, so I think it still has a match stuck in in the floppy drive. I'd love to give the computer a good clean inside out and test how it works one day.

The sticky keys turned out to be just misaligned springs, I just popped the keys off and reinstalled them, everything seems fine now. Oh, and the lack of the Windows key isn't a problem while it's connected to the laptop, as I can always use the one one my laptop's keyboard. If I were to built a PC (which I'm considering to do), on the other hand, I think I'd find the lack of the Windows key annoying, especially with newer versions of Windows such as Windows 10, which make use of it quite a lot.
 
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