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post #1 of 18
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So I own this old keyboard from a Amstrad PCW8256 and I wanted to know if it is possible to modify or build something to transform it to a USB plug. I would just do it for fun since, even if it's mechanical, it's so old and rusty that keys are hard to press.

Anyway, if you know, please tell me how!
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post #2 of 18
Possible yes.

Easy no.

Wow. That's pretty intense hipster retro.



You got any USA Nickels or 20cent Euros?
Edited by ripster - 6/7/11 at 10:39am
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post #3 of 18
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Yes, I'm from Spain (Europe) too bad I don't have the disks, this "computer" was from my uncle and im 20 (I'm studing electronics).

Still, you know how to?

EDIT: BTW, is this "You got any USA Nickels or 20cent Euros?" a question or your signature? XD
Edited by MrDucktape - 6/7/11 at 1:08pm
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post #4 of 18
AT to PS/2, PS/2 to USB. Tried and tested.

Make sure it is actually an AT keyboard. There are a few keyboards that used DIN connectors that were not AT compatible.
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post #5 of 18
AT to ps/2 is simple ( just a different pin out)
and I know there are ps/2 to usb counters
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post #6 of 18
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I've got ps/2 to AT but not the other way, I'll look online to see if I can get one of those or at least make one. I'll make sure it's AT, just said that because it looks the same.

I think I have ps/2 to USB.

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post #7 of 18
It's hard to tell just by looking at it as the exact same connectors were used on incompatible keyboards, you'd really have to know whether the computer used an AT interface or not.

AT to PS/2 adapters are dirt cheap on eBay.
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post #8 of 18
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I did my research, I went to wikipedia, wrote the name of the computer, ctrl + f --> AT and I saw it said something about AT keyboard, so yes
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post #9 of 18
I doubt that's a PC compatible keyboard but I don't really follow the old stuff.

Z80 I know isn't a good sign though.

So you don't have any 20cent Euros?
Edited by ripster - 6/7/11 at 2:15pm
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post #10 of 18
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I doubt that's a PC compatible keyboard but I don't really follow the old stuff.

Z80 I know isn't a good sign though.
a keyboard is a keyboard

just a pcb board with power going thought it and the key grounds it (I think, about the grounding part )
some have more or less
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