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Can someone identify this keyboard? (And get it to work)

Hi everyone, I recently bought a keyboard from a garage sale that has confused me quite a bit, for several reasons. I haven't really been interested in keyboards long enough to be able to identify what type of keyboard this is. I was hoping someone would be able to identify what sort of keyboard it is, if it will ever run on modern computers, or if I'm just wasting my time trying to get it to work. Anyways here are some pictures:







It's built pretty solid, and seems very well made, and has what seems to be cherry black switches. The feel of the kays is amazing, it's very satisfying just hitting the keys. I know older keyboards used to be made much higher quality, and the rise of the rubber dome keyboard is due to the reduced cost associated with them; so the quality of this keyboard seems to make sense consider how old it seems.




What confuses me:
- The connector for this keyboard I've never seen before on a keyboard. It looks like a 4-pin phone jack for all I know. The cable is also extremely short, making me think it must have been used as some sort of terminal keyboard, or perhaps for a cash register of some sort? Anyways everyone I've asked in the general electronics stores doesn't seem to recognize the connector, and automatically assume I'm thinking of a PS/2 connector. I haven't asked any serious electronics or hardware specialists yet, however. I'm hoping somewhere someone has created an adapter for this to either plug into a USB or a PS/2 connector. Maybe I'm being idealistic, but it seems to me that if this keyboard ever worked, there has to be a way to translate those signals into a modern interface.





- There's no F11 or F12 keys. I suppose it's not really a big deal - off the top of my head I can't think of any important shortcuts needing these keys, except maybe help step through code in Visual Studio; but these can always be remapped.

-It's got some really interesting placement for keys, to name a few:
- No windows keys, caps lock is where left windows key usually is
- Left alt key is generally where left Ctrl is
- Esc key is where ~ key generally is
- missing right ctrl and alt keys
- etc etc etc

-There's one key I'm particularly confused about, it's a key with a solid blue square on it. It's on the bottom right side of the keyboard, just to the left of the arrow keys. It's in one of the first pictures posted above.

Anyways, I'm not quite sure what else to show that might distinguish this keyboard, however here are some random pictures that I found on the board/chips.





Sadly, the person I bought this keyboard off of was completely in the dark about anything electronic, and I assume she was just cleaning junk out of her house. For 2$ the quality of this keyboard is amazing, I just hope I can get it to work.

Thanks!
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http://geekhack.org/showthread.php?1...rd-Neat-layout!
its not that one, and the link is dead, but its dah yang(unitek) as far as i can read
    
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Bump because I'm curious too.
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I have another thread about this running over at http://geekhack.org/showthread.php?2...get-it-to-work), for those interested. I'm going to attempt something soon because this keyboard is just so nice to type on (even if nothing happens when i do)
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Dah Yang is the official keyboard of the Wu Tang Clan.
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Lol ^
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It looks like a keyboard for a dumb terminal. I used to have to replace keyboards for WYSE terminals and they had that kind of plug. As for getting it work, Im not sure about that.
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It looks like an old mainframe terminal keyboard. You should be able to buy an RJ11 to USB converter to get it going on your modern machine. Blast from the past!
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You wont be able to get an RJ11 to USB adapter, at least not one that will work with this keyboard. Depending on the protocol it uses, it may require you to make your own RJ-11 to USB cable, or you may have to build an active adapter from a microcontroller. Either way, best to post on Geekhack about this where there are a good few people who know what they are on about.
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It got answered in the Geekhack post.
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