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I just configured a new machine for our accounting VP and when I went into her office to swap it out this was what she was using for her keyboard:



The new Dell's we are using don't have PS/2 ports so she said I could keep it! It feels like a mechanical, but I'm not sure what type.
    
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I want your cheese crackers...

OT: no sticker on the back?
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post #3 of 13
Its not a Model M (Judging from the outside). Take one of the keys off like the escape key. If there is a spring underneath the key its mechanical. Model M's really aren't that rare, I remember seeing people snatching new ones for like $80 off of ebay. I myself got a mint condition one for $40
post #4 of 13
Looks like some type of alps. What does the model info say on the back?
Edited by Tennobanzai - 10/26/11 at 2:44pm
post #5 of 13
Quick google on the brand (Northgate) suggests Alps switches. Apparently fairly well regarded as being a solid competitor to the Model M.
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Yep, thanks guys, ya'll were right. It's got ALPS switches:






Feels pretty awesome to type on, any tips on cleaning it?
    
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Those are white Alps switches, a mechanical switch. It is not a model M tho, those use Buckling Springs as switches, but nonetheless that is a vintage mech board.
To clean it, i'd disassemble it all, wash all the plastic (cover+keys) with soft soap and a toiothbrush (and lotsa patience), clean the PCB with canned air and a brush, and the reassemble it again. Might be a lot of work, but that's what i'd personally do And if all keys work, it'll all be worth it.
Edited by Starbomba - 10/26/11 at 3:16pm
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post #8 of 13
Looks like an omnikey from the Northgate on the top right
   
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You did better than a Model M biggrin.gif
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post #10 of 13
Q-tip + rubbing alcohol should do the trick.
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