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PC/AT keyboard, is it worth it?

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I was rummaging around in my garage and found an original PC/AT keyboard, in the original box and plastic. I'm not sure even how to get it to work with a modern computer to test it, but since it seems to be in perfect condition, I'd suspect that at least the electronics are fine.

Is it worth it to use as a main computer keyboard though? I know it doesn't have a windows key, has a weird place for the caps lock and control keys, and has all the function keys to the left, but it does feel pretty good to type on. Also, what would I have to do to get it to work with a modern USB computer?
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All you need is an AT to PS/2 adapter and then from there PS/2 to USB. What brand makes the keyboard?
Edited by magna224 - 8/20/12 at 11:53am
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post #3 of 18
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All you need is an AT to PS/2 adapter and then from there PS/2 to USB. What brand makes the keyboard?

Its the orignal IBM keyboard that came with the PC/AT, specifically this one:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AT_keyboard. I'm just not sure that it uses the modern keyboard communications standards.
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post #4 of 18
Take a picture. There's an AT and an XT keyboard. The AT requires about $5 worth of adapters, but the XT is basically incompatible short of $80 and several hours work.

We can tell which you have based on the key layout.
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Take a picture. There's an AT and an XT keyboard. The AT requires about $5 worth of adapters, but the XT is basically incompatible short of $80 and several hours work.
We can tell which you have based on the key layout.

I can take a picture later, but it IS an AT keyboard. It comes in the original box saying PC/AT keyboard, and has a little card in it saying that it should only be used with the IBM PC/AT.

EDIT: Got some pictures:

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Edited by SodaAnt - 8/20/12 at 7:21pm
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post #6 of 18
Hey, I'll give you $50 for that!

I keed, I have one but paid more than $50.
Edited by ripster - 8/20/12 at 7:47pm
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post #7 of 18
Sweet find right there. thumb.gif
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post #8 of 18
That's the real article alright! You've got a gem on your hands.

I think NIB Model F ATs peaked at around $170 in value. I'm not sure what it costs these days, but it's worth at least $100.
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Awesome find!
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post #10 of 18
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Well, found a bit more about where it came from. Seems my dad got it from Halted Supply Company sometime in the late 80s. He got it for $5 but never bothered to use it. Apparently there was a stack of like 100 of them, imagine if he had bought all of them....
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