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So I am taking apart an old laptop to have a look inside and see how some of it works, and I noticed that I really enjoyed the keyboard, it was clicky and low resistance, I really liked it. So I was wondering if it is possible for me to remove the keyboard and then perhaps make my own desktop keyboard out of it? I think I would have to make my own USB cable I assume? First off is this possible? Second is it reasonably feasible? And third how would I do it and what would I need? Thanks any help is appreciated.
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Unfortunately I don't think it's very simple. I've disassembled my fair share of laptops for repair and most laptop keyboards are attached with a ribbon cable containing many wires. It leads me to believe the actual controller chip is on the motherboard itself and the cable just carries the grid wiring but isn't output in some regular interface like USB. However it's mostly speculation and I don't know for sure. I have a random laptop keyboard that I can take apart tomorrow and destroy in the name of science to see what it's like electrically.
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Well I got it out and it only had one cable. I am not exactly sure what kind of cable it is though. From the place on the motherboard where I pulled it out, it says CN1901. It is one of those plastic transparent cables that are really thin. I tried counting the number of wires running through the plastic but it is really difficult since they are really thin, there is a 24 on the mobo near the plug and from what I was counting that seems about right. So does anyone know what kind of cable this is? When I googled CN1901 I really couldn't find anything that seemed like what I had.
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It's a ribbon cable. Likely very proprietary, if you had a special controller and some custom drivers maybe you could make it work.

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It's a ribbon cable. Likely very proprietary, if you had a special controller and some custom drivers maybe you could make it work.

AH Ribbon Cable that's the word, I knew there was a word. Ya most likely proprietary and even if such a controller existed it would be very hard to find considering this thing is over 10 years old. Well thanks for the help perhaps I will just frame the keyboard and hang it on the wall.
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