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Hey everybody. I have an old keyboard that needs a new home. It is very solidly built: the back plate feels like steel (it's definitely some kind of painted metal), the keys are double shot injection moulded and it has cherry MX Black switches. Unfortunately, due to it's age, it does not work with modern computers. Any guesses on how much it's worth?

 

Here are some pictures:

 

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A view of the whole board

 

The AT interface connector

 

 

A shot of one of the key switches along with the underside of one of the keycaps.

 

 

The underside of one of the F-Keys.

 

 

The underside of the whole keyboard.

 

 

The birth sticker of this old timer.

 

 

A closer look at the main half of the keyboard. It has quite a novel layout.

 

 

...and the other half. Unfortunately, some numbers were scratched into the place where the logo would usually go.

 

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AT keyboards can be used on PS/2 ports with a dongle: clicky.
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AT keyboards can be used on PS/2 ports with a dongle: clicky.
Since PS/2 can be converted into USB (I think so at least) wouldn't that make it usable with USB as well?
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Since PS/2 can be converted into USB (I think so at least) wouldn't that make it usable with USB as well?

 

Apparently so! Would this increase the worth of the item?

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Apparently so! Would this increase the worth of the item?
I guess this would mean that the keyboard is practically usable, which increases the value.

Depending on price I'd probably be willing to buy it, problem is that shipping from Australia to Norway would most likely add at least $60 to the price which I guess would kinda ruin anything related to price. rolleyes.gif
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Apparently so! Would this increase the worth of the item?
I guess this would mean that the keyboard is practically usable, which increases the value.

Depending on price I'd probably be willing to buy it, problem is that shipping from Australia to Norway would most likely add at least $60 to the price which I guess would kinda ruin anything related to price. rolleyes.gif
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Yeah, unfortunately that's the issue with living in the corner of the world. Thanks for your interest though smile.gif
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Since PS/2 can be converted into USB (I think so at least) wouldn't that make it usable with USB as well?

Yes, this keyboard could be used on a USB port with an active PS/2 to USB adapter. An "Active Adapter" meaning one that translates the PS/2 keyboard input into a USB Human Interface Device (HID) input. The AT to PS/2 dongle I posted previously is an example of a "Passive Adapter". It is merely a hardwired adapter, from one connector shape to another.

Newer keyboards which are PS/2 and USB compatible have an onboard controller which selects the output method upon boot. This old keyboard is strictly PS/2, which is why you need the active adapter to translate the signals.

OP: It's a keyboard, don't try to milk it. Start at $40 and accept a worthwhile offer that includes shipping costs.

My apologizes for not including that info in my original post. It's been a long while since I had to spout off HID info. Many moons ago, I was head tech support for a small HID device company and dealt with devices like this. OP, if you keep this keyboard, you can have a reprogrammable, macro capable keyboard for $60USD (price of parts, not my services or anything). Shoot me a PM if you're interested.
Edited by ILOVEPOTtery - 9/27/13 at 7:26am
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OP: It's a keyboard, don't try to milk it. Start at $40 and accept a worthwhile offer that includes shipping costs.

My apologizes for not including that info in my original post. It's been a long while since I had to spout off HID info. Many moons ago, I was head tech support for a small HID device company and dealt with devices like this. OP, if you keep this keyboard, you can have a reprogrammable, macro capable keyboard for $60USD (price of parts, not my services or anything). Shoot me a PM if you're interested.

 

Honestly I wasn't expecting much more than that :P. 

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