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Don't get me wrong, I'd take my trusty SSK over the Unicomp one any day of the week, but the oldschool SSK just isn't a practical or particularly beneficial product for Unicomp to offer.
I have a well taken care of Model M right now from 86 (UK made) and a Unicomp with little use, and I can definitely say the Model M is a better board for the most part.

The only think my Unicomp has over the Model M is looks (Black & Grey > Off-white/beige.)
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post #9502 of 14551
What's the part number on that '86 UK Model M?
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post #9503 of 14551
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What's the part number on that '86 UK Model M?
I'll have to look it up when I get home, but here's a nice low quality shot of it:
That's how it looked before I packed it up and took it home (freebie from my Grandma.)
I can surely say, she kept the thing well cleaned and in good condition.

Though I can say for sure, that I was surprised by how responsive it still is; she got the computer through her job at Monsanto many a years back, and was a secretary for them up until 98 or 99. And used that keyboard almost the entire time while at home.
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post #9504 of 14551
That would be 96, not 86. It's 42H1292. Lexmark produced some beginning 1995, but they stopped making keyboards the following year, so from 1996 to 1999, they were produced by IBM's Greenock plant in Scotland.

Unicomp's Customizer is based on that part number of Model M.
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post #9505 of 14551
ch_123 must be some kind of weirdo, recognizing the year and part number, just from a vague photograph I bet he plays LED label trivia on Saturday nights.

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That would be 96, not 86. It's 42H1292. Lexmark produced some beginning 1995, but they stopped making keyboards the following year, so from 1996 to 1999, they were produced by IBM's Greenock plant in Scotland.

Unicomp's Customizer is based on that part number of Model M.
Then there's a misprint on the label as it says 86 on it.

Though what identifies it as a 96?
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post #9507 of 14551
Sure it wasn't the copyright? That said, some Greenock keyboards were made in 1919, so maybe there were additional time machine hacks afoot.

I know when it was made because of the part number. How do I know the part number? Webwit's post has a clue
Edited by ch_123 - 11/20/10 at 12:41pm
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post #9508 of 14551
So wait... you guessed it based on the LED cover label?

Part number reads: 1390120 if that helps at all.
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post #9509 of 14551
Looks like a Frankenstein board then. The LED label wasn't made until a decade later. Bottom 1986 139020, top much newer, inside.. unknown.
post #9510 of 14551
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Looks like a Frankenstein board then. The LED label wasn't made until a decade later. Bottom 1986 139020, top much newer, inside.. unknown.
I'll ask her if she ever had it refurbished or fixed as that might be one explanation.

Though; is there anything on the PCB and such which would elude to a true DOM?
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