Author Topic: Need a Source to Replace my Keyboard  (Read 4495 times)

Doug_K

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Need a Source to Replace my Keyboard
« on: March 19, 2008, 07:40:08 PM »
Can anyone suggest a source to find an old-style keyboard -- where the Control key is next to the letter A?.  Some will have a switch on the back allowing you to reverse the control and caps lock.

I have been trying E-Bay, but no luck so far.  I don't know if there is any good term for searching, other than "vintage".    Thanks a lot.

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Re: Need a Source to Replace my Keyboard
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2008, 10:20:33 PM »
Thursday, March 20, 2008

The only recent reference which I saw to keyboards was the following:

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/os2user/message/29968

I doubt though that this is that for which you are looking.  The only thing which I could suggest is using a kernel toy to change the operating system setting.

Phil

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Kernal toy for keyboard configuration
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2008, 08:58:07 PM »
Thanks very much for your ideas, Phil.  I am checking to see if the unit you noticed might possibly be right.   But the kernal toy sounds like a better long-term solution -- Do you have a suggestion on how I can begin learning to apply that for windows xp? 

( General comments and thanks to this Site  -- I do heavy report writing and have about 5-10 years until retire.  This board has helped me enormously, because I  learned to create high quality PDF files, and thereby avoided having to become proficient in the abhorrent Word.  I will probably be facing problems later with printers or printer drivers -- this keyboard problem looks to be soluble. )

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Re: Need a Source to Replace my Keyboard
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2008, 09:58:10 PM »
Friday, March 28, 2008

Kernel stuff is discussed here:

http://www.wordstar.org/computing/pages/utils.htm

For Windows XP what you are looking for is called remapkey.exe which is part of this package:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9D467A69-57FF-4AE7-96EE-B18C4790CFFD&displaylang=en

It was recommended on the WS List.

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Re: Need a Source to Replace my Keyboard
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2008, 10:01:07 PM »
Try one of the options listed on this page: http:www.wordstar.org/wsemu/word/pages/faq.htm

I'd suggest CtrlPlus or the registry patch options.

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Need a Source to Replace my Keyboard
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2008, 08:12:29 AM »
The old style keyboard you are looking generally has a large din plug/connector. Therefore you may have to use a adapter if wishing to connect to the smaller ps style used today.

These adapters are available both way (large to small or small to large), so be careful to obtain the correct one.

As I recall, the switch underneath was to change from XT to AT mode, and thus its presence will need to be checked as not so many k/bs had this.

To locate a keyboard, suggest:-

ebay/computing/vintage

Check every few days as many items are placed there.

Sort by 'time newly listed'

However you may have to buy the entire computer that goes with it, but costs are minimal.

Advise how you get on. Good Luck - Mike