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barcher174



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:25 am    Post subject: Prototype non-ADB keyboard Reply with quote

Today I got a nice package from Rob containing a prototype nonADB keyboard.

The first indication is the nonstandard key layout:



Notice the '~' and 'esc' keys are swapped. Additionally the power key lacks the text labeling. I have seen this layout before on other early boards. Fun trivia: the original way to enter the ROM monitor is with 'CMD' + 'ESC'

The back has no serial number or label:


Further, there is no next logo on the connector:


The switches are white ALPS:


Note the May 1987 controller chip:


The Mouse connector has a different silk screen:


A different board ID:



And finally the money shot:
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pergamon



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Neat! Thanks for sharing!

I gotta take an extra look through mine now Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Prototype non-ADB keyboard Reply with quote

barcher174 wrote:

Notice the '~' and 'esc' keys are swapped.

Once booted, does the '~' key produce a tilda or are the keycaps simply swapped?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Prototype non-ADB keyboard Reply with quote

cubist wrote:
barcher174 wrote:

Notice the '~' and 'esc' keys are swapped.

Once booted, does the '~' key produce a tilda or are the keycaps simply swapped?


The keycaps are just swapped. The keys function with the default keymap, so rather than change the hardware , it looks like they just changed the meaning of the scan code. I have noticed this config in keyboards below serial ~120.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I originally had one of those (it came with my prototype Cube), but as with other of my NeXT keyboards, some of the keys quit working. In my younger and foolish days, I threw away that keyboard and bought a new one, rather than replacing the switch.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Brian: I knew it ! So I'm wondering if the default keyboard setting in .8 or .9 used that keyboard layout in preferences ? Also talked with Larry , when he started there was a .7 but I've never seen it. He ran the Openstep side of things over at Sun. Enjoy. Best regards Rob Blessin
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