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Turn Dead Commodore into a PC keyboard, or better!
« on: March 13, 2012, 09:08:11 AM »
I have one of these.

I will use it with the raspberry pi, if it ever turns up, but in the mean time......



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Keyrah makes keyboards of classic computers available to new computers. The board fits the case of a Commodore 8-bit computer (such as Commodore 64 (II), SX64*, VIC-20, C128, C128D, C-16, C-116*, Plus/4*) or an Amiga 1200/600, and turns the computer into a USB keyboard.

http://www.vesalia.de/e_keyrah.htmCommodore 64 on Nintendo Wii with keyrah usb interface.

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Re: Turn Dead Commodore into a PC keyboard, or better!
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2012, 10:31:22 AM »
a PC in a Vic or c64 - I'd love that! Most laptops are utterly boring in form

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Re: Turn Dead Commodore into a PC keyboard, or better!
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2012, 10:58:33 AM »
yep that one is just the USB keyboard pluged into my Wii, but I would imagine the result to be the same when the PI is installed into it.

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Re: Turn Dead Commodore into a PC keyboard, or better!
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2012, 23:33:01 PM »
Awesome..  ;)

Is that yours?
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Re: Turn Dead Commodore into a PC keyboard, or better!
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2012, 08:38:12 AM »
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Awesome..  ;)

Is that yours?

the video, yep.

thanks!

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Turn Dead Commodore into a PC keyboard, or better!
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2012, 14:26:25 PM »
Just brilliant fella.
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Re: Turn Dead Commodore into a PC keyboard, or better!
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2012, 17:19:47 PM »
here is a test that I did when I fitted it.



I put it on face book and some people thought I had just typed on the PC and put the C64 in front of it. :D

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Re: Turn Dead Commodore into a PC keyboard, or better!
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2012, 19:04:21 PM »
Lol whatever gave them that idea.
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Re: Turn Dead Commodore into a PC keyboard, or better!
« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2012, 12:48:32 PM »
I actually have a non-working housebrick sitting around.

I just wonder though how you connect everything up without any extraneous wires if you want to put your replacement mobo inside the chassis. Because the USB connector is where the power socket used to be it looks as though you'd have to pass the USB cable round the outside and back in somehow. It would work but it wouldn't look good.

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Re: Turn Dead Commodore into a PC keyboard, or better!
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2012, 14:13:34 PM »
I was actually thinking this the other day :D

If it all worked, and it should I can desolder the usb socket and re-solder it the other way around.

I was talking to the shop owner yesterday and he eluded to an even easier method that that.

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Re: Turn Dead Commodore into a PC keyboard, or better!
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2012, 18:49:17 PM »
Let us know how you get on.
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