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'[OT] Attaching a Keyboard to a Notebook'
1999\11\15@233439 by Javier

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Hi
I want to attach a standard keyboard to an old Compaq Contura 4/25, does
anybody know how to do this ???
Any sites with info about old notebooks??
Thanks a lot
Javier

1999\11\16@013845 by Mark Willis

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If you get a "DIN 5 to Mini-Din 6" adapter, you should be able to just
plug the keyboard into the adapter, and then the adapter into the
keyboard, assuming the laptop has a keyboard port?

Among MANY other places, http://www.computergate.com/ has these, for
example, part number AK0506FM, 99 cents.  I drop orders in there all the
time, need to order more serial cables pretty soon!

Talk to me off-list, I know somewhat about old machines, sort of refurb
'em for "pin money" occasionally.

 Mark

Javier wrote:
>
> Hi
> I want to attach a standard keyboard to an old Compaq Contura 4/25, does
> anybody know how to do this ???
> Any sites with info about old notebooks??
> Thanks a lot
> Javier

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1999\11\17@223604 by Javier

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Hi Mark
I think the notebook doesn4t have a keyboard port (is quite old) !!
It only has a serial, an LPT and a 60 pin female plug (don4t know what this
is !)
Can I build an adapter (and the right software) to plug the keyboard to the
Comm or LPT ??
Thanks
Javier

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De: Mark Willis <spam_OUTmwillisTakeThisOuTspamFOXINTERNET.NET>
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Fecha: Martes 16 de Noviembre de 1999 03:38 a.m.
Asunto: Re: [OT] Attaching a Keyboard to a Notebook


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1999\11\17@230454 by Randy Glenn

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That 60 pin job sounds to me like a port replicator or a docking station connect
or. Maybe if you
looked at http://www.compaq.com, they might have something.

-Randy
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1999\11\18@144512 by Mark Willis

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Short of "doing it the hard ways" (carving the keyboard controller on
the motherboard off the machine, or reverse engineering the input pins
for a port replicator/dock keyboard port, going to perhaps be tough;  I
think I have an Aero 33 somewhere here in the "fix and sell" stack,
though, should be able to get that found & perhaps trace the pins inside
the dock (or is it a port replicator?) that's with it, though.

I've seen serial keyboards before (The HP200LX people use a Newton
keyboard, adapted to fit it's serial port.)  So that particular driver
and hardware may well be easier to get than a direct hardware solution;
The Newton keyboard isn't exactly "huge", though.

One guy's building a chording keyboard off the parallel port, this is
possibly the easiest way to go for home-built keyboard attachment, his
web page for his Basic Stamp widget is at
http://web.mountain.net/~roair/wearjunk.html.  Change that to take a
regular keyboard off an 'F84, and you'd do OK, I think?  (I'd put the
PIC chip in the 25-pin connector, use a DB25 housing, only install a
PS/2 connector at right angles there maybe?  <G>

 Mark

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> That 60 pin job sounds to me like a port replicator or a docking station conne
ctor. Maybe if you
> looked at http://www.compaq.com, they might have something.
>
> -Randy
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> ICQ Nickname: PICxpert - Fax: (208) 330-3630
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