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Help With IBM 5160 XT Keyboard

johnnydicamillo

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I recently got an IBM 5160 XT off ebay, however I do not have a monitor or keyboard. But I was wondering if I could use a DIN to PS/2 Adapter to work with a PS/2 keyboard?

Any suggestion or help would be great


*P.S I am eventually going to get an IBM 83 key keyboard, but until then I am just looking for a temporary solution.


Thanks
 

kishy

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You can do this if your keyboard is an IBM Model M, as these (at least earlier versions...conflicting reports about later ones) are AT/XT autosensing.

Otherwise it's a bit of a shot in the dark...the protocol is different, so you need a keyboard with a switch to select XT/AT or which autosenses, as the Model M does. Others certainly exist, but not usually with a PS/2 connector...the PC-line Model Ms could be had with DIN or mini-DIN cords (removable).
 

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If you're real cheap, you can construct one on a hunk of perfboard. Hell, if you're even cheaper, you could probably wire it up "dead bug" style.

(The original was built into an old IBM "Monitor Miser" case. I still use it.)
 

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johnnydicamillo

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I purchased a adapter at my electronics store for $4, and I also purchased a IBM model M 1391401 keyboard, however it does not come with the ps/2 cable and I do not know if the ps/2 has been pulled off or if those ps/2 cables were detachable. Here is the link to the ebay add http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...APi3Etk%3D&viewitem=&sspagename=STRK:MEWNX:IT.

I have not recieved it yet, I just want to know if I just need to buy a ps/2 cable or if need to do some soldering. Any information on this would be great thanks.
 

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Yeah, the cables on the early Model M's are detachable, so you'll need one if you want to use the keyboard. The connector on the keyboard is weird - looks like an elongated phone plug with two clips on the sides. They made both AT style and PS/2 cables, and they're interchangeable on the keyboard.

You could always just buy an XT keyboard...

-Ian
 

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Personally, I'd get the PS/2 version of the cable and just use a PS/2->AT convertor. That's what I'm using on my 5160. That way, if you end up finding a sweet deal on a PS/2 system that needs a keyboard, you'll have a fine Model M to use with it once you get your 83-key for the 5160. Google is your friend for the cables, they're readily available: http://www.clickykeyboards.com/index.cfm/fa/items.main/parentcat/9417/subcatid/0/id/130984 is the first site I found, but there are more out there. (I'm not endorsing this site...I've never used them before, just pointing out that they're out there...)
 
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