/e Platinum Keyboard Mecanism

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/e Platinum Keyboard Mecanism

Looking for a complete //e Pltinum KB Mecanism, or a full keyset. 

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I have a partial one in

I have a partial one in storage.  The switches have been desoldered from the keypad to fix other keyboards, and the ESC keycap is missing, if I recall correctly.  Could you combine this with what you have to produce one working unit?

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Aye, that sould work. I'll

Aye, that sould work. I'll have a look and see what keys I'm missing, but it'll certainly help. 

 

What would you like for it?

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Well, I am more interested in

Well, I am more interested in trading for interesting old computer stuff than I am in cash.

 

I need a hard drive sled and one of the bottom rubber feet for a Mac IIci.  I'm also looking for a Hercules-compatible ISA card and a monochrome monitor (preferably green, and preferably an IBM 5151) to go with it, although that's worth a good bit more than a keyboard haha.  (I could include some money to balance things out if needed, regardless.)  I'm also in need of multisync VGA CRT monitors, preferably beige or white.  I could also use another external SCSI Zip drive, or SCSI hard drives (50 pin internal or external, whatever).  Could also use a cage and/or expansion cards for a MicroMint Z8 system.  I'm also running low on blank DS/DD 5.25" disks.

 

But I'm just interested in old computer hardware in general.  Tandy stuff in particular, any era.  Serial terminals, too, the older the better.  Apple 2 and 68k Mac stuff too of course.  :P  If you want to trade something, let me know what you've got, even if it's worth more than the keyboard, and I can include some money too if needed.  Or if you have nothing you want to trade, just make me an offer.  That keyboard certainly isn't doing me any good, heh.  The case for that machine was smashed to bits when I got it, and the main board went into my '83 IIe in leiu of an enhancement kit.

 

I'll see if I can dig it up and PM you some pictures here in a bit.

 

PS: I assume you're in the US?   Heh.

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Alright, I finally found the

Alright, I finally found the thing.  Sorry that took so long, heh.  I feel I should tell the story of this beastly thing, though, lest someone think I had the gall to scrap a perfectly good plat, heh.

 

So the story is, a guy gave me this Platinum IIe back in the early 2000s, that looked like it had been through WW2.  I mean thrashed, but it did work.  Case was mashed up, and half the keys were broken off the numpad.  The main board, after fixing some of the connectors, went into my dad's old rev b in leiu of an enhancement kit.  I salvaged some of the keyswitches to fix a buddy's plat around 10 years ago, and then the keyboard went back into the shed.

 

https://imgur.com/a/cUWmDO6

 

As you can see, the "3" key was broken off, and someone had pulled the Esc cap off the numpad and stuck it on in place of the "3".

 

All the other keys are there, but the board was completely desoldered from the back, which I'd forgotten about.  It's also completely filthy.

 

The easiest/cheapest thing for us to do would probably be for me to just pull the keycaps that you need, and as many of the switches as you want, and send them in a USPS flat rate envelope.  Unless you want the metal frame for whatever reason.  If I pull the caps, I can run them through the dishwasher before I send them, if you want.

 

The keys are probably yellowed, too.  I don't have another plat to compare them to, though.

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Lee Adamson wrote:Alright, I
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Alright, I finally found the thing.  Sorry that took so long, heh.  I feel I should tell the story of this beastly thing, though, lest someone think I had the gall to scrap a perfectly good plat, heh.

 

So the story is, a guy gave me this Platinum IIe back in the early 2000s, that looked like it had been through WW2.  I mean thrashed, but it did work.  Case was mashed up, and half the keys were broken off the numpad.  The main board, after fixing some of the connectors, went into my dad's old rev b in leiu of an enhancement kit.  I salvaged some of the keyswitches to fix a buddy's plat around 10 years ago, and then the keyboard went back into the shed.

 

https://imgur.com/a/cUWmDO6

 

As you can see, the "3" key was broken off, and someone had pulled the Esc cap off the numpad and stuck it on in place of the "3".

 

All the other keys are there, but the board was completely desoldered from the back, which I'd forgotten about.  It's also completely filthy.

 

The easiest/cheapest thing for us to do would probably be for me to just pull the keycaps that you need, and as many of the switches as you want, and send them in a USPS flat rate envelope.  Unless you want the metal frame for whatever reason.  If I pull the caps, I can run them through the dishwasher before I send them, if you want.

 

The keys are probably yellowed, too.  I don't have another plat to compare them to, though.

 

Do you still have the numpad keys? From what I see it seems as if you do, but they are desoldered?

 

I'm still interested in it. I really have no clue what it's worth to you in trade right now. The easiest thing IMO is to take it whole, as that requires the least work. I usually soak and hand wash and clesn the caps. I need all of the caps ans switches for repairing multiple mechanisms. I'm not sure how much of a pain it'll prove to extract the broken off bits of the switches from the loose keys. 

 

If you want disks, I will need to order them and have Amazon send them to you. I have only ten blanks left, so I need to order more for my own use, and I may as well do it all at one time. 

 

The original key volour was platinum, like the Platinum Plus KB, so, aye, they are suntanned. Mine are, too, so they'd at least match its ugliness, but that's pretty typical for this equipment. 

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I don't have the numpad keys.

I don't have the numpad keys.  About half of them were missing when I was given the donor machine years ago, a few of the remaining ones and several of the switches were used to fix up a buddy's platinum keyboard, and the couple that were left got lost to time.  All I have is what's in the photo.  :(

 

But it's yours if you want it.  I have no use for it.  I'd trade for some DS/DD floppies (however many you think it's worth), or a dead board with an IWM chip on it that I can salvage to fix a ROM3 IIgs board I just acquired (see my post in the wanted to buy subforum for details).

 

Thanks, man.  Send me a PM with your shipping address, if you want to proceed.

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Please check your PMs.

Please check your PMs.

 

Apparently the address you gave me is no good, and the package is being returned.  That was expensive shipping, too.  :(

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Lee Adamson wrote:Please
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Please check your PMs.

 

Apparently the address you gave me is no good, and the package is being returned.  That was expensive shipping, too.  :(

 

This was absolutely a USPS hiccup. The office reported that the parcel arrived. IDK why their tracking system is so faulty, but, we receive on average 4 parcels/day there with those exact details. There was no problem delivering it, and they informed me that I received a parcel from Lee yesterday, so, I will have it after relay in a few days. 

 

Bizarre, I know, but I was told that it arrived in good exterior condition, so this was some sort of glitch. As soon as I go over it, I'll work out the remainder of the details with you.

 

I spent a good part of today dismantling a Daanetics model 2 KB for DC51 switches, on low heat (with my trusty Weller WDS3000) and solder wick.

 

I am pretty wiped after that, plus my normal work, and I want to get my original ][ KB working afer I sleep. I ended up with about 14 good switches off that KB mech. One was broken in half and fell apart as soon as I removed (half of) it; two had bad pins, and several 'stick', but I may be able to revive those inthe future. I think that the actual 'good' switches wikth clean response to true pos should suffice though. 

 

This is all that is keeping me from using my original ][, sans needing some additional Disk ][ drives, once the KB works. I am probably going to set it up with an old tube-based  NTSC telly, for now.  I wanted to use this fancy 1978 Japanese colour portably telly, but it won't power on and dismantling it to figure out why needs a lot of WB space. :/

 

Of ourse I can use a Monitor II with it, but I wanted to keep it as original as possible, and I own an RF Modulstor for it, so, using equipment made before 1980 for that system is part of the project goal, to keep it as 'oiginal' as possible. 

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