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Old mechanical keyboard mod. Model: Ortek MCK-201 FX.

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I came across a IBM model M mechanical keyboard mod on the youtube and got inspired. I was looking for model m but I could not find one instead model M found this Ortek MCK-201 FX which is great!

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The keyboard dirty and plain.
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Disassembled.
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The keyboard is din-6 or AT(as I know it) the standard is basically the same as PS/2 or mini din-5 so cable change was doable. The original cable was not soldered to the board it was connected via connector so I used multimeter to find out witch wire is leading were and using fourth picture I changed the connector from din-6 to din-5 PS/2 cable.
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The cables with connector moved to from din-6 to din-5 cable.
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The mechanical switches are visible. As I find out they are white alps.
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Back side of the keyboards PCB.
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Left the keys in mixture of water and dish-washing liquid and brush them with a brush.
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Drying over night.
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Keyboard case cut and spray painted with noprep paint for plastic
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Assembled
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I`m not sure at the moment that project is over. I`m still considering painting the keys black and red combo and applying the lettering stencil and finish with matte spray.
 
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impressive work
 
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Nice work there.
 
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paint the keys black!
 
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paint the keys black!
^^^ :roll: Hope you got good memory cause you'll lose your letters

Does look better and much cleaner. The color of those oldies look so dirty and icky.
 
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Nice! I like it and I may do this with a few of old IBM keyboards I have laying around. :toast:
 
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^^^ :roll: Hope you got good memory cause you'll lose your letters

Does look better and much cleaner. The color of those oldies look so dirty and icky.
Nostalgia my brother. I guess you never had commodore, amiga or 386.
 
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Nice! i like the look of the original color key with the rest of the keyboard dark :toast:

But why going to the trouble of wiring when all you have to do is buy an adapter for these old keyboard in to PS2 connecter

I still have an old keyboard like that with an PS2 adapter & it works really good but now i may have to painted the keyboard dark color so it looks better...
Nah! it's a good idea but i don't use it anymore so would be a waste of time & paint...:ohwell:
 
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Nice work, but I would never do that to my own model M, I am too fond of the oldskool look myself :)
 
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Nice to see another board saved. Looks pretty good. I never had any luck with paint staying on plastic embedded with oils from hands hope it works well for you. I would never attempt painting the keys for this very reason. But you may consider something like Non-Transparent Keyboard Stickers

Congrats and good luck. :toast:
 
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Nice! i like the look of the original color key with the rest of the keyboard dark :toast:

But why going to the trouble of wiring when all you have to do is buy an adapter for these old keyboard in to PS2 connecter

I still have an old keyboard like that with an PS2 adapter & it works really good but now i may have to painted the keyboard dark color so it looks better...
Nah! it's a good idea but i don't use it anymore so would be a waste of time & paint...:ohwell:
It is not that much work and I wanted black cable anyways.
 
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It is not that much work
I know it just that it's easier & much faster to use an adapter ;)

and I wanted black cable anyways.
I didn't thought about that , it would be a bit of a pain in the butt to paint the cable black & not to mention an accordion cable...

Changing the cable was in fact a really good idea :rockout:
 

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yea and plus those old cables are short.. Those cables are meant for old Desktop pc's.. :toast:
 
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You can also dye the key caps with RIT.

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http://retr0bright.wikispaces.com/
Retrobrite that keyboard, it will take away the oxidization in the plastic.

ALSO that doesn't look like Model M switches to me, Model M use buckling spring type switches. THOSE look like ALPS switches.



Hope my information helps out.

AH right sorry, i missed the line in the original post about them being alps.
 

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Nostalgia my brother. I guess you never had commodore, amiga or 386.
I had a commodore way back. I do still have a really old desktop pc with the huge kb that has the curly cord. I wish I had it near me to get pics of it up. I plan to restore it sometime.

The kb looks awesome.
 
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Crazy what a good cleaning can do!