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#1 2017-11-01 18:25:40

Vipersan
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Registered: 2017-11-01
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Can I fit a clone keyboard in an Apple II Europlus

Hi ..
I am new to the forum ..and in fact new to Apple ..
I have an old retro computer which I am trying to resurrect/restore.
It is an Apple II Europlus ..
I have succeeded in getting it to boot and repaired one of the floppy drives ..but sadly over 70% of the keys on the keyboard no longer function..
I suspect this is due to where it was stored in the past.
I have after much searching managed to aquire a keyboard from a clone unit ..
This looks much the same and could be mounted to fit in the case easily enough..
but is it electrically compatible ..
It also has a 16 pin connector but as yet have not been brave enough to just plug it into the mainboard socket ..just in case..
Which is why I have signed up here ..to get answers.
Can anyone advise ?
I love restoring 8 bit computers ..but this is my first Apple ..so I'm very much in the dark.

rgds
Vipersan

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#2 2017-11-02 15:23:03

ScutBoy
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Registered: 2014-05-25
Posts: 159

Re: Can I fit a clone keyboard in an Apple II Europlus

I can't speak to the EuroPlus specifically, but in the US, the keys can often be brought back with repeated (and I mean dozens or hundreds) of presses.

There are tutorials on how to "clean" individual keyswitches, but Ive brought back more than a few keys by just mashing on them over and over until they start to register.

Up to you whether you want to spend the time and the effort smile

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#3 2017-11-02 17:50:31

Vipersan
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Registered: 2017-11-01
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Re: Can I fit a clone keyboard in an Apple II Europlus

Thanks for the reply ..
I'm currently stripping all the keys from the original keyboard ..and replacing them with the key switches from the clone..
They dont fit exactly ..but ..
They hopefully will function as a substitute when I've finished .
I cant just repalce the faulty ones ..as they will sit at a different height ..so all off them must be substituted.
Wish me luck ..
I strongly suspect something had been spilled on the original KB in the past..
Hence the damage..and clearly evident with the staining revealed when I stripped it down.
rgds

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