Re: PC-keyboard but using original C64/C128/CBM-keyboard as base

From: Jim Brain (
Date: 2004-06-23 05:44:04

Baltissen, GJPAA (Ruud) wrote:

>Hallo allemaal,
>I have an empty 8296D and a friend of mine got the idea to build a PC in it
>and to run an emulator on it. His idea was to put a PC-keyboard in the
>original case. My idea was to remove the original keyfield and solder the C=
>to it. Lots of soldering but should work IMHO. Still some small things to
>solve left but not difficult ones.
>Then I got this idea: using the original keyboard and to program a
>micro-controller so it behaves like a PC-keyboard: press 'a' and it sends
>the code for 'a', press shift-R/L_cursor and it sends the code for
>left_cursor, etc., etc., etc.
>Question : has anybody done such or an equivalent project or knows of
>someone who did it?
I was starting to work on a similar project, to interface a 64/128 
keyboard to a PC.  I suspect the same code could be used to do a PET 

I know there is a project online where a person gutted an SX and 
installed a PC in it.  As part of the install, he/she created a small 
PIC interface to do as you describe for the SX keyboard.


Jim Brain, Brain Innovations                      
Dabbling in WWW, Embedded Systems, Old CBM computers, and Good Times!

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