What This Thread is About:
Converting 3179 (and compatible) terminal keyboards for use with the AT or PS/2 interface
There are two "halves" to this - hardware and software.
Thread details hardware rather thoroughly.
Software is still a bit hairy - throw in some questions if you need a hand, I am happy to help.
The software 'half' consists of two things - replacing/modifying a driver and remapping keys through the Windows registry.Progress You Can Attain By Following This Thread:
Almost 100% - there is still no typematic repeat, however.
This mod can be done by users of Linux or Windows (I can verify my own success for Win2k/XP users only, though)
Chances are good that users with Hackintosh setups will likely not succeed.
A proper, more direct write up can be found here
This is the information/discussion/theorizing thread for that mod, terminal keyboards in general, and any potentially relevant "stuff".
---Before You Continue
It is highly recommended that you have an extra, "unimportant" computer or motherboard available for testing that your wiring is correct. If the wiring is not correct, you can and possibly will permanently destroy the PS/2 keyboard interface on your computer!
Unfortunately, there will be some victims in the quest for terminal board use on PCs. Hopefully we can reduce the effect so it is only unwanted extra hardware being victimized, not people's "daily driver" computers.
You have been warned - proceed with caution.
Hi all, new member here...keep finding myself returning here from Google results so I took that as a sign I should register
I have 4 IBM Model M keyboards...2 of them are somewhat odd, being that they are 3179 terminal keyboards, both born on the same day in 1986 (the other two are 1993 1391401's).
I'm seeking to convert those 3179 terminal 'boards over to the AT and PS/2 standard, most likely using the kbdbabel project (I'm sure plenty here are familiar with it, kbdbabel.org).
[strike]You can find the details of the keyboards and the conversion on my sort of mediocre website, http://kishy.comuf.com/
. Projects -> Current -> IBM 3179 Terminal Keyboard Conversion to AT, PS/2. Since I don't have much of a discussion board, I'm kind of looking for a forum to act as a meeting ground for this.[/strike]
I've seen from Google results here that people have tried the 122-key conversion before, or at least wanted to...seems like we all might make more progress if we work together, so I'm more or less calling out to YOU, 122-key owners, for your help/cooperation. Any progress I make is yours, and hopefully vise-versa.
Of course, not all 122-key units are the same electrically...if you've found info saying yours will work on a 3179 then it is functionally the same as mine.
edit Aug 13 09
Significant success has been attained by simply swapping the cord and using registry key remaps via the free program "Key Mapper".
I do plan to make a kbdbabel adapter in the future however, and will document that process here, since it seems like directions for making one are desired by at least a couple people. >> KBDBABEL DONGLE DELAYED INDEFINITELY
because alternate methods of gaining compatibility have been so successful. I hope and plan to make one but don't have the time, motivation/reason, or money at the moment.
Edit Feb 13 2010: need to make note of this somewhereResources which have assisted me in this project:
(in no particular order)