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Offline mctrader

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How well does ADB work on Windows?
« on: Fri, 22 January 2021, 12:14:04 »
Hey everyone I'm new hear and I'm really happy to have found this place. Great discussion.

I've had my eye on the old Apple and MacAlly keyboards with ALPS for a bit but I've held off because I'm unsure how well the Drakware ADB2USB works on Windows. Can anyone share their experience?

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Re: How well does ADB work on Windows?
« Reply #1 on: Fri, 22 January 2021, 12:39:30 »
I can verify that the classic Griffin iMate works well, but it is my understanding that the new one is both cheaper and better.
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Re: How well does ADB work on Windows?
« Reply #2 on: Fri, 22 January 2021, 13:40:11 »
That thing's a good deal for only $25.  Griffin iMates still sell for over $50 on eBay.  I have an old iMate that I used to use on my Windows PC at work with an Apple Extended Keyboard II.  I just wish there was a way to get the = key on the numeric keypad to work under Windows.

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Re: How well does ADB work on Windows?
« Reply #3 on: Fri, 22 January 2021, 15:21:17 »
That thing's a good deal for only $25.  Griffin iMates still sell for over $50 on eBay.  I have an old iMate that I used to use on my Windows PC at work with an Apple Extended Keyboard II.  I just wish there was a way to get the = key on the numeric keypad to work under Windows.

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Re: How well does ADB work on Windows?
« Reply #4 on: Fri, 22 January 2021, 15:46:40 »
I use Tinkerboy's converter and it works fine.
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Re: How well does ADB work on Windows?
« Reply #5 on: Fri, 22 January 2021, 16:31:34 »
I have used the Drakware adapter to test a NeXT keyboard. That's a pretty limited use case, but it worked fine for my purposes.

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Re: How well does ADB work on Windows?
« Reply #6 on: Fri, 22 January 2021, 17:10:47 »
QMK has ADB to USB support as well,making an adapter from a Pro Micro is really easy.

Offline mctrader

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Re: How well does ADB work on Windows?
« Reply #7 on: Sun, 24 January 2021, 02:25:36 »
Thank you all for the info! Just picked myself up a MK96 and Drakware converter.

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Re: How well does ADB work on Windows?
« Reply #8 on: Fri, 23 July 2021, 15:03:15 »
Sorry to bump an old post, but I'm just updating for anyone who comes across this from Google or whatever that is interested in a MK96. It works great on Windows, zero problems at all. It's the best keyboard that I've personally used! I've only had a Model M, FK2001, AT101w, and this takes the cake by a good margin, at least for my likings. Because there's so little info online, keep in mind that the big drawback with this board is that the little nubs on the F and J keys are instead on the D and K keys board this board. I'm a noob with keyboards so I don't know if you can replace the keycaps to get around this, something to keep in mind regardless.

If anyone has questions about the board, I'll do my best to answer.

Also, if anyone has experience with MK96s and can tell me if I can swap out keycaps on it, I'd appreciate some info!

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Re: How well does ADB work on Windows?
« Reply #9 on: Fri, 23 July 2021, 16:44:18 »
Also, if anyone has experience with MK96s and can tell me if I can swap out keycaps on it, I'd appreciate some info!
It's more about the switches than the keyboard and MK96 is not great to search - pop off a keycap (carefully - a credit card down each side and push both at the same time is probably safest in the absence of a proper tool) and post a pic and someone will be able to help (though will they open this thread?  Probably not...)  Either it's MX-like cross or Alps-like rectangle with a hole in the middle or you're out of luck, and Alps aren't anywhere near as common as MX.  If it has strange sized keys that's not helpful either.
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