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Not much of a mod here, just a couple of bits of info that might be of use :-)

This info is for the ISO version, but since the PCB is the same as the version without the extra key between left shift and Z, I'd wager it applies to that version as well.

First off, the matrix highlighted on the PCB:

I've marked the wire links in white. Note that three lines have diodes in them - that's a neat trick to allow those lines to also power the lock LEDs, saving three pins on the controller chip.

I arbitrarily assigned row and column IDs on the chip:

Column and row marked on each key:

The connector on the back is for a number pad, so apart from the required rows and columns, there's pins for the Num Lock LED (active low) and power:

The numpad keys are assigned as follows:

--- Code: ---E0: 9 PgUp
E1: 8 Up
E2: 7 Home
E7: +
F0: *
F1: NumLock
F7: -
G3: Enter
I2: /
I6: $     <--- non-standard code 0xE049
L0: 3 PgDn
L1: 2 Down
L2: 1 End
L7: 0 Ins
M0: 6 Right
M1: 5
M2: 4 Left
M7: . Del
--- End code ---

Just one crossing on the matrix remains unaccounted for, sadly it doesn't produce a unique code and is the same as J6:

--- Code: ---H4: \ |
--- End code ---

Actually, I did make one small mod... on this particular layout, with the blank key between left shift and Z, the blank key wasn't producing any scan code. It turns out that the switch wasn't connected! In fact, one leg had been bent back deliberately to prevent it functioning! (I have two of these boards, and they both had the same bent leg).

With that fixed, the key produces the 'Europe 2' scan code as expected (that's \ | for UK, < > for DE, etc).

My guess is that they had a large order for US layout boards, which they didn't have the parts for - presumably plates, since the PCB is the same.

Just added info on how to get the blank key working, on the US layout boards that have it.

I still have some of these I hope to convert to ANSI horizontal enter keys.  Great info!
(I'm not considering this a necropost since the original article was recently updated)

Back for a very limited engagement...


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I noticed that all-thumbs-on-iPad, but was gonna let it slide. But sice you brought it up.


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