Author Topic: Japanese Pingmaster's are back!  (Read 4727 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Online JP

  • Thread Starter
  • Posts: 206
  • Location: Indianapolis, IN ander, our true elevated elder.
About Me | The Collection
Therapy is expensive so I buy keyboards and bike parts.

Offline ekeppel

  • Posts: 21
  • Location: Maine, USA
Re: Japanese Pingmaster's are back!
« Reply #1 on: Thu, 05 October 2017, 12:20:19 »
Nice. Too bad they aren't free shipping like the Chinese ones were / are, but still nice to see they are still some available. :-)

Offline chyros

  • a.k.a. Thomas
  • * Esteemed Elder
  • Posts: 2958
  • Location: The Netherlands
  • Hello and welcome.
Re: Japanese Pingmaster's are back!
« Reply #2 on: Thu, 05 October 2017, 15:33:38 »
Nice. Too bad they aren't free shipping like the Chinese ones were / are, but still nice to see they are still some available. :-)
Hah, the shipping is actually CHEAPER than the original listing to here xD .
Check my keyboard video reviews:


Offline xueyao

  • Posts: 39
Re: Japanese Pingmaster's are back!
« Reply #3 on: Thu, 05 October 2017, 18:44:05 »
What's the difference between the Chinese and Japanese model other than the characters on the caps?

Offline ander

  • * Esteemed Elder
  • Posts: 1032
  • Location: Vancouver, BC
  • It don't mean a thing, if it ain't bucklin' spring
Re: Japanese Pingmaster's are back!
« Reply #4 on: Thu, 05 October 2017, 18:45:48 »
“The cool thing about being famous is traveling. I've always wanted to travel across seas, like to Canada and stuff.”
– Britney Spears

Offline shicky256

  • Posts: 2
Re: Japanese Pingmaster's are back!
« Reply #5 on: Sun, 08 October 2017, 17:51:23 »
Thanks for the heads up. I was hoping my weeb ass wouldn't have to settle for the Chinese one.

What's the difference between the Chinese and Japanese model other than the characters on the caps?

They're exactly the same (both also have double zero and triple zero variations, but that also shouldn't matter).

Offline SamirD

  • * Esteemed Elder
  • Posts: 1492
  • Location: HSV and CHI
  • on Buckling Springs since '88
    • http://www.huntsvillecarscene.com
Re: Japanese Pingmaster's are back!
« Reply #6 on: Tue, 17 October 2017, 08:39:50 »
I already have these.  :D

Offline DALExSNAIL

  • The User Formerly Known as 'Formerly DudeSnail'
  • Posts: 976
  • Location: Charleston, SC
  • Haha just kidding
Re: Japanese Pingmaster's are back!
« Reply #7 on: Tue, 17 October 2017, 22:11:50 »
Very tempted to buy one, but I think I'm way too lazy to get one working on a modern pc.

Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk


Offline dorkvader

  • Posts: 6282
  • Location: Boston area
  • all about the "hack" in "geekhack"
Re: Japanese Pingmaster's are back!
« Reply #8 on: Wed, 18 October 2017, 21:29:20 »
Very tempted to buy one, but I think I'm way too lazy to get one working on a modern pc.

Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk



It's quite simple: soarer made it work before he left. Just remove the controller IC, drop in a teensy, put in a few jumpers and done. It works with the rows directly and in tandem with the mux chip for the columns. If you cut it in half you can solder a teensy in whree the mux chip is located, which makes the mod a lot easier.

https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=50437.msg1193047#msg1193047
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=85806.msg2302188#msg2302188

Offline SamirD

  • * Esteemed Elder
  • Posts: 1492
  • Location: HSV and CHI
  • on Buckling Springs since '88
    • http://www.huntsvillecarscene.com
Re: Japanese Pingmaster's are back!
« Reply #9 on: Wed, 18 October 2017, 21:35:00 »
soarer made it work before he left.
Wait, wha?!?  I've really been out of the loop.  :confused: What happened?


Offline ander

  • * Esteemed Elder
  • Posts: 1032
  • Location: Vancouver, BC
  • It don't mean a thing, if it ain't bucklin' spring
Re: Japanese Pingmaster's are back!
« Reply #10 on: Mon, 06 November 2017, 02:17:17 »
Thanks for the heads up. I was hoping my weeb ass wouldn't have to settle for the Chinese one.
They're exactly the same (both also have double zero and triple zero variations, but that also shouldn't matter).

Weeb? Is that related to keeb?


I already have these.  :D

That's because you're One Classy Dude.


Very tempted to buy one, but I think I'm way too lazy to get one working on a modern pc.

So don't bother. Just put it somewhere where you, and anyone else who drops by who appreciates quality, rarity 'n' coolness, can admire it. It's a work of art. It doesn't have to be performance art.

“The cool thing about being famous is traveling. I've always wanted to travel across seas, like to Canada and stuff.”
– Britney Spears

Offline SamirD

  • * Esteemed Elder
  • Posts: 1492
  • Location: HSV and CHI
  • on Buckling Springs since '88
    • http://www.huntsvillecarscene.com
Re: Japanese Pingmaster's are back!
« Reply #11 on: Mon, 06 November 2017, 20:14:20 »
I already have these.  :D

That's because you're One Classy Dude.


Very tempted to buy one, but I think I'm way too lazy to get one working on a modern pc.

So don't bother. Just put it somewhere where you, and anyone else who drops by who appreciates quality, rarity 'n' coolness, can admire it. It's a work of art. It doesn't have to be performance art.
:D  Why thank you, Fine Sir.  :cool:

And this is a very good point about keyboards being art--because they are, especially for us.  Why else would there be so much interest in a book just showcasing these wonderful (and many times functional) works of art?


Offline SpAmRaY

  • NOT a Moderator
  • * Certified Spammer
  • Posts: 14420
  • Location: ¯\(°_o)/¯
  • because reasons.......
Re: Japanese Pingmaster's are back!
« Reply #12 on: Mon, 06 November 2017, 20:23:40 »
soarer made it work before he left.
Wait, wha?!?  I've really been out of the loop.  ??? What happened?

He disappeared some time ago, I don't think anyone ever got any confirmation as to what exactly happened.


Very tempted to buy one, but I think I'm way too lazy to get one working on a modern pc.

Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk



hasu makes a converter if you don't want to DIY

https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=72052.0
« Last Edit: Mon, 06 November 2017, 20:58:31 by SpAmRaY »

Offline SamirD

  • * Esteemed Elder
  • Posts: 1492
  • Location: HSV and CHI
  • on Buckling Springs since '88
    • http://www.huntsvillecarscene.com
Re: Japanese Pingmaster's are back!
« Reply #13 on: Tue, 07 November 2017, 20:04:48 »
soarer made it work before he left.
Wait, wha?!?  I've really been out of the loop.  ??? What happened?

He disappeared some time ago, I don't think anyone ever got any confirmation as to what exactly happened.
I hope he's okay.  :(  It's simply amazing how much his contributions have impacted the keyboard enthusiast genre.  I hope he's able to benefit from it too--he earned it.  :cool:

Offline ander

  • * Esteemed Elder
  • Posts: 1032
  • Location: Vancouver, BC
  • It don't mean a thing, if it ain't bucklin' spring
Re: Japanese Pingmaster's are back!
« Reply #14 on: Sun, 03 December 2017, 02:15:36 »
Hey, has anyone noticed? There are actually two variants of these Japanese boards:

IBM 5954339

183430-0


IBM 6112884

183432-1


The number pads are different! Of course this means we must all have one of each.
“The cool thing about being famous is traveling. I've always wanted to travel across seas, like to Canada and stuff.”
– Britney Spears

Offline SamirD

  • * Esteemed Elder
  • Posts: 1492
  • Location: HSV and CHI
  • on Buckling Springs since '88
    • http://www.huntsvillecarscene.com
Re: Japanese Pingmaster's are back!
« Reply #15 on: Sun, 03 December 2017, 09:46:45 »
Oh dear!  I think I have the 5954339 vs the 6112884.  I guess they just his the period on the 5954339 for numbers that had a decimal?

Online JP

  • Thread Starter
  • Posts: 206
  • Location: Indianapolis, IN ander, our true elevated elder.
Re: Japanese Pingmaster's are back!
« Reply #16 on: Sun, 03 December 2017, 10:32:56 »
What if there are also two variants of the Chinese board? Would we need to have four?
About Me | The Collection
Therapy is expensive so I buy keyboards and bike parts.

Offline SamirD

  • * Esteemed Elder
  • Posts: 1492
  • Location: HSV and CHI
  • on Buckling Springs since '88
    • http://www.huntsvillecarscene.com
Re: Japanese Pingmaster's are back!
« Reply #17 on: Sun, 03 December 2017, 17:45:10 »
What if there are also two variants of the Chinese board? Would we need to have four?
Agh! They're multiplying!  :eek:


Offline ander

  • * Esteemed Elder
  • Posts: 1032
  • Location: Vancouver, BC
  • It don't mean a thing, if it ain't bucklin' spring
Re: Japanese Pingmaster's are back!
« Reply #18 on: Mon, 04 December 2017, 01:36:51 »
I don't know about you guys (does anybody?), but I just spent 10 obsessive minutes flipping back and forth between those two photos.
“The cool thing about being famous is traveling. I've always wanted to travel across seas, like to Canada and stuff.”
– Britney Spears

Offline microsoft windows

  • Blue Troll of Death
  • * Exalted Elder
  • Posts: 3621
  • President of geekhack.org
    • Get Internet Explorer 6
Re: Japanese Pingmaster's are back!
« Reply #19 on: Mon, 04 December 2017, 16:42:45 »
HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE THE JAPANESE PINGMASTERS?
CLICK HERE!     OFFICIAL PRESIDENT OF GEEKHACK.ORG    MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN MERRY CHRISTMAS

Online JP

  • Thread Starter
  • Posts: 206
  • Location: Indianapolis, IN ander, our true elevated elder.
Re: Japanese Pingmaster's are back!
« Reply #20 on: Mon, 04 December 2017, 18:27:40 »
I have a Japanese and a Chinese one.
About Me | The Collection
Therapy is expensive so I buy keyboards and bike parts.

Offline ander

  • * Esteemed Elder
  • Posts: 1032
  • Location: Vancouver, BC
  • It don't mean a thing, if it ain't bucklin' spring
Re: Japanese Pingmaster's are back!
« Reply #21 on: Mon, 04 December 2017, 19:31:48 »

“The cool thing about being famous is traveling. I've always wanted to travel across seas, like to Canada and stuff.”
– Britney Spears

Offline SamirD

  • * Esteemed Elder
  • Posts: 1492
  • Location: HSV and CHI
  • on Buckling Springs since '88
    • http://www.huntsvillecarscene.com
Re: Japanese Pingmaster's are back!
« Reply #22 on: Wed, 06 December 2017, 11:45:52 »
I have a Japanese and a Chinese one.
Me too. :)


Offline ander

  • * Esteemed Elder
  • Posts: 1032
  • Location: Vancouver, BC
  • It don't mean a thing, if it ain't bucklin' spring
Re: Japanese Pingmaster's are back!
« Reply #23 on: Wed, 06 December 2017, 18:34:26 »
Wait a minute—are we talking about girlfriends here or keyboards?
“The cool thing about being famous is traveling. I've always wanted to travel across seas, like to Canada and stuff.”
– Britney Spears

Offline matt-taco

  • Posts: 21
  • Location: America
Re: Japanese Pingmaster's are back!
« Reply #24 on: Wed, 06 December 2017, 21:13:57 »
I have a Japanese and a Chinese one.
Me too. :)

I only have a chinky one...

Online JP

  • Thread Starter
  • Posts: 206
  • Location: Indianapolis, IN ander, our true elevated elder.
Re: Japanese Pingmaster's are back!
« Reply #25 on: Wed, 06 December 2017, 22:31:57 »
Wait a minute—are we talking about girlfriends here or keyboards?

Yes.
About Me | The Collection
Therapy is expensive so I buy keyboards and bike parts.

Offline ander

  • * Esteemed Elder
  • Posts: 1032
  • Location: Vancouver, BC
  • It don't mean a thing, if it ain't bucklin' spring
Re: Japanese Pingmaster's are back!
« Reply #26 on: Thu, 07 December 2017, 01:56:33 »
Wait a minute—are we talking about girlfriends here or keyboards?

Yes.

I just don't want to start typing on the wrong one.
“The cool thing about being famous is traveling. I've always wanted to travel across seas, like to Canada and stuff.”
– Britney Spears

Online JP

  • Thread Starter
  • Posts: 206
  • Location: Indianapolis, IN ander, our true elevated elder.
Re: Japanese Pingmaster's are back!
« Reply #27 on: Thu, 07 December 2017, 05:19:54 »
That's not an issue for me at least since my fingers are appreciated either way, however should they ever meet face to face that is another story  :))
« Last Edit: Thu, 07 December 2017, 05:24:33 by JP »
About Me | The Collection
Therapy is expensive so I buy keyboards and bike parts.

Offline SamirD

  • * Esteemed Elder
  • Posts: 1492
  • Location: HSV and CHI
  • on Buckling Springs since '88
    • http://www.huntsvillecarscene.com
Re: Japanese Pingmaster's are back!
« Reply #28 on: Thu, 07 December 2017, 21:50:16 »
Have I mentioned I love Asians?

Offline microsoft windows

  • Blue Troll of Death
  • * Exalted Elder
  • Posts: 3621
  • President of geekhack.org
    • Get Internet Explorer 6
Re: Japanese Pingmaster's are back!
« Reply #29 on: Tue, 19 December 2017, 17:01:15 »
This seems like an interesting and affordable project. I wonder if I should get one and put it together with the Teensy controller. How many people have done it so far?

CLICK HERE!     OFFICIAL PRESIDENT OF GEEKHACK.ORG    MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN MERRY CHRISTMAS

Offline OldIsNew

  • Posts: 118
Re: Japanese Pingmaster's are back!
« Reply #30 on: Tue, 19 December 2017, 17:43:45 »
This seems like an interesting and affordable project. I wonder if I should get one and put it together with the Teensy controller. How many people have done it so far?

Quite a few I believe. In case some folks haven't seen it on other threads:

It's fairly simple with a DB9 connector and  Hasu's  TMK converter.

184743-0


This is some wiring info from TMK documentation:

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Keyboard Plug from front:

DSUB-9
-------------
\ N 2 3 4 5 /
\ N N N N /
---------
2 GND
3 VCC 5V
4 DATA
5 CLOCK
N No connection/No pin.

Connection

In case of using ATMega32U4/U2 (EDIT: The Teensy 2.0 uses the ATMega32U4)

1. Supply power with VCC and GND.
2. Connect CLOCK to PD1 and DATA to PD0. You can change pin with config.h.
3. Optionally you may need pull-up resistor. 1KOhm probably work.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

TMK converter and keyboard editor links: 

https://github.com/tmk/tmk_keyboard/tree/master/converter/ibm4704_usb/binary

http://www.tmk-kbd.com/tmk_keyboard/editor/unimap/?ibm4704_usb_alps

The DB9 connector I used:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00WW6P636/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
« Last Edit: Tue, 19 December 2017, 21:37:50 by OldIsNew »