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Offline diazel

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IBM Model M M122 Terminal Unit - Dip Switch Help
« on: Thu, 10 September 2020, 09:10:16 »
So I bought a M122 Model M on eBay with the intent to convert to USB via pro-micro. Since the cord was cut when I bought it, made the perfect donor to snip off and wire directly to Promicro so I don't have to make a separate housing to hold the guts, woot!

The question that I have doesn't directly tie to the mods but the bottom of the case has a dip switch bank with 8 switches but when I open up the case, it's not connected to anything. It's just hanging out there in the ether. I also didn't immediately see where I could even connect it. There's bank of 90 degree pins coming off the controller which, presumably, would be where it connected but the pins and the female connector on the dip switches are not compatible. I can't seem to find a picture of the dip switches wired up and I'm feeling like an idiot. Is there a wire extension that I'm missing? Did these ever ship with the dip switches in place but unused and not connected?

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Re: IBM Model M M122 Terminal Unit - Dip Switch Help
« Reply #1 on: Thu, 10 September 2020, 09:38:18 »
my M122 is too recent to have the dip switches but reading soarer's converter post you i saw that those existed, and if i recall correctly they set the keyboard identifier, i don't really know why it was needed in the 1st place and i do not think it should be a problem for your conversion, as with it not wired is equivalent to all switches being at 0.
that's all i know and hope this helps, else fohat may give better info later
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Re: IBM Model M M122 Terminal Unit - Dip Switch Help
« Reply #2 on: Thu, 10 September 2020, 10:02:53 »
HA HA

I am not the great guru of IBMs. I have had a number of F-122s with that bank of switches and they have not been connected to anything. I just ignore them but leave them in place because they look cool.
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No, it's not your job. But you think it is. And video last night shows him walking around roaming around with the assault rifle not really doing much of protecting anything." Figliuzzi made it clear that calling these characters "troubled" is a misnomer. "I would assert," Figliuzzi continued. "that it's time we stopped using the word ‘troubled’ with regard to white young people who act out like this and start thinking about the radicalized term that we used when people of color or people of Islamic faith act out like this. This is a radicalization process that's happening. It happened with the El Paso shooter in Texas. We kept hearing he was troubled. No, he was radicalized. And it's happening online."

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Re: IBM Model M M122 Terminal Unit - Dip Switch Help
« Reply #3 on: Thu, 10 September 2020, 10:11:16 »
Fascinating. So this transcends multiple models too. You'd think that if they weren't even going to be connected then it might have saved them a bit by snapping in a blank as opposed to the plastic bracket, dip switches, and wiring harness to nowhere.

For no other reason than the dipswitches have presumably never been connected, I think I'm going to bring them into the promicro and make them do something stupid. Hadn't gotten this far yet but I was curious what it would take to convert it to bluetooth by adding a module. Maybe I could use one of the dipswitches as the power switch for that.

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Re: IBM Model M M122 Terminal Unit - Dip Switch Help
« Reply #4 on: Thu, 10 September 2020, 10:28:43 »
Back in the day there was a plethora of IBM hardware and their philosophy was to make components adaptable to a wide set of environments.

Lucky for us, it makes tasks like converting ANSI to ISO or changing double-width keys to singles, and vice-versa, trivial once the inner assembly is apart.

My guess is that those switches could be set to allow the keyboard to talk to a variety of older mainframes and mini-computers.

The difference in characterization of crime and who commits it skews what criminality looks like demographically. "What we're seeing so far is very similar to the process that we see with Islamic violent Jihad radicalization," said former FBI Assistant Director Frank Figliuzzi, "This wanting to belong to a cause greater than yourself, wanting to get affirmation from a group who may not even know who you are or ever met you. And then feeling like you're part of this deployment, this cause. You heard him say on the clip 'It's my job to protect this.'
No, it's not your job. But you think it is. And video last night shows him walking around roaming around with the assault rifle not really doing much of protecting anything." Figliuzzi made it clear that calling these characters "troubled" is a misnomer. "I would assert," Figliuzzi continued. "that it's time we stopped using the word ‘troubled’ with regard to white young people who act out like this and start thinking about the radicalized term that we used when people of color or people of Islamic faith act out like this. This is a radicalization process that's happening. It happened with the El Paso shooter in Texas. We kept hearing he was troubled. No, he was radicalized. And it's happening online."

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Re: IBM Model M M122 Terminal Unit - Dip Switch Help
« Reply #5 on: Thu, 10 September 2020, 11:25:54 »
THIS IS THE WORST! Now I'm going to be sitting here wondering about all the possibilities!
No, overall it makes sense. Given the price tag on these things back then, even non-feature features probably helped to keep that pricetag high.

Back in the day there was a plethora of IBM hardware and their philosophy was to make components adaptable to a wide set of environments.

Lucky for us, it makes tasks like converting ANSI to ISO or changing double-width keys to singles, and vice-versa, trivial once the inner assembly is apart.

My guess is that those switches could be set to allow the keyboard to talk to a variety of older mainframes and mini-computers.

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Re: IBM Model M M122 Terminal Unit - Dip Switch Help
« Reply #6 on: Sat, 19 September 2020, 19:50:20 »
Hello,

I have my own model M 122 terminal keyboard model number 1395660 made in USA 1992
I bought it for parts, I fixed the assembly with bolts. converted from ISO to ANSI.

I removed the controller board completely. and I made my own PCB at home which has a QMK firmware that i ported for this keyboard. and now it is USB connected with a USB port on the back of the keyboard. I customize the extra keys to perform other function that I need for my work and it works extremely well. I also added the lock LEDS on it.

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Re: IBM Model M M122 Terminal Unit - Dip Switch Help
« Reply #7 on: Sat, 19 September 2020, 20:54:21 »
Very nice!
Impressive work.
The difference in characterization of crime and who commits it skews what criminality looks like demographically. "What we're seeing so far is very similar to the process that we see with Islamic violent Jihad radicalization," said former FBI Assistant Director Frank Figliuzzi, "This wanting to belong to a cause greater than yourself, wanting to get affirmation from a group who may not even know who you are or ever met you. And then feeling like you're part of this deployment, this cause. You heard him say on the clip 'It's my job to protect this.'
No, it's not your job. But you think it is. And video last night shows him walking around roaming around with the assault rifle not really doing much of protecting anything." Figliuzzi made it clear that calling these characters "troubled" is a misnomer. "I would assert," Figliuzzi continued. "that it's time we stopped using the word ‘troubled’ with regard to white young people who act out like this and start thinking about the radicalized term that we used when people of color or people of Islamic faith act out like this. This is a radicalization process that's happening. It happened with the El Paso shooter in Texas. We kept hearing he was troubled. No, he was radicalized. And it's happening online."

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Re: IBM Model M M122 Terminal Unit - Dip Switch Help
« Reply #8 on: Sat, 19 September 2020, 22:02:24 »
Thank you.

I bought two of the model M 122 for parts, these images are for the first one I repaired. I will only keep one of them, so eventually I will do the same to the second one and sell it.


Very nice!
Impressive work.