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Offline kaltar

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Kinesis Classic PS2 to USB
« on: Wed, 02 October 2013, 21:05:59 »
Here is my 2002 Kinesis Classic PS2 modded to be USB only. Posting the process in next post.

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« Last Edit: Thu, 03 October 2013, 12:50:38 by kaltar »

Offline kaltar

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Re: Kinesis Classic PS2 to USB
« Reply #1 on: Wed, 02 October 2013, 21:17:21 »
I got the Switchcraft Panel Mount Connector - USB B to A in sweetwater
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/EHUSBBAB/, and ID INNOVATIONS MULTIMODE USB ADAPTER sold by mkawa http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=48030.0

I used the USB adapter intact, so I can replace it later If I wish.
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Step 1: open the keyboard:

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step 2: remove the cable from the casing, and use a step drill to make a hole until the USB connector fits

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step 3: mark the areas for the screws to be drilled
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step 4: drill the holes

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Now, since the original screws had no nuts, I had to replace with something I already had at hand. Luckily, found some black screws that fit on some type of nuts :)

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Step 5: Screw the panel from the inside

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« Last Edit: Wed, 02 October 2013, 21:24:06 by kaltar »

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Re: Kinesis Classic PS2 to USB
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 02 October 2013, 21:23:17 »
Now, the point of no return:

Cut the original PS2 cable, and keep the parts shown

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Glue together the ground and black cable
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Solder the cables together, only the PS2 cable ones, the others go to the Pedals, and I have future plans for those.
The Laffy Taffy is in top of those pedal cables.
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Put it back together, with the PS2 converter. (You can see my cables from doing sordna's palm keys modification http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=26579.0)
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Re: Kinesis Classic PS2 to USB
« Reply #3 on: Thu, 03 October 2013, 05:00:17 »
 :thumb: great use of the adapter. i was hoping people would integrate them into old ps2 boards. the sskrs will all be usb without major controller modification thanks to these adapter chips.

love the laffy taffy :P, but i hope that's actually more hot glue

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Offline kaltar

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Re: Kinesis Classic PS2 to USB
« Reply #4 on: Thu, 03 October 2013, 12:53:35 »
:thumb: great use of the adapter. i was hoping people would integrate them into old ps2 boards. the sskrs will all be usb without major controller modification thanks to these adapter chips.

love the laffy taffy :P, but i hope that's actually more hot glue

The only issue I've seen with the adapter is the control of the caps-lock light. other than that, it's perfect (and so small).
The laffy taffy is for my digestion only after the mod is complete :)

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Re: Kinesis Classic PS2 to USB
« Reply #5 on: Fri, 04 October 2013, 20:17:59 »
Haha, I see the step drill bit is getting plenty use, not just palm keys but also this :-)
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Also: Kinesis Advantage Classic, Kinesis Advantage2, Data911 TG3, Fingerworks Touchstream LP, IBM SSK (Buckling spring), Goldtouch GTU-0077 keyboard

Offline kaltar

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Re: Kinesis Classic PS2 to USB
« Reply #6 on: Fri, 04 October 2013, 21:25:40 »
Haha, I see the step drill bit is getting plenty use, not just palm keys but also this :-)

Yes, it's so damn useful! Thanks for the tip sordna!