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Offline irendulic

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IBM SSK II
« on: Fri, 07 March 2014, 19:21:31 »
Hello,

if there are any other IBM SSK II rubber dome fans out there, here's a nice deal, 48$ shipped brand new ones.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-IBM-SPACE-SAVER-SPACESAVER-II-BLACK-KEYBOARD-WITH-DRIVER-CD-/141212239481?pt=PCA_Mice_Trackballs&hash=item20e0e7c679

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Re: IBM SSK II
« Reply #1 on: Fri, 07 March 2014, 19:56:12 »
excellent!

I believe someone was looking for just this a while back. It may be a rubber dome, but it's no cheapo low end rubber dome.
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Re: IBM SSK II
« Reply #2 on: Fri, 07 March 2014, 19:59:37 »
I wonder how hard it would be to take it apart and modify it to a buckling spring variant...
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Re: IBM SSK II
« Reply #3 on: Fri, 07 March 2014, 22:05:46 »
I wonder how hard it would be to take it apart and modify it to a buckling spring variant...

It'd probably be much easier to buy a black M13, and mod it to a TKL with a Trackpoint. One day, I'll do this to my own.

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Re: IBM SSK II
« Reply #4 on: Fri, 07 March 2014, 22:06:53 »
I wonder how hard it would be to take it apart and modify it to a buckling spring variant...

basically impossible

These use scissor switches, so you'd need a new case (taller for BS switches), new keycaps, new springs/hammers. I guess you could re-use most of the matrix and controller, but there's not really a point since fabricating the rest is hard / expensive.

It would be easier to build a BS keyboard from the ground up.

I wonder how hard it would be to take it apart and modify it to a buckling spring variant...

It'd probably be much easier to buy a black M13, and mod it to a TKL with a Trackpoint. One day, I'll do this to my own.

Or mod a SSK or AT model F (or F122) to add a trackpoint.
« Last Edit: Fri, 07 March 2014, 22:09:48 by dorkvader »
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Offline ZeDestructor

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Re: IBM SSK II
« Reply #5 on: Fri, 07 March 2014, 23:31:42 »
Or mod a SSK or AT model F (or F122) to add a trackpoint.

Is there a guide/thread on that mod?

I have some F122s inbound..... and trackpoint would be perfection!

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Re: IBM SSK II
« Reply #6 on: Fri, 07 March 2014, 23:35:56 »
Or mod a SSK or AT model F (or F122) to add a trackpoint.

Is there a guide/thread on that mod?

I have some F122s inbound..... and trackpoint would be perfection!

F122 inbound from where???

Offline ZeDestructor

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Re: IBM SSK II
« Reply #7 on: Sat, 08 March 2014, 09:21:20 »
Or mod a SSK or AT model F (or F122) to add a trackpoint.

Is there a guide/thread on that mod?

I have some F122s inbound..... and trackpoint would be perfection!

F122 inbound from where???

The last one you posted. It's only slightly more than what I paid for my Year of the Tiger Ducky with an extra set of caps back in 2011.

Offline ed_avis

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Re: IBM SSK II
« Reply #8 on: Mon, 10 March 2014, 04:46:07 »
Don't forget the predecessor of this keyboard, which is not the buckling spring Model M, but the buckling rubber sleve M4-1.

Offline sethstorm

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Re: IBM SSK II
« Reply #9 on: Sat, 15 March 2014, 00:46:07 »
Or mod a SSK or AT model F (or F122) to add a trackpoint.

Is there a guide/thread on that mod?

I have some F122s inbound..... and trackpoint would be perfection!


(a bit OT, but...)
Haven't made one, but I could if you wish.

The short of it is:
Obtained keys from an M13 (black or white will do)
Redid the keyboard to ANSI layout
Obtained a trackstick assembly from an EnduraPro
Shaved down the B key to fit the stick (to get rid of the overhang)
Installed the stick, fastening it between barrels with extra-stick (3M VHB) tape
Put the controller in the far upper right
Removed DIP switch slot, feeding usb cable through that

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