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Old 25 November 2007, 02:56   #1
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Keyrah Question

Time to pick the brains of my esteemed fellow board members:

I'm in a good mood - just won something juicy on fleaBay & a most helpful fellow EAB member may well be about to rescue one of my stalled projects.

AND, I've just spotted something else on fleaBay I'm going to have the bid on!
(neither eBay auction is likely to be of interest to most EAB members)

Oh, yes. The Keyrah:

Now Keyrah's seem to come in broadly two types:
For C= 8bit 'putes
and the Amiga

I want an 8bit one (to butcher for said project).
but
If that doesn't work out I'd like to recycle it into an Amiga project I've also got on the boil.

Have my cake & eat it?
Well, despite the Keyrah being sold in two basic versions every photo I've seen looks exactly the same, seemingly with headers for all supported types...
...is there any real difference..?

To clarify:
If I bought one to fit a C=64 could I conceivably use it instead in an A1200..?
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Old 25 November 2007, 04:00   #2
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@charlie

I believe the keyboard matrix and subsequent encoding will be different, but there is a way you can have your cake and eat it, ask AK they would know for sure.

imma quite curious of your project, but imma patient Zetr0..... kinda
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Old 25 November 2007, 13:46   #3
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Thanks Zetr0

The 'unnamed project' is to shove a modern x86 mobo into an Oric Atmos case.

There's really not much room in there - the case is a little bigger than a rubber-key ZX Spectrum...
...as you know I've been struggling to find x86 mobo's for more than one project
The mobo I'm (hopefully) going to get my hands on is so small there's even room for a 2.5" drive in the case!!

The Keyrah is for the above project - yes the keyboard won't be exactly compatible but if I can bodge it...
...I hate, Hate, HATE! rewiring keyboards & will go to almost any lengths to avoid that.

If that doesn't work I hope to use it in an A1200 project I've mentioned to you...
...Once I've got the most 'maxed-out' 68k A1200 possible a Keyrah may help me to hack C=64 functionality into it.
Ooo, A1200 & C=64 in the same case. (I don't currently own a C=64, so...)

Just in case anyone is interested in what fleaBay's got to make me happy:

Maxed-out RiscPC
It's mine, all mine!!!

Cobalt Qube It will be mine, mwha, ha, ha, ha, harrrr.
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Old 25 November 2007, 14:24   #4
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lol, it looks like that RiscPC has been waiting for you....

and an interesting Qube indeed.... i bet you have some mischief lined up for that.
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I have plans for both:

The Qube, if I get it, will host my own retro website in conjunction with an old Sun box - On retro hardware of course! (eventually)

Maybe not a great site, but as it will be on my own server there'll be none of this self-righteous idiocy that's brought down so many retro-sites recently.

e-mail from pompous ass:
'I've noted said site on your server has material I'm not happy with.'
Reply from server-admin:
'Have you contacted the owner of the site regarding your 'issue'?'
From pompous ass:
'No I haven't, I insist you take the site & all related material down now!'

-At this point the site usually gets taken down regardless-

Reply from server-admin: (me )
'Well, if you were prepared to discuss this in a grown-up fashion I'd listen. BUT, as both site & server belong to me you can stick your 'request' where the sun doesn't shine!'

My site (if it happens) will have a lot of files on it but not so far as I'm aware anything that couldn't be publicly hosted.
Any 'errors' on my part that are politely pointed out will of course be dealt with in a polite & grown-up manor.
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