Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 8th Dec 2006 04:44 UTC, submitted by Paul J. Beel
Amiga & AROS Aaron Digulla established the Amiga Research Operating System or AROS in 1995. He discusses the early days and the development through the years of AROS.
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RE[2]: Ah...
by MacTO on Fri 8th Dec 2006 18:55 UTC in reply to "RE: Ah..."
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Member since:
2006-09-21

I'd love to mod an old Amiga or Apple IIc case with a mini-ITX board except there are two problems:

How do you get the original keyboard to work with a PS/2 or USB interface? Simply put, I don't have the electronics know-how and think that these half-done mods where you use an external keyboard are silly.

How can you do it without damaging the case? These are vintage computers, and while it is cool to have the vintage look it ain't cool to destroy a vintage computer for the sake of the mod. So it must be possible to restore the original machine.

AROS is an interesting project. I'm just waiting to see if anything comes of it. (And, for some reason, running the GNU toolchain has always struck me as very un-Amiga.)

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RE[3]: Ah...
by Doc Pain on Fri 8th Dec 2006 19:40 in reply to "RE[2]: Ah..."
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2006-10-08

"How do you get the original keyboard to work with a PS/2 or USB interface? Simply put, I don't have the electronics know-how and think that these half-done mods where you use an external keyboard are silly."

You only have to remove some parts of the original cover to fit a standard 102 key PC keyboard with PS/2 or USB connector into the case, then you connect the cable directly (by soldering) or internally (by plugging) to the desired keyboard interface.

Additionally, you could use a saw and some soldering stuff to remove four of the six keys in the 2x3 matrix above the cursor keys to have the original two keys there (DELETE stays DELETE and HELP is connected to, lets say, INSERT). And you remove F11 and F12 and re-group the function keys to two groups with 5 keys. Simply put. :-)

"How can you do it without damaging the case? These are vintage computers, and while it is cool to have the vintage look it ain't cool to destroy a vintage computer for the sake of the mod. So it must be possible to restore the original machine."

You just have to make the PC keyboard fitting into the case by disassembling it carefully. In line 0 where the space bar is located, there's enough space for CTRL and ALT. It's not impossible. It's even not very complicated if you use an older PS/2 keyboard where you can use your chainsaw to get it into handy pieces without destroying the connector matrix. :-)

And if you like it "really" vintage, you could even apply the original Amiga keycaps to the PC keyboard!

Wow... what an idea... I just could... hmmm... where are my tools? The Amiga is in the box down there... No. I won't do it at this moment. But maybe later... :-)

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RE[3]: Ah...
by Fransexy on Fri 8th Dec 2006 20:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Ah..."
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2005-07-29

"How do you get the original keyboard to work with a PS/2 or USB interface? Simply put, I don't have the electronics know-how and think that these half-done mods where you use an external keyboard are silly."

You can use the Keyrah keyboard interface:

http://amigakit.leamancomputing.com/catalog/product_info.php?produc...

"the Keyrah makes keyboards of classic computers available to new computers. The board fits the case of Amiga 1200 or Amiga 600, and turns the computer into a USB keyboard"

There is also a version for C64, VIC-20, C128, C-16:

http://amigakit.leamancomputing.com/catalog/product_info.php?produc...



Edited 2006-12-08 20:36

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