XT Keyboard

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May 16, 2010 at 04:48:50
Specs: DOS 2.0
I'm trying to find out if there is a way to get a "newer" AT keyboard to work with my old IBM Personal Computer XT. I have a keyboard that fits the old style connector but The protocols are different between the two types of keyboard. I am only asking if there is a workaround or "hack" that I can use to get it to work.

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May 16, 2010 at 05:18:33
There are adapters for that.
Just get a AT to PS/2 adapter.
I´ve used several of those adapters to use PS/2 keyboards on old machines.

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May 16, 2010 at 05:45:13
I think he asked about an AT keyboard, to a PC/XT, not a PS2 keyboard to an AT machine. The PC/XTs of that era used a different protocol to communicate with their keyboards, thus a simple "plug adapter" won't do the job. Here is a discussion of the topik, complete with some ideas of where to get an adapter. Good luck. http://www.vintage-computer.com/vcf... Note the discussion of keyboards that had a selector switch to make them compatible with either standard. This might be the cheapest fix.

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May 16, 2010 at 16:14:05
There were keyboards that had a DIP switch on the bottom and thus could be used on XT class or 286's and up. I might still have some.

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