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#1 Macintoshguy1984

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 07:28 PM

I found a apple 5pin din to apb and wondered if i could hook up a apb to usb to connect a keyboard to it



#2 Gorgonops

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 07:35 PM

I assume you mean "ADB" when you say "apd"? It hardly matters because, no, you cannot hook an ADB keyboard to the IIc's 5 pin DIN serial ports.

 

My guess is the dingus you found is actually a 5-pin DIN to 8-pin mini-DIN serial adapter, not an ADB converter. The IIc's serial ports were unique while the IIc+ and IIgs used the same 8-pin DINs as Macs from the Mac Plus forward so I can certainly see a reason why such an adapter might exist.



#3 Gorgonops

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 07:38 PM

... although I suppose it's also worth noting that the IIc's serial connector is the same as an AT PC keyboard, so if you found some ultra-rare ADB to PC-AT adapter that's not going to work either even though the plug fits. (And in fact it would probably let the magic smoke out if you tried.)



#4 Gorgonops

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 07:39 PM

... or are you looking at an AT to PS/2 dongle, as I suppose it's also possible to mistake a PS/2 plug for ADB? Again, not going to work.



#5 Macintoshguy1984

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 05:05 PM

What is the keyboard button on the apple iic used for?



#6 Gorgonops

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 06:19 PM

On US machines it switches between QWERTY and DVORAK layouts; on European machines I believe it switches between the US layout and an alternate International layout.



#7 Machead

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 06:19 PM

I believe that button switches between QWERTY and Dvorak keyboard layouts. There's also a large reset key near the upper center of the keyboard.

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#8 Macintoshguy1984

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Posted 20 May 2017 - 12:51 AM

oh, that makes sense






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