A More Solder Friendly Footprint

As the previous post implies, soldering the surface mounted keyboard connector isn’t an easy task and may take several tries and destroyed boards before getting a working one. This isn’t a very big problem since I already managed to hand solder one board and I am not in need of any more, but when it […]

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How to Melt a PCB

Today, I tried to master SMD soldering, but it didn’t went as expected. The first board I soldered I did by hand, which was a tedious job which required many tries, but in the end, it worked. However, I wanted a more simple way of soldering boards as I may need more boards in the […]

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Breakout Board

The connector on the keyboard cable isn’t very friendly to DIY projects and to be able to wire it up to a microcontroller or similar I would need a breakout board. I used the free and open source PCB software KiCad to design a simple board which I then sent to PCBWay for manufacturing. It […]

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The Acquisition of the Keyboard Connectors

The first, and probably the most difficult part of this project, is to acquire a connector that fits with the connector on the keyboard cable. Without it, the keyboard encoder is useless. Without the keyboard encoder, the keyboard is useless. So if I only manage to solve this problem, the rest of the project will […]

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PS/2 Encoder Board for ThinkPad Keyboards

I am currently building an encoder board for ThinkPad laptop keyboards to make it possible to use them as external keyboard as well. I own a few ThinkPads and I find them very pleasant to write on and I want to use them when I’m not using a ThinkPad or then the laptop is in […]

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