LA-36 DECWriter II Keyboard Assembly

Paul Anderson useddec at
Wed Oct 21 22:03:50 CDT 2015

There are a few to choose from:

keyboard without numeric keypad

keyboard with numeric keypad

numeric keypad only

I'm not going to guess at the part numbers .

Contact me off list when you get a chance.

Thanks, Paul

On Wed, Oct 21, 2015 at 8:06 PM, Rick Bensene <rickb at> wrote:

> Hello, all,
> I have an otherwise good DECWriter II (LA-36) terminal that has a bad
> keyboard.  A number of the keyswitches are messed up (the little gold
> contacts are mangled or the switch assembly itself is damaged), and the
> nature of the Cherry-made keyboard in this thing is that the keyswitch
> modules are not individually replaceable.
> I'm querying the list to see if anyone out there may have a parts LA-36,
> or a spare keyboard assembly for same that I can get my hands on.  I'd like
> to get this thing running again, but with a bad keyboard, even though it
> all works great (I can test that the keys that are messed up are scanned
> properly by shorting across the PCB traces and the terminal responds
> appropriately), it's pretty much useless.
> Somewhere in the life of this machine something HEAVY fell/dropped on the
> keyboard, and about 1/3rd of the keyswitches ended up getting mangled as
> well as some of the keycaps.  The only option appears to be to find a
> replacement for the whole keyboard assembly.
> Thanks in advance,
> -Rick
> ---
> Rick Bensene
> The Old Calculator Museum

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