IBM XT 5160 Keyboard issues

Devin lyokoboy0 at
Sun Dec 18 00:53:02 CST 2016

Alright, thanks for the info.  I think I'll start off with something in 
the "cheap crap" category and see if i can find something better down 
the line.  Now that i know what to look for it probably won't take long 
to get one that is of good quality.


On 12/18/2016 1:45 AM, Eric Smith wrote:
> On Sat, Dec 17, 2016 at 11:02 PM, Fred Cisin <cisin at> wrote:
>> On Sat, 17 Dec 2016, Josh Dersch wrote:
>>> Model M keyboards are AT-style keyboards, they won't work with an XT
>>> (different protocol).  You will need to find a PC/XT compatible keyboard to
>>> use.
>> exactly.
>> The original IBM PC/XT keyboard is a buckling spring.
>> So, if/when you find one, it will at least feel like a model M.
> IBM PC, PC/XT and original (84-key) PC/AT keyboards were Model F, which was
> buckling spring with capacitive sensing.
> IBM PC/AT enhanced (101 key) and many PS/2keyboards were Model M, which was
> buckling spring with membrane (electrical contact).
> Almost all non-IBM PC keyboards, even if they were expensive, were cheap
> crap. Northgate was a notable exception, though they did offer some in the
> "cheap crap" category also.

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