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IBM Display Writer 6580 Beam Spring Keyboard, New Foam + Xwhatsit USB Beamspring For Sale


IBM Display Writer 6580 Beam Spring Keyboard, New Foam + Xwhatsit USB Beamspring

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IBM Display Writer 6580 Beam Spring Keyboard, New Foam + Xwhatsit USB Beamspring:
$1,150

Vintage IBM Display Writer 6580 Beam Spring Keyboard, New Foam, Xwhatsit USB, Beamspring

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This is a nice IBM Display Writer Beamspring Keyboard with the original information card in place. I've convertedthe keyboardover to USB by replacing the controller with an Xwhatsit USB board, so it will work with a modern PC. The board is all set up, calibrated, programmed, and ready to go.It's in good overall condition for its age, showingonly minormarks, scuffs,and general wear from previous use.

The foam holding the switches in place was severely deteriorated in this keyboard when I received it, so I disassembled everything, removed the switches, cleaned the top plate, and custom-made new foam for it. As a result, the switches are nice and tight just like it came from the factory. The new foam makes for a very solid and smooth typing keyboard. :-)

The keyboard works great and has been programmedin a 'Space Saver' layout of sorts. Since therewas no realnav cluster, I turned six of the keys to the upper right of the 'index' key into a standard Insert / Delete, Home / End, PageUp / PageDown grouping, andfour of the lower right grouping became a tee-nav with up/down/left/right arrows. Other keys in these groups were left unprogrammed, but could be assigned to any key you like using the free capsense USB utility. I can direct you to a free download of the utility if you would like to modify the layout of this keyboard.

Other keys are programmed as follows:

  • Index ---> Backslash
  • 1/4 1/2 ---> Left Bracket
  • [ ] ---> Right Bracket
  • o +- (Left of '1' key) ---> Tilde
  • END ---> Escape
  • Paragraph (Left of 'Z' key) ---> CTRL
  • CODE key (left of spacebar) ---> ALT
  • LOCK key ---> Locks Function Layer 1 On
  • ENTER (right of spacebar) ---> Function Layer 1 On While Held
  • 3 2 (left of RET key) ---> Enter
  • RET ---> Duplicate Enter Key

The remaining 9 function keys to the left of the alphanumeric area are left unprogrammed, but would work well asany combination of keysor macros that you like.

There are several function layers that can be programmed, but to keep it simple, I have only programmed a few keys on layer 1 to get you started.

Layer 1 is activated by pressing the LOCK button, or holding the lower right white 'ENTER' key. While the layer is active, the J K L and I keys become a small t-nav arrow cluster. In addition, the number row starting at 1 and going up to the+ key becomes F1 through F12.

There are lots of other possibilities for layers that could be programmed. For example, you could also easily turn M , . J K L U I and O into a number pad, similar to how the IBM Space Saver is laid out. You can really get creative if you so choose.

Please ask any questions before you offer and I will do my best to answer them. Thanks!

On Feb-15-18 at 11:01:16 PST, seller added the following information:

Update: I have located what I believe is the original cable and controller for this keyboard, so I will throw them in as a free bonus for the high buyer. Thanks! :-D


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