USB Model M
Roy J. Tellason
rtellason at verizon.net
Wed Dec 17 16:57:29 CST 2008
On Tuesday 16 December 2008 02:58:39 pm Jules Richardson wrote:
> David Griffith wrote:
> >> What was the biggest abuse you took with your M? :o)
> > How about Mmmmmmm. I splashed solder on mine. Currently I have one
> > completely stripped until I can get a USB driver board worked out that I
> > like.
> Well, my PS/2-USB adapter just arrived in the mail. Plugged it in, and it
> Just Worked (tm) - I don't think I've ever had anything do that in Linux
> before :-)
I recently switched from a slightly older laptop to the one I'm using now,
and the difference is that the older one had a PS2 port and a single USB
connector, while the newer one has only a couple of USB connectors and _no_
PS2 port. A visit to my local computer junk shop and less than $5 of expense
got me one, I plugged it in, and it's worked just fine ever since. Under
linux, yeah. The only odd behavior is that every now and then I'll hit a
key and nothing happens, but that may be the keyboard, I dunno (and yes,
it's a Model M).
> The adapter's pretty small, but I can't find a suitable socket bit in my
> toolbox that's slimline enough to use to take the Model M case apart so I
> can see if it'll fit inside comfortably.
This one's about an inch square by about half an inch thick. Does both
keyboard and mouse, as I'm not fond of that little "pointing device" built
into the laptops, either of them.
Socket bit? Oh, I see what you mean. I've never had this apart and never
took notice of that. Good quality tools are generally thinner metal for any
given size, I like Snap-On for that. :-)
> Re. Model M itself - it's nice to be typing on one; I've suffered a laptop
> keyboard for far too long!
I can't imagine trying to do any significant amount of typing on one. A bit
here and there, yeah, but not much...
> My only criticism of it is that the right-hand shift key seems to require
> fairly central pressing in order to work (i.e. I can't just reach across
> from the cursor keys and tap the end) - does anyone know if they changed
> this (i.e. added a metal travel-assist bar as with the spacebar, keypad
> enter key etc.) on the later models?
> (basking in clicky goodness)
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