IBM Model M2 keyboard error codes (LEDS)
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Tue Jun 8 16:11:51 CDT 2010
On 8 Jun 2010 at 20:13, Tony Duell wrote:
> The keyboard contains a microcotroller (8048 IIRC) which is reset by
> an RC network in the keybaord, it doesn't sue the system reset line. i
> suppose if the 5V line was risingtoo slowly, then the microcontroller
> may not initialise properly.
If it's connected to an AT+ system said PC normally sends out a RESET
command to the keyboard. This is pretty much required as there are
some "autoswitching" (XT-AT mode) keyboards that will send out a
continuous stream of wrong-parity ACKs until they receive either an
XT-style reset (holding clock and data low for ~200 msec) or an AT
response (porobably any command; NAK or RESET will do).
It goes without saying that bizarre and wonderfully non-functional
things happen if you plug an XT keyboard into an AT-or-better system
or an AT keyboard into an XT system.
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