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u/Jotokun · 15 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards

That is indeed a model F. I think you could use a combination of any DIN5 to PS2 adapter with the bluecube adapter that Model M users swear by.

Amazing find, by the way.

u/iammabanana · 8 pointsr/mildlyinteresting

PS/2 is 275mA max. USB 1.0 is 500mA.

Most should work. This one on Amazon has a lot of comments saying that Model M keyboards work fine with it.

u/xDylan25x · 8 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards

Okay, finally back at my computer. This is the one I recommend for PS/2. If you don't have a keyboard with PS/2 on the end of the wire, ask on this subreddit (or search the subreddit using the search box (or send a pic and send it to me)). If it isn't PS/2, it's likely 5 pin DIN or 9 pin DIN if it's larger. If it's the same size, it's whatever Sun Microsystems used in the 90s, which is like PS/2 but not, though I doubt you have that.

Send a pic or post one when you get it working (or now, so I can verify if you have the right connector)!

u/Steveenn · 6 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards

The Blue Cube works perfectly for all of my Model Ms. It will also work natively if your motherboard has a PS/2 port.

Just a side question, if you shake it around, does it sound like there's anything loose on the inside?

u/gaunt79 · 6 pointsr/guns


I'm a touch typist, and I really enjoy the feedback of the old mechanical keyboards. This one is a 1984 IBM Model M that I tracked down on eBay a few years ago, and is a bit odd because it has combination English and Cyrillic keycaps. It's built like a tank - I've dropped a monitor on it by accident with the only damage being a popped keycap, which snapped right back into place.

This Model M is a 6-pin ps/2 keyboard, and I use this adapter to connect it to my computer. Most ps/2 to USB adapters are simple pass-throughs for the wires, and modern computers can't really make sense of that. This one has an integrated circuit to convert the ps/2 signal so the computer will recognize it as a standard USB keyboard.

u/n17ikh · 5 pointsr/funny

You can get a DIN to PS/2 adapter (they are the same electrically) and then use a PS/2 to USB adapter. The Blue Cube is a good bet for compatibility with old AT boards (specifically, the Model M works well with this adapter).

u/clickclackman · 5 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards

Fujitsu Leaf Springs; absolutely lovely linear switches and THICC doubleshot caps.

To use it on a modern computer is quite simple:

  1. Buy this cable to convert it to PS/2 link

  2. Buy an active PS/2 to USB converter

    daisy chain it together and it should work, unless the keyboard is using some weird terminal language.
u/turnoffable · 5 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards

If you mean it has the large 5 pin DIN connector and not the ps/2... you will need a couple adapters.

First is the AT (DIN) to ps/2 adapter. Now you can use a blue cube to convert it to usb.

You might be able to use one of the cheap ps/2 to usb adapters but they don't work for all keyboards when the bluecube seems to work on everything..

This is the blue cube in case you didn't know.

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u/thr3ddy · 4 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards

Nice, congrats on the sweet attic find! PS/2 keyboards always require a reset after being plugged in/out. To avoid that, you can get what's commonly referred to as the blue cube PS/2 to USB adapter which will make your Model M behave as a modern USB keyboard. I hope you enjoy the board, it'd definitely a great first (and for some final) step into the world of mechanical keyboards!

u/SkySorcerer · 4 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards

An active adapter, like the blue cube.

u/Topre · 4 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards

You might need an active adapter such as the blue cube.

u/sushiman42 · 3 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards

It's really a matter of personal preference, tbh, so if you like alps, keep them. And the lack of a PS/2 port could be easily remedied with a [converter] ( I kept my Focus 2K1 in hopes of acquiring the coveted noodle cover someday, but I don't like the alps as much as some other boards. It's up to you, if you want to sell, /r/mechmarket can probably help.

u/ListenBeforeSpeaking · 3 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards

The key part being active.

I have used this one on a Dell AT101W with success.

u/Forest_GS · 3 pointsr/ProgrammerHumor
u/ripster55 · 3 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards

Sure you can post on Keyboard forums and try and find the best $1.99 USB/PS/2 adapter but who has time for that.

Other Sources:
CyberGuys LINK (while there pick up the 6" USB extension cable LINK)
Ebay UK has usually at least one seller shipping WorldWide

This is the one tested by Clickykeyboards (see sidepanel) on 100's if not 1,000's of IBMs and other vintage keyboards. The OTHER alternative is a Belkin but you have to find a particular model number and it has a fairly useless mouse port.

From the WW SHopping Wiki lost by GH ಠ_ಠ
>[H="2"]PS/2 to USB Adapters[/H]
There are two that appear to be the most compatible and both share the same Cypress Semiconductor chip.

>Blue Cube - [URL=""]Cyberguys for$8.20[/URL] (get this [URL=""]extension dongle[/URL] while you are there). Canadians can buy from here: [URL=""]Sewell Direct for $11 including shipping[/URL].[URL=""]Amazon.[/URL] Ebay: UK Seller Cable_Star Ships Worldwide - - search for terms "USB A Male to PS/2 Female PS2 Active Keyboard Adapter".
Belkin Mouse and Keyboard F5U119-E - [URL=""]Amazon[/URL]. Be sure to get the F5U119-E version. [URL=""]Note that this version V1[/URL] has been [URL=""]reported to have problems.[/URL]

Previous /r/mechanicalkeyboards/ toolkit items:

ITEM #6 - Foam Cleaning Swabs for cleaning between and under the keys.

ITEM #5 - IBM Model M socket driver.

ITEM #4 - Lube the stabilizers to fix that squeak because there is ALWAYS time for lube:

ITEM #3 - clean your dirty keys with denture tabs:

ITEM #2: Contact Cleaner for that inevitable liquid spill:

ITEM #1: A key puller for cleaning and putting some spiffy new keys on your new keyboard:

u/zedwithoutperil · 3 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards

The blue cube is probably your best bet, let me get a link.


This one works well enough for me.

Rewiring won't work as it needs active conversion, USB and PS/2 are entirely different protocols.

u/phlatcappr · 3 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards

If your Model M has a PS/2 connector, you'll need a PS/2 to USB adapter. Many people like this one.

I use one similar to this.

I'm connecting mine to Linux machines, but it should work the same for your Mac.

u/Biind3y3design · 3 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards

Correct, you need to make sure it's an "active" adapter.

u/gamma_ray_burst · 3 pointsr/geek

There are two PS/2 adapters that are confirmed to consistently work for the model m, because many don't:

This Belkin (which I have).

and the "Blue Cube."

u/the_tuna · 3 pointsr/geek

Roommate here! It's PS/2. I ordered one of these (based on reviewers mentioning compatibility with the Model M). And yes, this keyboard is solid!

u/bakageta · 3 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards

This is a pretty popular ps/2 to usb converter, if you don't mind having something like that at the back of your PC. It's possible to embed something similar inside the shell of the keyboard if you want to run a USB cable out of it and have it easily portable, but that's up to you.

u/sprashoo · 3 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards

No, but you need two adapters:

  1. To go from AT (the "huge PS2 plug") to PS/2. This is just a physical size changer, nothing special:

  2. To go from PS/2 to USB. There are various types of these, but the 'Blue Cube' is worth spending a few bucks on as it is reliable and works with a wide variety of older keyboards that may not work with other adapters:

    If you really wanted to you could chop off the current plug and solder the leads into the BlueCube permanently, but I really don't see any benefit to doing this.
u/pants6000 · 2 pointsr/techsupport

The "blue box."

This is the one to get for keyboard use. I'm using one right now with an ancient IBM Model M, works grrrrrreat. "Just works", with Linux anyway.

u/keytarin · 2 pointsr/CasualConversation

Nope mine is a PS/2. I use an adapter like this so I can plug it in via USB. There are some Model Ms out there though that use an older IBM terminal-style connector that need some circuit bending to be able to be used on a modern PC.

u/Reddit_Hates_Liars · 2 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards

Unfortunately I don't have a means of testing it as none of my rigs have a ps2 port. I ordered this adapter which should arrive tomorrow.

I will say, though, I opened it up to clean it and was shocked at how little dust and grime there was inside. The PCB appeared pristine and the capacitors do not appear to be bulging. I guess I'll know for sure tomorrow :)

u/SwammerDo · 2 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards

If you want new caps Unicomp sells a few custom sets in various colors including blanks, all are dye-sub PBT like the original Model M.

To convert it to PS/2 you'll just need an active PS/2 to USB adapter like the Blue Cube and it should be plug n' play.

There aren't really a lot of mods except for the Bolt Mod which involves replacing the brittle plastic rivets that hold the keyboard together internally. When enough of the original rivets break off the key feel becomes very poor and some keys will stop working. It's the only real thing that can kill a Model M.

Also, Unicomp's keyboards are modern Model M's. The build is not 100% as good as the originals but they are still good and you can get one brand new with some modern features like native USB and Windows keys and even a version with a smaller bezel than the Model M.

u/SpaceCadet2000 · 2 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards

> which kind of ps2 to usb adapter should i get?

People usually recommend the blue cube, but I prefer and use the Newlink adapter. It's cheaper, works just as well and doesn't block any other USB ports, which can be an issue with the cube.

u/Mystic_Piri · 2 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards

Omnikey 102 owner here.
Uses an AT port, easy to convert to ps/2.
No Windows key because of it being an early model. Mine is a later model hence it has a Windows key
Probs uses white or blue alps.
I suggest after getting a competend AT to ps/2 converter you ought to get a competent ps/2 to usb converter if you're looking to use it on a newer machine. Nice score though! If you need any other help let me know.

The AT converter I got

ps/2 to usb converter I have

My 102 if you're interested

u/___cats___ · 2 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards

If you don't have a PS/2 port, you'll need a blue cube adapter

Standard PS/2 to USB adapters don't have enough power.

u/tgujay · 2 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards

This should work well, or the "Blue Cube".

u/UsualSuspectXXX · 2 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards

I have a Sanoxy "blue box" adapter and it works like a charm.

u/erleichda_archiving · 2 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards

Any 5-pin DIN to PS/2 should work then I use this for my boards PS/2 to USB

u/7u5k3n_4t_W0rk · 1 pointr/GalaxyNote8

already bought a usb adapter. the lenovo dock i use for work doesnt have a p/s2 port. i bought this several years ago. works flawlessly.

u/CubeDudesRyan · 1 pointr/MechanicalKeyboards

I just want to be sure; will this and this work for that? Again, I'm sorry that I don't know much about this.

u/mschock · 1 pointr/MechanicalKeyboards

As the other posts mentioned, there are some advantages to using PS/2.

If your adapter craps out though, here's the gold standard:

Has worked like a charm on any retro device I've tried and comes highly recommended by the community - known only as "The Blue Cube"

u/CheetosOnMyKeyboard · 1 pointr/MechanicalKeyboards

Going to be getting this one

Apparently, it supports the multikey presses and is the most recommended one for Model Ms.

u/heybutshutup · 1 pointr/MechanicalKeyboards

First I got a ps2 to usb adapter, but it turns out it was a "passive" adapter and not an "active" adapter. So I picked up this guy. I just got it today, but so far so good.

u/Seanapa · 1 pointr/MechanicalKeyboards

So, this one should work?

All I am trying to do is be able to type on it like a regular keyboard.

u/ComradeOj · 1 pointr/MechanicalKeyboards

Could my model M be converted to USB using one of these active adapters? It's a lexmark model M, part number 82G2383.®-USB-Active-Adapter-Electronics/dp/B000I97N1M

I was thinking that I could mount the converter inside the keyboard, wire up the PS/2 internally, mount a mini USB port to the outside of the case, then wire up the USB side of the adapter to it.

Has anyone used either of those two apaters? the SANOXY one is a lot smaller, and would probably be easier to fit in the case, but the Ziotek one is the only one I've heard of for the model M. Would my idea work? Has anyone tried it before? Is there enough room in the keyboards casing to fit either of the adapters?


u/plazman30 · 1 pointr/MechanicalKeyboards

I remember back in the 90s, gamers all claimed that PS/2 keyboard were way better for gaming than USB keyboards were. Have no idea how true that is. I think a lot of gamers suffer from placebo effect. I remember the "gaming NICs" that were released in the 2000s.

My research into the Model M shows me that you can't just use a cheap passive PS/2 to USB adapter with them (the free dongle that came in the box with PS/2 products in the 2000s.) The adapter you need costs a little more.

This seems to be the adapter that most people recommend. It costs around $13.50. If you don't mind dealing with that when you, one day, move on from your PS/2 ports, go for it.

u/phscho · 1 pointr/keyboards

I didn't have any issues using my Model M on my desktop with an ASRock motherboard and my Dell Optiplex at work. However, I do own the blue cube adapter just in case, and have used it with a few different keyboards and it worked 100%

Here's the amazon link

u/LittleHelperRobot · 1 pointr/MechanicalKeyboards

Non-mobile: converter

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u/zod000 · 1 pointr/MechanicalKeyboards

You need one of these!

u/Elijah_Baley_ · 1 pointr/techsupport

They can draw over 100 mA of current, from what I've seen. Eric S. Raymond recommends the blue cube adapter.

Personally, I use mine with a powered KVM switch, so I haven't actually encountered any power issues.

u/mchamps · 1 pointr/MechanicalKeyboards

I believe you guys are referring to something like this What are /u/psycorpse options at this point?

u/5thvoice · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

If you were using one of those purple or green adapters, those unfortunately don't work with Model M's. You'll probably need the USB converter known as the Blue Cube.

u/pinksippycup · 1 pointr/MechanicalKeyboards

Yeah I used to have a ps/2 model m and it worked perfectly on my motherboard cause it still had a ps/2 port the only thing you should do is plug the keyboard in while the PC is off and then turn it on.

I tried hot plugging it and it just wouldn't work and only the lock lights would turn on.

SANOXY PS2 Keyboard To USB Adapter

As far as I know this one should be the best if your ps/2 doesn't work for some reason

u/yangdaddy · 1 pointr/MechanicalKeyboards

The 1391401 is considered the quintessential Model M. It is usually what people are thinking of when they think of Model Ms. Generally, the earlier 1986 - 1988 Model Ms are the more highly desirable ones as they have thicker backplates and a more solid construction. (btw the 1391401 began production in early 1987) A few of my most prized Ms are from this 1986 era, especially the ones that have a barcode label on the back.

They then went through a few stages of cost cutting, so the case and the backplate are a little thinner as the years go on but the buckling spring switch mechanics were relatively unchanged. The keyboards are still quite nice, and there are quite a few from the later years that I really like a lot.

In 1993, some employees bought the keyboard division of IBM and renamed themselves Lexmark. The backplates and case become thinner still. Although they definitely feel a little "lighter," they are still nice keyboards and really fun to type on. That being said, it is apparent as you become familiar with them, that the molds that were used to stamp the parts out started getting rougher and less precise, and the keycap legends are not quite as sharp and bold.

One of the things I love most about Ms, is that they are tremendously durable and easy to clean up and make look new or near new. Just takes a 5.5mm (or 7/32) nut driver with thin walls to remove the case (I bought this one and it has served me nicely - Lots of guides on cleaning up Ms to be found on the web.

As a first M, I think a 1391401 is a perfect one to look for. There are a lot of Ms on ebay, however a lot of sellers seem to think theirs are worth hundreds of dollars and most aren't. There were millions of these keyboards sold, so most standard models are not rare at all. With some patience and persistent browsing, you can find a nice one for a very modest amount of $. I have found more than a few (often quite dirty) from between $30 - $50, which I think is a good range to aim for - depending on age, condition etc. You probably want to avoid a Terminal M as your first, as it will take a bit more work/money to get working with a modern computer.

Also, you will likely save money by finding one that has a SDL - PS2 cable, as buying one on its own will likely cost a few more dollars. When you do, if you don't have a PS2 connection on your pc, you will need an active adapter. The Sanoxy blue cube is perfect -

It's cheap and works well and is endorsed by clickykeyboards, the foremost restorer and expert on Model Ms. He has written my favorite buyers guide on them:

u/llisandro · 1 pointr/MechanicalKeyboards

a couple weeks ago seller ecable_zone cancelled my order of a blue cube after not sending anything up to the estimated arrival date, and then warehousedeals365 shipped me [a $5 sanoxy dual adapter] ( (not the blue cube) and I had to dispute it and was refunded my money.

u/hpunlimited · 1 pointr/retrobattlestations


This is the one you’ll want. I have an IBM Model M hooked up to my work computer through this and works great.

I’ve tried all the other cheap ps2/usb dual and single adapters and none of them worked for my PS2 keyboard or mouse

u/ethan160222 · 1 pointr/MechanicalKeyboards

I use this Sanoxy adapter/converter for my 1391401 and 42H1292. Considering upgrading to a Soarer converter for reprogramming, though.

u/Joe_Pineapples · 1 pointr/MechanicalKeyboards

That's just a standard PS2 cable. PS2-USB adaptors are easy to find (make sure you get it the right way round and it does need to be an active adaptor) - Would be suitable.

You can then connect it to a standard USB OTG cable for your tablet/phone.

u/nBob20 · 1 pointr/MechanicalKeyboards

I got you fam

There are other options but it's iffy if they will work, this one specifically will work with any PS/2 IBM model m

u/Jerl · 1 pointr/keyboards

Here's an active adapter for just $14.

Using that with the Model M I'm typing on right now. You might want to get a short (6") USB extension cable with it too.

That went over your budget? That's okay, here's an IBM Model M for $60

u/ColdFrixion · 1 pointr/MechanicalKeyboards

That would work as far as the 5 pin DIN to PS/2 adapter goes. If you have a PS/2 port, then that may be all you need. If you don't, you'll still need a PS/2 to USB adapter. If that's the case, you really don't want to skimp on quality. A lot of vintage keyboards won't work with just any old PS/2 to USB adapter. This one and this one have worked well for a lot of vintage keyboard enthusiasts.

u/Brostafarian · 1 pointr/MechanicalKeyboards

wasd has PBT? The customizable ones are all ABS with a UV coating, which I don't particularly like. It can come off with too much isopropyl and the ABS isn't particularly thick. I would go with Ducky of Signature Plastics (they're the ones behind pimpmykeyboard).

You have to do some hacky shit to get NKRO over USB; 14 sounds like the spec over PS/2, in which case you need a USB to PS/2 converter. is your keyboard a WASD by chance? If it is it should have come with a converter. They sell them in a few places like WASD and amazon:

u/Demokirby · 1 pointr/MechanicalKeyboards

Awesome find man. As for adapters. There is three ways to do this.

1: Buy those specialized SDL to USB cables from ebay. But they are $30+ since they are custom made.

2 Have a model m SDL to PS2 cable, then hook the famous blue cube to the end.

3 If you have a din-5 cable, then you din--PS2 adapter, then attach a blue cube to that.

You cant just use any old PS2 to USB adapter btw, you need a proper converter.

u/TheAntiRudin · 1 pointr/linux

I've used this Ziotek adapter with a Model M, it works great.

u/Super_Dork_42 · 1 pointr/MechanicalKeyboards

What I mean is that there is the regular PS/2 to USB adapter and then there's one that works on the Model M. The Model M pulls a bit more power than most modern USB keyboards, so the normal adapter won't work. Here's a link to explain what to look for.

and a link to a working adapter

I didn't look long for that link, so I'm sure you can find one way cheaper. But the standard ones do not work on the Model M.

u/Kantuva · 1 pointr/MechanicalKeyboards

>That keyboard may be an XT model. Most of them had a switch labeled 'X' and 'A' that would flip it between the older XT protocol and the more universal AT protocol. PS/2 is based on the AT protocol. Look for a switch to change protocols and that may help. If it doesn't have a switch, you'll need a Teensy or Arduino Pro Micro to make it work. Even the smart adapters won't convert XT to ps/2.

Oh yeah, I have experience dealing with protocol switches, I have other two vintage boards a kb-6252ea and a ok-100m both of them with the XT/AT|8088/80286 switch, also both of them use DIN plugs, so it kinda makes sense for them to have said switches for protocol change, while my main board, the Acer has no XT/AT switch and the standard PS2 plug. Also, in the past when I tried the keyboards for the 1st time, the kb-6252 and the OK-100m just wouldn't work when plugged into the PS/2 port while on XT mode, they simply wouldn't be picked up by the BIOS or the OS (Again, understandable because of differing protocols).

I also have browsed around and found some older posts on geekhack talking about the acer 6312 and that it apparently worked well with the classic Sanoxy adapter, so going by that, we can (imo) safely assume that it will work with other "standard" active PS2/USB adapters.

Anyhow, given that apparently my ideas of trying to sniff the usb keyboard data and bypass the OS with AutoHoykey wont work ( :-/ ), I'll take you on the offer of sending the active adapter.

u/Incursus · 1 pointr/ThriftStoreHauls

I'm pretty sure that the Model M uses a PS/2 connector, in which case THIS should do it.

u/Choco617 · 1 pointr/MechanicalKeyboards

In case you haven't found said adapter yet, the general recommendation (and the one I use for my M) is the Sanoxy "blue cube":

Also congrats on the board! It's a classic for a reason :)

u/_Mongrel · 0 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards

That's a mouse adapter for one and it's passive, something like this or this would be better.