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In general, a wide ribbon connector attached to a keyboard implies that the physical row/column matrix is exposed there. Additional wires in the ribbon may be used to control LEDs and so on. In this particular case, an approximate pinout is readily available. In other cases, you should be able to identify which pins are shorted together by which keys ...


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I don't know if you managed to get this one working, but I can confirm that it's possible. I have a SupersPORT and I managed to map out the matrix and connect the keyboard to a Teensy 2.0 running the hasu TMK firmware, which let me use it as any other USB keyboard (disclosure: I am the one who posted the pinout and keyboard matrix on the Deskthority wiki ...


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Any power supply within about 5% of the rated voltage should work, so a 16V supply (or a 17V one) should work. If you're getting a modern switch-mode supply, you want the amperage rating to be at least as large as the one you're replacing, if not larger: I'd go for 2.5A or higher. If you're getting an older transformer+rectifier supply, on the other hand, ...


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The first thing to do is check the label on the computer to find out what its power input requirements are (it might be different from what the label on the power supply itself says). Many devices will operate on a range of voltages and currents, and any power supply that falls in that range will work. For example, a Soekris net6501 can be purchased from ...


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After further inspection of the internal components of the computer, it seems like the internal "power managing" component where the electricity input is is dead. There is a fuse that is blown and some capacitors are leaking a brownish liquid. The reason for the computer not booting seems pretty obvious now. I'm not sure I'll be able to repair it as I've ...


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