[Coco] A little OT, but...

Bob Devries devries.bob at gmail.com
Thu Sep 1 06:04:33 EDT 2011

Hello, Bruce,

Actually, there is a major difference in PROTOCOL between the XT and AT 
keyboards. The XT keyboard is a send-only device, and uses 1 start, 8 data 1 
stop bits. The AT is a two-way communication device and uses 1 start, 8 
data, 1 parity, 1 stop bits. Also, the codes produced are quite different.

Suffice it to say that if I plug an AT keyboard into my MM/1, it ignores it 
completely. I believe that the AT keyboard also needs to be sent some sort 
of initialisation code.

Regards, Bob Devries
Dalby, QLD, Australia

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bruce W. Calkins" <brucewcalkins at charter.net>
To: "CoCoList for Color Computer Enthusiasts" <coco at maltedmedia.com>
Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2011 7:41 PM
Subject: Re: [Coco] A little OT, but...

> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Bob Devries"
>> Hi all,
>> How easy is it to get IBM-XT keyboards these days?
>> If anyone in Australia has any to sell cheap or give away, please email 
>> me.
>> Regards, Bob Devries
>> Dalby, QLD, Australia
> =========================
> I have an AT female to XT male adapter inline for the only XT equipted 
> computer in my collection.  AFAIK the only electrical difference is the 
> plug.
> Bruce W.
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