Introduction: Old Keyboard Transormed Into Custom Gaming Keyboard

Hello everyone, this is a instructable on how to make and old, now worthless, keyboard into an up-to-date gaming keyboard. This will be most effective if done for a specific game ( I.E. Counter-Strike ) because of key-removal. Also, I only recommend you do this if its for a fast-paced game where precision is vital, and mistakes are tragic. 

Enjoy.

Step 1: Materials

The following things are required or recommended items to help you get the most out of your keyboard;

~ Old Keyboard [Needed (one that is value-less)]
~ Flat-Head screwdriver or Wedge of some kind [Needed (used to remove keys)]
~ Print-Out of base game. [Highly Recommended]
~ Duct Tape or other preferred material [Needed ]
~ Knife or Scissors [Needed ]

Step 2: Taking the Screen-shot (Optional)

To do this, go into the game of choice, in my case Call Of Duty 4, and take a screen-shot of the Controls Menu. In some games, it will seem like every-key is used, StarCraft is one of them, but taking only the most often used keys is usually the best solution. You may have to take multiple Screen-shots because some games divide their controls in separate menus.

After taking the screen-shot, exit the game, and either print out the map or pull it up on your PC/MAC.


( All Rights of image are Activision's and Infinity Wards. No Infringement intended.)

Step 3: Removing the Keys

 
How-To WITH Key-Map:

Take the Key-Map and review which keys you are keeping.
Then take your flat-head screwdriver and pry off each key that is not being used. leave the keys that are being used on the keyboard.

How-To WITHOUT Key-Map:

Take your flat-head screwdriver and pry off each key you think you will not need (I.E. Parentheses ) 
Leave they keys that are being used on the keyboard.


Step 4: Laying Down the Cover (Optional)

To lay down the topping in Duct Tape, Simply Cut strands of it, and place on top. I recommend you cut each strip in half and lay it down that way (Lengthwise that is).

Make Multiple layers for better durability and improved look.

Step 5: Done!

Wasn't That easy? Now you will never hit the wrong key right before that multi-kill of yours!
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tinmankingkinney (author)2012-02-18

Best fakin' idea ever! Just to "re-label" each key for the command. Or use all that open space to put a list. Next time I have a sh*t keyboard, I'll try to remember to do this.

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plmqaz1243 (author)2011-07-30

Because the keyboard is SO much more useful now. It would be better to have the keys put on a separate smaller keyboard with more strategic placement.

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AdamVigneaux (author)2011-03-02

Very interesting idea, and good Instructable.

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sillyzombie666 (author)2011-02-27

this is a nifty idea but it now makes the keyboard useless for typing in the ingame chat and this may only be useful in a few games

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tbone121 (author)2011-02-23

seem pretty pointless, you'lle need another keyboard to type

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__DELETED__ (author)tbone1212011-02-27

... "Old Keyboard Transormed into Custom Gaming Keyboard"....
An old one, a spare...

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MrDee (author)tbone1212011-02-23

Talk.

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NatNoBrains (author)MrDee2011-02-24

You what?

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AuzzieGuy42 (author)NatNoBrains2011-02-24

Talk via Mic. But I still concur with tbone.

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