Temporarly Keyboard for ZX Spectrum

In my first tutorial I mentioned that my 5 pin ribbon completely broke off. In order to go any further I need a keyboard for my Speccie. I had an old PC keyboard laying around, which I wanted to use to build a Guitar Hero Guitar. For this I only needed the chip with the surrounded components. 

I don't have pictures of me showing you how to disassemble a keyboard, but there are many tut's on this site that does.

After I removed all the key's of the keyboard I laid the original rubber keypad over the corresponding key's in order to make a new keyboard. With a jigsaw I cut out the desired PCB and rebuild the new keyboard according to the original membrane print.

After hooking it all up and testing my new keyboard I could call this a success.

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    5 years ago on Introduction

    haha nice, overkill, but nice, and it works... cheap solution for the common issues with these now rare keyboards.

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    Reply 5 years ago

    Overkill it may be, but fun to do and.... it still works ;P
    And if I'm not mistaken, those membranes are still available these days.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, you can buy them on the Internet, there are few companies making them at least in EU. They aren't really cheap but well.. who cares talking about Spectrums? hehe