DECwriters (was Re: Auction Finds)

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Date: Fri Dec 24 13:19:38 2004

On Thu, 16 Dec 2004 10:08:04 -0500, Paul Koning <> wrote:
> >>>>> "Eric" == Eric Smith <> writes:
> Eric> Does anyone have any spare keyswitches (or complete keyboard
> Eric> assemblies) for the DECwriter II, III, or older DEC keyboards?
> Eric> I need a replacement keyswitch for an LK40 keyboard for a GT40
> Eric> terminal, and I think a DECwriter keyswitch may be the same (or
> Eric> at least interchangeable). But I don't want to remove one from
> Eric> an otherwise good DECwriter.
> The GT40 keyboards I remember have the same awful keyswitches that
> were used (and cursed) on the LA30 -- and replaced in the LA36 and
> VT50 by a new design that worked far better.

While we're on the subject of DECwriters, I just last week rescued a
DECwriter IV (LA38) from a dumpster. It had been being rained on, so
for the moment it's just sitting in my nice warm house to get it
thoroughly dried out before I try and run it.

Any hints for the best way to go about powering the thing back up
without destroying it? Does anyone have any documentation? has the field maintenance print sets, but nothing about
how to actually use the thing.

It's missing two keys (the two between the spacebar and the LINE FEED
key on the far right of that row). If anyone can tell me which keys
these are I'd be grateful; spare keycaps would be even better! I
intend to go and have another dig through the dumpster soon to see if
these were dislodged when it was thrown in there.

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