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Proprietary Laptop Keyboards

  1. Sep 1, 2010 #1
    Hello all,

    I recently parted out an old dell notebook and am left with a nice, tactile, small, flat keyboard. I want to install it on my frankenstein computer, which has a very convenient case mod for this. I've looked around for pinouts and such to get ps2 or usb going, but to no avail. what kind of hardware must I find/build to achieve compatibility? Is it a simple pinout or do I need an IC? Any of you hardware wizards done something like this? any help is greatly appreciated.

  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 8, 2010 #2
    Laptop keyboards don't use any standard connections. You'll need to find a way to convert it to USB or PS2. There is software like VNC that will let you use your laptop keyboard to control your desktop, but it will cost $$. And for that $$ you might as well buy one of those super flat apple keyboards.
  4. Sep 8, 2010 #3
    Which model?
  5. Sep 15, 2010 #4
    It's an old Dell Latitude, and I'm not even sure if the controller is on the keyboard itself or integrated in the mobo.
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