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Amigaz
March 30th, 2008, 12:22 AM
Have an old XT clone here without it's original keyboard

Is it safe to hook up an AT keyboard or do I need a special XT keyboard?

tezza
March 30th, 2008, 01:31 AM
Others will know more than me but I don't think you can use an AT Keyboard on an XT. Back in the eighties, I remember seeing keyboards that had AT/XT slider switches so you could use them on either by flipping the switch.

That would indicate the keyboard electronics for the two systems are not compatible.

Druid6900
March 30th, 2008, 05:58 AM
Tezza's right, you're not going to get much in the way of input using an AT keyboard on an XT.

You will, as he says, need either a XT keyboard or a switchable keyboard. I'm in the process of testing out about 1/2 dozen switchables.

mbbrutman
March 30th, 2008, 06:08 AM
It's been discussed here many times. Use the search feature.

Hint - older Model M keyboards will work on both styles of machines. Most other keyboards are either AT or XT only, unless they have a switch setting.