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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?

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.

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.

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.