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    I bet it was intentional, but who knows. Pretty crummy on their part if it was.

    That being said, I still love my vintage Macs! Proprietary or not!

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    I should also mention that I got lucky with my Kaypro, as my keyboard actually uses standard mechanical switches, versus the Keytronic ones with foam pads that rot. Saved me about 2 to 3 hours of work!

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    I was debating if I should start a new thread or not...

    I hope someone sees this before they commit to spending a lot of money on a Kaypro, 2 other people already fell for it. There's an eBay auction now selling "Kaypro keyboard cables" for the asking price of $18 plus shipping:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/One-1-CP-M-...t/202593787794

    I have 3 big problems with this auction:
    1. This is literally just a standard every-day 7ft phone cable, that he is charging a lot for. This isn't illegal or anything obviously, but I find it in really poor taste. Especially selling it as some special Kaypro keyboard cable.
    2. The warning on the bottom is false, and makes no sense. A standard handset cable (which is what the Kaypro uses) works perfectly fine. I have a stack of different Kaypro's and ALL of them have replacement cables. If he means line cords, it doesn't matter because their connectors don't fit. Maybe the warning should be "don't put a 4p4c connector on a line cord to use on the Kaypro" instead.
    3. Being this is (as previously stated) a standard handset cord, you can get them on eBay for $5, shipped.

    Here's the thing. I love when people do/make something to help the community. I love when people try to help. I DON'T love when people basically scam people because they aren't knowledgeable enough to know better.
    If you are going to post an auction for Kayrpo keyboard cables, make it around the same cost as the product. Maybe a $1-$2 more on top if you actually tested each cable.


    The only limitation I have found is length. Anything longer than 7ft (uncoiled) usually won't work. It doesn't do damage, it just doesn't work. Of course, it doesn't fit in the tray either anyway.

    Edit: Found the pictures in another auction: https://www.ebay.com/itm/2X-6-5FT-Bl...Y/293081791218. Ooooops. haha
    Last edited by mikerm; May 15th, 2019 at 08:13 AM.
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    I usually just give those folks the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps they sell Mac keyboard cables which are actually different and don't realize that the kaypros (wisely and not anti consumer like apple) use standard phone cables. But yeah, if they're just buying and reselling regular phone cables with a known false warning, then that does suck, but as evident with the whole rant section before, you could spend all day complaining about ebay ads to no avail.
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    Very true. I can't seem to edit anymore, but if I figure something out I'll just delete my post, or if a mod wants to.
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    I noticed the seller of those cables is a member here, so i guess we could just ask him.
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    there is a limit on length as it comes down to the resistance value in the cable.. that's why over 7ft wont work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikerm View Post
    Of course, it doesn't fit in the tray either anyway.
    Tray? Like a storage tray? Does the Kaypro have somewhere to store the keyboard cable that I haven’t noticed?

    I didn’t realize VERAULT is who’s selling those! I bet he just genuinely doesn’t know it’s the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by compaqportableplus View Post
    Tray? Like a storage tray? Does the Kaypro have somewhere to store the keyboard cable that I haven’t noticed?
    Haha, I have two (one non-working) and I've never seen a tray.. I thought you just stuff the cable between the keyboard and machine and close it up really fast before it falls out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by compaqportableplus View Post
    Tray? Like a storage tray? Does the Kaypro have somewhere to store the keyboard cable that I haven’t noticed
    If there is, I'd sure like to know about it. My biggest gripe with luggable computers is all the stuff you always have to lug around with them, but the manufacturer didn't think to give you somewhere to put it all.

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