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Wanted: Atom key posts / ] key

Post by balford » Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:50 am

Hi everyone,

I've found myself in posession of a cosmetically challenged Issue 4 Atom.

Amongst other things, two of the key posts are broken, and I'm missing the ] key altogether.

I'm aware of a method of grafting Elk key switches into the Atom frame, but wondered if anyone had appropriate key post spares before I embark on such a destructive method of replacement.

And naturally if anyone had a spare ] key, that would be the icing on the cake!

Thanks in advance,
B

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Post by roland » Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:17 am

balford wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:50 am
I'm aware of a method of grafting Elk key switches into the Atom frame, but wondered if anyone had appropriate key post spares before I embark on such a destructive method of replacement.
I missed that one :) I do know that BBC keys might fit but I didn't know about the Elk keys.

But beware, you have an issue 4 Atom and that has other keys (much more fragile) than the issue 5 Atoms.
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Post by balford » Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:52 am

Yes, ideally an Issue 5 Atom would have been ideal, but beggars can't be choosers :)

I do much prefer bringing a neglected machine back to its former glory than starting with a pristine model though, it appeals to the tinkerer in me!

Functionality wise, the 3.58MHz crystal is broken and the PCB traces around the modulator are not in good condition, but this can all be put right.

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Post by Boydie » Thu Sep 05, 2019 2:50 pm

I *may* have a couple of spare keyposts. I do have a spare Issue 4 motherboard knocking about (sans keycaps), but haven’t checked it in many years, so can’t comment offhand on whether the keyposts are intact.

Edit: It’s your lucky day. How many do you need? Two or three?

PM me with details of where to send them. A donation to Christie Hospital Charity of whatever they’re worth to you would be appreciated.
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Post by RobC » Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:07 pm

If there are any left, could I ask for one please? My iss. 4 Atom is missing a key post and the '+' key.

Happy to pay postage and give a donation etc.

Thanks,

Rob

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Post by balford » Thu Sep 05, 2019 9:46 pm

Boydie wrote:
Thu Sep 05, 2019 2:50 pm
I *may* have a couple of spare keyposts. I do have a spare Issue 4 motherboard knocking about (sans keycaps), but haven’t checked it in many years, so can’t comment offhand on whether the keyposts are intact.

Edit: It’s your lucky day. How many do you need? Two or three?

PM me with details of where to send them. A donation to Christie Hospital Charity of whatever they’re worth to you would be appreciated.
Hi Boydie,

Three keyposts would be very much appreciated, thank you very much :) I can't PM yet due to lack of posts but if you can drop me one I'll certainly take care of the address and donation!

(Edit - I've discovered after stripping the keyboard down that my Return key has been badly repaired in the past, hence the request for three, if I may)

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Post by balford » Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:20 pm

Exactly like those. I promise I will try to reproduce these in .STL format for 3D printing, as I'm in posession of digital calipers and a working knowledge of Tinkercad. Here are a few bits I've done before:

https://www.shapeways.com/shops/balford ... ends?li=pb

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Post by martinw » Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:56 am

balford wrote:
Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:20 pm
Exactly like those. I promise I will try to reproduce these in .STL format for 3D printing, as I'm in posession of digital calipers and a working knowledge of Tinkercad. Here are a few bits I've done before:

https://www.shapeways.com/shops/balford ... ends?li=pb
That sounds good, they are a bugger to work with though as you can see from my full removal, just getting them out without breaking the retaining chassis is an art ;)

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Post by Boydie » Fri Sep 06, 2019 8:05 am

So that’s 3 for balford, 1 for RobC.

PM me your details and I’ll pop them in the post.

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Post by balford » Fri Sep 06, 2019 8:13 am

Really sorry for the trouble, but I don't seem to be able to reply to PM's either. I've dropped the mods a message, but in the meantime if you could drop me an email at:

[email address removed]

- I'll get straight back to you. Thanks again!
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Post by marcusjambler » Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:00 am

Exactly like those. I promise I will try to reproduce these in .STL format for 3D printing
I'm in need of 7 :shock:

So will definitely take some if they get made.

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Post by Boydie » Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:05 pm

Marcus,

I can spare another 7 - same arrangement as for the others.

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Post by markdryan » Fri Sep 06, 2019 3:03 pm

> I can spare another 7 - same arrangement as for the others.

Would you happen to have one more spare? The post is broken on the 5 key of my Issue 4 atom.

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Post by marcusjambler » Fri Sep 06, 2019 3:05 pm

I can spare another 7 - same arrangement as for the others.
Hi Boydie

That is very generous I didn't want to ask with it being a high ish number.
I'm happy to pay for them.


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Post by Boydie » Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:26 pm

markdryan wrote:
Fri Sep 06, 2019 3:03 pm
> I can spare another 7 - same arrangement as for the others.

Would you happen to have one more spare? The post is broken on the 5 key of my Issue 4 atom.
Yes. Again, for donation to Christie of whatever it’s worth to you.

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Post by Boydie » Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:43 pm

Okay,

I’ve finally managed to come up with a (hopefully) secure way to package these.
I’ll aim to get them in the post in Thursday.

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Post by sirmorris » Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:35 pm

Is a ] key still required? I have one. Or is it a [ ?

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Post by balford » Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:52 am

Yep, I do still need a ] key - although it looks like a [ key will also work, turned upside down :D

I'd be most grateful!

Thanks!
B

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Post by sirmorris » Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:52 pm

OK you're most welcome to it. Just let me have your address and I'll pop it in the post for you. Can you PM yet?

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Post by balford » Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:51 pm

Afraid not. Would you mind dropping me a mail at:



- as I'd also like to arrange an AtoMMC if you have the stock :)

Cheers,
B
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Post by danielj » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:00 pm

balford wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:51 pm
Afraid not. Would you mind dropping me a mail at:



- as I'd also like to arrange an AtoMMC if you have the stock :)

Cheers,
B
I've enabled PMs for you :)

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Post by balford » Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:25 am

Thanks very much D, appreciated :)

Sirmorris - you have a PM!

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Post by Boydie » Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:49 pm

Okay, all posted this afternoon - Large Letter 2nd Class (UK) or International Standard. Postage was £2.80 for the overseas, £1 for UK - just factor it into your donations. On the subject of which, the website is (please don't donate until you've received the items and are happy!):

https://secure.christiecharity.org/donate

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Post by balford » Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:57 pm

Thank you so much for this!

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Post by RobC » Sun Sep 15, 2019 2:01 pm

Mine arrived yesterday - many thanks :)

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Post by balford » Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:07 pm

Arrived here today, and currently busy taking measurements :)

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