[rescue] Sun USB keyboards/mice?
Micah R Ledbetter
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Wed Sep 12 19:56:54 CDT 2007
On Sep 12, 2007, at 18:48, Curious George wrote:
> I've got a Tatung box that is *some* sort of
> Sun clone (it wants to call itself a Blade 1000
> but I doubt that! :< Physically about the
> same size as a U10 but heavy as lead!!). Sounds
> like a jet aircraft when you power it up...
How many processors and how fast? Sun made quite a few "OEM boards",
which may or may not have come with processors. I have no knowledge
of anything that claims to be a Blade 1000, though, so I'd be
interested in hearing about yours.
> Unfortunately, it uses a USB keyboard (whereas
> all my other Sun boxen use the "old fashioned"
> Sun serial keyboard/mouse).
> Does such a beast exist? Or, did Tatung do
> "something different", here?
Definitely. I have one; it was like $10 on CraigsList. Any PC USB
keyboard and mouse will work, though. Blade 100 machines and later
all use USB exclusively. A Sun USB keyboard sends the same signals as
the PC ones for all the "normal" keys; however, it has a number of
Sun-specific keys, and Caps Lock has been relegated to its proper
place in the world, if indeed it has one.
> For the time being, I borrow the keyboard from
> my SGI VW320 when I need to "talk" to the
> Tatung box. But, this is a bit annoying since
> the USB connectors on each of the machines are
> at the rear and both are sitting on the floor
> *under* my work table (and I'm getting too old
> to be crawling around on my hands and knees! :< )
You need what's known as a KVM :). I bought a cool four-port USB
+sound one from IOGear's eBay store, a refurb for $80, which was $40
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