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  1. #1

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    Default ADB Keyboard to USB Adapter

    I've recently restored a LC630 Macintosh and the best feature of it seems to be a beautiful, tactile keyboard. Google shows Griffin and Belkin made ADB to USB adapters, which have since been discontinued.

    Anyone here know the best place to buy an actual unit at a realistic price?

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    I have a Griffin one of these. They are very rare now and can cost upwards of $30. I couldn't suggest anywhere to look other than ebay (ebay US maybe). I haven't seen one available for ages.

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    I also have the Griffin iMate, though I haven't seen another in quite some time either.

    I suspect they're basically worthless, however actually finding one will be the challenge.

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    Might be better off buying a new mechanical keyboard such as one of the Matias units that have the same sort of switches.
    Alternately one with Cherry switches will still be tactile, not quite the same as an ALPS, but a lot cheaper.

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    At 2AM in the morning, on Page 7 of Google Search results I found a promising link to home | fosh

    They managed to find out in their stock and posted it today. A very fair $30 later and I can't wait to use my AppleDesign keyboard as my daily driver

    I believe they may have one left too

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremybh1 View Post
    At 2AM in the morning, on Page 7 of Google Search results I found a promising link to home | fosh

    They managed to find out in their stock and posted it today. A very fair $30 later and I can't wait to use my AppleDesign keyboard as my daily driver

    I believe they may have one left too
    Well done!

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    The Griffin iMate USB adapter has proven to be a flawless and useful device. Daisy chained ADB devices work with keyboard and mouse support are seemingly flawless.

    Used with MacBook Pro running Mavericks - perfect. This means the power key even works! When I press the <| key it simulates the lid being closed. No drivers used.

    On Windows 7 both keyboard and mouse work just fine as well.

    Purchased from Fosh for the bargain price of $30. I believe it's a cheap way to get an excellent mechanical keyboard and also reminisce.
    Griffin iMate Dongle JBH by Jeremy Barr, on Flickr

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    I wish my old keyboards were that clean...

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    Lucky! I'd love one :3
    Plus, IIci, IIsi, LC, LCII, LC III, CC, LC475, LC630, Centris650, 6100, 8100, 5260, 7220, 7600. PB: 100, 150, 160, 165, 540, 190, 5300, 1400. Lombard, iMacG3, iBookG3, iBookG4, PBG4, eMac, iMac G4, PMG4, MiniG4, iMacG5

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