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kermmartian
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Posted: 06 Jan 2007 07:25:10 am    Post subject:

I did indeed sand it first for better paint adherence.
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Vinthian
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Posted: 06 Jan 2007 07:32:53 am    Post subject:

todlangweilig, that's because he took the keys out of the case before he painted, Smile.
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kermmartian
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Posted: 06 Jan 2007 08:09:05 pm    Post subject:

Vinthian wrote:
todlangweilig, that's because he took the keys out of the case before he painted, Smile.
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I think he means the [2nd] and [alpha] labels, which are written on the case itself. They're invisible because I sanded them off.
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Fallen Ghost


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Posted: 06 Jan 2007 09:17:51 pm    Post subject:

Who cares anyway. After a while, you must know what keys mean what. And even then, he surely has other 8x series calcs.
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Cure


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Posted: 06 Jan 2007 09:28:19 pm    Post subject:

Fallen Ghost wrote:
Who cares anyway. After a while, you must know what keys mean what. And even then, he surely has other 8x series calcs.
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If he's up to the extra work, he might even paint them back on, or apply them somehow.
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todlangweilig


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Posted: 07 Jan 2007 01:51:39 am    Post subject:

kermmartian wrote:
I think he means the [2nd] and [alpha] labels, which are written on the case itself.  They're invisible because I sanded them off.
Yep.

Cure777 wrote:
If he's up to the extra work, he might even paint them back on, or apply them somehow.
I didn't paint the front of my calc for that reason. I only painted the back part, but it doesn't look too strange.

Kerm, I still think that you should try to overclock it. It's not that hard to do, and it really does speed things up. I tried it on my 85. Smile


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Cure


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Posted: 07 Jan 2007 09:39:05 am    Post subject:

todlangweilig wrote:
Kerm, I still think that you should try to overclock it. It's not that hard to do, and it really does speed things up. I tried it on my 85. Smile[post="94544"]<{POST_SNAPBACK}>[/post]
Yeah, overclocking it would be cool. It would add more "mod" to the "Uber Modded Calculator".

Just don't do it like this kid. Wink


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kermmartian
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Posted: 07 Jan 2007 03:46:35 pm    Post subject:

Heh, good idea. More pix! As you can see, I still need to get the second stripe on the slide case, and I'm missing a few keys...

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Cure


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Posted: 07 Jan 2007 04:48:13 pm    Post subject:

That looks so awesome. In the last picture, why is part of the casing missing?
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kermmartian
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Posted: 07 Jan 2007 05:08:51 pm    Post subject:

Cure777 wrote:
That looks so awesome.  In the last picture, why is part of the casing missing?
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That's a shot of the PS/2 port on the bottom.
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kermmartian
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Posted: 08 Jan 2007 02:08:18 pm    Post subject:

*bump*

Sunday, January 7, 2007

I finished up some various things this evening, rewired a new switch for the CSA mod into the battery compartment, then completed the tedious process of reassembling the calculator. I managed to get keys from a spare calculator that were actually smaller than the keys from the one I was using, those they do stick or jam on the now slightly-narrowed key aperture walls. Pix below.

Monday, January 8, 2007

This morning I tested the PS/2 port to ensure it was still functioning properly; both keyboards and mice seemed to work fine. I found an old IBM mini PS/2 mouse lying around, sanded it down, and gave it two coats of my dark red glossy paint. Next, I masked off the first of the two silver stripes and painted it. The second stripe shall be added tomorrow. Pix:

The second silver stripe on the slide case:


The masked-off minimouse:


Three views of the completed front, although key labels are still absent:


For the key lables, I'm considering getting a red and a silver pen and writing in silver on red areas and red on silver areas. I'm also strongly considering varnishing the whole shebang - any suggestions on varnish?
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DigiTan
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Posted: 08 Jan 2007 03:28:44 pm    Post subject:

Well, after seeing all this I have to vote "Cool idea, can't wait." What kind of paint did you use?
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kermmartian
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Posted: 09 Jan 2007 08:42:21 am    Post subject:

DigiTan wrote:
Well, after seeing all this I have to vote "Cool idea, can't wait."  What kind of paint did you use?
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I did some research and discovered that enamel paint, such as that made by a company called Testors, was the ideal medium since I didn't want to spraypaint it.
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todlangweilig


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Posted: 09 Jan 2007 03:31:48 pm    Post subject:

kermmartian wrote:
DigiTan wrote:
Well, after seeing all this I have to vote "Cool idea, can't wait."  What kind of paint did you use?
[post="94621"]<{POST_SNAPBACK}>[/post]

I did some research and discovered that enamel paint, such as that made by a company called Testors, was the ideal medium since I didn't want to spraypaint it.
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Beware, the paint may start to wear away. That is what's happening on mine, and I think I used enamel.

If anyone wants, I can post some pics of what mine looks like.
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kermmartian
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Posted: 09 Jan 2007 06:14:32 pm    Post subject:

Sure. I found out what kind of varnish it needs, by the way; I may try to do that tomorrow.
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Harrierfalcon
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Posted: 09 Jan 2007 06:16:51 pm    Post subject:

Sweet, Kerm.

Can you send me one pleeeeez? [/sarcasm, unless you really will]
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Cure


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Posted: 09 Jan 2007 07:52:24 pm    Post subject:

Harrierfalcon wrote:
Sweet, Kerm.

Can you send me one pleeeeez? [/sarcasm, unless you really will]
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I'm pretty sure there's only one. Smile
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kermmartian
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Posted: 10 Jan 2007 11:40:00 am    Post subject:

Cure777 wrote:
Harrierfalcon wrote:
Sweet, Kerm.

Can you send me one pleeeeez? [/sarcasm, unless you really will]
[post="94714"]<{POST_SNAPBACK}>[/post]

I'm pretty sure there's only one. Smile
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That's kind of the idea; it's supposed to be unique. Smile But I'm considering writing a tutorial when I'm finished.
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slayer117


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Posted: 22 Jan 2007 12:07:28 pm    Post subject:

wow that is really cool (and having a ps/2 mouse is fun)
good luck
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Delnar_Ersike
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Posted: 23 Jan 2007 12:07:12 am    Post subject:

Kerm, if you are really up to it, you can install a DSL port into your calc and maybe replace the arrow keys with a trackpad
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