USB conversion kit for Amiga 500 keyboard
Here is a great use for this product at AmigaLove from the great mattsoft.
We also carry the Retronic Design USB Joystick Adapter: Here
What is it?
This is a kit which will allow you to convert a (preferably non-functional) Commodore Amiga 500 or Commodore Amiga 500+ into a USB keyboard which can be used just like any other USB keyboard. It also includes two joystick ports which allow you to use standard 9 pin Commodore / Atari style joysticks as USB joysticks, and optionally two audio jacks to connect to provide rear audio output from a Raspberry Pi or other single board computer.
What can we do with it?
These were built at the request of A500 owners who wanted to reuse the case and keyboard from a broken machine (You can use a working A500 just put that precious A500 motherboard away in a safe place), either as a plain USB keyboard or to install a Raspberry Pi or similar.
Tell us more?
This is a plug in and go kit, designed specifically for the A500. No special drivers and need to do any remapping in software, the keyboard will be detected as a standard USB keyboard in Windows, OS X, Linux, and any tablets or phones which allow you to connect a standard USB keyboard. The joysticks will appear as two separate USB game controllers with a 4-way directional stick and up to three buttons. Amiga mice are not supported, only joysticks.
What is included?
The kit includes the USB keyboard controller, fixings. The audio version also comes with a 3.5mm jack plug to jack plug lead.
What is not included?
The kit does not include an Amiga case or keyboard, you need to provide those yourself, and please try to start with a broken one if possible. The Joysticks, Raspberry Pi computers and 3D mounting kits are not included.
Options At Checkout:
The USB connector can be fitted in different locations, depending on how you plan to use it
1 Amiga 500 + Joystick Internal (the 1st 3 pictures), would be selected if you plan to fit a Raspberry Pi or similar inside the Amiga case
2 Amiga 500 + Joystick Internal + Audio Internal (the 2nd 3 pictures), pass through if you plan to fit a Raspberry Pi and want rear access to the audio output.
3 Amiga 500 + Joystick External (the 3rd 3 pictures), the USB connector will be accessible from the rear of the case (through one of the audio-out jack holes next to the joystick ports). Choose this if you plan to use it as a USB keyboard with a PC or Mac or tablet etc.
How is the Keyboard mapped?
Almost all the keys map directly to keys on a standard PC keyboard. The Amiga only has function keys 1-10, so the / key on the keypad has been mapped as F12 (which is useful for Amiga emulators).
The top right keyboard LEDs are mapped as power and numlock. Some software can be configured to flash numlock as a disk activity indicator. The caps lock LED works as normal.
The keyboard mapping is designed for standard UK or US keyboards, however, the Amiga keyboard was as far as I know, common across all regions. The only changes were to the keycaps, so the mapping should work in other languages if the matching keyboard language is selected in the operating system.
A bug in recent versions of Windows causes both joystick ports to be labelled as 'Joystick 1', although the order they are displayed in is correct. Linux based systems identify the ports correctly.
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DetailsCurrent Stock:SKU: A0137Width: 6.00 (in)Height: 2.00 (in)Depth: 4.00 (in)