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Where to get Kaypro Replacement Parts

acgs

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I've noticed that the same general questions about replacement parts pop up from time to time on the forums. In a effort to make it easier to find these posts, I thought making a thread for them would be a good idea.

So to start it off:

Replacement keyboard latch:

https://forum.vcfed.org/index.php?threads/seeking-osborne-1-keyboard-latch.66438/post-805230
They are confirmed identical to the orignal later in the thread (post #5).

Replacement keyboard cable:
The entire thread should be read to understand the problems with replacing these. But, the link to a working part with close specs is in post #10:
https://forum.vcfed.org/index.php?t...e-cable-for-kaypro-keyboard.64141/post-780042

Replacement keyboard-side cable connector:
You can read the whole thread if you want the context for this, but the link to the part is in post #7:
https://forum.vcfed.org/index.php?t...ng-keyboard-rj11-recepticle.72768/post-945672

I've also found the same part at digikey:
https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/hirose-electric-co-ltd/TM1R-616P44-35S-150M/1136167

At the time of this post, I've verified that all of the above parts are still being sold.

Substitute parts:
Since things like drives aren't really manufactured any more, a substitute is the best bet for new (not vintage/used) part replacement. These are often not simply drop-in replacements. They usually require tinkering and might need extra software/firmware. But, in return, they usually provide improved features and, of course, the ability to use more modern equipment/media.

Substitute for Floppy Drives:
Apparently, the one known to be easiest to get to work is the HxC Floppy Emulator linked to in post #2:
https://forum.vcfed.org/index.php?threads/is-there-any-floppy-emulator-for-kaypro-machines.53339/post-646733
Another is the Gotek emulator.

Susbtitute for Hard Drives:
Several options are available here as well, all mentioned in this thread:
https://forum.vcfed.org/index.php?threads/kaypro-10-hdhas-to-be-replaced.63860/
The discussion mentioned in post #2 has a thread link from the old forum. The new thread link is here:

If anyone has more sources for Kaypro parts, please add them to this thread.
 

ldkraemer

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My brother and I have created a replacement Hinge part for the Tandon TM-100's that were
in the early Kaypro's (II TM-100-1, 4 TM-100-2, and maybe others). It also works for the
Texas Peripheral Incorporated (TPI) drive that was a Tandy knock off of the Tandon TM-100.
I have the Schematic, and manual for the Texas Peripheral Drive if anyone is looking for it.

2nd Generation Parts available via ebay. These are resin printed parts printed in PRUSA
"TOUGH Resin", an EXPENSIVE Resin. 1st generation Part was released to ThingIVerse,
but may not work 100% with every drive. (No reported problem from Beta testers on 2nd
Generation part. I've tested them myself, on my Tandon TM-100-2A.) Purchased parts
come with an install document describing every step, and what "NOT TO DO".


Larry
 

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acgs

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2nd Generation Parts available via ebay. These are resin printed parts printed in PRUSA
"TOUGH Resin", an EXPENSIVE Resin. 1st generation Part was released to ThingIVerse,
but may not work 100% with every drive.

Thanks Larry for the addition. Can you provide a link to were on ebay one can purchase the part? I'd like to have this thread as a relatively easy place to find links to parts. That's why I'm pointing to both the thread and the specific post with a link when possible. (I also want the OP to get the credit for finding/providing the part!)

Being new to this, I haven't found a link to where to get everything, such as the Gotek emulator, yet. But, when I do, I'm going to update the post.
 

ldkraemer

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I can as soon as my Brother gets back from seeing his Granddaughter graduate Pharmacy School,
and get back to his residence. Likely be around 15 May.

Larry
 
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