I was wondering, is it possible to buy a foreign language 8835, and then swap some of the keys from a US-language 8845, to turn it into a US language 8835?
Interesting topic came up with search: viewtopic.php?t=123120
So it seems you may be able to swap either the keyscaps or the whole keyboard units between these. Or perhaps you could somehow purchase just SK-8835 and a matching Thinkpad keyboard and avoid buying a 8845
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Hmm.. but why not?
I'm typing on an old Microsoft Natural keyboard now in Windows 7.
My keyboard has got UK layout printed on it.
I have UK layout configured in Windows.
All works fine.
The key marked ":" and ";" on my keyboard would have had an additional marking of "Ж" on a Russian keyboard.
My keyboard has got nothing to do with Russian layout, but if I switch to Russian layout in Windows that key produces exactly "Ж".
In fact I can use my Russian touch-typing skill just fine with all keys if I switch to Russian layout in the OS.
This makes me believe that say X220 keyboards with Russian and UK layout differ only in what is printed on the keycaps
It does look like the scancode produced by a key depends only on the location of the key not on keyboard layout
I would still think that swapping keycaps between a US layout keyboard and a keyboard with any other layout will work just fine. Instead of swapping keycaps I imagine you should be able to swap something I would call a "keyboard unit".
Initially I thought you could take a "keyboard unit" from some T42 but apparently not. These "keyboard units" are seemingly unique to 8835/8845 family.. No idea if regular keycaps would fit.. Perhaps not..
Teardown the Sk8835 keyboard and you'll found the main keyboard is identical to Sk8845s except for different key carvings (no num lock)
So you might want to swap the main keyboard of Sk8835 to the Sk8845 keyboard and change those keycaps that have different carvings on.
Then you get a US language Sk8835 and foreign language Sk8845.
All Sk883x and Sk884x keyboards are Silitek manufacturered so these are all compatible.
Install the one missing connector on Sk8845 keyboard controller you get a Sk8835 keyboard controller.
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