TK-II-XEGS-S (PS/2 for XEGS) Keyboard Replacement
NOTA BENE: Any TK-II product is only guaranteed to work with 100% genuine (and working) Atari POKEY chips. We have heard reports that POKEY replications that claim to be "100% compatible" are not and do not work 100% with TKII. This is *not* a fault of the TKII, but rather of the replicated chip.
The TK-II Series of interfaces will allow you to connect a PS/2 compatible keyboard to an Atari 8-bit machine. A new generation of PS/2 keyboard adapter boards allowing simultaneous dual PS/2 keyboards when combined with a Y-Splitter Cable*. It's designed to take over the duties of the stock keyboard in any Atari 8-Bit computer system, as well as the XE Gaming Console and the 7800XM. Giving you the flexibility and choice inherent in a multitude of PS/2 keyboards available on the open market. The TK-II can either take over completely, as is the case for the TK-II-GS model, or serve as an adjunct to the original stock keyboard, allowing both to work in concert. No matter which one you pick, all of the TK-II PS/2 keyboard adapters possess the same feature set and capabilities, with the only real difference being the way in which the board is meant to be installed. The Transkey board uses an embedded processor chip made by Microchip called a PIC, which runs a program that translates the PS/2 keyboard's serialized binary language into what the Atari's Pokey chip thinks are key presses emanating from the stock matrixed keyboard. You can use keyboard macros! All of your keys can be mapped to the external full size keyboard. For an XEGS, there is no modification required unless you want the four system switches (START, OPTION, SELECT, RESET) to be routed to the external keyboard
The "External" version is "Plug & Play" in that you simply plug the TK-II into the keyboard port on the XEGS and then plug a PS/2 keyboard into the port on the TKII. Obviously, it can ONLY be used on the XEGS.
The "Internal" version is for those that want to wire up the TKII inside of the XEGS and cut the case on the XEGS. Alternatively, you could wire it up inside of an XL, but it is MUCH more difficult to do so. This version does NOT come with the 15 pin connector (so to allow you to solder it in place).
*Not required if using the dual jack TK-II-PB interface board.