Is there any hope?

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Is there any hope?

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My touchstream LP died this morning. The left hand side of the keyboard has stopped working. Although annoyed I thought, not to worry I'll contact fingerworks and get it repaired, or if the worst comes to the worst, I'll buy a nice new silver one. Then I discovered that Fingerworks may have been bought out and I might not be able to buy a replacement. What a shock!

I rely on my keyboard (DVORAK) and use it at work all day. I originally bought it to reduce what I feared were RSI symptoms. I am now faster on my Fingerworks than a normal keyboard. What can I do? Is there any hope? I really don't want to go back to a normal keyboard anymore.

Oops, this might be in the wrong forum. Apologies if it is.

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A quick update. I went to the main forum and researched about the ribbon cable problems. I found that there is info on how to replace the ribbon cable posted there (part HF26U-XX (XX=03 for 3 inch cable) - from
www.digikey.com). So I have just placed an order (for a few spare too). Bit expensive from the UK, but certainly cheaper than getting the touchstream repaired or buying a new one - if one could even be found.

Since my keyboard was dead anyway, I poked and proded at the cable to see how it connects and fiinally plucked up the courage to pull on it. If you tug on it hard enough it will come free of the socket and also come out from the slot in the keyboard. As I suspected the cable had split. Hopefully the replacement will work. NB it looks very difficult to feed the cable back into the plastic slot - although it should go in the socket ok. I'll just have to find another method of securing it.

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Post by notmatt »

If you live in the UK you can get a new touchstream from http://www.meltones-media.co.uk/index.html, they've still got some in stock
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notmatt wrote:If you live in the UK you can get a new touchstream from http://www.meltones-media.co.uk/index.html, they've still got some in stock
Thanks for the info. However, I rang them earlier today and was informed they no longer had any in stock (although I did not speak to the person who runs the business).
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Ah. when i bought mine from them he did say that he still had a few in stock. My mistake, sorry.
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Re: Is there any hope?

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Max wrote:My touchstream LP died this morning. The left hand side of the keyboard has stopped working. Although annoyed I thought, not to worry I'll contact fingerworks and get it repaired, or if the worst comes to the worst, I'll buy a nice new silver one. Then I discovered that Fingerworks may have been bought out and I might not be able to buy a replacement. What a shock!

I rely on my keyboard (DVORAK) and use it at work all day. I originally bought it to reduce what I feared were RSI symptoms. I am now faster on my Fingerworks than a normal keyboard. What can I do? Is there any hope? I really don't want to go back to a normal keyboard anymore.

Oops, this might be in the wrong forum. Apologies if it is.

Regards,

Max
Got my new ribbon cables today from the States and reinserted the replacement. I am now back in action! Boy does it feel so much better!

Max
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