New keyboard layouts

John Watlington wad at
Wed Apr 28 03:57:10 EDT 2010

On Apr 28, 2010, at 3:48 AM, Christoph Derndorfer wrote:

> On Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 9:40 AM, John Watlington <wad at> wrote:
> We are in the midst of changing the bottom half of the XO-1/XO-1.5
> laptop to greatly improve the repairability of the keyboard.   The new
> keyboards will be removable after first unscrewing a screw underneath
> each battery latch.   At the same time, a non-membrane keyboard
> will be available for use with the laptop.
> The following are the keyboard layouts and legends for these
> new keyboards.   Much thanks to Walter Bender for developing
> these given a bad set of constraints.
> Hi,
> does that mean that XO-1s are still being produced and the production lines will be updated to include the new bottom half? Or is only going to produce new XO-1 bottom halfs as spare / replacement parts for deployments?

XO-1 production is winding down as XO-1.5 production ramps up.
No XO-1s will be produced with the new bottom half.

The new base units/keyboards will be phased in for XO-1.5 laptops
in a couple of months.

> Any ideas whether the non-membrane keyboard will be available in single quantities (via ilovemyxo for example) so people who aren't too confident about their Dremel skills can also upgrade their XO-1 / XO-1.5s (I'm mainly thinking abotu G1G1 donors here).

We will make base assemblies (the entire lower half, which would include
a new touchpad and removable keyboard) available as a spare part, making it
likely that you will be able to purchase one through your favorite parts dealer.
One complication is that the labeling (serial number/certifications) for the laptop
is part of this base --- we haven't figured out how to deal with that yet.


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