Initial note: For the Keymmodore Plus/4 or Keymmodore-16 work properly, you should verify that the computer or host (Windows, Linux, Android, etc) has the Keyboard Layout set in «United States (US) » or «United States – International». It does not work correctly using «UK», «LA», «SP» or any other Keyboard Layout.
Five different Working modes
Keymmodore-264 has five working modes, also called «Compatibility Modes»:
PC Compatible Mode
Commodore-128 Compatible Mode.
- Commodore PET Graphics Compatible Mode
The PC Compatible is the default mode when you turn on the Keymmodore plugging it to a USB port. This mode is designed to be used with PC, Raspberry or even Android, or any other platform compatible with USB-HID (Human Interfase Device).
Due to it’s reduced number of keys relatively to a standard PC keyboard, the Keymmodore-64 acts like a so called «60%» keyboards, where there is no Function, Cursor or Numeric Pad Keys (although C-64 keyboard has some). Also like 60% keyboards, some keys act like «Special Function» Key (Fn), allowing access to a different layers having different function for the same keys. The Commodore Key (C=) is of course one of them.
The Commodore-64, VIC-20, 16, 116 and Plus/4 Compatible Mode allows perfect emulation ot those computers, having every key mapped to it’s corresponding C-16 Key.
The Commodore-128 Mode, has the same layout than the C-128 including the Numeric KeyPad and the exclusive first row keys like «40/80 Col» (accessed via a Fn key).
The Commodore PET Business Compatible is designed for PET 3000-B, 4000-B and 8000 series emulators, including Capital and Lowercase letters.
The Commodore PET Graphics Compatible is designed for PET 2000, 3000 and 4000 series emulators, including the graphics PETSCII set.
Important: This Compatibility Modes (except PC) are designed to be used with VICE based emulators like Combian or Bare Metal Commodore. You have to download the .vkm files, set the Keyboard Layout in Positional (User) (instead of Symbolic) and use those files as users mappings.
How the RGB LED works (only for Keymmodore-16)
PC Compatible Mode: Default Mode when you plug the Keyboard. LED will go green.
Pressing C= Key (a Fn key actually) during PC Compatible Mode, the LED will go white(ish) allowing access to a different layer, like a 60% style keyboard.
Commodore-64, VIC-20, 16, 116 and Plus/4 Mode: The LED will turn red and keep red until you switch back to PC Mode.
Commodore-128 Mode: The LED will turn blue and keep blue until you switch back to PC Mode.
Pressing Right SHIFT key during this Mode, the LED goes cyan allowing access to exclusive C-128 Keys like First Row and NumPad keys.
Commodore PET Graphics Mode: The LED will turn yellow and keep yellow until you switch back to PC Mode.
Pressing C= Key (a Fn key actually) during this Mode, the LED will go white(ish) allowing access to PETSCII labeled in the front-left side of the keys.
Commodore PET Business Mode: The LED will turn purple and keep purple until you switch back to PC Mode.
Pressing C= Key (a Fn key actually) during this Mode, the LED will go white(ish) allowing access to NumPad Keys.
For Commodore Plus/4: Due to the fact of having the LED connected to the keyboard strip connector, there is no RGB LED option. Original LED will be on in PC Compatible Mode, and Off in any Emulation Mode.
Remember: To switch back to PC Compatible Mode, you have to press C= and CTRL.