Adapter to use PC keyboards on the Amiga
Lyra 3 replaces the older version of Lyra, it addresses numerous
suggestions made by customers during past few years. The adapter is
available in two versions, the external version for the
so-called "bigbox" Amigas is simply plugged between the
PC keyboard and the computer.
Picture: Lyra 3 "Bigbox"
Lyra 3 is compatible with all PS/2 keyboards and USB keyboards that
support the PS/2 protocol (PS/2 adapter required for the latter).
Lyra 3 has no problem with KVM switches, neither does the
Micromys mouse adapter,
so a completely switchable setup is possible.
Picture: Lyra 3 A1200
Lyra 3 lets you use a PC keyboard as an Amiga keyboard, and for the A1200 version, it
lets you connect an A2000, A3000 or A4000 keyboard to a towered A1200 by removing the jumper.
While the older Lyra only had the choice of two keymaps, Lyra 3 lets you do
distinct changes to the keymap for certain keys, giving you lots of options that would require
a lot of different keymaps, but also a lot of jumpers. Since Lyra 3 only has one jumper,
the configuration is stored inside of the translator-chip.
Please note that an adapter PS/2->DIN is required to use the Big Box version
of Lyra with Amiga computers that have a DIN keyboard connector (e.g. Amiga 2000 or 3000).
Configuring Lyra 3 is done without drivers, just by hitting the right key combinations.
All configuration data is saved in non-volatile memory, so Lyra 3 will remember it even
if you switch off power of your Amiga. The magic key combination that lets you enter
configuration mode is L-Shift+Pause. This means that you press and hold the left shift key, and
while holding shift, you press the Pause key. Lyra 3 acknowledges configuration mode by
flashing the NumLock LED. You now have the chance to toggle a few options, to display the
current configuration or to leave configuration mode.