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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16600 on: Tue, 04 August 2020, 04:18:46 »
Is there a name for the layout with 10 macro keys on the left side? Like the Rama Zenith? I think it was common in vintage keyboards.
I'd call it 65XT.

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16601 on: Thu, 06 August 2020, 13:05:13 »
Does there exist an index/list/database for side profiles or common types of side profiles for various cases?

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16602 on: Thu, 06 August 2020, 16:30:50 »

What's the difference between these two?


The orange one is "complicated" Alps, one of the very best, in my opinion.

The blue is not Alps, it is SMK "Alps mount" and is also a very nice switch but harder to work with than Alps.

https://deskthority.net/wiki/SMK_Alps_mount


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The American dream endures. We must once again have full faith in our country – and in one another. I believe America can be better. We can be even stronger than before. Let our recent mistakes bring a resurgent commitment to the basic principles of our Nation, for we know that if we despise our own government we have no future. We recall in special times when we have stood briefly, but magnificently, united. In those times no prize was beyond our grasp.
But we cannot dwell upon remembered glory. We cannot afford to drift. Our Government must at the same time be both competent and compassionate. Our Nation can be strong abroad only if it is strong at home. And we know that the best way to enhance freedom in other lands is to demonstrate here that our democratic system is worthy of emulation. To be true to ourselves, we must be true to others. We must not behave in foreign places so as to violate our rules and standards here at home, for we know that the trust which our Nation earns is essential to our strength. 
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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16603 on: Sun, 09 August 2020, 11:17:57 »
I have litterly just today got into this custom keyboard stuff and I thought a good place to start would be go looking for different parts, look at prices, materials, types, variations etc... I thought finding a set of black top printed key caps to go on a 60% keyboard would be a simple task but I was quickly proven wrong. Is there any site that sells sets of top printed keys alll in one colour?

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16604 on: Sun, 09 August 2020, 12:43:44 »
Is there any site that sells sets of top printed keys alll in one colour?

Yes, there are many though you'll probably have to buy a fullsize board's worth and probably in a non-neutral colour.

With shipping from China taking an age due to Covid a source near home would be good - where in the world are you?  What language and layout (ANSI or ISO) are you looking for?
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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16605 on: Sat, 15 August 2020, 00:22:03 »
Hello, I have just purchased a Unicomp Ultra Classic, and was wondering if it potentially would fry my board if I were to plug it into my Mac's USB Type-C port (via an adaptor). Is there anything I should be concerned about voltage wise?

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16606 on: Sat, 15 August 2020, 07:52:54 »

Is there anything I should be concerned about voltage wise?


I don't know about Apple gear, but the "universal" in Universal Serial Bus says that 5 volt DC @ 0.5 amp is the standard electrical specification.

Later USB iterations made greater current available, but as long as the voltage is its specified 5V, then the device will pull whatever current it needs (if it is available).
"We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles." – The bold and brilliant dream which excited the founders of this Nation still awaits its consummation. Ours was the first society openly to define itself in terms of both spirituality and of human liberty. It is that unique self–definition which has given us an exceptional appeal, but it also imposes on us a special obligation: to take on those moral duties which, when assumed, seem invariably to be in our own best interests.
The American dream endures. We must once again have full faith in our country – and in one another. I believe America can be better. We can be even stronger than before. Let our recent mistakes bring a resurgent commitment to the basic principles of our Nation, for we know that if we despise our own government we have no future. We recall in special times when we have stood briefly, but magnificently, united. In those times no prize was beyond our grasp.
But we cannot dwell upon remembered glory. We cannot afford to drift. Our Government must at the same time be both competent and compassionate. Our Nation can be strong abroad only if it is strong at home. And we know that the best way to enhance freedom in other lands is to demonstrate here that our democratic system is worthy of emulation. To be true to ourselves, we must be true to others. We must not behave in foreign places so as to violate our rules and standards here at home, for we know that the trust which our Nation earns is essential to our strength. 
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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16607 on: Sun, 16 August 2020, 17:04:35 »
Should I lube (just) the springs in my Alps Oranges with Krytox 105 to try to reduce switch ping? Or is that a bad idea?

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16608 on: Sun, 16 August 2020, 18:59:07 »
If I wanted to make a custom deskmat run, where would I go to get it produced?

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16609 on: Mon, 17 August 2020, 09:36:40 »
Anyone know what keyboard this is? Thanks.

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16610 on: Tue, 18 August 2020, 16:30:48 »
Thinking about spray lubing my Steel Series Apex Pro. If I do, will it mess up the Omni point switches?

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16611 on: Mon, 31 August 2020, 20:14:43 »
Hey everyone, new member here. I was looking to upgrade to a Leopold FC660C, and was wondering if anyone had any insight into where to get one. I've tried looking for proxy services and such, but I simply cannot find this keyboard. If anyone knows where or how to get one, I would love to know. Thank you!

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16612 on: Mon, 31 August 2020, 20:26:11 »
Anyone know what keyboard this is? Thanks.

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16613 on: Fri, 04 September 2020, 11:17:16 »
Can I use the "bag technique" to lube springs with Kritox 205g0 or this only work with more liquid lubes?

Thank you in advance!

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16614 on: Fri, 04 September 2020, 11:22:33 »
Hey everyone, new member here. I was looking to upgrade to a Leopold FC660C, and was wondering if anyone had any insight into where to get one. I've tried looking for proxy services and such, but I simply cannot find this keyboard. If anyone knows where or how to get one, I would love to know. Thank you!
Not sure where in the world you are but https://mechanicalkeyboards.com has some in the USA and this one is on ebay in the UK (I have no experience with this seller, mk.com is legit)
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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16615 on: Wed, 09 September 2020, 01:16:03 »
is there a name for that gap that i loathe on 60% keyboards?
It's that gap between right control and the left arrow key.

im new here,
thanks in advance


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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16616 on: Fri, 11 September 2020, 11:56:31 »
I am designing a product for a future GB and would like a bit of guidance. Is there a guide for making an IC and is there a discord for makers? Tried searching but to no avail... thanks!  :)

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16617 on: Fri, 11 September 2020, 11:58:50 »
is there a name for that gap that i loathe on 60% keyboards?
It's that gap between right control and the left arrow key.

im new here,
thanks in advance

I think you may be mistaken, as there are no arrow keys on a 60% keyboard. Can you give an example of the board you're referring to? Some gaps are called 'blockers' if they block off a keyswitch.

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16618 on: Sat, 26 September 2020, 12:44:02 »
Hey, i am looking for the biggest battery for Anne Pro 2, 3.7v, does anyone know where i can buy it?
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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16619 on: Mon, 28 September 2020, 21:24:28 »
Can I use the "bag technique" to lube springs with Kritox 205g0 or this only work with more liquid lubes?

Thank you in advance!

Common recommendation is lubricant "oils" like krytox 105/106, or PTFE Superlube 510xx product line with bag lubing. The thicker lubricants wont spread and coat all of the springs in the bag as easily.

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16620 on: Tue, 29 September 2020, 10:54:24 »
So I'm using a DZ60RGB V2 PCB, and the BIOS/firmware resets any time the keyboard is unplugged. This happen with just the base PCB, so I know it's not something shorting out or the reset button getting pressed by mistake. Reflashing the keyboard resolves the issue until it's unplugged again, but for whatever reason it won't retain the firmware. I've contacted KBDFans, who aren't much help, and they basically told me to reflash it. Any ideas/recommendations?

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16621 on: Tue, 29 September 2020, 22:34:50 »
The "c" key on my Unicomp doesn't actuate properly after a move. It buckles, but only after it's been bottomed out all the way with force. I took off the keycap and tried reseating it several times with the keyboard tilted forwards, backwards, upside down, and it still has the same issue. I removed and reseated the spring with the "Chopstick of death" technique I found here. No dice. The only thing I notice about it compared to a working key (x) is that the spring naturally rests against the back side of the barrel instead of the center, shown in the picture. Every other key on the keyboard is just fine.

Any ideas? I don't want to have to bolt mod it but if it's what has to be done I'll find the time.

Please excuse the absolute filth on the keyboard in the picture. Thanks!

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16622 on: Wed, 30 September 2020, 07:39:16 »
I suspect that the pivot plate has jumped out of its seat. If you can If you can press straight down and shift it laterally toward the center, you may be able to get it back into place. There are 2 slots or depressions that the "ears" sit it.

Otherwise, the bolt mod is the sure fix.











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The American dream endures. We must once again have full faith in our country – and in one another. I believe America can be better. We can be even stronger than before. Let our recent mistakes bring a resurgent commitment to the basic principles of our Nation, for we know that if we despise our own government we have no future. We recall in special times when we have stood briefly, but magnificently, united. In those times no prize was beyond our grasp.
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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16623 on: Sun, 04 October 2020, 22:10:23 »
I suspect that the pivot plate has jumped out of its seat. If you can If you can press straight down and shift it laterally toward the center, you may be able to get it back into place. There are 2 slots or depressions that the "ears" sit it.

Otherwise, the bolt mod is the sure fix.

I fixed it by holding the keyboard upside down and just finangling the pivot plate with a pair of tweezers, then snapping the key in. I was expecting the pivot plate to "snap" into place but I guess it just sits in there.

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16624 on: Fri, 23 October 2020, 02:38:10 »
KMAC 1 angle is 11 degrees, right?
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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16625 on: Fri, 23 October 2020, 20:45:09 »
Hi, I've read and heard that is it recommended to replace the springs on Alpaca switches. Can anybody give thoughts on this and recommend a spring weight if they can? Thank you. Always grateful for this community.

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16626 on: Fri, 23 October 2020, 20:46:12 »
Hi, I've read and heard that is it recommended to replace the springs on Alpaca switches. Can anybody give thoughts on this and recommend a spring weight if they can? Thank you. Always grateful for this community.

The Alpaca springs are fine. I personally really like the 62g they have. You can bag-lube them using Krytox 105 or VPF1514 or Victorinox Multi-Tool Oil.

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16627 on: Fri, 23 October 2020, 20:50:43 »
Hi, I've read and heard that is it recommended to replace the springs on Alpaca switches. Can anybody give thoughts on this and recommend a spring weight if they can? Thank you. Always grateful for this community.

The Alpaca springs are fine. I personally really like the 62g they have. You can bag-lube them using Krytox 105 or VPF1514 or Victorinox Multi-Tool Oil.

All right thanks for your opinion. You responded so fast haha.

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16628 on: Fri, 23 October 2020, 20:58:18 »
Hi guys, I've been on the hunt for any keyboards that may have ALPs browns, and I came upon a few such as this ebay post https://www.ebay.com/itm/Texas-Instruments-Professional-Computer-Vintage-PC-Alternative-Rare/254568688608?hash=item3b4579ebe0:g:XxYAAOSwHt9elPd0


Or this other ebay post: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Well-Equiped-Texas-Instruments-Professional-Computer-Color-monitor-KB-Software/284048936351?hash=item4222a2cd9f:g:EfYAAOSwFkxfigGW

These two keyboards are very similar to the Texas Instruments low profile keyboard that harbors the brown alps, however this model has an offset caps-lock light versus the original brown alps model having a centered caps lock light, as seen in this GH post (the first reply): https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=64966.0.

Can someone confirm that these keyboards that have a different caps lock key come with ALPs switches, or has anyone ever had any experience with these TI low profile keyboards? I would love to have some info on these.
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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16629 on: Sat, 24 October 2020, 12:42:31 »
Hi guys, I've been on the hunt for any keyboards that may have ALPs browns, and I came upon a few such as this ebay post https://www.ebay.com/itm/Texas-Instruments-Professional-Computer-Vintage-PC-Alternative-Rare/254568688608?hash=item3b4579ebe0:g:XxYAAOSwHt9elPd0


Or this other ebay post: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Well-Equiped-Texas-Instruments-Professional-Computer-Color-monitor-KB-Software/284048936351?hash=item4222a2cd9f:g:EfYAAOSwFkxfigGW

These two keyboards are very similar to the Texas Instruments low profile keyboard that harbors the brown alps, however this model has an offset caps-lock light versus the original brown alps model having a centered caps lock light, as seen in this GH post (the first reply): https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=64966.0.

Can someone confirm that these keyboards that have a different caps lock key come with ALPs switches, or has anyone ever had any experience with these TI low profile keyboards? I would love to have some info on these.

Well first things first, have you asked the seller to try and pop off a cap (kinda like turning the computer on and off, it seems dumb but people forget sometimes lol)?

While I don't have any hard evidence (or much information honestly, TI boards outside of the TI 99 aren't the most well-documented) it appears that the only switches that TI is documented to have used in past that had LED slots in the corner rather than the center of the switches are Mitsumi's (should be noted that the 99 used KSD Mitsumi's which these are obviously not, so this is connecting TI to Mitsumi in general, not specific). What's weird is that with every board I've seen them on, the LED was on the top left, not right. But it's pretty common for old boards to flip their switches upside-down and sideways, so that doesn't exactly rule them out. It should also be noted that some low profile TIs with brown alpshad these weird, square-post mounts, though those boards didn't appear to have any integrated LEDs at all. But with how much those TIs are listed for, I wouldn't exactly want to take that chance, especially considering how mediocre/easy to find Mistumi's are.

Another weird thing is that a lot TI low profiles that people have found with regular brown alps don't seem to have labels on the bottom, just a space where one would go.

Does anyone with more alps knowledge know if they ever used keycaps with LED holes that were offset from the switch's LED for no particular reason?

And if you don't get a better answer here, I would consider just making this question its own thread. Also, have you tried asking on DT? Considering the first board you posted has a broken switch that's missing its top, someone could probably identify it by the internals
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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16630 on: Sat, 24 October 2020, 15:22:49 »
What is the proper size for stand off to screw in a plate directly on a sixty's tray? Is it a 3mm M2 stand off?

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16631 on: Sat, 24 October 2020, 15:27:27 »
What is the proper size for stand off to screw in a plate directly on a sixty's tray? Is it a 3mm M2 stand off?
It definitely is m2 but I'm not sure about the depth/length

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« Reply #16632 on: Sat, 24 October 2020, 15:37:03 »
What is the proper size for stand off to screw in a plate directly on a sixty's tray? Is it a 3mm M2 stand off?
It definitely is m2 but I'm not sure about the depth/length


Dear Light, thank you for the confirmation, I would give 3+3 and 3+4 a try?

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16633 on: Sun, 25 October 2020, 22:13:51 »
Anyone here know when this D65 from KBDFans will be shipping after orders are done on October 30?

https://kbdfans.com/collections/diy-kit/products/icd65-mechanical-keyboard-kit?variant=34255494054027

Edit: I guess I should also ask if this is something that won't be shipping for many months to come, if there's a DIY kit available for purchase now and can be shipped within a few weeks?
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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16634 on: Tue, 27 October 2020, 15:17:22 »
KMAC 1 angle is 11 degrees, right?

I think it's actually closer to 10 degrees.

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16635 on: Tue, 27 October 2020, 16:47:10 »
KMAC 1 angle is 11 degrees, right?

I think it's actually closer to 10 degrees.

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16636 on: Sat, 31 October 2020, 12:33:51 »
Are Leopold Keyboards still suffering from Rattle in the Spacebar? I’ve heard that they have been having quality control issues last year...

I really want  to buy one, but I’d rather pick a Varmilo VA87M if the rattle in the Leopold 450R is going to be there.

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16637 on: Wed, 04 November 2020, 07:53:40 »
Does anybody know any Frankenstein switches that require cream bottom housing also how do alpaca creams feels

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16638 on: Thu, 05 November 2020, 17:47:38 »
Anyone know where can I find those metal PS/2 connectors? (I already checked mouser, yarbo and amazon)
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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16639 on: Fri, 06 November 2020, 11:38:16 »
Anyone know where can I find those metal PS/2 connectors? (I already checked mouser, yarbo and amazon)

Got a link somewhere to an example of what you mean?
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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16640 on: Tue, 10 November 2020, 19:18:00 »
Hello, today I changed a broken switch, at the moment I was changing it, i didn't have a desolder pump so to get the switch loose I used the solder tip and pushed towards the pcb, that ended badly, two small copper circles came out of the holes where the switch contacts should be soldered and one of them had kinda a very very tiny coper wire that just peeled of off the pcb, i really don't know what to do, if you know where I can submit this to get any help it would be appreciated.
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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16641 on: Tue, 10 November 2020, 19:58:44 »
Hello, today I changed a broken switch, at the moment I was changing it, i didn't have a desolder pump so to get the switch loose I used the solder tip and pushed towards the pcb, that ended badly, two small copper circles came out of the holes where the switch contacts should be soldered and one of them had kinda a very very tiny coper wire that just peeled of off the pcb, i really don't know what to do, if you know where I can submit this to get any help it would be appreciated.
Image of the pcb where this happened: https://ibb.co/dDFyXFP
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You can solder a wire (any will do) between the bottom switch pin and the top left pin of D52, you can see the trace this replaces.  For the other pin you could carefully scrape the green mask off the drop shape bit around the via (tiny hole) at the end of the trace and solder to that, or for an easier and stronger fix short (touch with anything conductive) the upper pin of nearby switches to the lower pin on the one you replaced until you get the right key output then solder from that pin to the damaged one.

If that made no sense let me know and I'll fire up paint in the morning and add coloured dots if you've not got it fixed, it's easier to do than to write about!
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Offline rrrifle6

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16642 on: Tue, 10 November 2020, 20:25:25 »
Hello, today I changed a broken switch, at the moment I was changing it, i didn't have a desolder pump so to get the switch loose I used the solder tip and pushed towards the pcb, that ended badly, two small copper circles came out of the holes where the switch contacts should be soldered and one of them had kinda a very very tiny coper wire that just peeled of off the pcb, i really don't know what to do, if you know where I can submit this to get any help it would be appreciated.
Image of the pcb where this happened: https://ibb.co/dDFyXFP
Welcome to geekhack :)

You can solder a wire (any will do) between the bottom switch pin and the top left pin of D52, you can see the trace this replaces.  For the other pin you could carefully scrape the green mask off the drop shape bit around the via (tiny hole) at the end of the trace and solder to that, or for an easier and stronger fix short (touch with anything conductive) the upper pin of nearby switches to the lower pin on the one you replaced until you get the right key output then solder from that pin to the damaged one.

If that made no sense let me know and I'll fire up paint in the morning and add coloured dots if you've not got it fixed, it's easier to do than to write about!
Okay, here in argentina is 23:30 pm, tommorow by the morning im gonna try this, i have two questions, should i scratch the whole drop shape thing or just that tiny little dot in the middle? what tool would you use in this case?

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16643 on: Wed, 11 November 2020, 00:26:21 »
Okay, here in argentina is 23:30 pm, tommorow by the morning im gonna try this, i have two questions, should i scratch the whole drop shape thing or just that tiny little dot in the middle? what tool would you use in this case?
This is a good reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5IivDkrp6U&ab_channel=skiwithpete

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16644 on: Wed, 11 November 2020, 10:56:44 »
Okay, here in argentina is 23:30 pm, tommorow by the morning im gonna try this, i have two questions, should i scratch the whole drop shape thing or just that tiny little dot in the middle? what tool would you use in this case?
This is a good reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5IivDkrp6U&ab_channel=skiwithpete
so the smartest thing to do is check if any of the spacebar surrounding switches will give me the imput i want and then solder?

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16645 on: Wed, 11 November 2020, 11:03:56 »
Okay, here in argentina is 23:30 pm, tommorow by the morning im gonna try this, i have two questions, should i scratch the whole drop shape thing or just that tiny little dot in the middle? what tool would you use in this case?
This is a good reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5IivDkrp6U&ab_channel=skiwithpete
so the smartest thing to do is check if any of the spacebar surrounding switches will give me the imput i want and then solder?

Yes, it's a bigger target to solder to and you're less likely to knock it off while putting the board back in the case.

If the guy in the video had any sense he would be shorting the other pin on the broken switch rather than shorting the broken side and trying to press it from underneath.  Other than that it's the right method.
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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16646 on: Wed, 11 November 2020, 13:57:17 »
Okay, here in argentina is 23:30 pm, tommorow by the morning im gonna try this, i have two questions, should i scratch the whole drop shape thing or just that tiny little dot in the middle? what tool would you use in this case?
This is a good reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5IivDkrp6U&ab_channel=skiwithpete
so the smartest thing to do is check if any of the spacebar surrounding switches will give me the imput i want and then solder?

Yes, it's a bigger target to solder to and you're less likely to knock it off while putting the board back in the case.

If the guy in the video had any sense he would be shorting the other pin on the broken switch rather than shorting the broken side and trying to press it from underneath.  Other than that it's the right method.
i think shorting it won't work, as I said, there are no coper traces in my pcb that go into the space bar switch, shorting other keys would work but when I touch my space bar lower pin and short it with another key it won't do anything, i burnt the copper stuff yesterday while trying to desolder a broken switch, here's an image: https://ibb.co/P5MJBzG

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16647 on: Wed, 11 November 2020, 15:34:27 »
i think shorting it won't work, as I said, there are no coper traces in my pcb that go into the space bar switch, shorting other keys would work but when I touch my space bar lower pin and short it with another key it won't do anything, i burnt the copper stuff yesterday while trying to desolder a broken switch, here's an image: https://ibb.co/P5MJBzG

You need to fix the bottom pad first so put the switch in then solder a wire between the red and orange dots to reconnect the diode.  Try and fill the hole with solder even if it's not connected to anything to stop the switch wobbling (don't worry about this if the switch clips in to the plate)

Then plug in the USB and short the cyan dots to the red one - one of them should type a space.  If it doesn't that means the diodes connect the columns so try the top pin of either Alt key.  I would be very surprised if it's none of those...  When you've found the right one disconnect the USB and solder a wire between that pin and the pink dot and the switch will work again :)

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16648 on: Wed, 11 November 2020, 17:40:21 »
i think shorting it won't work, as I said, there are no coper traces in my pcb that go into the space bar switch, shorting other keys would work but when I touch my space bar lower pin and short it with another key it won't do anything, i burnt the copper stuff yesterday while trying to desolder a broken switch, here's an image: https://ibb.co/P5MJBzG

You need to fix the bottom pad first so put the switch in then solder a wire between the red and orange dots to reconnect the diode.  Try and fill the hole with solder even if it's not connected to anything to stop the switch wobbling (don't worry about this if the switch clips in to the plate)

Then plug in the USB and short the cyan dots to the red one - one of them should type a space.  If it doesn't that means the diodes connect the columns so try the top pin of either Alt key.  I would be very surprised if it's none of those...  When you've found the right one disconnect the USB and solder a wire between that pin and the pink dot and the switch will work again :)

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I solved it!!! my guess was that in order to get an output i should resolder my lower pin to the D52 diode, as soon as i did that i got the input that i needed but as soon as i shorted and touched both pins it would type "space" infinitely, so i scratched that drop shapped thing and found "gold" or in this case copper lol, so i got another mini copper wire and tinned it in both ends and soldered the upper pin to that drop thing and voila, it worked perfectly fine.

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16649 on: Fri, 13 November 2020, 08:03:15 »
Anyone know where can I find those metal PS/2 connectors? (I already checked mouser, yarbo and amazon)

try taobao
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