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geekhack Community => Keyboards => Topic started by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 20 February 2013, 20:33:59

Title: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 20 February 2013, 20:33:59
Yes you can ask about keycaps here, anything keyboard related goes! :D Post your questions and we'll answer them! Thanks for making this thread great! (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40501.msg1700132#msg1700132)
 
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Keyboards

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The Ideal Setup for Simple Questions, Simple Answers:
 
Overall I like jdcarpe’s (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40501.msg909018#msg909018) explanation on how this thread should ideally run. I don't want to limit the discussion but this wasn't the original intent of this thread and I wouldn't want the discussion to be lost within this thread. If you could make a spinoff and just reference your post in this thread, that would be the *ideal* situation. But remember, this will always be a place where questions can be asked and hopefully I can provide an answer (or more likely, someone much smarter than me will help out :D)
 
This post is not directed at anyone in particular. If you think it sounds like your situation, maybe it applies to a specific case you have in mind, but trust me, this post is for general guidelines, and is in no way intended to point out anyone as being wrong or inconsiderate.
 
Q: Should I post my question here in the Simple Questions Simple Answers thread, or make a new thread to address my problem or situation?
 
A: If your question is brief, specific, and you reasonably believe that it could be answered in one reply post, please post your question here, and someone will try to help you as soon as possible with an answer and/or explanation of where to find further information. Links to other posts/threads will be provided when possible.
 
If you think that the response to your question will be likely to require several posts, with the possibility of interaction between yourself and the responder being necessary to come to an conclusion, you would probably be doing the community a favor by starting a new thread regarding your topic. A new thread will give others the opportunity to explore the same issues that you are experiencing in regard to the keyboard, switch, or other issue, organized cohesively into one place.
 
Also, if what you thought was a simple question turned into a lengthy discussion, please create a new thread regarding that topic, and post a link and direct others to join the discussion in that thread.
 
These few guidelines should make the organization of information by topic much more defined, and accessible to other members who may be having the same question, problem, or issue you may be experiencing.
 
Thanks for helping to make this topic the place to turn for questions and answers!
 
:D


If you can't find your answer, I'll hunt it down for you. Just PM me  :D Good luck and happy knowledge gathering.


If you'd like to provide feedback, please check out this thread here (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=55041.0) and leave your comments there. Please keep this thread for its original intent. Thanks!
 
Now for a few rules:

Example questions:

Q = Question
A = Answer
 
Q: Where can I buy new wire stabilizers?
WASDKeyboards (http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/index.php/products/keyboard-parts-1.html) has them.
 
A:
Btw, they only have 6.25x costar spacebar wire and 2x costar wires. Cherry wires in 6.25x, 7x, and costar in 7x are not available, which I know people do look for occasionally.


Q: What keyboard is this? (Borrowed from reaper's review (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=39699.0) thread)

(http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y146/eddie84/OCN/Mech%20keyboard%20club/KMAC/DSC07221.jpg)
 
A: SHMX
 


Frequently Asked Questions: Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)
 


The native GeekHack search function isn’t working that well in my opinion. You can search using Google. Input the following search -
 
site:geekhack.org mysearchhere
 
So you put site:geekhack.org then the search parameters. You can use all the tools of Google search on this search too. This will also work on other site such as Deskthority.net.
 
Also, Moose gave me this pro-tip: If you want to see if this thread has an answer you already asked, then you can try searching once you have this thread open. In other words, if you're browsing in the Keyboards sub-forum and search, the search will look for things in the Keyboards sub-forum. So if you search "LEDs" while in this thread, then you'll find posts about LEDs.



Q: I need help with X. Is there a list that will help me find assembly/CAD/help services?
Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)

 Domoaligato created The Professional Services Thread (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=45886.msg962858#msg962858). You can see who does assembly services, modding, CAD, etc.
 

Q: Adding this (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40501.msg847907#msg847907) here since it's been asked multiple times:  Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)
Are we still doing simple questions simple answers? if so:
What is this sticker mod i am seeing on some keyboards? Like putting stickers under the switches or something? What does this do? And what does lubing the spring do? It seems like lube on a spring would do nothing?

The stickers go between the top and bottom halves off the switch housing. It reduces movement of the switch housing itself, which eliminates any wobble of the switch.
 
Lubing the sliders of the stem makes the switches feel smoother, and reduces or eliminates any "grittiness" feel of the switches. Lubing the springs reduces or eliminates any squeaking sound coming from the spring movement inside the switch.

I personally think stickers are a bit of a gimmick and I've heard the argument both ways. A video made by Photoelectric (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=njQSTkkSn2U) shows the wobble that housing can have and what the stickers can try to fix. Also check out this explanation (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=45931.msg985786#msg985786) from nubbinator.
 
 


Q: X switch is best for gaming. Is that true? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)

There is no switch that was made that was "optimized for gaming". No switch is "better" than any other for gaming. There's only personal preference. You might feel comfortable playing on X switch and not Y switch. And that's fine.
 


Q: Is there a Cherry MX spring actuation force reference guide? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)

(http://i.imgur.com/a4HY9.jpg])
This picture is borrowed from Ripster. The Cherry actuation forces are (*XX). Rkinze also has a fantastic article which has both actuation and bottom out forces (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=46449.0). The discrepancy in rkinze's data can be found here (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=48623.msg1044652#msg1044652). Ripster also has a great album (http://imgur.com/a/RJqM4) showing switches disassembled so you can see the springs inside with closeup of the springs so you can do comparisons.
 


Q: Where is a template for making my own keycap/keyboard layouts? (This gets asked in the IRC probably weekly)

Matt30 made this Color Generator application (http://lab.cubiq.org/kbcc/#GFW,WA,GFW,WA) that allows you to pick color combos. For a blank layout of a keyboard, to color in, you can check out Kaporkle's thread (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=39239.0). Next, ne0phyte has a layout generator here (http://bit.ly/ZC3mK0) and here (http://ne0.cc/kbeditor/). Finally, ijprest has this wonderful Keyboard Layout Generator (http://www.keyboard-layout-editor.com/) with the proper SP and GMK color chip callouts. The SP ABS Color Codes can be found in Krogenar's thread (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=45743.0).
 


Q: What caps are better? PBT? ABS? Thick? Thin? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)

which is better? thick pbt or abs gmk?

That's like asking which is better, Ferrari or Lamborghini? :P
 
They're both awesome.
It’s all personal preference. Answer also works for “What is the best switch”?
 


Q: Where do I get one of those keyboard pixel signature thingys? (Looks like: (http://i.imgur.com/1IE5C.png). This was borrowed from inlikeflynn)

The thread is called keyboard pixel art things (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=19113.0). Your keyboard is probably listed in that thread but you'll have to search around for it.
 


Q: Can I remove switches/switch tops without desoldering? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)

Not unless you have a custom plate with specialized cutouts that allow this. The_Beast and WFD have made plates like this. In other words, stock plates will require soldering/desoldering, custom plates may have a cutout that allow you to open the tops without desoldering. If the board is PCB mounted, you will not have to solder/desolder. Confirmed by jdcarpe (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40501.msg882727#msg882727)
 


Q: Where can I learn more about soldering? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)

Tjaustin and jdcarpe started this thread (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=42824.0) which I think is a great guide on soldering/soldering equipment. Also, this guide/comic (http://mightyohm.com/blog/2011/04/soldering-is-easy-comic-book/) is often linked when people ask "How do I learn to solder?"
 


Q: Can I play video games on a RealForce/HHKB? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)

Yes, it shouldn't hinder your abilities in any manner. I follow the StarCraft 2 professional scene and I know for a fact that TT1 and MC both have used RealForce keyboards in competition.
 


Q: jdcarpe ordered me to add this to the OP. I blame him.

Does anyone know what size screws the Poker/Pure case uses?

CPTBadAss, please put this info in the OP:
 
Poker/Pure cases use M2-4mm (0.4mm pitch) machine screws to mount the PCB to the case. McMaster-Carr part # 92000A011



Q: Are there switch opening tools? I heard The_Beast was selling some? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)

Yes, The_Beast (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=36677.0) made some a while back in a round 1 of the tools. Some alternatives were pitched by Larken (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40501.msg898636#msg898636) and Nubbinator/Limmy (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40501.msg898651#msg898651). Also photekq has suggested that a small flathead screwdriver will do the trick as well.
 


Q: What's part number for PCB/Plate-mount stabilizers? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)

Does anyone know the part number for PCB mounted Costar or Cherry stabilizers?

There is no such thing as "PCB Mounted" Costar stabilizers. All Costar stabilizers attach to the plate.
 
Cherry "Plate Mounted" stabilizers are parts: G99-0224 (1x2, 1x2.25, 1x2.75), G99-0379 (1x7), and G99-0226 (1x8, 1x9, 1x10).
 
These Cherry part numbers are "without frame". Without frame means no plate or PCB, I've personally confirmed it by ordering these parts from Mouser.: G99-0742 (1x2, 1x2.25, 1x2.75), G99-0745 (1x7), and G99-0744 (1x8, 1x9, 1x10).
 
This is the link from Cherry: http://www.cherrycorp.com/english/switches/key/mx.htm



Q: Where can I buy stabilizers/stabilizer wire? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)

For Costar stabilizers, you can go to WASDKeyboards. For Cherry, check out Ortholinear Keyboards (http://ortholinearkeyboards.com/keyboard-parts/cherry-stabiliser), GON (http://www.gonskeyboardworks.com/stabilizers/18-pcb-mount-stabilizers.html#/spacebar_length-7_00x_unit_standard_winkeyless_spacebar) or Imsto (http://imsto.cn/index.php?route=product/product&path=61&product_id=55). You can also bend your own. Litster's video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zry3CHNKgT8) may be helpful. The wire diameter for Costar is 3/64" music wire found at hobby shops and he uses a Du-Bro EZ Bender tool. And I believe the Cherry wire diameter is 1/16".
 


Q: What's the basic difference between the Korean weight springs and stock Cherry springs? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)

Korean springs are measured at bottom out force while Cherry springs are measured at actuation.
 
Basically a 60g-ish korean spring = same as springs in blues, reds, browns.
Obviously Photekq's answer is oversimplifying the springs but that is the basic premise. For a more indepth look at springs and their spring rate, acutation force estimate, and bottom out averages, please take a look at rkinze's Cherry MX Spring Measurements thread (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=46449.0).
 


Q: What font does SP use on their caps prior to the Geekhack Cherry legend fundraiser? What is the stock SP font? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)

Okay, I'd like to clear this up once and for all. Maybe this needs to go into a wiki or FAQ. I don't work for Signature Plastics, but I researched this and found this (http://solutionsinplastic.com/about_history.html) page on SP's web site.
Quote
History
The history of Signature Plastics began in 1973 with a company named Comptec. Comptec began injection molding and quickly became a leading manufacturer of two-shot molded plastic parts for customers world wide servicing the computer, telecommunication, electronic, automotive, medical and consumer products markets.
 
Signature Plastics was established in 2001 following a management buyout of assets and customer base of Comptec Inc. The products developed and technologies perfected during the formative Comptec years laid the foundation for Signature Plastics' continued success today resulting in over thirty years of plastic molding expertise.

- Comptec created the WYSE font and made all the original keycaps for the WYSE keyboards you can still find in the marketplace.
 
- Signature Plastics did not make the original WYSE keycaps. Comptec did. It appears the tooling they use now is newer tooling, and not the original tooling.
 
- Signature Plastics's default legend font is the WYSE font they acquired from Comptec.



Q: Is there a list of 60%/75%/Compact Keyboards? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)

Yes, the most updated lists are the Keychatter Buyers guide (https://www.keychatter.com/buyers-guide/) and the /r/mechanicalkeyboards wiki (https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/wiki/buying_guide). mashby also created this great list (http://cpkey.com/keyboards/).
 


Q: I want to get LEDs, where are some sources? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)

I personally ordered 2x3x4 mm square LEDs from this eBay vendor (http://www.ebay.com/itm/50pcs-2x3x4mm-Pink-Water-Clear-LED-Lamp-With-12V-Free-Resistors-234P-amy-/390559565687?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5aef2a0777). I have also heard that some people really like SuperBrightLEDs (http://www.superbrightleds.com/). And of course, Mouser (http://www.mouser.com/Optoelectronics/LED-Indication/_/N-b1d1k?&SAP=true&gclid=CLGp5uC92LgCFdOj4AodzEEAMQ) carries them. For more info on square vs round LEDs, check out this post by Photekq (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40501.msg974873#msg974873).
 


Q: I want to see what X caps look like on a backlit board? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)

Check out the pictures that Jocelyn (1 (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40501.msg895969#msg895969),2 (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40501.msg896018#msg896018)) and I posted (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40501.msg895963#msg895963).
 


Q: I'm looking for old Cherry boards and rebranded boards on eBay. What should I look for? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)

Check out this post from Ivan (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40501.msg904558#msg904558). Also check out the DT Wiki and their Cherry Article Numbers post. (http://deskthority.net/wiki/Cherry_article_numbers)
 


Q: Why do some switches cost more than others? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)

Pricing depends on Cherry and the pricing tiers that Carter (CM Representative on GH) gave out (cheapest to most expensive) can be found here (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=46593.msg985469#msg985469).
 


Q: I want to reprogram my Poker 2 to do X? Where is some info on that? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)

Here (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=42523.msg857335#msg857335) is some generic info on the Poker 2 including the original manual in Chinese. A translated manual can be found here (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=42554.msg858542#msg858542). WhiteFireDragon has a great review with lots of helpful info here (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=44118.0).
 


Q: Can I add LEDs to my Poker 2? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)

Check out this post here (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40501.msg980763#msg980763) and here (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40501.msg1112250#msg1112250).
 


Q: I want to bend my own Cherry stabilizer wire. Is there any info on this? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)

Check out this post here (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=46801.0).
 


Q: The Costar inserts in my modifiers are loose. How do I fix this? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)

Don't know what a Costar insert is? Check out this picture (http://www.guru3d.com/miraserver/images/brann/////rk9k-stabsandcaps.jpg) borrowed from Brann Mitchell's review on a Rosewill RK9000 (http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/rosewill_rk_9000_mechanical_keyboard_review,1.html). Then look at these pictures from Photoelectric (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=47605.msg1015571#msg1015571). You don't need to use teflon tape; regular tape, plastic bags, and paper all work. You can also check out the this post from rowdy (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40501.msg1077099#msg1077099) and this thread from missalaire and Smallfry (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40748.msg810742#msg810742).
 


Q: What are the dimensions for a hole in a plate that will accept a Cherry MX housing? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)

See the picture below, provided by jdcarpe (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40501.msg1007385#msg1007385). Dimensions are in inches. The spacing between each switch is 19.05mm or .75 inches from center to center, as verfied by Damorgue (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=48016.msg1026824#msg1026824).
 
(http://i.imgur.com/FeggbO6.png)



Q: What affects the finish of a keycap/stem/plastic more: the material or the finish? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)

See this post (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=47295.msg1008629#msg1008629) from BLJ, who is the SP plastics guru.
 


Q: I don't know which way my diodes/LEDs go. Does the polarity matter? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)

Check out this post here (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40501.msg952302#msg952302). Also this picture (http://tonystrains.com/technews/img/install-lamp/install-led-01.gif) and this picture (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f6/LED_label.jpg) explain the polarity on LEDs. Longer leg is positive, shorter leg is negative. Finally, this explanation from Samwisekoi (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=62641.msg1624373#msg1624373) is very straightforward.
 


Q: Is there a beginner's guide to modding my keyboard? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)

BlueBar created this great guide (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=46376.msg978914#msg978914) which I highly recommend. This is geared more towards MX switches. There is also an entire thread on soldering (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=42824.0), where you can learn everything ever about soldering. Jwaz also linked the EEVblog video on basic soldering equipment (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5Sb21qbpEQ) and WhiteFireDragon's YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL00EjuPMbgnJjsuSKyX9OkrKG2NvuHzgX) here (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=47770.msg1020423#msg1020423). I found this WFD video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQ_2GxeR4Es) extremely helpful.
 


Q: Can I modify my Alps keyboard like the MX keyboards? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)

Yes, check out this post here (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=45456.msg1016547#msg1016547).
 


Q: Where can I find the sheet that people use to check their keycap layouts? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)

inlikeflynn (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=36712.msg901321#msg901321) posted a 11x17" and 8x11" file, which looks like the "official GeekHack one" (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=39184.msg763351#msg763351) (Laminated sheets were once sold in a GH Pack sold by Techkeys as shown in mashby's post). Samwisekoi also posted one he made for a sheet of 8x11" and A4 here (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=36810.msg694748#msg694748). Mr. Chunky also has a .pdf. (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=60972.0)
 


Q: What lube should I use for stabilizers? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)

The_Beast recommends Superlube and says that WASDKeyboard uses the same. WFD uses GPL-205 grease. He also has a video on how to lube the stabilizers here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWgrnQGBBn4).
 


Q: I want to use the GeekHack logo. How do I get the logo? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)

Krogenar started the GeekHack Logo Thread (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=42051.msg843451#msg843451). There's many designs listed there. The GH Wiki also has two logo styles (http://wiki.geekhack.org/index.php?title=GeekHack_Artwork_Resources). If you want to use them, please exercise professional courtesy and inform mkawa and Krogenar that you are using the logos. You technically don't need their permission but mkawa, Krog, and mod/admin crew appreciate it.
 

Q: I'm looking for my first mechanical keyboard. What would you (CPTBadAss) recommend? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)
I personally (CPTBadAss) would recommend you pick the size and switches you like first. Check out this link (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=44165.0) for more info on switches. For beginners, I recommend Cherry MX. Then do you want full size, TKL, or 60%? Those are the most common options. For fullsize, I recommend CoolerMaster QuickFire Storm or XT. For TKL, CoolerMaster QuickFire Rapid. And for 60%, I suggest Poker II or Poker X. You can also check out this buying guide from the reddit /r/mechanicalkeyboards Wiki (http://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/wiki/buying_guide).
 

Q: Is there a list of vendors where I can buy keycaps from? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)
Yes, see this thread (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=45672.msg956515#msg956515) made by Quardah. It's pretty comprehensive.
 

Q: What is the actual measurement of a 6x or 6u spacebar? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)
Check out this post (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=48446.msg1039010#msg1039010) from Damorgue for a more detailed explanation. 1x = 1u = 1 unit = 19.05mm. Remember that this distance is from key center to key center. See jacobolus' post (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=55041.msg1251234#msg1251234) for more info.
 

Q: What is a Moogle kit? What is a Tsangan kit? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)
Check out this post from jdcarpe (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=56588.msg1282462#msg1282462), this post from Photekq (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40501.msg1041019#msg1041019), and my follow up post (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40501.msg1041034#msg1041034). You'll need to read those posts before this reference picture from dubsgalore (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40501.msg1041142#msg1041142) makes sense. Another good reference for a Tsangan kit is Mr. Chunky's Keycap Layout Guide (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=60972.0). A full moogle set could  look something like this WYSE moogle from eth0s (http://i1148.photobucket.com/albums/o580/eth0sz/WYSEMooglekit.jpg). A full Tsangan kit would look something like this thread from Hashbaz (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=34847.0) and the keyboard would look like this board from MMB (http://cdn.overclock.net/c/c6/350x700px-LL-c663f2b8_DSC_0081_zpse26ced6f.jpeg).


Q: Is there a list of Cherry switch part numbers? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)
Check this post from Spamray out (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40501.msg1062190#msg1062190). The Deskthority wiki (http://deskthority.net/wiki/Cherry_MX) and Cherry's website (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40501.msg1062140#msg1062140) also has the part numbers.
 

Q: Is there a quick primer on what mechanical keyboards are and a basic explanation of the different types out there? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)
Check out this entry from the GH wiki (http://wiki.geekhack.org/index.php?title=Mechanical_Keyboards). You can then check out the links in Lastpilot’s Switch Review Directory (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=44165.0).
 


Q: What is a Click Clack keycap (or a Clack/CC)? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)

Check out the Clack Info Thread (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=39794.0) and Clack Wiki article (http://wiki.geekhack.org/index.php?title=Click_Clack#). You can also check out the Post your Clacks thread (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=33569.0) and ClackFactory's 4Grabs thread (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=24467.0).
 

Q: The switches in my keyboard feel different than the same switches in another keyboard. Why? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)
Check out this post (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=43160.msg878756#msg878756).
 
 

Q: Is there any information on o-rings/soft-landing pads/dampeners? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)
Check out this writeup (http://Check out [url= https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=53990.0). And I’ve also posted a review here (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40227.0).
 

Q: Is there any information on how different switches sound? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)
Check out Mr. Interface's website. (http://www.mrinterface.com/) Click on sim on the right and you can test out how keyboards sound. Just start typing. You can find a similar Model M simulation from Webwit here (http://www.webwit.nl/input/kbsim). Mr. Interface's site also has pictures and YouTube reviews all his keyboards. Mr. Interface is a Deskthority member who organizes switch try or "Try before you buy" stuff (http://deskthority.net/try-before-you-buy-f29/) on Deskthority. Just a heads up, Mr. Interface's website can be very taxing on your browser.
 

Q: Is there a glossary for common abbreviations? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)
Check out this thread. (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=50532.0)
 

Q: Is there a guide on the different keycap set colors? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)
Check out this thread. (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=49524.0)
 

Q: I need to find more info on a keyboard/switch. Are there some sources I can look through? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)
Check out this list listed in the DT wiki. (http://deskthority.net/wiki/Keyboard_websites). There's a lot of information on vintage switches in particular. Also the Deskthority Wiki is my personal go to for information.


Q: Is there a post about the different keycap material types?Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)
Check out this post in the DT wiki. (http://deskthority.net/wiki/Keycap_construction)


Q: What is a price estimate if I want to build my own custom keyboard? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)
This post is a start (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40501.msg1684170#msg1684170) but I highly suggested checking out Making Stuff Together to see what others have done.


Q: I found a G81-XXXX keyboard for sale. Can I use them with MX switches? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)
G81-XXXX keyboards have MY switches. However, MY and MX switches have the same mount so you can use the caps interchangably. I use this DT Wiki article "Cherry Article Numbers" (http://deskthority.net/wiki/Cherry_article_numbers#Keycaps) to determine what the keycaps are for both G81-XXXX and G80-XXXX keyboards.


Q: How do I restore a vintage keyboard?[/iurl][/size]
This video from The 8-Bit Guy (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhbQdojSL8o) and BlueBär's video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7if_CtBmYXc) do a really good job describing how to clean keyboards. The 8-Bit Guy's keyboard also shows how to retro-bright.[/list]
Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
Post by: Strelok on Wed, 20 February 2013, 21:25:32

Q: Is there an explanation on anodization? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)
Check out Photoelectric's post here (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=49632.msg1119502#msg1119502).
 

Q: Are there measurements for keycap thicknesses? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)
Check out WASDKeyboard's post here (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=46709.msg991215#msg991215).
 


Q: Are there pictures of the different LED types? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)


Check out this post from Photoelectric (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=54702.0).

 


Q:  Is there a guide on ergonomic keyboards? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)


Check out this post from hoggy (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=54680.0).

 


Q: How do I lube my Cherry MX switches? Up to FAQ (#post_FAQ)


Check out this post with info from WFD (a video) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EaKBfLB28U), MMB (a thread) (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=34332.0), and ripster (pictures) (http://imgur.com/a/lhLqo/embed#0).
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For CPTBadAss, last letter used is EEEE
 

Original Giveaway Post:
 
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Announcing the Simple Questions Simple Answers giveaway (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40501.msg873120#msg873120). All you gotta do to win some swag is to be the person who posts the 1300th post. This includes international GHers as well. Good luck and happy knowledge gathering


Congrats to esoomenona for winning the first giveaway! He will be getting a Mimic cable from TechKeys![/list]
 


Old stickied topic announcement
 
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT - WE'VE CRACKED THE TOP 10 LIST!! (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40501.msg900362#msg900362) THIS IS ALSO NOW A STICKIED TOPIC!! Thanks to everyone who's asked or answered questions!
 


Old EK Clack Sale FAQ
 
    Have questions about the new EK Clack sale? Click here for more info (https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40501.msg1096293#msg1096293)
     


    Old OP
     
    Ever wanted to ask a quick keyboard-related question but didn't feel like it warranted an entire topic? Ever wanted a thread that a lot of random info in one place? This thread could become that.
     
    Maybe you wanted to know where to buy an o-ring set or a Zelda heart keycap. Maybe you want to know if the keyboard you saw in the "Post Your Korean Custom" picture thread was a KMAC or a Cheat. Maybe you wanted to know if imsto's PBT caps are thick or thin.
     


    Strelok's original post is after the jump.




    I'll bite.

    Can I put a plate on PCB mount switches?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: alaricljs on Wed, 20 February 2013, 21:38:38
    Yes.  The only difference on PCB mount switches is 2 small plastic pins sticking out of the bottom of the housing to either side of the large central pin.  You can cut off the pins to get the same as plate mount, or if the PCB has the holes don't cut them at all.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: WhiteFireDragon on Wed, 20 February 2013, 22:05:49
    Explain dark matter.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: WhiteFireDragon on Wed, 20 February 2013, 22:07:57

    Where can I buy new wire stabilizers?
    WASDKeyboards (http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/index.php/products/keyboard-parts-1.html) has them.

    Btw, they only have 6.25x costar spacebar wire and 2x costar wires. Cherry wires in 6.25x, 7x, and costar in 7x are not available, which I know people do look for occasionally.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: JPG on Wed, 20 February 2013, 22:13:03
    Explain dark matter.

    It's just a HUGE amount of matter so dense thats it's own gravity makes it collapse on itself. It's like having the whole planet earth to fit in a single keycap. It cannot be seen, but can be perceived by the gravitationnal effect on surrounding elements (planets, stars, etc.)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tp4tissue on Wed, 20 February 2013, 22:58:10
    Explain dark matter.

    It's just a HUGE amount of matter so dense thats it's own gravity makes it collapse on itself. It's like having the whole planet earth to fit in a single keycap. It cannot be seen, but can be perceived by the gravitationnal effect on surrounding elements (planets, stars, etc.)

    crazy theories,, Jesus accounts for 84% of the mass of the universe, not dark matter.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tjcaustin on Wed, 20 February 2013, 23:13:10
    Explain dark matter.

    It's just a HUGE amount of matter so dense thats it's own gravity makes it collapse on itself. It's like having the whole planet earth to fit in a single keycap. It cannot be seen, but can be perceived by the gravitationnal effect on surrounding elements (planets, stars, etc.)

    crazy theories,, Jesus accounts for 84% of the mass of the universe, not dark matter.

    It's like you don't even try when you do this anymore...

    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tp4tissue on Wed, 20 February 2013, 23:23:36
    Explain dark matter.

    It's just a HUGE amount of matter so dense thats it's own gravity makes it collapse on itself. It's like having the whole planet earth to fit in a single keycap. It cannot be seen, but can be perceived by the gravitationnal effect on surrounding elements (planets, stars, etc.)

    crazy theories,, Jesus accounts for 84% of the mass of the universe, not dark matter.

    It's like you don't even try when you do this anymore...



    some one has a broken sarcasm meter
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tjcaustin on Wed, 20 February 2013, 23:28:30
    Explain dark matter.

    It's just a HUGE amount of matter so dense thats it's own gravity makes it collapse on itself. It's like having the whole planet earth to fit in a single keycap. It cannot be seen, but can be perceived by the gravitationnal effect on surrounding elements (planets, stars, etc.)

    crazy theories,, Jesus accounts for 84% of the mass of the universe, not dark matter.

    It's like you don't even try when you do this anymore...



    some one has a broken sarcasm meter

    Over-active troll detector would be more accurate.  Pyramids are power.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Wed, 20 February 2013, 23:33:02
    Explain dark matter.

    It's just a HUGE amount of matter so dense thats it's own gravity makes it collapse on itself. It's like having the whole planet earth to fit in a single keycap. It cannot be seen, but can be perceived by the gravitationnal effect on surrounding elements (planets, stars, etc.)

    That's a black hole.  You have no idea what dark matter is.  What dark matter is, is not a simple question and has no simple answer.  Head over to wikipedia.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Wed, 20 February 2013, 23:34:43
    That stuff the luminatti had in Angels and Demons? Yeah, apparently makes helicopters go boom boom.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Wed, 20 February 2013, 23:36:46
    That was antimatter.  It is well understood.  And it wasn't the illuminati, it was the priest.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Wed, 20 February 2013, 23:38:03
    Oh. Shoot, well... uhh... you can get Costar stabilizers from WASD Keyboards! :P
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tp4tissue on Wed, 20 February 2013, 23:42:16
    Oh. Shoot, well... uhh... you can get Costar stabilizers from WASD Keyboards! :P

    Nah...
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Reomero on Thu, 21 February 2013, 01:00:03
    What is the point in novelty keycaps?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Larken on Thu, 21 February 2013, 01:06:01
    for novelty.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Reomero on Thu, 21 February 2013, 02:02:43
    ^lol

    Why are a lot of double-shot keycaps ABS instead of PBT?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Skull_Angel on Thu, 21 February 2013, 02:43:24
    ^lol

    Why are a lot of double-shot keycaps ABS instead of PBT?

    The tooling seems to be more expensive to develop; PBT is a bit trickier to work with than ABS because of warping/shrinkage.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: OnTheBrink on Thu, 21 February 2013, 11:18:22
    I'm looking for a keyboard as good of quality as a Filco or better with Cherry stabilizers, square frame and no logo.

    Any takes?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lu_e on Thu, 21 February 2013, 13:22:15
    104 (http://www.elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=leopold,fullsize)

    or  87 (http://www.elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=leopold,tenkeyless)

    ?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: OnTheBrink on Thu, 21 February 2013, 13:26:52
    104 (http://www.elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=leopold,fullsize)

    or  87 (http://www.elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=leopold,tenkeyless)

    ?

    87... Yuk 104 :P
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lu_e on Thu, 21 February 2013, 14:04:16
    What do you think of the leopold I linked?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: calavera on Thu, 21 February 2013, 14:15:41
    What kind of controller does the Noppoo choc mini use allowing NKRO over USB? And where can I get one besides destroying one? :P
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: OnTheBrink on Thu, 21 February 2013, 15:07:14
    What do you think of the leopold I linked?

    Not too crazy about the case design. Are they made as solid as the Filco's? I'll be honest, the reason I want to try a cherry stabilizer, is because I really don't like the meta ting of the wire.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Thu, 21 February 2013, 17:20:24
    What kind of controller does the Noppoo choc mini use allowing NKRO over USB? And where can I get one besides destroying one? :P

    FYI my Leopold FC200R also manages to do WELL over 6kro over USB.  I don't know why they don't advertise that fact.  I can't hit the limit (it's over 16) with my fingers, I have to used my palm.  Tested here (http://www.microsoft.com/appliedsciences/KeyboardGhostingDemo.mspx)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: okooko on Thu, 21 February 2013, 17:38:58
    Q.
    What do you usually do when you buy another KB knowing your significant other half will be pissed beyond godlike?

    (I just get prepared to spend double, so $xxx.xx for the KB, and $xxx.xx for the hu$h) lol
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 21 February 2013, 17:40:20
    Q.
    What do you usually do when you buy another KB knowing your significant other half will be pissed beyond godlike?

    (I just get prepared to spend double, so $xxx.xx for the KB, and $xxx.xx for the hu$h) lol

    Apparently a very common answer is to hide them in random cardboard boxes then stash em in the basement.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Thu, 21 February 2013, 17:59:38
    Q.
    What do you usually do when you buy another KB knowing your significant other half will be pissed beyond godlike?

    (I just get prepared to spend double, so $xxx.xx for the KB, and $xxx.xx for the hu$h) lol

    Apparently a very common answer is to hide them in random cardboard boxes then stash em in the basement.

    Yeah, or in a disorganized closet, garage, etc. Get a P.O. box. :D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 21 February 2013, 18:46:47
    Just go for the hard counter. Yes, honey, I bought all these boards but here, I bought you this piece of jewelry as well!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Krogenar on Thu, 21 February 2013, 19:09:31
    Explain dark matter.

    I can't explain it because we don't know what it is. All that scientists can be sure about is that their projections about the mass of the universe are not right. If I recall correctly, they think the universe should be expanding at a much faster rate than we observe. Their explanation for why it is not expanding faster is that there must be some large amount of unaccounted mass slowing down the expansion. Since only about 10% of the universe emits radiation (light, x-rays, etc.) we can only observe that small amount. Or maybe they forgot to distribute a -1 somewhere, I dunno.

    Maybe there are giant shrimp-like creatures floating through space, eating planets in their path?

    Meh, next question.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Sai on Thu, 21 February 2013, 19:24:15
    Why and When did Cherry stop making their famous keycaps?
    (if this has been answered, please link me to it. I'd like to read them :D )
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: okooko on Thu, 21 February 2013, 19:56:04
    Just go for the hard counter. Yes, honey, I bought all these boards but here, I bought you this piece of jewelry as well!

    Mate, the next piece of jewelry she is expecting is probably a ring.
    Id rather get scolded than fork out that amount of money that I obviously do not have and the implications if I were to do so.
     (after all my custom IEMS are about to come in the mail, i think the isolation is extreme!)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: calavera on Fri, 22 February 2013, 11:58:39
    Did Noppoo Chic mini just change the bottom row on their keyboards?

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gubz/8384026044/in/photostream/
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Fri, 22 February 2013, 12:04:27
    Stemming off of that, is the Noppoo Choc Mini PCB or Plate mounted?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: calavera on Fri, 22 February 2013, 12:09:02
    Aren't choc mini's all plate mounted?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Fri, 22 February 2013, 12:10:48
    I wasn't sure, that's why I asked. :D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: calavera on Fri, 22 February 2013, 15:43:26
    All of mine are plate mounted.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Fri, 22 February 2013, 15:44:15
    Ah. Thank you. Much appreciated.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: GordonZed on Sat, 23 February 2013, 03:07:11
    I bought a DK9008 but now want the DK9087. Is this just a side effect of joining Geekhack, or should I make the switch once it arrives?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: llovro on Sat, 23 February 2013, 03:22:06
    would it be possible to make a custom keyboard with buckling springs (so it would be programmable, NKRO or 6KRO)?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: The_Beast on Sat, 23 February 2013, 03:28:27
    would it be possible to make a custom keyboard with buckling springs (so it would be programmable, NKRO or 6KRO)?

    It's hard but do-able. mkawa is making a bunch of custom SSK right now
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: llovro on Sat, 23 February 2013, 03:44:57
    would it be possible to make a custom keyboard with buckling springs (so it would be programmable, NKRO or 6KRO)?

    It's hard but do-able. mkawa is making a bunch of custom SSK right now
    Yeah I know that, but 2KRO is probably a deal breaker for me :( But what would I have to do to make that possible? Make a custom PCB?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: rootwyrm on Sat, 23 February 2013, 03:45:42
    I bought a DK9008 but now want the DK9087. Is this just a side effect of joining Geekhack, or should I make the switch once it arrives?

    Yes.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: L4yercake on Sat, 23 February 2013, 03:49:48
    Are double shot ABS considered "thick" like an imsto PBT thick? I've seen a couple doublshot ABS called "thin" but I'm still a little confused on the matter regarding mixing / matching PBT thicks and ABS double-shots.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: The_Beast on Sat, 23 February 2013, 03:57:57
    would it be possible to make a custom keyboard with buckling springs (so it would be programmable, NKRO or 6KRO)?

    It's hard but do-able. mkawa is making a bunch of custom SSK right now
    Yeah I know that, but 2KRO is probably a deal breaker for me :( But what would I have to do to make that possible? Make a custom PCB?

    I don't think BS board can have a PCB. But I'm not 100%

    Are double shot ABS considered "thick" like an imsto PBT thick? I've seen a couple doublshot ABS called "thin" but I'm still a little confused on the matter regarding mixing / matching PBT thicks and ABS double-shots.

    Depends. SP is pretty thin DS keys and Cherry's are considered thick

    Not all DS caps are created the same!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Sat, 23 February 2013, 07:51:03
    would it be possible to make a custom keyboard with buckling springs (so it would be programmable, NKRO or 6KRO)?

    It's hard but do-able. mkawa is making a bunch of custom SSK right now
    Yeah I know that, but 2KRO is probably a deal breaker for me :( But what would I have to do to make that possible? Make a custom PCB?

    I don't think BS board can have a PCB. But I'm not 100%

    Are double shot ABS considered "thick" like an imsto PBT thick? I've seen a couple doublshot ABS called "thin" but I'm still a little confused on the matter regarding mixing / matching PBT thicks and ABS double-shots.

    Depends. SP is pretty thin DS keys and Cherry's are considered thick

    Not all DS caps are created the same!
    Or get an F with a Soarer-verter.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: L4yercake on Sat, 23 February 2013, 11:56:46
    Now this leads me too a somewhat related follow up question. Is it / would it be possible to make double-shots for back-lit keycaps?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: aviphysics on Sat, 23 February 2013, 12:14:56
    would it be possible to make a custom keyboard with buckling springs (so it would be programmable, NKRO or 6KRO)?

    It's hard but do-able. mkawa is making a bunch of custom SSK right now
    Yeah I know that, but 2KRO is probably a deal breaker for me :( But what would I have to do to make that possible? Make a custom PCB?

    Couldn't you take the keyboard controller of your choice and hand wire the matrix for the buckling springs.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: aviphysics on Sat, 23 February 2013, 12:17:13
    Is there a way to get translucent on black double shots for a back lit keyboard?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Sat, 23 February 2013, 16:38:28
    Is there a way to get translucent on black double shots for a back lit keyboard?

    Because of how the second shot flows around the first shot in the mold, they do not come out well. I have some "mistake" keys that Rayuki sent me, and three of them are the clear polycarbonate first shot, with white ABS as the second shot. I held them up to a bright light, and the "ESC" key shows the light pretty well, but the others don't look great. They don't pass light through the complete legend. Reversing the plastics in the process gives you our January and February GEEK HACK keycaps. :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Sat, 23 February 2013, 17:00:05
    Clear first shot will look good if the molds are made for it to address that problem so that there are no lines from the second shot running through the legends.

    Cherry discontinued doubleshots in late 2010 or early 2011 possibly judging from internal assembly dates inside the keyboard. It happened not too long after the ZF buyout of Cherry, reason cited was cost effectiveness going by some conversations I have had with a few Cherry employees. The tooling was later sold entirely to GMK who have continued making them.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: aviphysics on Sat, 23 February 2013, 17:12:29
    Is there a way to get translucent on black double shots for a back lit keyboard?

    Because of how the second shot flows around the first shot in the mold, they do not come out well. I have some "mistake" keys that Rayuki sent me, and three of them are the clear polycarbonate first shot, with white ABS as the second shot. I held them up to a bright light, and the "ESC" key shows the light pretty well, but the others don't look great. They don't pass light through the complete legend. Reversing the plastics in the process gives you our January and February GEEK HACK keycaps. :)

    From the GH keys, it seems like it is pretty clear what the problem is. Those keys look really neat though, unfortunately I am not that interested in slapping more branding on my board. I totally want the Vegas dice set carried out from 0 to 9. Either dots or numbers would be awesome.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: L4yercake on Sat, 23 February 2013, 17:32:57
    Clear first shot will look good if the molds are made for it to address that problem so that there are no lines from the second shot running through the legends.

    Cherry discontinued doubleshots in late 2010 or early 2011 possibly judging from internal assembly dates inside the keyboard. It happened not too long after the ZF buyout of Cherry, reason cited was cost effectiveness going by some conversations I have had with a few Cherry employees. The tooling was later sold entirely to GMK who have continued making them.

    Well I just placed a black ABS Cap on top of an LED and there was some major light-seepage through the cap. If the molds were to be adjusted I'd think you'd have to first make them the thicker style caps as well as have a different mold for each letter/symbol. GB anyone?  :p
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sat, 23 February 2013, 17:39:04
    Clear first shot will look good if the molds are made for it to address that problem so that there are no lines from the second shot running through the legends.

    Cherry discontinued doubleshots in late 2010 or early 2011 possibly judging from internal assembly dates inside the keyboard. It happened not too long after the ZF buyout of Cherry, reason cited was cost effectiveness going by some conversations I have had with a few Cherry employees. The tooling was later sold entirely to GMK who have continued making them.

    Well I just placed a black ABS Cap on top of an LED and there was some major light-seepage through the cap. If the molds were to be adjusted I'd think you'd have to first make them the thicker style caps as well as have a different mold for each letter/symbol. GB anyone?  :p

    I think making new molds for the injection molding machines is very expensive. Old Cherry ABS doubleshots are apparently very thick. But I've never seen a board with them/typed on them so I'm not 100% sure
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Sat, 23 February 2013, 17:42:41
    Cherry keys are totally opaque, no light passes at all regardless of the color either. GMK had some clear first shot in a sample picture that was sent to us, so I would guess they are allready on top of it. I put in a request about having some done like this for a set of lock keys already to test it out before suggesting it for 46/47 (alpha numerics) or full sets.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: L4yercake on Sat, 23 February 2013, 17:42:59
    Thats what I figured, but fun to think about nonetheless.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: aviphysics on Sat, 23 February 2013, 18:09:56
    Cherry keys are totally opaque, no light passes at all regardless of the color either. GMK had some clear first shot in a sample picture that was sent to us, so I would guess they are allready on top of it. I put in a request about having some done like this for a set of lock keys already to test it out before suggesting it for 46/47 (alpha numerics) or full sets.

    Well make sure to let us all know if anything happens. I would be very excited to get a alpha numeric set. An alpha numeric set with translucent second shots might be even cooler though.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: ihateregister on Tue, 26 February 2013, 03:09:12
    I have three major questions;

    #A: My previous keyboard with scissor keys (http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/illuminated-keyboard?crid=26) (3.2 mm travel), with a Logitech Illuminated Keyboard (http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/illuminated-keyboard?crid=26), no rollover, white-LEDs, USB.

    #B: My new keyboard is a CM Storm Trigger (http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?product_id=3089) with Cherry Red MX switches (2mm to actuation, 4mm to bottom), red-LEDs, 6 rollover, USB, with 5 macros.

    1. O-Rings, where do you get them cheap, with near maximum reduction of movement. (EPDM? 40A? ~3/16 ID, 3/8 OD, 3/32 W = 2.38mm reduction) I'm a heavy typer. The leds are very close to the cherry switches (http://i50.tinypic.com/2a5b08y.jpg), would a larger o-ring affect the LEDs used in my keyboard, or am I just being paranoid?
    2. How much work would it take to replace red with white? I'm familiar with soldering, but not so sure if the resistors are going to be the same as long as the lumen output is very close?
    3. My CM Storm Trigger keyboard has the "stacked keys" is there a way to make it flatter, and less tall? the keys feel huge to me. Can key caps be bought, or designed that are shorter? Is it expensive?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 26 February 2013, 06:21:39
    I have three major questions;

    #A: My previous keyboard with scissor keys (http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/illuminated-keyboard?crid=26) (3.2 mm travel), with a Logitech Illuminated Keyboard (http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/illuminated-keyboard?crid=26), no rollover, white-LEDs, USB.

    #B: My new keyboard is a CM Storm Trigger (http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?product_id=3089) with Cherry Red MX switches (2mm to actuation, 4mm to bottom), red-LEDs, 6 rollover, USB, with 5 macros.

    1. O-Rings, where do you get them cheap, with near maximum reduction of movement. (EPDM? 40A? ~3/16 ID, 3/8 OD, 3/32 W = 2.38mm reduction) I'm a heavy typer. The leds are very close to the cherry switches (http://i50.tinypic.com/2a5b08y.jpg), would a larger o-ring affect the LEDs used in my keyboard, or am I just being paranoid?
    2. How much work would it take to replace red with white? I'm familiar with soldering, but not so sure if the resistors are going to be the same as long as the lumen output is very close?
    3. My CM Storm Trigger keyboard has the "stacked keys" is there a way to make it flatter, and less tall? the keys feel huge to me. Can key caps be bought, or designed that are shorter? Is it expensive?

    1) You can get O-rings at WASDKeyboards. I wrote a review (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40227.0) on them if you wanted to get some of my thoughts on them. You can also order a sampler pack from WASD which would allow you to try out some o-rings before you bought them.

    2) I don't know enough about soldering LEDs to answer :(

    3) Yes keycaps can be bought that are lower profile. The CM Storm Trigger has CM's OEM profile. You'll probably want to look for a Cherry profile or a Leopold OEM profile. Many group buys from Signature Plastics have a Cherry imitation profile. Besides that, I believe imsto's keycap sets are Cherry profile. Or you can buy an old Cherry keyboard for just the keycaps. You can check the GB section or classifieds for pricing. I'm no long sure what "expensive" means to most people anymore :P
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: ihateregister on Tue, 26 February 2013, 20:25:46
    First off, thanks for the informative responses. :)

    1) You can get O-rings at WASDKeyboards. I wrote a review (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40227.0) on them if you wanted to get some of my thoughts on them. You can also order a sampler pack from WASD which would allow you to try out some o-rings before you bought them.
    All of the WASD O-Rings are tiny, in fact his last announcement about them is they have a newer smaller one. (Doh!) This is the opposite of what I am looking for, my brother bought a pack of the thickest ones, and you cant really feel the difference, but the sound dampening is there. I thought about double stacking (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=5450.msg385117#msg385117), but then I'm paying at least double... so might be better to buy in bulk. Ive found that mcmaster.com seems to only offer 70A and harder orings. The cheap stuff seems to be made out of nitrate, the better stuff out of silicone, or perhaps EDPM rubber.

    2) I don't know enough about soldering LEDs to answer :(
    This is a fustrating subject, it seems like all the reviews I've read simply get the keyboard, keep it, and copy paste the same review over and over again. The most "daring" reviewers will remove a key or two to show off the LED with no specs at all. Most say just look for the actual size. (3mm, 5mm, etc etc) The best review I could find is this one: tweaktown.com (http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/5137/cm_storm_trigger_cherry_mx_green_mechanical_gaming_keyboard_review/index7.html)
    I am reasonably certain I have 3mm sized red leds. I found some nice 3mm's here (http://www.electron.com/leds/through-hole-leds/3mm-leds/). Not sure if I want to resolder a bunch of stuff to experiment just yet.

    3) Yes keycaps can be bought that are lower profile. The CM Storm Trigger has CM's OEM profile. You'll probably want to look for a Cherry profile or a Leopold OEM profile. Many group buys from Signature Plastics have a Cherry imitation profile. Besides that, I believe imsto's keycap sets are Cherry profile. Or you can buy an old Cherry keyboard for just the keycaps. You can check the GB section or classifieds for pricing. I'm no long sure what "expensive" means to most people anymore :P
    This seems very complicated, with people in the "know" saying it's common sense, OEMS (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=35285.msg654984#msg654984) a "common" that alot of keyboard makers make. (Including coolermaster.) Another factor is that there are some makers who use different sized keys for different parts of their keyboard, and/or poorer quality keys that do not fit, or have uneasy leveling like they are using damaged molds. I guess I will need to find out the exact dimensions of a OEM Key. As far as price range. I have no clue. I would think $20-25 is a good price range. There are exactly 109 keys on my board. The more duh, is that smaller keycaps would make me use smaller sized o-rings. So I might just want to leave it at OEM key size.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 26 February 2013, 21:22:52
    Stock OEM caps like ones off your QFR usually go for like $15-25. New sets like the Klaxon or the CCnG Round 2 might go for $100 for a fulllset.

    And if you're just looking at reviews, I wouldn't expect there to be a guide on how to resolder stuff. Check out the "Making stuff together" subforum. I'm sure you'll learn a lot there. Or hop on IRC and ask the chat whats up.

    Recently I saw a sale in the classifieds where someone was selling the 70A o-rings. I thought 50A was way too much personally. But you can definitely get them.

    Yeah, I did this in reverse order ^_^
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Tue, 26 February 2013, 21:36:33
    Simple Question :)

    I'm pretty sure these are thick based on photos, but are they OEM profile? http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a230r.1.0.223.FIQId3&id=17720311404
    More photos from an older G80-3496 keyboard thread , but I'm only interested in the red caps - http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=37466.0
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 27 February 2013, 05:18:30
    Looks like they're Cherry profile? I'm just assuming because it says "KBC Cherry" on the taobao link and the second link has the red alphas with stock black keys. If they're not the same profile, then there'd be a weird jump between the QWERTY row and the 12345 row. That's the reason why I sold my alpha set from Takaki. Great caps; looked good on the Leo, but I couldn't get used to the gap (the alphas were higher than the 12345 row).
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Wed, 27 February 2013, 10:57:46
    So in other words they'll match up with Imsto thick? I remember what happened with the keys you got from Takaki, but they were higher than your Leopold keys, while these (KBC reds) would be lower, right?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 27 February 2013, 11:11:18
    So in other words they'll match up with Imsto thick? I remember what happened with the keys you got from Takaki, but they were higher than your Leopold keys, while these (KBC reds) would be lower, right?

    I would think so but let's try for some backup. Hey SmallFry, help your pupil out?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Grimey on Wed, 27 February 2013, 12:05:57
    I have asked this in several venues and never received and answer.  Did NMB ever make a Space Invader board in a 101/104 US-ANSI layout as we would expect it today (No big ass enterkey, full sized backspace)?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Wed, 27 February 2013, 12:29:17
    @Jocelyn yes those are same thick Cherry profile PBT that imsto sell, in fact they even had the red at one point and maybe still do.

    @Grimey I have never seen one, always with the bigass in 'ANSI' though have seen normal ISO version which I would find more preferable as I completely hate bigass enter.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Wed, 27 February 2013, 13:55:56
    I would think so but let's try for some backup. Hey SmallFry, help your pupil out?

    @Jocelyn yes those are same thick Cherry profile PBT that imsto sell, in fact they even had the red at one point and maybe still do.

    @Grimey I have never seen one, always with the bigass in 'ANSI' though have seen normal ISO version which I would find more preferable as I completely hate bigass enter.

    Thank You for the answers! So I can get a 37 + Escape set of blanks for only ~$13 (+5% agent fee and $5 shipping) or the same set with legends for only ~$30?
    Please let me know, because I have not seen blanks available, outside of the WASD set, from Imsto or Feng and this price almost seems too good to be true. I'd really like to use some of these with Imsto's blank grey caps.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Wed, 27 February 2013, 13:59:00
    If you want printed ones, feng has them stock in the ebay store here (http://www.ebay.com/itm/KBC-Red-Dyesub-Thick-PBT-37-Keyset-Cherry-MX-Keycaps-/230892913898?pt=PCA_Mice_Trackballs&hash=item35c24a44ea).
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Wed, 27 February 2013, 14:08:36
    If you want printed ones, feng has them stock in the ebay store here (http://www.ebay.com/itm/KBC-Red-Dyesub-Thick-PBT-37-Keyset-Cherry-MX-Keycaps-/230892913898?pt=PCA_Mice_Trackballs&hash=item35c24a44ea).

    Thing is that I don't think I want them printed and I have a really good agent (Bhiner). So the 75 Yuan ones are blanks, right?
    I'll probably order the grey blanks from Feng via PM if I decide to go this route. Thanks for all of your help :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: GordonZed on Wed, 27 February 2013, 18:59:08
    How long does one have to be a member in order to put an item for sale in the classified section? I'm assuming it's based on post count?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: The_Beast on Wed, 27 February 2013, 19:00:05
    60 posts
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: JPG on Wed, 27 February 2013, 19:08:13
    First off, thanks for the informative responses. :)

    1) You can get O-rings at WASDKeyboards. I wrote a review (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40227.0) on them if you wanted to get some of my thoughts on them. You can also order a sampler pack from WASD which would allow you to try out some o-rings before you bought them.
    All of the WASD O-Rings are tiny, in fact his last announcement about them is they have a newer smaller one. (Doh!) This is the opposite of what I am looking for, my brother bought a pack of the thickest ones, and you cant really feel the difference, but the sound dampening is there. I thought about double stacking (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=5450.msg385117#msg385117), but then I'm paying at least double... so might be better to buy in bulk. Ive found that mcmaster.com seems to only offer 70A and harder orings. The cheap stuff seems to be made out of nitrate, the better stuff out of silicone, or perhaps EDPM rubber.

    2) I don't know enough about soldering LEDs to answer :(
    This is a fustrating subject, it seems like all the reviews I've read simply get the keyboard, keep it, and copy paste the same review over and over again. The most "daring" reviewers will remove a key or two to show off the LED with no specs at all. Most say just look for the actual size. (3mm, 5mm, etc etc) The best review I could find is this one: tweaktown.com (http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/5137/cm_storm_trigger_cherry_mx_green_mechanical_gaming_keyboard_review/index7.html)
    I am reasonably certain I have 3mm sized red leds. I found some nice 3mm's here (http://www.electron.com/leds/through-hole-leds/3mm-leds/). Not sure if I want to resolder a bunch of stuff to experiment just yet.

    3) Yes keycaps can be bought that are lower profile. The CM Storm Trigger has CM's OEM profile. You'll probably want to look for a Cherry profile or a Leopold OEM profile. Many group buys from Signature Plastics have a Cherry imitation profile. Besides that, I believe imsto's keycap sets are Cherry profile. Or you can buy an old Cherry keyboard for just the keycaps. You can check the GB section or classifieds for pricing. I'm no long sure what "expensive" means to most people anymore :P
    This seems very complicated, with people in the "know" saying it's common sense, OEMS (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=35285.msg654984#msg654984) a "common" that alot of keyboard makers make. (Including coolermaster.) Another factor is that there are some makers who use different sized keys for different parts of their keyboard, and/or poorer quality keys that do not fit, or have uneasy leveling like they are using damaged molds. I guess I will need to find out the exact dimensions of a OEM Key. As far as price range. I have no clue. I would think $20-25 is a good price range. There are exactly 109 keys on my board. The more duh, is that smaller keycaps would make me use smaller sized o-rings. So I might just want to leave it at OEM key size.

    I just got some 0-rings on Amazon a few days ago. They are 70A. I got some 1/16 thick (code 008), and some thicker (code 106). I found that I prefer the 1/16 better, but I always liked the travel on cherry boards. I must say that I really like the hardness of the 70A o-rings, but I havent tried any other. I wanted hard o-rings because I dont like mushy things. Also, they were CHEAP. Like less than 2$ forma pack of 100. Worth a try I think.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 27 February 2013, 20:04:41

    I just got some 0-rings on Amazon a few days ago. They are 70A. I got some 1/16 thick (code 008), and some thicker (code 106). I found that I prefer the 1/16 better, but I always liked the travel on cherry boards. I must say that I really like the hardness of the 70A o-rings, but I havent tried any other. I wanted hard o-rings because I dont like mushy things. Also, they were CHEAP. Like less than 2$ forma pack of 100. Worth a try I think.

    That's good to know. I didn't know where people got the 70A o-rings.


    So in other words they'll match up with Imsto thick? I remember what happened with the keys you got from Takaki, but they were higher than your Leopold keys, while these (KBC reds) would be lower, right?

    I would think so but let's try for some backup. Hey SmallFry, help your pupil out?

    @Jocelyn yes those are same thick Cherry profile PBT that imsto sell, in fact they even had the red at one point and maybe still do.


    Hm, called for SmallFry and got Lysol/Ivan. What happens if I try and call Ivan? :P
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: whiskytango on Wed, 27 February 2013, 20:43:00
    Do Cherry switches share the same bottom half? In other words, could I use the bottom half of a black switch with a blue stem and spring and essentially have a blue switch? I am assuming the top halves of the housings are all the same.

    So if you had the switches installed in one of the custom plates such as the phantom plates from WFD, you could just change the top half of the switch out and have a completely new switch type?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Wed, 27 February 2013, 20:45:47
    Housing is identical on all MX switch except locking, only differences are with stem/spring combinations.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: The_Beast on Wed, 27 February 2013, 20:46:21
    Do Cherry switches share the same bottom half? In other words, could I use the bottom half of a black switch with a blue stem and spring and essentially have a blue switch? I am assuming the top halves of the housings are all the same.

    So if you had the switches installed in one of the custom plates such as the phantom plates from WFD, you could just change the top half of the switch out and have a completely new switch type?

    Yes, switch bottoms and tops are the same with every switch except the MX locks. So you can change springs or stems with any cherry switch. I could take a switch that was originally a black switch and make an ergo clear, which is an entirely different spring and stem with no problem at all
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Wed, 27 February 2013, 20:47:30
    CPT calls, Ivan appears. CPT calls, SmallFry appears. YEW IS AWESOME SUPERHEROBRO!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: L4yercake on Wed, 27 February 2013, 20:50:02
    Do 7x Spacerbars exist in Thick PBT? I have a feeling I'm going to have a MX Mini soon and its one of my concerns as well as the short right shift. Although I believe RGB sets were made at one point?

    And anywhere to purchase magenta LED's? What kinda of LED's do I want, I've been reading around and I see 3mm and 5mm both work?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Wed, 27 February 2013, 20:51:54
    Unless you get actual Cherry PBT sets, 7x PBT spacebars are unicorns.
    Magenta LED's are a mystery to me, sorry. I think that if you can find the wavelength you could find them relatively cheap and abundant on Digikey/Mouser. I don't know the wavelength however.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: L4yercake on Wed, 27 February 2013, 20:59:02
    If it helps, the ones from a Ducky YOTD Reds?

    And I just noticed I missed out on feng's spacerbar group buy, the humanity!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: alaricljs on Wed, 27 February 2013, 21:01:11
    No thick PBT 7x spacebars.  Ever.   Show me one to prove me wrong :)

    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Wed, 27 February 2013, 21:06:59
    I looked up Violet on Mouser and got this link...here. (http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Xicon/351-3314-RC/?qs=sGAEpiMZZMs4quMj8r4lmhkgS3sR5ux3fNgPNtlWgow%3d) I think these are 3mm and will work.
    If that link doesn't work follow this path to get to the product or search the Xicon 351-3314-RC:
    All Products » Optoelectronics » LED Indication » Standard LEDs - Through Hole » Xicon 351-3314-RC
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Wed, 27 February 2013, 21:07:25
    No thick PBT 7x spacebars.  Ever.   Show me one to prove me wrong :)


    Er, aren't Cherry sets a PBT spacebar if you get a set of dye subs?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Wed, 27 February 2013, 21:17:21
    Right only old Cherry PBT set have thick, most easy to find on dyesubs Cherry sets, but some very old lasered set will also have them, like this one (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Cherry-D-91275-PS-2-Keyboard-G81-3000LPDUS-00-/271156209116?pt=PCA_Mice_Trackballs&hash=item3f222b65dc) should but I can't guarantee you that 100%. All the keys on it should be MX compatible though, not like recent MY thin PBT with that inbuild stabs garbage and it has the nice Cherry font not that uglier one they are using now and will have smooth lasering not rough.
    Depend what you are needing the led for, switch 2x3mm, 3mm or lock lights 3mm, 5mm on what size. You should be looking for 2.8-3.4fV, 20ma, 3000mc led.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: L4yercake on Wed, 27 February 2013, 23:26:40
    So this should have a thick x7 PBT Spacebar? (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Cherry-D-91275-PS-2-Keyboard-G81-3000LPDUS-00-/271156209116?pt=PCA_Mice_Trackballs&hash=item3f222b65dc)

    Time to bust out the rit dye!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: llovro on Thu, 28 February 2013, 11:23:18
    is Macintosh Keyboard (M0110) mechanical? If so what switches it uses?
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/76/Apple_Macintosh_Plus_Keyboard.jpg
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: alaricljs on Thu, 28 February 2013, 11:28:25
    No thick PBT 7x spacebars.  Ever.   Show me one to prove me wrong :)
    Er, aren't Cherry sets a PBT spacebar if you get a set of dye subs?

    My point being that I have yet to see one and I keep hearing "should" instead of "does"
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: alaricljs on Thu, 28 February 2013, 11:29:10
    is Macintosh Keyboard (M0110) mechanical? If so what switches it uses?
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/76/Apple_Macintosh_Plus_Keyboard.jpg

    Yes, some form of alps
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Thu, 28 February 2013, 12:40:18
    Don't dye that nice vintage PBT set, it is not likely to come out well dying used key from my experience. Most likely it will come out uneven and highlight the hell out of any scratches and wear. I have thick PBT spacebars from Cherry two 8x from typewriters and 7x on my HASRO set. If I had a camera I would take you some photos to prove the existence but you can just take my word for it.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Thu, 28 February 2013, 12:48:56
    IIRC, salmon/pink (depending on whom you ask).
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Thu, 28 February 2013, 12:52:37
    No, M0110 have these:
    (http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff194/freeway775/KB-57-Apple-M0110A-T/AppleM0110A-TU-SB5S.jpg)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: blueasjim on Thu, 28 February 2013, 12:59:42
    I sent a PM to someone because I wasn't sure where to ask this question, then I saw this thread.

    Oops.

    Anyways, what is the image size I can go with if I wanted to put an image on the R4 (number key row) and the backspace key?

    Thanks.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: alaricljs on Thu, 28 February 2013, 13:02:41
    What company is producing the keycap?  (presumably WASD)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: blueasjim on Thu, 28 February 2013, 13:04:10
    What company is producing the keycap?  (presumably WASD)

    Yeah, I think you'd have to go bulk anywhere else... Although I'm not 100% sure.
    My wife wants a special set made... so I was looking through some images to see what I could possibly do.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Champloo on Thu, 28 February 2013, 13:06:20
    I've got WYSE keycaps on a QFR right now, the top num row and the alphas and I am looking for ideas on how to fill in the rest of the board.  I've thought about the black modifiers from SP or maybe finding some cherry stuff that may match the color scheme but I'm hoping you guys are more creative than I am.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: alaricljs on Thu, 28 February 2013, 13:06:37
    WASD recommends a minimum of 200x200 for a standard cap, you can of course multiply that out by the keycap width to get the appropriate size for larger keys.  Backspace is 2x so 400x200 minimum, just keep the ratio and pump up the resolution for a nice clear image.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 28 February 2013, 13:08:39
    I've got WYSE keycaps on a QFR right now, the top num row and the alphas and I am looking for ideas on how to fill in the rest of the board.  I've thought about the black modifiers from SP or maybe finding some cherry stuff that may match the color scheme but I'm hoping you guys are more creative than I am.

    There's Klaxon, Toxic, Raindrop, and CCnG round 2 group buys running. See if you like any of those color schemes. You can also try Sherryton's store for ideas.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: blueasjim on Thu, 28 February 2013, 13:13:33
    WASD recommends a minimum of 200x200 for a standard cap, you can of course multiply that out by the keycap width to get the appropriate size for larger keys.  Backspace is 2x so 400x200 minimum, just keep the ratio and pump up the resolution for a nice clear image.

    Thank you.  :D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: MJ45 on Thu, 28 February 2013, 19:26:17
    I'm new to mechanical keyboards I only have four so far but my question is what are the benefits of putting stickers in MX switches.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 28 February 2013, 19:30:45
    I'm new to mechanical keyboards I only have four so far but my question is what are the benefits of putting stickers in MX switches.

    Apparently the MX switches are slightly wobbly and stickers reduce that wobble. I don't really believe it myself.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Thu, 28 February 2013, 19:31:32
    Short answer: it is debatable that they do anything at all.

    Long answer: Cherry MX switches have a casing that is two halves clipped together in the middle.  The sticker goes between them and makes it a tighter fit.  This is supposed to keep the switch housing from moving ever so slightly when under pressure.  Perhaps it is also supposed to absorb vibration.  Anyway the koreans like 'em so everyone here pays for 'em (even me, and I firmly believe that they don't make any difference)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Thu, 28 February 2013, 19:32:56

    Apparently the MX switches are slightly wobbly and stickers reduce that wobble. I don't really believe it myself.

    I'll have to agree about them reducing the wobble being nonsense. They're really just for looks, and even then you're not really going to see them unless you're replacing caps.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tjcaustin on Thu, 28 February 2013, 19:34:56
    I've got boards with and without and I can't tell any real difference.  My brain tries to say "Oh but maybe the switch feels slightly different/whatever" but yeah, I can't tell any difference.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Thu, 28 February 2013, 19:35:51
    No, M0110 have these:
    Show Image
    (http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff194/freeway775/KB-57-Apple-M0110A-T/AppleM0110A-TU-SB5S.jpg)

    Oh, right. My bad... :/
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: L4yercake on Thu, 28 February 2013, 19:36:47

    Apparently the MX switches are slightly wobbly and stickers reduce that wobble. I don't really believe it myself.

    I'll have to agree about them reducing the wobble being nonsense. They're really just for looks, and even then you're not really going to see them unless you're replacing caps.

    I didn't believe it until I got my Vintage Blacks recently and it was visibly obvious the top / bottom wobble against each-other because the spring is pushing the top up and they don't sit flush. I'd say they help if you can actually see the wobble. I guess there are varying factory qualities though.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Grimey on Fri, 01 March 2013, 12:12:19
    What are the part numbers for Cherry Plate Stabilizers for 1X2 and standar spacebar (?1x6.25 or something)?  And if this is answered where is the best place to order these from?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: alaricljs on Fri, 01 March 2013, 12:16:22
    Standard Cherry part numbers found in their datasheet (http://www.cherrycorp.com/english/switches/key/mx.htm).  No where to order 6.25x from since they "don't exist".  Mouser and OnlineComponents are where you want to look.


    That said, I do still have a few sets of plate mount stabs for TKL boards w/ 6.25x space bars.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Grimey on Fri, 01 March 2013, 12:20:39
    Standard Cherry part numbers found in their datasheet (http://www.cherrycorp.com/english/switches/key/mx.htm).  No where to order 6.25x from since they "don't exist".  Mouser and OnlineComponents are where you want to look.


    That said, I do still have a few sets of stabs for TKL boards w/ 6.25x space bars.

    So if need to order a set for a poker plate/pcb combo that I got from iMav I should order...

    G99-0224 X4
    and which of the following for the space bar..
    G99-0226
    G99-0226
    G99-0379
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: alaricljs on Fri, 01 March 2013, 12:23:01
    Either the 0226 or 0379 and then bend and cut for 6.25.   0226 will give you more room to maneuver since it's longer.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Fri, 01 March 2013, 12:25:18
    I've recently done some bending and it is totally hard to get it just right.  Thank god the cherry wires are so much simpler than the costar.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Fri, 01 March 2013, 13:33:37
    I've recently done some bending and it is totally hard to get it just right.  Thank god the cherry wires are so much simpler than the costar.

    That's the wonderful thing about getting your plate mount Cherry stabs from old WYSE boards. They have a 10x spacebar wire, so you just use an existing 6.25x or 7x wire to measure, and bend at 90 degrees with a pair of pliers. :D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Fri, 01 March 2013, 13:34:58
    Hey! You update your signature!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Fri, 01 March 2013, 13:35:28
    I've recently done some bending and it is totally hard to get it just right.  Thank god the cherry wires are so much simpler than the costar.

    That's the wonderful thing about getting your plate mount Cherry stabs from old WYSE boards. They have a 10x spacebar wire, so you just use an existing 6.25x or 7x wire to measure, and bend at 90 degrees with a pair of pliers. :D

    I found that method insufficient.  I took a hint from SmallFry and locked it in a vice and hammered it over.  Gives a nice 90 bend.  With hand tools it was too round which doesn't fit well into the stabilizer blocks, and will make the space feel weird.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Fri, 01 March 2013, 13:36:28
    Also, I used copper wire for my stab recently. Doesn't affect the feel whatsoever. Plus, it was easier to bend.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Fri, 01 March 2013, 13:44:52
    I've recently done some bending and it is totally hard to get it just right.  Thank god the cherry wires are so much simpler than the costar.

    That's the wonderful thing about getting your plate mount Cherry stabs from old WYSE boards. They have a 10x spacebar wire, so you just use an existing 6.25x or 7x wire to measure, and bend at 90 degrees with a pair of pliers. :D

    I found that method insufficient.  I took a hint from SmallFry and locked it in a vice and hammered it over.  Gives a nice 90 bend.  With hand tools it was too round which doesn't fit well into the stabilizer blocks, and will make the space feel weird.

    That actually describes my method more accurately. I hold the wire with the pliers, and bend it by hand to 90 degrees. Gives it a nice sharp angle, since the sides of the pliers are flat. ;)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: whiskytango on Fri, 01 March 2013, 13:45:11
    I've recently done some bending and it is totally hard to get it just right.  Thank god the cherry wires are so much simpler than the costar.

    That's the wonderful thing about getting your plate mount Cherry stabs from old WYSE boards. They have a 10x spacebar wire, so you just use an existing 6.25x or 7x wire to measure, and bend at 90 degrees with a pair of pliers. :D

    I am planning on doing this for my phantom with some of the WYSE stabs I have, but my problem is that I do not have a 7x wire to use as a template, or a 6.25 for that matter. Any suggestions? I guess I could try measuring the distance between the stabs once they are on the plate and try to duplicate that...
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Fri, 01 March 2013, 13:48:01
    I'll take some pictures when I get home of what I did. Er, wait. I glued my stabs in. I took one end, put it in like normal. Then I put the other one in but not into the bent part. Mark the middle of the stab and then bend at that point... If that made any sense whatsoever.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: whiskytango on Fri, 01 March 2013, 13:50:24
    I'll take some pictures when I get home of what I did. Er, wait. I glued my stabs in. I took one end, put it in like normal. Then I put the other one in but not into the bent part. Mark the middle of the stab and then bend at that point... If that made any sense whatsoever.

    Yeah, that's kinda what I meant when I said "measure". I was thinking to use the wire as a ruler and just mark it where the bend needs to be. If that has worked for you then I will go with that method probably. Unless I can get my hands on a 7x wire, but I only need one so then there'd be no point in bending another.... I will just go with what I have on hand I think
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Fri, 01 March 2013, 13:52:01
    I am planning on doing this for my phantom with some of the WYSE stabs I have, but my problem is that I do not have a 7x wire to use as a template, or a 6.25 for that matter. Any suggestions? I guess I could try measuring the distance between the stabs once they are on the plate and try to duplicate that...

    I'm sending you those blue switches on Monday. Send me a spacebar wire, and I'll send you a 7x bent one. :) If you want a 6.25, I can do that, too.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Grimey on Fri, 01 March 2013, 13:56:28
    Either the 0226 or 0379 and then bend and cut for 6.25.   0226 will give you more room to maneuver since it's longer.

    So the alternative would be to buy Costar style stabs + wires and file (cut, whatever) the plate to fit those then?  I assume this is also possible?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: alaricljs on Fri, 01 March 2013, 13:59:35
    yes for 6.25.  If you want Costar 7x then you need to bend that.  :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: whiskytango on Fri, 01 March 2013, 14:01:16
    I am planning on doing this for my phantom with some of the WYSE stabs I have, but my problem is that I do not have a 7x wire to use as a template, or a 6.25 for that matter. Any suggestions? I guess I could try measuring the distance between the stabs once they are on the plate and try to duplicate that...

    I'm sending you those blue switches on Monday. Send me a spacebar wire, and I'll send you a 7x bent one. :) If you want a 6.25, I can do that, too.

    Ok, that works for me. I just need the 7x I think. Don't have any plans to put cherry stabs in anything that uses 6.25... yet anyway. I will go ahead and get your stuff ready and ship it out from this end too. Thanks
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Grimey on Fri, 01 March 2013, 14:01:52
    yes for 6.25.  If you want Costar 7x then you need to bend that.  :)

    Thanks, I think I will try this path with one of my poker plates I got.  The stabilizer spacing seems fine for width, but the holes are not tall enough for the wire holder to fit in properly.  I think a bit of filing or grinding could solve that issue (especially as I already have plenty of the costar style elements sitting around).
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Skull_Angel on Fri, 01 March 2013, 14:06:38
    (not sure how "simple" this question/answer is)

    What's required to swap Costar plate mount stabilizers to Cherry plate mount? (figure there'll be soldering work)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: The_Beast on Fri, 01 March 2013, 14:13:10
    (not sure how "simple" this question/answer is)

    What's required to swap Costar plate mount stabilizers to Cherry plate mount? (figure there'll be soldering work)

    Desolder all the switches from the plate and the find a new plate that supports cherry stabilizers
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Sun, 03 March 2013, 18:33:46
    I want to buy a stepped caps lock, so Is a Poker's Caps lock center or off-center stem? I don't have my Poker or a Caps lock in front of me :(

    Center stem

    Figured it had to be. Thank You :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Sun, 03 March 2013, 18:34:36
    Center stem
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: whiskytango on Sun, 03 March 2013, 18:40:38
    Does anyone do printing on blank keycaps? Say, if you bought some of the blank caps from SP's inventory page, is there a way to get some sort of legends printed on them?

    SP inventory site I am referencing: http://keycapsdirect.com/key-capsinventory.php (http://keycapsdirect.com/key-capsinventory.php)

    Thanks
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: ComradeSniper on Sun, 03 March 2013, 19:15:30
    I found a Focus FK2001 for 50 cents at Goodwill so I bought it, but it has what I think is an AT style connector. The adapter that was hooked up to it is missing some pins on the PS/2 end and doesn't work. Would one of these work?

    http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-F2N017-Keyboard-Adapter-MiniDin6/dp/B00000J1UB
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Sun, 03 March 2013, 19:35:01
    Does anyone do printing on blank keycaps? Say, if you bought some of the blank caps from SP's inventory page, is there a way to get some sort of legends printed on them?

    SP inventory site I am referencing: http://keycapsdirect.com/key-capsinventory.php (http://keycapsdirect.com/key-capsinventory.php)

    Thanks

    Easiest route is WASDkeyboards.com.  They will etch anything you want onto keycaps for you.  You don't even have to provide the blanks.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sun, 03 March 2013, 19:46:39
    I found a Focus FK2001 for 50 cents at Goodwill so I bought it, but it has what I think is an AT style connector. The adapter that was hooked up to it is missing some pins on the PS/2 end and doesn't work. Would one of these work?

    http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-F2N017-Keyboard-Adapter-MiniDin6/dp/B00000J1UB

    After being educated by my keyboard professor SmallFry, I have learned that yes, that converter will work. He also recommends this adapter (http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-Keyboard-Converter-Adapter-Din5f/dp/B000067RBR/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1362361464&sr=1-4&keywords=at+to+ps+2+adapter). I like how you'll be spending 4x the amount of money on the adapter :D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Sun, 03 March 2013, 19:55:16
    The longer wire one takes the stress off your PS/2 port.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: ComradeSniper on Sun, 03 March 2013, 20:33:22
    Great, thanks guys.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CaptainAsshat on Mon, 04 March 2013, 17:05:34
    Why do the cherry mx plate mount cutouts I see on plans around the forum have extra slots on the sides of the main square, even though the cherry mx datasheets just have the square?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Mon, 04 March 2013, 17:06:39
    So you can open the switches to exchange stem and spring without having to unsolder the switches.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CaptainAsshat on Mon, 04 March 2013, 17:08:03
    Cool thanks!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Harryboii on Tue, 05 March 2013, 07:09:30
    what does double shot mean? I am new to the world of mechanical keyboards and geekhack and would love to get to know everything. Thank you.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: llovro on Tue, 05 March 2013, 07:19:35
    what does double shot mean? I am new to the world of mechanical keyboards and geekhack and would love to get to know everything. Thank you.
    It means that the keycap is molded around a plastic or metal insert, which makes the keycap very durable but more expensive too.
    (http://i50.tinypic.com/168iyvk.jpg)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Tue, 05 March 2013, 11:23:17
    To expand on that, the purpose of doubleshot is that the legend of the key (what is printed on it) is plastic that runs all through the key. Effectively it will never wear off until a hole is created through the entire keycap. It has a superior durability to the typical pad printed or lasered legends.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: OnTheBrink on Wed, 06 March 2013, 01:06:03
    I found a Focus FK2001 for 50 cents at Goodwill so I bought it, but it has what I think is an AT style connector. The adapter that was hooked up to it is missing some pins on the PS/2 end and doesn't work. Would one of these work?

    http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-F2N017-Keyboard-Adapter-MiniDin6/dp/B00000J1UB

    After being educated by my keyboard professor SmallFry, I have learned that yes, that converter will work. He also recommends this adapter (http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-Keyboard-Converter-Adapter-Din5f/dp/B000067RBR/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1362361464&sr=1-4&keywords=at+to+ps+2+adapter). I like how you'll be spending 4x the amount of money on the adapter :D

    Oo oo can you be my professor then? You my go to guy anyway!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Wed, 06 March 2013, 01:09:43
    I found a Focus FK2001 for 50 cents at Goodwill so I bought it, but it has what I think is an AT style connector. The adapter that was hooked up to it is missing some pins on the PS/2 end and doesn't work. Would one of these work?

    http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-F2N017-Keyboard-Adapter-MiniDin6/dp/B00000J1UB

    After being educated by my keyboard professor SmallFry, I have learned that yes, that converter will work. He also recommends this adapter (http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-Keyboard-Converter-Adapter-Din5f/dp/B000067RBR/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1362361464&sr=1-4&keywords=at+to+ps+2+adapter). I like how you'll be spending 4x the amount of money on the adapter :D

    Oo oo can you be my professor then? You my go to guy anyway!
    By that process, you ask him, he asks me, I tell him, he tells you. :P
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 06 March 2013, 21:52:41
    I found a Focus FK2001 for 50 cents at Goodwill so I bought it, but it has what I think is an AT style connector. The adapter that was hooked up to it is missing some pins on the PS/2 end and doesn't work. Would one of these work?

    http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-F2N017-Keyboard-Adapter-MiniDin6/dp/B00000J1UB

    After being educated by my keyboard professor SmallFry, I have learned that yes, that converter will work. He also recommends this adapter (http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-Keyboard-Converter-Adapter-Din5f/dp/B000067RBR/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1362361464&sr=1-4&keywords=at+to+ps+2+adapter). I like how you'll be spending 4x the amount of money on the adapter :D

    Oo oo can you be my professor then? You my go to guy anyway!
    By that process, you ask him, he asks me, I tell him, he tells you. :P

    There can only be one pupil to the grandmaster :P
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Reomero on Thu, 07 March 2013, 23:38:12
    How do POM keycaps differ from the more familiar ABS and PBT keycaps?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: WhiteFireDragon on Fri, 08 March 2013, 01:19:41
    I've mainly only seen POM in clear caps, whereas ABS or PBT are solid colors. I think ABS can also be translucent although not that common, and PTB must be a solid color.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Fri, 08 March 2013, 06:31:13
    I've definitely seen solid black POM.  I've heard that POM has even better texture robustness than PBT or ABS, but I don't know first hand.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: badcop on Fri, 08 March 2013, 06:51:58
    has anyone had issues with desoldering leds on a poker?  i'm having one hell of a time with it.  flux, wick, pump nothing is working right.  :confused:
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Fri, 08 March 2013, 06:54:44
    I've never had a full set of POM but I do have a few single caps. They feel like slicker ABS caps imo. And they seem to already have a bit of shine because of the material properties.

    My PBT caps seem to keep their texture better than my ABS caps though.

    has anyone had issues with desoldering leds on a poker?  i'm having one hell of a time with it.  flux, wick, pump nothing is working right.  :confused:

    Try tinning your tip first. Put some solder onto the tip. Make it almost silver and then touch it to the joint. I also prefer wicks.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Fri, 08 March 2013, 07:00:26
    Wicks are not very good for getting all the solder out of through holes.  I'd rather hard to get it all.  I use a desoldering iron.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: badcop on Fri, 08 March 2013, 07:31:33
    I've never had a full set of POM but I do have a few single caps. They feel like slicker ABS caps imo. And they seem to already have a bit of shine because of the material properties.

    My PBT caps seem to keep their texture better than my ABS caps though.

    has anyone had issues with desoldering leds on a poker?  i'm having one hell of a time with it.  flux, wick, pump nothing is working right.  :confused:

    Try tinning your tip first. Put some solder onto the tip. Make it almost silver and then touch it to the joint. I also prefer wicks.

    yeah its tinned.  im only getting the solder thats on the surface not inside the hole.  hmmm
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Fri, 08 March 2013, 08:00:50
    Gotta use something that "sucks" :P  Also get some flux on there.  It will prevent oxidation with the reheat and it helps to distribute heat too.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Fri, 08 March 2013, 08:20:09
    Try adding more solder, then using the pump. That's been the only method that works for me. Just get a big glob of solder melted on there, then suck it with the pump. Should bring the stuff up through the hole.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: singaporean123 on Fri, 08 March 2013, 08:33:26
    can pcb mount switches be soldered with a plate?

    i understand that pcb mount switches = 4 pins while plate mounted switches = 2 pins..
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: bavman on Fri, 08 March 2013, 08:36:22
    Yes but you need to cut them off or else they won't fit in the pcb

    or you mean like use a plate on a pcb mounted board?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Fri, 08 March 2013, 08:37:50
    Yes but you need to cut them off or else they won't fit in the pcb
    Unless the PCB has those holes. :P The Phantom PCB for example.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: bavman on Fri, 08 March 2013, 08:38:58
    What's that?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Fri, 08 March 2013, 08:39:12
    And KMAC.  Has the PCB mount holes even though it is plate mount. I design my own boards that way, too.  Keep those options open!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: alaricljs on Fri, 08 March 2013, 08:40:06
    Plated board with PCB switches and a proper PCB to accept them is a very solid keyboard to type on.  Even more solid when you stick it in a 8lb case like the 456GT (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=38455.0)  :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Fri, 08 March 2013, 09:58:10
    Couple questions

    1.   Anyone here have any affiliation with or know how to get in contact with http://www.originativeco.com/?   Reason for asking is I was wondering about their SSL status when placing an order as the other day I was at the checkout page and noticed the page was not secure so I backed out.  I then went to their facebook page and asked about this and have not heard any response back. 

    2.  How do the different weight springs on that site compare to the springs in clears and browns? 

    3.  Also would like to know how many springs come in an order from that site.

    4.  If their SSL issues don't get sorted out does anyone know where I can get a set of keys for TKL board with the two tone grey theme similar to the ones at orininatice but with custom legends on the front of the key for the function layer I am currently in the process of attempting to build?

    5.  When desoldering a key on my Phantom board I accidently ripped the small copper pad off the side of the board between the PCB and the plate.  Will this cause the board/key to never work again or can do I not need to worry about this as it was only the pad on the once side of the PCB? 

    Melvang
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Fri, 08 March 2013, 11:15:01
    Couple questions

    1.   Anyone here have any affiliation with or know how to get in contact with http://www.originativeco.com/?   Reason for asking is I was wondering about their SSL status when placing an order as the other day I was at the checkout page and noticed the page was not secure so I backed out.  I then went to their facebook page and asked about this and have not heard any response back. 

    Melvang

    I'm at work right now so I can't get on originativeco to look up your other questions. But you can message the guy who runs it here on GH. His name is Sherryton. You can also find him in his vendor subforum (http://geekhack.org/index.php?board=137.0).
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Photekq on Fri, 08 March 2013, 11:55:47
    I've already made a thread in the DIY section, but I thought I'd post here too.. Does anyone know exactly what screws are used to secure the filco plate/pcb to the bottom half of the case? Thanks!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Fri, 08 March 2013, 18:29:51
    Couple questions

    2.  How do the different weight springs on that site compare to the springs in clears and browns? 

    3.  Also would like to know how many springs come in an order from that site.

    4.  If their SSL issues don't get sorted out does anyone know where I can get a set of keys for TKL board with the two tone grey theme similar to the ones at orininatice but with custom legends on the front of the key for the function layer I am currently in the process of attempting to build?
    Melvang

    2) Browns have a 45cN actuation force w/ a peak at 55cN. Clears are 55cN actuation with a 65cN. 1 cN is about 1 gram of force. And I believe the Korean springs count the peak actuation. So browns are 55g and clears are 65g.

    3) I can't find pictures or any amount. I'd PM sherryton. He's usually quick to respond on GH. The word is there should be 100 springs per pack.

    4) Sounds like you might have to snag a WYSE keycap set and then see if WASD keyboards can put custom legends on the caps. WYSE can be found in GH and DT classifieds I think. I believe I recently saw some for relatively cheap in the GH classifieds. Custom legends I'm a bit fuzzy on.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Fri, 08 March 2013, 18:37:16
    Clears are 55cN actuation with a 65cN.

    I thought clears had a 65cN actuation force w/ peak of 80cN. I'm asking, not stating :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Fri, 08 March 2013, 19:21:08
    Clears are 55cN actuation with a 65cN.

    I thought clears had a 65cN actuation force w/ peak of 80cN. I'm asking, not stating :)

    I just took the numbers from the Deskthority Wiki. I think this is why mkawa is started that project to get accurate measurements.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Fri, 08 March 2013, 19:40:43
    Will Sherry ever get his act together? I need SSL, a decent buying interface, and a site that doesn't take forever to load. When will this happen?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Fri, 08 March 2013, 19:41:56
    A wise man once told me this nugget of wisdom: It shall be here "SoonTM"
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: The_Beast on Fri, 08 March 2013, 19:43:22
    A wise man once told me this nugget of wisdom: It shall be here "SoonTM"

    EA?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Fri, 08 March 2013, 19:46:38
    A wise man once told me this nugget of wisdom: It shall be here "SoonTM"

    EA?

    And Blizzard
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Fri, 08 March 2013, 19:50:37
    And Sherry apparently.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: WhiteFireDragon on Sat, 09 March 2013, 12:16:44
    What profile is ISO-Enter, numpad-Enter, and numpad "+"
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Gupgup on Sat, 09 March 2013, 12:57:19
    How do I put an image in my signature?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Sat, 09 March 2013, 13:08:21
    For Cherry enter for either ANSI, ISO or J and + is C profile, and numpad 1x2 enter can come in either A or B profile.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: absyrd on Sat, 09 March 2013, 13:10:23
    How do I put an image in my signature?

    Use the usual [.img][/img.] tags (take out the "."s). May be a size restriction, though.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Sat, 09 March 2013, 13:11:03
    Code: [Select]
    [img]INSERT IMAGE URL HERE[/img]I think. Not positive.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sat, 09 March 2013, 13:11:34
    Images in your signature must be no greater than 777x70 pixels
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Gupgup on Sat, 09 March 2013, 22:10:15
    How many Rosegold ironmen were made?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Reluctant member on Sun, 10 March 2013, 06:02:39
    Hi,

    Could anyone tell me what type of key caps were used on the Heathkit H9 and does anyone know where I can get some please?
    (http://www.atticbargains.com/wp-content/themes/shopperpress/thumbs/Heathkit-009-1024x768.jpg)
    Many thanks for any help you can give, I've been trying to find these for years!

    RM
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sun, 10 March 2013, 09:22:37
    Hi,

    Could anyone tell me what type of key caps were used on the Heathkit H9 and does anyone know where I can get some please?
    Show Image
    (http://www.atticbargains.com/wp-content/themes/shopperpress/thumbs/Heathkit-009-1024x768.jpg)

    Many thanks for any help you can give, I've been trying to find these for years!

    RM

    Those look like relegendable keycaps. I believe they have and ABS base with a Polycarbonate overcap. You can either find an old board that has them and salvage them, such as that Heathkit H9 or Cherry Point of Sales keyboards. You can also find them at Signature Plastics. Check out this link (http://keycapsdirect.com/faq.php#13) and this link (http://www.pimpmykeyboard.com/marketplace.php).
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: ComradeSniper on Mon, 11 March 2013, 17:57:37
    Where can I get a QFR with Greens?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Mon, 11 March 2013, 18:00:52
    Where can I get a QFR with Greens?

    Supposedly CM will be carrying them again and I've heard rumors that MK.com should be as well. But I'm not sure there's any out there right now.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: zoolzoo on Tue, 12 March 2013, 05:26:06
    Is there a retail outlet online that sells MX clears?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: alaricljs on Tue, 12 March 2013, 05:32:09
    If by that you mean switches... Mouser (http://www.mouser.com/Electromechanical/_/N-5g1x?Keyword=mx1a-c1&FS=True) or OnlineComponents (http://www.onlinecomponents.com/keywordsearch.aspx?text=mx1ac)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: zoolzoo on Tue, 12 March 2013, 05:33:03
    If by that you mean switches... Mouser (http://www.mouser.com/Electromechanical/_/N-5g1x?Keyword=mx1a-c1&FS=True) or OnlineComponents (http://www.onlinecomponents.com/keywordsearch.aspx?text=mx1ac)

    Yes the entire switch. No retailers sell just stems right?

    Thanks!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: alaricljs on Tue, 12 March 2013, 05:34:14
    No they certainly do not.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lunartuna on Tue, 12 March 2013, 09:31:18
    Here we go:

    I'm curious about how durable the springs are in Cherry MX switches.

    Do heavier keys like metal ones(1x1, backspace, space bar) wear out springs quicker?

    By wearing out I mean is does it ever come to a point where a switch spring can't hold the keycap up any more and it just rests in the pressed down position on its own?



    Part 2:

    Do stabilizers add more weight to a key? I mean cherry stabilizers rest in the down position. You push the keycap down onto the stab +'s and then the switch pulls the stabilizer up, does this add weight?



    Reason I ask is I didn't like the feel too much of my left shift when I was gaming. Tried some lube, still didn't like the feel.

    So basically I took the 2 stems and the metal wire out of the stabilizer and left the part that the key actually lands on in. I put o-rings on all three stems of the shift key so it has a nice landing on the switch and the  landing part of the stab, and stuck it back on. Feels amazing now but I'm starting to worry about if the shift keycap weight might were out the spring? They are cherry blacks.

    Am I committing switch suicide? If not I'm considering doing this to all my stabilized keys(except space bar) if not.

    Thanks!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Tue, 12 March 2013, 09:41:33
    Cherry MX switches are tested to last for 50 million actuations.  I doubt the weight of the keys makes any difference at all.  They always go back to the same position regardless.

    The only problem I see is that your switch is no longer stabilized, so if you hit the key off-center, it will not depress evenly.  Still probably won't damage the switch, it just won't feel right.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lunartuna on Tue, 12 March 2013, 09:59:21
    That's what I was hoping. I have tiny fingers and my pinky always lightly hits near the centre of the shift key so hopefully this will work out.

    Feels amazing compared to before and its nice sounding.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: mushupork on Tue, 12 March 2013, 10:11:47
    What is the difference between a Tsangan kit and a Moogle?  Is a Tsangan kit a moogle kit for specific keyboards?  If so, which ones?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Tue, 12 March 2013, 10:33:56
    This has been asked several times, but essentially...

    Key set       ->   needs this kit       ->   for these boards
    key set with old-fashioned 1.5x mods/off-center caps -> moogle kit -> modern board (Filco, etc)
    key set for modern filco-type board -> tsangan kit -> old-fashioned board (cherry, KMAC, etc)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: mushupork on Tue, 12 March 2013, 10:46:12
    So ...

    Old keyset on new keyboards needs moogle.
    New keyset on old keyboards needs tsangan.

    If it is roughly accurate that will be easy for me to remember.  Thanks for the fast reply.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Tue, 12 March 2013, 11:12:35
    Yep, that's pretty much it.  Although tsangan kits are needed for more than old boards.  Many Korean custom boards also need them.  Usually you can just look at the mods for a good rule of thumb.

    If you need some 1.5x mods/7x space to get your key set to fit on your board, you need a tsangan.
    If you need some 1.25x mods/6.25x space to get your keys to fit on your board, you need a moogle.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Tue, 12 March 2013, 12:53:51
    Or if people simply stopped calling them nicknames and say 1.25 kit, 1.5 kit... there would be less confusion since it is literal.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lunartuna on Tue, 12 March 2013, 13:15:19
    Do metal cases for Ducky exist? Aluminum or SS?

    I was thinking of trying to mod a filco/vortex aluminum case until I noticed the LED holes on the front.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: 1839cc on Wed, 13 March 2013, 11:25:35
    Clears are 55cN actuation with a 65cN.

    I thought clears had a 65cN actuation force w/ peak of 80cN. I'm asking, not stating :)

    I think that's for light gray/dark gray/green switches. Clear springs are very close to blacks.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Wed, 13 March 2013, 11:38:27
    Clear spring actuate at 65cN, but bottom out is 100cN according to Cherry datasheet. So while actuation force is close to black, bottom out is lighter at 80cN.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Wed, 13 March 2013, 11:40:15
    Clear spring actuate at 65cN, but bottom out is 100cN according to Cherry datasheet.

    Haha I was just about to link a post of yours about this :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: 1839cc on Wed, 13 March 2013, 12:22:47
    So how much force does it take for the three I mentioned? 80/150?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: noisyturtle on Wed, 13 March 2013, 13:22:50
    Has Filco ever produced a board with clears? Also, what's the difference between white and green mx?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Wed, 13 March 2013, 13:22:57
    Sadly those are missing nice graphs in the datasheet (http://docs-europe.electrocomponents.com/webdocs/0146/0900766b8014611b.pdf). If you look more towards the end on the pages that are sideways it does give the operating forces, but not the bottom out.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: DavinDidIt on Wed, 13 March 2013, 18:04:44
    Do metal cases for Ducky exist? Aluminum or SS?

    I was thinking of trying to mod a filco/vortex aluminum case until I noticed the LED holes on the front.

    Nope :(

    but if you can get it made, let me know!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 13 March 2013, 18:06:27
    Do metal cases for Ducky exist? Aluminum or SS?

    I was thinking of trying to mod a filco/vortex aluminum case until I noticed the LED holes on the front.

    Nope :(

    Pretty sure the custom metal cases you see are for TKL/60% only and even then it's only for a few boards, Ducky not being one of them.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Wed, 13 March 2013, 20:29:07
    Poker question. I'm using my left Win key as function, which works fine, but I can't switch L FN and ALT and I'd really like to (Alt changes and works, but FN doesn't work). Probably not a simple question, but my L CTRL Caps lock switch is also not working. Is it possible dip switches 2 & 3 could be broken? 1 & 4 currently work.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 13 March 2013, 20:34:52
    Simple Questions Jocelyn!! Just kidding, lemme see if I can scrounge an answer up or if someone else pops in with some knowledge.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Wed, 13 March 2013, 20:37:41
    SmallFry to the rescue! http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=32804.0 The poker manual is wrong, some of the dip switches are backwards.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Wed, 13 March 2013, 20:38:46
    Did you unplug the Poker before changing the DIP switch setting?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Wed, 13 March 2013, 20:50:20
    SmallFry to the rescue! http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=32804.0 The poker manual is wrong, some of the dip switches are backwards.
    Yes, I'm already aware of it being backwards. Thanks SmallFry :)

    Did you unplug the Poker before changing the DIP switch setting?

    Yes. I even tried unplugging for a minute lol.

    So individually, 1 and 4 do what they're supposed to do, while 3 kinda works and 2 doesn't work at all.

    3 - FN_L(Window L) , ALT_L Swap Position (per backwards manual) Alt changes, while L WIN/L FN does not. I've tried it with WIN and FN and neither work as the inside key.
    I want my FN Keys on the inside :(

    2 - Caps Lock , Ctrl L Swap Position (per backwards manual) no swapping at all. I could live without this one, but I was surprised when it didn't work.

    Edit - Rebooted and now 2 is working! Will edit again in a minute :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: The_Beast on Wed, 13 March 2013, 20:55:14
    That sucks. I love mine with 1 and 3 on. That gives me FN keys to the left and right of the spacebar. It takes away one of my alts, but I don't use it that often anyways
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Wed, 13 March 2013, 21:05:19
    That sucks. I love mine with 1 and 3 on. That gives me FN keys to the left and right of the spacebar. It takes away one of my alts, but I don't use it that often anyways

    Yes, I really wish I knew what was going on, I want 1 & 3!!!!
    So 1,2, and 4 work, while 3 swaps Fn/Win with Alt and allows alt to work, but I get no Win or Fn. Win/Fn and Alt do work in their normal position with 3 off, so hmmm wonder what it could be.

    Thanks everyone...

    Edit - It's almost as if 4 (Win Lock) is traveling with 3 even though it's not.
    Could they possibly be tied together on my Poker somehow, as in 3 does 3 & 4 and 4 does 4? My guess is no, but you people who solder would know more than me.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Thu, 14 March 2013, 16:19:52
    So do I own a retarded Poker? :(
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Thu, 14 March 2013, 16:22:50
    It's okay, Jocelyn. Mine is kind of retarded as well. My g is pretty lame. A little hard to get it to register consistently.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Thu, 14 March 2013, 16:23:54
    Who knows? I don't use the DIP switches, specifically because of these issues. This is one of two main reasons we created the GH60, so that you can program every key to what YOU want it to be. :P
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Thu, 14 March 2013, 16:26:35
    It's okay, Jocelyn. Mine is kind of retarded as well. My g is pretty lame. A little hard to get it to register consistently.


    Who knows? I don't use the DIP switches, specifically because of these issues. This is one of two main reasons we created the GH60, so that you can program every key to what YOU want it to be. :P

    Thanks for the encouragement you two lol :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 14 March 2013, 16:29:45
    See what happens when you ask complicated questions? Your keyboard is designated as retarded! :P
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Thu, 14 March 2013, 16:30:46
    jd, can I program my g to be a g?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Thu, 14 March 2013, 16:40:26
    jd, can I program my g to be a g?

    Hey if that's what you're into, who am I to judge?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: WarNutts on Fri, 15 March 2013, 01:23:51
    I'm confused about keycap "profile"

    If I get dyesub thick pbt's and vortex dye sub pbts will they be matching sets in terms of height and how they fit on my keyboard?

    Im currently using a filco with regular caps.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Fri, 15 March 2013, 01:27:38
    I'm confused about keycap "profile"

    If I get dyesub thick pbt's and vortex dye sub pbts will they be matching sets in terms of height and how they fit on my keyboard?

    Im currently using a filco with regular caps.

    They will match only if you buy the Vortex dye sub pbt from Feng's GB (white, blue, purple, light gray, rainbow, etc,.) Vortex black on black dye sub pbt is higher oem profile and thin unlike the other two sets you mentioned.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: iri on Fri, 15 March 2013, 03:07:28
    So do I own a retarded Poker? :(
    you own a female poker!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Fri, 15 March 2013, 07:08:26
    ...and we have a new master troll
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Gupgup on Fri, 15 March 2013, 10:19:41
    How much is a bloodbath brobot worth?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Fri, 15 March 2013, 10:25:07
    How much is a bloodbath brobot worth?

    Please use this thread (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=31779.0) for Price Checks.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Fri, 15 March 2013, 10:40:32
    WarNutts, it depends which Vortex set are you referring to? They have had both OEM and Cherry profile set.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: mushupork on Fri, 15 March 2013, 11:08:32
    The "GMK/Cherry doubleshot modifer packs" Group Buy ... http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=41017.90 (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=41017.90)

    Seems like a lot of keys are included but many of them are variations on the same key.  Is that to accommodate all the different size of keys on various boards?

    For example, I like the idea of CMYK modifiers but unless I am missing something (very possible) it is looks like you get 16 keys total but only 6 would be usable on a particular board (2 x Shift, 2 x CTRL, 2 x Alt) depending on the board's particular key spacing/layout. 

    CMYK (black on color keycap) modifiers pack - 16 key set - price: €25.00 / $33.00
        Shift – Yellow (4 keys):  1.25, 1.75, 2.25, 2.75 B profile
        Ctrl – Magenta (6 keys; 2x each):  1.0. 1.25, 1.5 B profile
        Alt – Cyan (3 keys; 1x each):  1.0, 1.25, 1.5  B profile
        Alt Gr – Cyan (3 keys; 1x each):  1.0, 1.25, 1.5  B profile

    Order Form: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEZqaXRZUUFXcExHRGhvbjBucEpkY0E6MQ#gid=0 (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEZqaXRZUUFXcExHRGhvbjBucEpkY0E6MQ#gid=0)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: The_Beast on Fri, 15 March 2013, 11:10:56
    Is that to accommodate all the different size of keys on various boards?

    Yes, it accommodates more people which should lead to more orders.


    Plus instead of have 3 different kits, you only have one. It makes the kit slightly more expensive, but then you don't need to hunt for those rare kits once you get a board with a unique layout (which you more than likely will, even if you don't think you will now)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Fri, 15 March 2013, 11:15:27
    Right, so one set fit all. You could use it on a Filco or similar with 1.25 in ANSI or ISO, older winkeyless, kit or stuff like iOne with 1.5 ANSI or ISO, or non standard like Choc mini that have both 1.5 and 1, and G80-1800 with 1 unit. I just piled it all into one set to streamline ordering. For some people it may be possible to fit more than one board with a single set depending on which keyboards.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Fri, 15 March 2013, 11:17:08
    It would be even MORE possible with more shift keys! :­D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Fri, 15 March 2013, 11:20:39
    But then you wouldn't have to order more sets and reaching MOQ would be even harder  ;)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: mushupork on Fri, 15 March 2013, 11:20:47
    Thanks - did not want to pollute the Group Buy thread with this since everyone seemed to get it.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: The_Beast on Fri, 15 March 2013, 11:21:21
    But then you wouldn't have to order more sets and reaching MOQ would be even harder  ;)

    Quite the balance you have there! :P
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Fri, 15 March 2013, 11:21:30
    But then you wouldn't have to order more sets and reaching MOQ would be even harder  ;)
    Reaching MOQ would be even easier with less Shift keys! :­D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Fri, 15 March 2013, 11:22:27
    Reaching MOQ would be even easier with less Shift keys! :­D

    And Blanks!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Fri, 15 March 2013, 11:28:05
    No, not for everything. Then some things are even less likely to reach moq without the most common ones to give aid. I look at it like this. Some people may feel they don't need something, until they decide they want to buy some other board and suddenly may need other size key, or even if not that you will have some other keys for trading. Also if later on one decided that they aren't so into them you have triple the chance of a sale due to the flexibility of the sets.

    It didn't really occur to me many people would want all blank ABS. The blank keys that are offered in the purple set was more out of necessity due to lack of wanted legends to add more compatibility than anything.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Fri, 15 March 2013, 11:29:44
    No, not for everything. Then some things are even less likely to reach moq without the most common ones to give aid. I look at it like this. Some people may feel they don't need something, until they decide they want to buy some other board and suddenly may need other size key, or even if not that you will have some other keys for trading.
    I were jokin'
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Fri, 15 March 2013, 11:54:34
    It didn't really occur to me many people would want all blank ABS. The blank keys that are offered in the purple set was more out of necessity due to lack of wanted legends to add more compatibility than anything.

    (http://imageshack.us/a/img402/7097/seriously2.jpg)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lastpilot on Fri, 15 March 2013, 12:18:01
    Added to my Poker :

    (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8455/8012497958_d952d3ccf7_z.jpg) (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8455/8012497958_53cb925624_o.jpg)

    IronMan SE Gold on Black & Graphite Set <3

    I tried PMing Anynoupy a while ago but to no avail. Anybody know who made this Graphite set, and where these kinds of legends are from? That arrow under the enter key is dead sexy.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Fri, 15 March 2013, 12:21:44
    Those are the same legends on the Korean CCnG, so I suppose them?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Fri, 15 March 2013, 12:22:17
    I will auction the samples if money need to be raised if there is order shortfall. Otherwise if not I will raffle them at the end of the buy and some lucky person will get them in their order. You may find it shocking I am not using them and only put them on a board once to take the photos  :eek: they are just sitting unloved in a little baggie.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Fri, 15 March 2013, 12:23:45
    The Graphite Set was made by one of the Korean communities, though I don't recall OTD or KBDMania. The legends were completely custom and nobody really liked them, so it wasn't produced for very many sets. The only two sets I've ever seen were CCnG (Korean) and the Graphite sets.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lastpilot on Fri, 15 March 2013, 12:25:45
    The Graphite Set was made by one of the Korean communities, though I don't recall OTD or KBDMania. The legends were completely custom and nobody really liked them, so it wasn't produced for very many sets. The only two sets I've ever seen were CCnG (Korean) and the Graphite sets.
    Heart is broken.

    Edit: But thanks for the quick answer! Really appreciate it :D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Fri, 15 March 2013, 12:26:16
    I have a set, though I won't let it go for cheaply.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Fri, 15 March 2013, 12:28:47
    I will auction the samples if money need to be raised if there is order shortfall. Otherwise if not I will raffle them at the end of the buy and some lucky person will get them in their order. You may find it shocking I am not using them and only put them on a board once to take the photos  :eek: they are just sitting unloved in a little baggie.
    Go ahead and just drop them in my order.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Fri, 15 March 2013, 12:57:15
    I have a set, though I won't let it go for cheaply.

    I have one of each of those Korean sets, and I feel the same. :)

    I personally like the legends.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: khaangaaroo on Fri, 15 March 2013, 20:07:18
    How come there isn't a standardized way of rating springs? Can someone put together a chart of Cherry and Korean springs on the same scale?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Fri, 15 March 2013, 21:19:41
    How come there isn't a standardized way of rating springs? Can someone put together a chart of Cherry and Korean springs on the same scale?

    There's only two standards, not really that complicated.  Aftermarket springs are measured at the bottom, OEM are measured at activation.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Sat, 16 March 2013, 01:47:06
    Do cherry profile 1.75x R Shifts exist, and if so are they all ABS? I'm on the lookout if something like this exists, but have a feeling all of them have been made by SP.

    Edit - An 1800 R Shift would work I think, but is this cherry profile?
    http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a230r.1.10.13.VBzjrN&id=15962128659
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Sat, 16 March 2013, 07:02:51
    It's okay, Jocelyn. Mine is kind of retarded as well. My g is pretty lame. A little hard to get it to register consistently.

    Who knows? I don't use the DIP switches, specifically because of these issues. This is one of two main reasons we created the GH60, so that you can program every key to what YOU want it to be. :P

    I fixed it! The leaf spring on the Alt key was a little too far away/seperated to actuate, and I was mistaken about the Alt key working in it's normal position. Esoomenona, you should try looking at your G's leaf spring.
    Thanks everyone, my 1 & 3 are now working perfectly :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Sat, 16 March 2013, 07:45:37
    Leaf spring?  I do not think it means (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaf_spring) what you think it means.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Sat, 16 March 2013, 07:52:01
    Leaf spring?  I do not think it means (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaf_spring) what you think it means.

    lol I thought I've seen it referred to as "leaf spring", but whatever. All I know is that the "rail" wasn't touching the "leaf" and I fixed it.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lunartuna on Sat, 16 March 2013, 08:42:59
    How come the Noppoo Choc Mini doesn't get more love?

    Is it not plate mounted w/ costar stabs and affordable?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sat, 16 March 2013, 09:03:01
    A little subjective Lunartuna but I'll take a shot at this.

    First off I was under the impression it was PCB mounted. Second, it's got the weird 75% layout. I have a G84-4100 and it's really hard to adapt to the layout. I really don't like the dedicated arrow keys. Or the stock keys really; the side printing makes it look cluttered. And because of the odd layout, this means a lot of the keysets that are popular (Red Alert, CCnG, etc) cannot be used unless there are specialty keys made/found.

    If I'm spending $100, I'd rather get a poker/pure or even the new found Filco deals (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=41257.msg824259#msg824259).
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Sat, 16 March 2013, 09:10:37
    I would say that the Choc mini layout takes hardly any adaptation at all.  Everything is in the right place except for the arrows and sixpack.  I think it doesn't get any love simply because it just isn't the new hot thing anymore.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lunartuna on Sat, 16 March 2013, 09:34:19
    Going by the pics on this guys ebay store...

    http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Noppoo-Choc-Mini-84-Mechanical-Keyboard-Cherry-MX-Black-/250856182331?pt=PCA_Mice_Trackballs&hash=item3a6831923b&_uhb=1#ht_8941wt_1163

    Looks plate mounted? I'm a newb still.

    Also it looks like he has a newer version?

    I might pick one up.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sat, 16 March 2013, 09:59:11
    You're right, it's plate mounted. I'm not sure about the new version though.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lunartuna on Sat, 16 March 2013, 10:15:57
    I really like the layout, and I don't plan on putting a whole matching set of keycaps on it. I'll use my ducky for that.

    This would be a board for at work that I will stick random novelty caps on row 1, probably an arrow key set and the various other random caps like the ones from the GH Jan pack.

    I've read that it has wacky firmware but will that matter if I mess with it?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sat, 16 March 2013, 10:17:59
    Cool. Sounds like it's a good match for you. You can use AutoHotKey to program the board as you like.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Sat, 16 March 2013, 10:27:57
    Do cherry profile 1.75x R Shifts exist, and if so are they all ABS? I'm on the lookout if something like this exists, but have a feeling all of them have been made by SP.

    Edit - An 1800 R Shift would work I think, but is this cherry profile?
    http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a230r.1.10.13.VBzjrN&id=15962128659

    You don't want those keys they are terrible quality. I am not sure who made them but they have some really odd profile too. It's like DCS but higher, but not as high as OEM.
    To my knowledge there is no proper Cherry RGB with 1.75 shift yet. For standard color (light grey, medium grey, beige, black) you can get them off 1800 in ABS, PBT (light color only) or POM (black only).
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sat, 16 March 2013, 10:30:11
    I have a question for you Mr. Ivan. What's the easiest way for me to get Cherry Doubleshots for my Filco 104 MJ2?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Sat, 16 March 2013, 10:34:19
    White on black, you need 2 keyboard which can be found on ebay often. First you need either 8113H**US or 8200H**US for the bottom row and full touch caps lock, then you need something like a MY8000H**US for the doubleshots of function and nav keys.
    Black on white/grey just buy a set from originative. Finding vintage in this colorway with 1.25 and fulltouch caps lock is a ballbreaker.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sat, 16 March 2013, 10:37:53
    I think I like the white on black more than the black on white. SmallFry's got some on his Phantom and its super hot.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: blueasjim on Sat, 16 March 2013, 11:43:40
    Okay, I have a question, perhaps dumb, I'm not sure.

    But if I were to buying a KBC Poker (for example) and then purchased a case like this (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=35213.0), would I be able to take the KBC 'guts' out and implant them in this Aluminum case? Is that feesible, or do I have to build an entire board around these types of cases? I just ask because I'm not certain how great I am at piecing together switches and such and if I have to manually make one myself.. ima need to practice. o.O

    Thanks!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: laffindude on Sat, 16 March 2013, 11:48:44
    Okay, I have a question, perhaps dumb, I'm not sure.

    But if I were to buying a KBC Poker (for example) and then purchased a case like this (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=35213.0), would I be able to take the KBC 'guts' out and implant them in this Aluminum case? Is that feesible, or do I have to build an entire board around these types of cases? I just ask because I'm not certain how great I am at piecing together switches and such and if I have to manually make one myself.. ima need to practice. o.O

    Thanks!
    A few caps + 5 screws are all that stand in your way to swapping cases.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: blueasjim on Sat, 16 March 2013, 11:59:49
    Okay, I have a question, perhaps dumb, I'm not sure.

    But if I were to buying a KBC Poker (for example) and then purchased a case like this (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=35213.0), would I be able to take the KBC 'guts' out and implant them in this Aluminum case? Is that feesible, or do I have to build an entire board around these types of cases? I just ask because I'm not certain how great I am at piecing together switches and such and if I have to manually make one myself.. ima need to practice. o.O

    Thanks!
    A few caps + 5 screws are all that stand in your way to swapping cases.

    Awesome. Thanks for the clarification. Really helps. Now for the round 3 buy (hopefully). :D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: WhiteFireDragon on Sat, 16 March 2013, 11:59:50
    That case you linked was made exactly for that poker you mentioned.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: blueasjim on Sat, 16 March 2013, 12:01:04
    That case you linked was made exactly for that poker you mentioned.

    Oh, I didn't know that. Awesome, thank you. :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: eRadicatedZomBiE on Sat, 16 March 2013, 19:24:53
    what size spacebar fits a WASD v1?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: The_Beast on Sat, 16 March 2013, 19:26:17
    what size spacebar fits a WASD v1?

    6.25 unit
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: eRadicatedZomBiE on Sat, 16 March 2013, 19:31:59
    what size spacebar fits a WASD v1?

    6.25 unit

    Thank you
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Sniping on Sat, 16 March 2013, 21:28:53
    What do people mean when they say proxy?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Sat, 16 March 2013, 21:34:21
    What do people mean when they say proxy?

    When someone in one location of the world buys an item for someone located elsewhere and ships it to them.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sat, 16 March 2013, 21:48:31
    What do people mean when they say proxy?

    Say you want to get a Leopold FC700R. Right now the most reliable way is to buy it from a retailer in Australia. But I live in the USA. How do I handle shipping and money differences? The easiest way is to have someone help you buy it, called a proxy. I pay my buddy $XX. He goes and buys the thing for me and ships it to me.  That way you don't have to convert money or deal with shipping. You can just have someone help you buy.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Gupgup on Sat, 16 March 2013, 22:33:37
    Could someone give me an example of how to put an image in my signature? I've been trying but I can't get it to show up, it is probably really easy haha. Sorry and thanks!


    Gupgup
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: The_Beast on Sat, 16 March 2013, 22:36:36
    Could someone give me an example of how to put an image in my signature? I've been trying but I can't get it to show up, it is probably really easy haha. Sorry and thanks!


    Gupgup

    You should just not put on in your sig


    they're annoying IMO
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Sat, 16 March 2013, 22:37:15
    my question....how do you build a gh60?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: The_Beast on Sat, 16 March 2013, 22:43:06
    my question....how do you build a gh60?

    Simple way: Solder switches, install into case, install caps

    Hard way: Install switches onto plate, solder switches, install into case, install caps
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Sat, 16 March 2013, 22:49:40
    my question....how do you build a gh60?

    Simple way: Solder switches, install into case, install caps

    Hard way: Install switches onto plate, solder switches, install into case, install caps

    next step for me: learn how to solder.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sat, 16 March 2013, 22:50:38
    Some pics of how a custom board looks without a case. The_Beast's directions can be applied to this. This is SmallFry's Phantom.

    Side View
    (https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-0mgcAgKt3zA/UUU8FIYBT-I/AAAAAAAAApQ/74Qc3H77Qeg/s912/DSCF2103.JPG)

    Bottom View
    (https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Awa9YIaGRw0/UUU81R9GaXI/AAAAAAAAAp4/-4566esysZ8/s912/DSCF2105.JPG)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Sat, 16 March 2013, 22:51:57
    HEY! I didn't say you could post those! :P
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: The_Beast on Sat, 16 March 2013, 22:53:32
    That solder joint on 14 looks a bit small don't ya think?


    I am dissapoint
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Sat, 16 March 2013, 23:09:47
    It was the angle I took the picture at. The joint is solid.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Sun, 17 March 2013, 08:00:45
    He just has way too much solder on the rest of the joints, so it looks like too little in comparison.

    :P
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Sun, 17 March 2013, 09:07:51
    Yes, generally too much.  Thankfully keyboards are very forgiving.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Tarzan on Sun, 17 March 2013, 09:41:13
    I'm sure I'll have another round of questions once I accumulate enough Poker/Phantom parts to attempt a build, but my question today is about the complete opposite end of the keyboard spectrum; 122-key Unicomp keyboards.

    Background: I want to use AutoHotKey to remap/add functions for some of the keys on a Unicomp 122-key Model M (#BO40B56).  I downloaded and installed AHK on my work laptop, seems to work fine and I tried a few sample scripts I've found online, the board works well using the PS2 port on the docking station. 

    Question: AHK suggests adding a new keyboard profile to the application once it's installed, to use as a template for key-mapping.  Are there sources for these templates already created for this 122-key unit?  I don't want to have to create one from scratch if there's a library of existing samples somewhere.

     
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lunartuna on Sun, 17 March 2013, 16:42:02
    Hey leave the guys soldering alone!

    At least he solders, I just sit here thinking about it.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Sun, 17 March 2013, 18:18:36
    Hey leave the guys soldering alone!

    At least he solders, I just sit here thinking about it.

    Just giving him a hard time.

    Thinking about it won't get that solder melted! Get yourself an iron and some solder and start practicing. LOL.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lastpilot on Sun, 17 March 2013, 18:38:20
    http://elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=access,roofs&pid=rfhh

    Will this keyboard roof fit a poker?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Sun, 17 March 2013, 18:48:22
    http://elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=access,roofs&pid=rfhh

    Will this keyboard roof fit a poker?

    Yes :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lastpilot on Sun, 17 March 2013, 18:50:20
    http://elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=access,roofs&pid=rfhh

    Will this keyboard roof fit a poker?

    Yes :)
    ~Oooooh. Sweet. Thanks for the quick answer :D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: noisyturtle on Sun, 17 March 2013, 19:07:51
    Has anyone ever sold/made colored (anodized) aluminum plates that would fit a Filco board (i.e. with 2 holes for the led's?) Or is it just simpler to break off the led's.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Sun, 17 March 2013, 19:19:48
    The Phantom ANSI125 plate would fit a Filco. It was black anodized aluminum. And had holes for the LEDs.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: ping111 on Sun, 17 March 2013, 20:49:22
    The Logitech LX-300 - is it mechanical?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: The_Beast on Sun, 17 March 2013, 20:53:16
    The Logitech LX-300 - is it mechanical?

    Nope, logitech only has one mechanical keyboard on the market right now, the G710
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: WhiteFireDragon on Sun, 17 March 2013, 21:03:38
    Has anyone ever sold/made colored (anodized) aluminum plates that would fit a Filco board (i.e. with 2 holes for the led's?) Or is it just simpler to break off the led's.
    The Phantom ANSI125 plate would fit a Filco. It was black anodized aluminum. And had holes for the LEDs.

    What about the Filco controller though? Phantom plates don't accommodate to that, that's why I designed my universal (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=36907.0) TKL plates. Fits both Filco and Phantom, but it just hasn't been anodized yet.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lunartuna on Mon, 18 March 2013, 17:26:57
    On the KBT Pure, is there anyway to move the arrow cluster on the function layer to where they are on the Poker?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: ping111 on Mon, 18 March 2013, 17:30:27
    Are there CoolerMaster StormTrigger TKL keyboards with non-proportional backlighting?  The proportions, for switch/backlight, is red/red, blue/blue, and brown/white.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Mon, 18 March 2013, 17:46:35
    Are there CoolerMaster StormTrigger TKL keyboards with non-proportional backlighting?  The proportions, for switch/backlight, is red/red, blue/blue, and brown/white.

    Can you clarify? This question doesn't make a lot of sense to me.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Mon, 18 March 2013, 17:47:25
    On the KBT Pure, is there anyway to move the arrow cluster on the function layer to where they are on the Poker?

    Unfortunately, no. What you want is called GH60. :P
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Mon, 18 March 2013, 17:49:33
    On the KBT Pure, is there anyway to move the arrow cluster on the function layer to where they are on the Poker?

    Unfortunately, no. What you want is called GH60. :P

    That shameless promotion. I'm loving it haha.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: eRadicatedZomBiE on Mon, 18 March 2013, 17:51:55
    Is there something special about "the cheat" keyboards that makes them so expensive? Or were there limited quantities sold?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Mon, 18 March 2013, 17:53:31
    Is there something special about "the cheat" keyboards that makes them so expensive? Or were there limited quantities sold?

    Check this link out (http://dangwang.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/420-reviews-the-cheat/). It's a Korean custom and there's a limited amount of them.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lunartuna on Mon, 18 March 2013, 21:38:33
    On the KBT Pure, is there anyway to move the arrow cluster on the function layer to where they are on the Poker?

    Unfortunately, no. What you want is called GH60. :P

    I'm soooo not ready for something that custom! Yet!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Mon, 18 March 2013, 21:44:04
    All the hard parts will be assemble already on GH60. Adding switch is pretty easy with basic soldering skill. The programming should be much more friendly by the time the buy is concluded and it's shipping.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Mon, 18 March 2013, 21:47:34
    Also, assembly service. :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Mon, 18 March 2013, 21:47:49
    Is there something special about "the cheat" keyboards that makes them so expensive? Or were there limited quantities sold?

    It's the pure smexy
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Mon, 18 March 2013, 21:51:37
    I'm soooo not ready for something that custom! Yet!

    Yes you are.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lastpilot on Tue, 19 March 2013, 16:20:07
    http://elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=access,roofs&pid=rfhh

    Will this keyboard roof fit a poker?

    Yes :)
    Wow, they just removed this from their site [HHKB roof]. :[ I was just about to show my girlfriend this lol.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: ping111 on Tue, 19 March 2013, 16:39:35
    Are there CoolerMaster StormTrigger TKL keyboards with non-proportional backlighting?  The proportions, for switch/backlight, is red/red, blue/blue, and brown/white.

    Can you clarify? This question doesn't make a lot of sense to me.
    The CM ST TKL keyboards have backlighting that follow the proportions I said.  However, I saw someone on YouTube with a brown-switch one, but it had blue backlights instead of white.  Did he custom-create it, or are keyboards like that available?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 19 March 2013, 17:57:16
    Are you sure there's a tenkeyless Storm Trigger? I can't find any information on that. I know theres a CoolerMaster QuickFire TK that has backlighting.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: ping111 on Tue, 19 March 2013, 18:00:58
    Are you sure there's a tenkeyless Storm Trigger? I can't find any information on that. I know theres a CoolerMaster QuickFire TK that has backlighting.
    Oops, I did it again.  When I first looked into it, I thought Storm Trigger was the brand itself.  That's what I mean.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: codyeatworld on Wed, 20 March 2013, 09:50:31
    How can I help with the GH60?

    I am an experienced web developer/system admin. So development and interfaces (GUI) are right up my ally.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 20 March 2013, 10:08:41
    How can I help with the GH60?

    I am an experienced web developer/system admin. So development and interfaces (GUI) are right up my ally.

    PM some of the guys who are working on it. There's beta-testing threads: here (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=37570.0) and here (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=34959.0). I know for a fact that Ivan and Glissant have had issues with the coding to getting certain things working. Offer to help in those threads and PM the OPs. That's how I got started with projects as well. I just offered to help.


    Are you sure there's a tenkeyless Storm Trigger? I can't find any information on that. I know theres a CoolerMaster QuickFire TK that has backlighting.
    Oops, I did it again.  When I first looked into it, I thought Storm Trigger was the brand itself.  That's what I mean.

    When i get a chance, I'll go look it up. I believe the setup is how you originally described it and the Youtube video probably has a modification. But let me double check.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: eRadicatedZomBiE on Wed, 20 March 2013, 20:58:42
    What is the difference between "vintage" and I guess "modern" switches I see vintage reds/blacks. Did they have something different in them? Is it just to say they are older / used?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Wed, 20 March 2013, 21:01:04
    I think it's unlikely you'd be able to tell a difference.  The reason vintage switches are used is because they are supposed to be smoother.  I've never read any hard facts except that the stems may be made out of a different plastic that allows them to slide nicer.  I have not been able to tell any difference, though.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 20 March 2013, 21:01:42
    They're from old boards (I think like the 80s) and apparently they're smoother than the newer switches. I also heard that vintage blues are WAY smoother than new blues. Akimbo would know, he posted up about that somewhere
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: L4yercake on Wed, 20 March 2013, 21:02:32
    They're from old boards (I think like the 80s) and apparently they're smoother than the newer switches. I also heard that vintage blues are WAY smoother than new blues. Akimbo would know, he posted up about that somewhere

    Vintage blacks are incredibly smooth compared to modern blacks I can attest to that. Its kinda crazy how much nicer they feel.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Wed, 20 March 2013, 21:05:10
    Are you sure they aren't just broken-in?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: codyeatworld on Wed, 20 March 2013, 21:44:19
    Thanks! I'm gonna get my hands on a gh60 soon! :D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: whiskytango on Wed, 20 March 2013, 21:49:00
    Are you sure they aren't just broken-in?

    If L4ercake is talking about the switches he got from me, they were off of new never used boards, so break in use is not a factor in his claim.

    I have honestly never typed on new production blacks so I can't say one way or the other about how they feel to me in comparison. All I can say is that Lyercake's switches were never used. I did however put some blue springs in some vintage black switches (making ghetto reds) and they felt slightly smoother to me than my brother-in-law's Leopold with new reds. Just my $0.02. it wasn't a dramatic difference to me.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: L4yercake on Wed, 20 March 2013, 22:03:45
    I'm basing it off putting Red springs into the Vintage Blacks and they have waaaaay less grind on the way depression.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: khaangaaroo on Wed, 20 March 2013, 22:25:42
    Vintage is smoother for sure, especially for linear switches. I made vintage reds and blacks, and they both feel smoother than modern production red/black switches.

    As for vintage blues, the smoothness makes the tactile bump seem smaller to me. It kinda feels close to typing on reds but with a click.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: llovro on Thu, 21 March 2013, 11:28:07
    Can you change the spring in switch without desoldering the switch? If so, are there any videos about it?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 21 March 2013, 11:29:42
    Can you change the spring in switch without desoldering the switch? If so, are there any videos about it?

    WhiteFireDragon's and I believe Beast's plates are setup like this. WFD has some excellent videos on Youtube. Look up his ID there.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Thu, 21 March 2013, 11:38:11
    On the KBT Pure, is there anyway to move the arrow cluster on the function layer to where they are on the Poker?

    Unfortunately, no. What you want is called GH60. :P

    I'm soooo not ready for something that custom! Yet!

    Are you ready now? http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=41464.0

    :D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 21 March 2013, 11:39:01
    The answer is absolutely, yes. He is ready jdcarpe :P
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lunartuna on Thu, 21 March 2013, 17:00:13
    Has there been or are any future group buys for a set of double shot PBT?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lunartuna on Thu, 21 March 2013, 17:38:21
    I have another question already... where are my answers people!!@!!  :p

    Any idea why the cherry blacks on my Zibal 60 feel smoother than then cherry blacks on my Shine 2?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tjcaustin on Thu, 21 March 2013, 17:39:37
    Has there been or are any future group buys for a set of double shot PBT?

    There has not been, but SP has just developed the technique to do it.  According to i3, however, it would be ruinously expensive to do.

    I have another question already... where are my answers people!!@!!  :p

    Any idea why the cherry blacks on my Zibal 60 feel smoother than then cherry blacks on my Shine 2?

    Vintage vs non-vintage switches?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lunartuna on Thu, 21 March 2013, 17:43:39
    Yeah I noticed the new double shot PBT's on techkeys. I wonder how much more it would be? Twice as expensive? I'm sure some here would still go for it haha.


    When were vintage switches made? I bought the Zibal 60 maybe... 2 years ago? The Ducky is brand new.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tjcaustin on Thu, 21 March 2013, 17:44:59
    I would, depending on the color.  Hell, I may price it for the Orangesicle buy I'm getting planned out.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lunartuna on Thu, 21 March 2013, 17:47:34
    Orangesicle? Already interested.. PBT or not !
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: blueasjim on Thu, 21 March 2013, 19:43:13
    Okay, I have a question, perhaps dumb, I'm not sure.

    But if I were to buying a KBC Poker (for example) and then purchased a case like this (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=35213.0), would I be able to take the KBC 'guts' out and implant them in this Aluminum case? Is that feesible, or do I have to build an entire board around these types of cases? I just ask because I'm not certain how great I am at piecing together switches and such and if I have to manually make one myself.. ima need to practice. o.O

    Thanks!

    Would this Vortex (http://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=308) Pure fit into this a case like this (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=35213.0)??? Or would I have to go with  KBC Poker from here  (http://kbtpure.com/kbtpure/kbc-poker/kbc-poker-60-mechanical-keyboard-ansi-us-international.html)

    I didn't realize that the original KBC Pokers were so hard to get now. So I was curious about this option instead. Sorry for ignorance and thanks for help. :D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Thu, 21 March 2013, 19:47:29
    Yes, Poker, Pure have the same dimensions and mounting. Totally interchangeable in the various cases for them. Poker 2 or whatever they are calling it will probably be available in the next couple month also.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: blueasjim on Thu, 21 March 2013, 19:50:10
    Yes, Poker, Pure have the same dimensions and mounting. Totally interchangeable in the various cases for them. Poker 2 or whatever they are calling it will probably be available in the next couple month also.

    Ah okay, thank you. I'll have to look into this Poker 2 to check it out. :D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tp4tissue on Thu, 21 March 2013, 19:56:50
    Yes, Poker, Pure have the same dimensions and mounting. Totally interchangeable in the various cases for them. Poker 2 or whatever they are calling it will probably be available in the next couple month also.

    Ah okay, thank you. I'll have to look into this Poker 2 to check it out. :D

    bah.... ahh.... welll you know.... GH60 is here !! maybe go with you know, the best keyboard evar... poker 2 can go Suck a D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Thu, 21 March 2013, 21:18:07
    Yes, Poker, Pure have the same dimensions and mounting. Totally interchangeable in the various cases for them. Poker 2 or whatever they are calling it will probably be available in the next couple month also.

    Ah okay, thank you. I'll have to look into this Poker 2 to check it out. :D

    bah.... ahh.... welll you know.... GH60 is here !! maybe go with you know, the best keyboard evar... poker 2 can go Suck a D
    Heh. Gave me a chuckle there. :))
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Thu, 21 March 2013, 21:22:43
    my question....will i ever learn to take off keycaps with stabilizers?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tjcaustin on Thu, 21 March 2013, 21:53:33
    my question....will i ever learn to take off keycaps with stabilizers?

    Yes
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Thu, 21 March 2013, 21:55:23
    my question....will i ever learn to take off keycaps with stabilizers?

    Yes

    stellar answer
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tjcaustin on Thu, 21 March 2013, 22:05:06
    my question....will i ever learn to take off keycaps with stabilizers?

    Yes

    stellar answer

    It's the truth.  There isn't *much* more to them than normal switches, but if your real question was "Show me how to take off keycaps with stabilizers"...
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Thu, 21 March 2013, 22:40:20
    thank for the vid. i just have heard that a lot of things can go wrong.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: blueasjim on Thu, 21 March 2013, 23:49:47
    thank for the vid. i just have heard that a lot of things can go wrong.

    I didn't even know what to do. I just kind of learned on my own without vids. It's pretty easy. Better to wiggle it I feel instead of jerking the key straight up though.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: deazncy on Fri, 22 March 2013, 00:48:27
    Nice kb!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Fri, 22 March 2013, 00:50:11
    Korean Kung Fu method!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Fri, 22 March 2013, 07:55:55
    thank for the vid. i just have heard that a lot of things can go wrong.

    I didn't even know what to do. I just kind of learned on my own without vids. It's pretty easy. Better to wiggle it I feel instead of jerking the key straight up though.

    alright. i tried on my pure spacebar for like 3 minutes and it wasn't even with a costar stabilizer. going to try on my DAS
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Fri, 22 March 2013, 08:14:32
    For Cherry stabilizer, just pull the key straight up.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: eRadicatedZomBiE on Fri, 22 March 2013, 09:30:30
    what Solder is good to use on keyboards? Not sure if there are types to stay away from...

    on that matter I'm starting to get in to the whole soldering thing, what irons / guns are good in the area?

    What's everyone using?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Fri, 22 March 2013, 09:34:43
    Cam someone help me with what stabilizers to order on the gh60 order thread? I am really confused about what to Get. I am going for a hhkb layout, with either a ANSI 1.5x or ANSI 1.5x Pure shift plate. Not sure what color switches yet. Just really confused about which stabilizers are best to order
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Fri, 22 March 2013, 09:51:30
    what Solder is good to use on keyboards? Not sure if there are types to stay away from...

    on that matter I'm starting to get in to the whole soldering thing, what irons / guns are good in the area?

    What's everyone using?

    What you want is rosin core solder, either 60/40 or ideally 63/37. Diameter I normally use is .032".

    For a soldering iron, you can get by with a cheap Weller or Radio Shack iron. Get yourself a soldering iron stand with a sponge cleaner.

    For a nice setup, you want something with temperature control. Weller WES51 or WLC100 are both good choices. As is the Hakko FX-888.

    For desoldering, you can use braid or a bulb (or iron with bulb sold at Radio Shack). The Edsyn Soldapullt is a nice spring loaded desoldering tool. The Hakko 808 is a vacuum desoldering iron, but kinda pricey.

    Helping hands and/or a vice are always useful.


    Cam someone help me with what stabilizers to order on the gh60 order thread? I am really confused about what to Get. I am going for a hhkb layout, with either a ANSI 1.5x or ANSI 1.5x Pure shift plate. Not sure what color switches yet. Just really confused about which stabilizers are best to order

    Are you assembling this yourself? Cherry PCB mount stabilizers should probably be listed as the default option. They are the easiest to install, if you are new to DIY. The plates might require some sanding/filing to work well with Costar stabilizers.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Fri, 22 March 2013, 10:32:40
    jd i am getting the $40 PCB that is presoldering and paying for assembly..i don't have any soldering experience or equipment. i plan on getting hhkb layout if that makes a difference. i just want the basic stabilizers, as long as they are easy to switch out keycaps.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Fri, 22 March 2013, 10:33:20
    Are you sure there's a tenkeyless Storm Trigger? I can't find any information on that. I know theres a CoolerMaster QuickFire TK that has backlighting.
    Oops, I did it again.  When I first looked into it, I thought Storm Trigger was the brand itself.  That's what I mean.

    Sorry for the late response on the TK boards. If you go to this link (http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?product_id=10019) it shows that the backlight LED colors match the switches in the board. If you saw different LEDs, then the person probably swapped them.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Fri, 22 March 2013, 10:34:14
    jd i am getting the $40 PCB that is presoldering and paying for assembly..i don't have any soldering experience or equipment. i plan on getting hhkb layout if that makes a difference. i just want the basic stabilizers, as long as they are easy to switch out keycaps.

    Yes, then you should get PCB mount Cherry stabilizers. This goes for anyone else who doesn't know which to order. :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Fri, 22 March 2013, 10:36:52
    Are you assembling this yourself? Cherry PCB mount stabilizers should probably be listed as the default option. They are the easiest to install, if you are new to DIY. The plates might require some sanding/filing to work well with Costar stabilizers.

    Can you explain a little more about Costar stabilizers and how they're installed? I prefer Costar stabilizers and GH60 will be my first DIY board.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: whiskytango on Fri, 22 March 2013, 10:52:58
    Is there a difference in the feel of Cherry PCB vs Cherry plate mounted stabilizers?

    I have access to costar and cherry plate mount boards but never tried a board with cherry pcb mount stabilizers. Thanks

    Edited to show what I meant to ask. Difference between the two types of Cherry stabs. Thanks jd
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Fri, 22 March 2013, 10:57:06
    Is there a difference in the feel of cherry PCB vs plate mounted stabilizers?

    I have access to costar and cherry plate mount boards but never tried a board with cherry pcb mount stabilizers. Thanks

    Costars feel crispy to me while Cherry stabilizers can feel a bit mushy. However Costars have the annoying inserts and take a little more time to swap caps out. Cherry stabs you just pop the cap off and put a new cap on.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Fri, 22 March 2013, 10:59:22
    He didn't mention Costar....
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Fri, 22 March 2013, 10:59:44
    Is there a difference in the feel of cherry PCB vs plate mounted stabilizers?

    I have access to costar and cherry plate mount boards but never tried a board with cherry pcb mount stabilizers. Thanks

    I don't think there is a difference in feel between the two types of Cherry stabilizers.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Fri, 22 March 2013, 11:00:59
    Is there a difference in the feel of cherry PCB vs plate mounted stabilizers?

    I have access to costar and cherry plate mount boards but never tried a board with cherry pcb mount stabilizers. Thanks

    I don't think there is a difference in feel between the two types of Cherry stabilizers.

    Hooray for mis-reading! -_-
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: whiskytango on Fri, 22 March 2013, 11:06:39
    Thanks. I ask because I'm trying to decide between the universal plates and the ones that accept plate mounted cherry stabs... I have both types of stabs from parting out old wyse boards

    Really I hate changing caps on the costars so much, I'm definitely going with cherry stabs one way or the other. Plus then I won't have to buy any :-)

    Edit: yeah I could have worded that better. I was specifically wondering about Cherry PCB vs Cherry Plate Mount
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Fri, 22 March 2013, 11:12:16
    Thanks. I ask because I'm trying to decide between the universal plates and the ones that accept plate mounted cherry stabs... I have both types of stabs from parting out old wyse boards

    Really I hate changing caps on the costars so much, I'm definitely going with cherry stabs one way or the other. Plus then I won't have to buy any :-)

    Go with plate mount cherry stabs!

    My question is (lol) why is it so hard to find aluminum Poker cases and why we're so few made?

    Edit - lol don't answer my question
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Fri, 22 March 2013, 11:33:53
    The best Cherry stabs are the original PCB mount design that bolt on.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Fri, 22 March 2013, 11:55:00
    The best Cherry stabs are the original PCB mount design that bolt on.

    I've never even seen those.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: alaricljs on Fri, 22 March 2013, 12:24:18
    Instead of the pinch pin at one end it's a hollow pin and there's a screw you screw into it once it's on the PCB.  Wyse terminal boards have these on the space bar.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Fri, 22 March 2013, 12:32:59
    Yes, but also the keycap side insert have a different design, which dosen't have the dampener for bottom out.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: alaricljs on Fri, 22 March 2013, 12:37:07
    The ones I have do but of a different design... there is a plastic leaf spring protruding from the housing that the stem lands on.

    [attach=1]
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Fri, 22 March 2013, 12:37:08
    Yeah, they need to bring those back. I've only ever seen them on those WYSE terminal boards.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Fri, 22 March 2013, 12:39:38
    The ones I have didn't. They came from a PCB mount board DEC type layout copy from 1985 I got for like $8 that was broken. I used them on my GH60. Also on my Commodore and Amiga they have these type. Both of those are old too, made in 1985 and 1987.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: alaricljs on Fri, 22 March 2013, 12:41:28
    I purchased a new stab set that is very similar to what I have off the Wyse, however the key stem is only 2mm long... very odd.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Fri, 22 March 2013, 12:58:35
    Can i map any key to any position on the GH60? i want this layout

    (http://i.imgur.com/ct2OnR8.png)

    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: alaricljs on Fri, 22 March 2013, 13:01:15
    Yes
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Fri, 22 March 2013, 13:05:20
    Gosh, I'd love if we could dye sub onto darker keys. Green on black... so nice.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Fri, 22 March 2013, 13:07:29
    Gosh, I'd love if we could dye sub onto darker keys. Green on black... so nice.

    I'd be happy with black on very dark gray :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Fri, 22 March 2013, 13:22:38
    Like the RF's? Meh, IMO.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Fri, 22 March 2013, 13:24:11
    Like the RF's? Meh, IMO.

    No, that's already been done and those are way too light! More like HHKB and at least it's doable  :p
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Fri, 22 March 2013, 13:25:14
    This is true. I'd prefer secondary legends dye subbed on like that. That would be cool.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: iri on Fri, 22 March 2013, 13:26:16
    rf's very dark grey is a very pleasant color.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Fri, 22 March 2013, 13:28:00
    rf's very dark grey is a very pleasant color.

    Yes!I neeeeeeeeeeeed those in Thick PBT :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Fri, 22 March 2013, 13:30:46
    I will do those in PBT buy #3 if no one takes it first.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: ping111 on Fri, 22 March 2013, 16:50:03
    Rosewill RK9001BR - Mac compatible?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Fri, 22 March 2013, 16:51:25
    Yep. I think it's 100% compatible.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lastpilot on Sat, 23 March 2013, 10:39:04
    I couldn't find this in the Originative vendor forum, and it's too small of a question to make a whole thread on...soooo....

    Who is the manufacturer for the upcoming Dolch sets? Is it SP or GMK or ...?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Sat, 23 March 2013, 10:46:01
    Don't worry. They might add them to that store you can't buy from eventually and you can look at the nice picture.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: iri on Sat, 23 March 2013, 10:51:44
    hahaha. this is how i feel about elitekeyboards.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: ping111 on Sat, 23 March 2013, 17:23:52
    I'm just gonna bounce Mac compatibility questions offa you guys:

    Max Durandal G1NL?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Mon, 25 March 2013, 12:13:26
    I'm just gonna bounce Mac compatibility questions offa you guys:

    Max Durandal G1NL?

    According to this link (http://www.maxkeyboard.com/max-keyboard-durandal-g1nl-red-backlit-mechanical-keyboard.html), it is not compatible.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Mon, 25 March 2013, 12:18:55
    what's the point of switch stickers?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Mon, 25 March 2013, 12:24:19
    what's the point of switch stickers?

    The claim is that the switches are slightly wobbly when installed onto the plate and the switch stickers eliminate the stickers. But the common consensus seems to be that the stickers don't really do much besides look cool.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Mon, 25 March 2013, 12:33:24
    what's the point of switch stickers?

    The claim is that the switches are slightly wobbly when installed onto the plate and the switch stickers eliminate the stickers. But the common consensus seems to be that the stickers don't really do much besides look cool.

    how are they applied?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: The_Beast on Mon, 25 March 2013, 12:35:13
    what's the point of switch stickers?

    The claim is that the switches are slightly wobbly when installed onto the plate and the switch stickers eliminate the stickers. But the common consensus seems to be that the stickers don't really do much besides look cool.

    how are they applied?

    Open top of switch, apply the sticker to the switch bottom and put the top back on
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lunartuna on Mon, 25 March 2013, 13:15:01
    For me, when I put on red oring switch dampeners. It also really helped with switch wobble when holding down. That's one thing that bugged me when holding shift to run in a game. I really noticed wobble. Red oring helped a ton.

    Sorry cornfield bad writing. Doing this from my phone.


    Edit: ROFL autocorrect! Cornfield = for the
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Mon, 25 March 2013, 13:19:55
    what's the point of switch stickers?

    The claim is that the switches are slightly wobbly when installed onto the plate and the switch stickers eliminate the stickers. But the common consensus seems to be that the stickers don't really do much besides look cool.

    how are they applied?

    Open top of switch, apply the sticker to the switch bottom and put the top back on

    wait is it even visible then?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Mon, 25 March 2013, 13:28:29
    Dubsgalore, check out this thread (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40244.0) for some pics and vids
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jincuteguy on Mon, 25 March 2013, 13:30:47
    Does anyone know if those Das keyboards use the Cherry or CoStar stabilizers for the Space bar?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Mon, 25 March 2013, 13:32:40
    Which Das keyboard are you speaking of? Maybe a picture? There are different versions which use different stabilizers.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Mon, 25 March 2013, 13:36:45
    Das I was a dome board, Das II was a Cherry stabilized board, and the Das III is a Costar Stablized board. The Das II internals can be swapped with a G80-3000 (winkey) internals.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Mon, 25 March 2013, 13:38:27
    I suppose I could've said that, huh? Does the latest Das have Costar stabs as well?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Mon, 25 March 2013, 13:39:18
    Also, how do you fix a sticking buckling spring? The Enter on my numpad will stay down unless I press it a very particular way (I have to press the very front of it; not on top, but the front side).
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Mon, 25 March 2013, 13:44:21
    Dubsgalore, check out this thread (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40244.0) for some pics and vids

    thanks
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Mon, 25 March 2013, 13:53:06
    I suppose I could've said that, huh? Does the latest Das have Costar stabs as well?
    I think it does, Hyde was on the quality checking of the latest model last I heard. Perhaps PM him?
    Also, most buckling spring problems are fixed by reseating the keycap. If not, a picture may help. :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tjcaustin on Mon, 25 March 2013, 14:00:25
    Not really.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Mon, 25 March 2013, 14:18:14
    Does anyone have a picture of a BMX Clack?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jincuteguy on Mon, 25 March 2013, 14:28:39
    Das I was a dome board, Das II was a Cherry stabilized board, and the Das III is a Costar Stablized board. The Das II internals can be swapped with a G80-3000 (winkey) internals.

    Where do you see DAs II and III? I went to their website and all I saw was the Clicky and the Silent version!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jincuteguy on Mon, 25 March 2013, 14:52:44
    Also, does anyone know where I can get custom keycap for backlit keyboard? Like the LED underneath the keycap will shine through?
    I looked at WASD website for keycaps, but I couldn't find any information, all i saw was the option for either Laser Etched or Engraved? any help would be appreciated.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Mon, 25 March 2013, 14:55:44
    Please don't doublepost, just edit your old posts. You might be able to snag a set of Ducky's caps or I think you c an get transluscent caps from SignaturePlastics.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jincuteguy on Mon, 25 March 2013, 15:05:32
    Please don't doublepost, just edit your old posts. You might be able to snag a set of Ducky's caps or I think you c an get transluscent caps from SignaturePlastics.

    Yea I don't want to get those transluscent caps, I just want whatever the legend ie. letter or picture on the keycap get shined through.  So I guess Ducky is the only company that made these.  I thought WASD is the best when it comes to keycaps.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Mon, 25 March 2013, 15:18:07
    .
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Mon, 25 March 2013, 15:26:11
    I thought WASD is the best when it comes to keycaps.

    There's no "best" when it comes to buying keycaps. It is very dependent on what you're looking for.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: MJ45 on Mon, 25 March 2013, 15:48:17
    Realforce keyboards have a dip switch setting to enable firmware update, has anyone done that ? If so where is the driver or flash come from Topre?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Mon, 25 March 2013, 15:52:10
    .
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: scumyc on Mon, 25 March 2013, 16:04:59
    quick noob question: were vintage blacks made for plate mount, pcb mount (with the little plastic legs), or both?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Mon, 25 March 2013, 16:05:51
    They are mainly plate, they came from WYSE terminal keyboards. Welcome to Geekhack, by the way. :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: mushupork on Mon, 25 March 2013, 16:29:05
    Who on this forum has done bolt modding for others?  (I got a Model M board before the forum crashed and now I cannot check via PMs etc. to find out who I dealt with :D)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Mon, 25 March 2013, 16:30:25
    Fohat.Digs has done them before, I was going to, but have not done so yet. So many rivets for so few that are broken. I know that dfj has also done them, though you'd have to hit him up on the IRC.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Mon, 25 March 2013, 16:31:23
    .
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Mon, 25 March 2013, 16:36:21
    And another question: how do you know when a Model M needs a bolt mod? And what does a floss mod do?

    Here's a link on the Floss Mod (http://deskthority.net/wiki/Dental_floss_mod).

    And here are some links for the Bolt Mods:
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Mon, 25 March 2013, 16:38:52
    Moose, bolt mods are only to replace the rivets once they've broken off from being brittle. There's also layout changes that you can do, but people don't typically mod to ANSI from ISO or vice versa since both flavors can be had in rather abundant sources.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Photekq on Mon, 25 March 2013, 18:08:34
    What's the size of a TKL board in percent? Is it 80%?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Mon, 25 March 2013, 21:19:47
    (http://i.imgur.com/z2OsqAK.png)

    From IRC. SmallFry determined TKL should be 84%; although I'm sure 80% would work just as well. Math is sexy
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: The_Beast on Mon, 25 March 2013, 21:49:35
    Well then a poker is a 58%

    So should we rename it the GHsomewherebetween57%and62%
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Mon, 25 March 2013, 21:51:38
    Well then a poker is a 58%

    So should we rename it the GHsomewherebetween57%and62%


    59% You need to round 58.65 up :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: bazemk1979 on Mon, 25 March 2013, 21:55:20
    Das I was a dome board, Das II was a Cherry stabilized board, and the Das III is a Costar Stablized board. The Das II internals can be swapped with a G80-3000 (winkey) internals.

    Where do you see DAs II and III? I went to their website and all I saw was the Clicky and the Silent version!
    They're older versions. The current one is either considered the 3rd revision, or 4th, depending on who you ask. It looks the same, but is made by a different company and has some differences, the most notable being the media keys. Here you can see revs 1, 2, and 3.

    (Attachment Link)
    wow rev 1 looks like IBM case, did Unicomp made that case?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: The_Beast on Mon, 25 March 2013, 21:56:54
    Well then a poker is a 58%

    So should we rename it the GHsomewherebetween57%and62%


    59% You need to round 58.65 up :)

    Well suck it :P


    :P
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tjcaustin on Mon, 25 March 2013, 21:59:14
    Well then a poker is a 58%

    So should we rename it the GHsomewherebetween57%and62%


    59% You need to round 58.65 up :)

    Except the GHwhateversizeitis would have a different number depending on what layout you choose.  The one I'm going with, for example is 57.69230769230769230(it keeps going)%.  Going by number of keys on the board is stupid.

    In fact, tkl would be two sizes based on that (at minimum), too because of winkey vs winkeyless.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Mon, 25 March 2013, 22:05:02
    I'm making the executive decision and calling TKL boards 80%. :P
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tjcaustin on Mon, 25 March 2013, 22:07:18
    No, I outrank you as King.

    I demand sacrifice.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: The_Beast on Mon, 25 March 2013, 22:13:08
    No, I outrank you as King.

    I demand sacrifice.

    King of purple stepping in on this matter

    TKL stays TKL
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tjcaustin on Mon, 25 March 2013, 22:19:19
    No, I outrank you as King.

    I demand sacrifice.

    King of purple stepping in on this matter

    TKL stays TKL

    I conferred with my queen, Scarlett Johansen eating popcorn, and I agree with my fellow King.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Mon, 25 March 2013, 22:20:42
    I thought jdcarpe was King of Purple @.@
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Photekq on Mon, 25 March 2013, 22:24:14
    I'm making the executive decision and calling TKL boards 80%. :P

    Screenshotted as proof if I decide to call my case something including 80.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Novus on Mon, 25 March 2013, 23:05:46
    No, I outrank you as King.

    I demand sacrifice.

    King of purple stepping in on this matter

    TKL stays TKL

    I conferred with my queen, Scarlett Johansen eating popcorn, and I agree with my fellow King.

    Scarlett Johansson > Scarlett Johansen
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tjcaustin on Mon, 25 March 2013, 23:07:21
    No, I outrank you as King.

    I demand sacrifice.

    King of purple stepping in on this matter

    TKL stays TKL

    I conferred with my queen, Scarlett Johansen eating popcorn, and I agree with my fellow King.

    Scarlett Johansson > Scarlett Johansen


    That's where I'm afraid that you're completely correct.

    I knew I should have googled it.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Mon, 25 March 2013, 23:45:48
    I decree that all purple TKL keyboards be deemed 80%.

    Further, that purple GH60s of any layout configuration are considered 60%.

    As it is written, so shall it be.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jincuteguy on Tue, 26 March 2013, 02:14:08
    I'm looking at the Max Nighthawk X8 and X9 keyboards.  Does anyone know if these have CoStar stabilizers or Cherry?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Novus on Tue, 26 March 2013, 02:22:46
    I decree that all purple TKL keyboards be deemed 80%.

    Further, that purple GH60s of any layout configuration are considered 60%.

    As it is written, so shall it be.

    I see your spock avatar.
    IDIC
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: BlueBär on Tue, 26 March 2013, 08:01:00
    Are there any cons of using a backlit keyboard? Haven't really found anything about it but I know that I read somewhere that it could make it harder to change the switch if you would want to or something similar. I'm close to pull the trigger on a KBT Pure with browns, with or without blue backlight. This will be my first mech (or my second if you count the Model M) btw.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Tue, 26 March 2013, 08:01:32
    How long does it generally take for laser etched legends on Cherry caps to start wearing off? I feel bad for typing on them knowing that they're in nice shape and one of the rarer(?) sets I have...
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Tue, 26 March 2013, 08:03:35
    Are there any cons of using a backlit keyboard? Haven't really found anything about it but I know that I read somewhere that it could make it harder to change the switch if you would want to or something similar. I'm close to pull the trigger on a KBT Pure with browns, with or without blue backlight. This will be my first mech (or my second if you count the Model M) btw.
    Almost all backlit boards I've seen have been plate mounted, so swapping switches is a bit rough in and of itself, requiring desoldering of the switch to do so (unless you have installed a custom plate that makes it easier to swap the switches, and even then, you would have had to desolder at least once). LEDs generally have to be desoldered to be able to remove the switch, but you can modify the top of the housing to be able to remove the switch around the LED.

    Also, just read more of your post. A Pure would require you to desolder all of the LEDs to swap the stems and springs out, or you would have to mod the housings. It's not that hard to do. Just a couple clips with something, or a Dremel, as someone else suggested.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 26 March 2013, 08:58:53
    I'm looking at the Max Nighthawk X8 and X9 keyboards.  Does anyone know if these have CoStar stabilizers or Cherry?

    According to this thread (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=32999.0), they use Costar stabilizers.

    If you look on Youtube for a review, maybe you can find a video of someone pulling the caps off so you can see em. Just to double check.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Tue, 26 March 2013, 09:42:36
    All iOne made keyboard use costar like stabilizer.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Tue, 26 March 2013, 10:37:05
    How long does it generally take for laser etched legends on Cherry caps to start wearing off? I feel bad for typing on them knowing that they're in nice shape and one of the rarer(?) sets I have...
    Laser etched POM to be exact.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: iri on Tue, 26 March 2013, 11:05:11
    irrelevant answer was here
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Skull_Angel on Tue, 26 March 2013, 16:49:11
    How long does it generally take for laser etched legends on Cherry caps to start wearing off? I feel bad for typing on them knowing that they're in nice shape and one of the rarer(?) sets I have...
    Laser etched POM to be exact.

    I've had some laser etched letters on POM keycaps start fading after a couple of months with heavy use. My fingers don't normally put out a lot of oils, but can during heated gaming; I do practice good keyboard hygiene most of the time though, so not a sloppy person. They just don't last well with heavy use.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Tue, 26 March 2013, 16:50:32
    I figured as much. Did you notice much wear on the caps themselves, aside from the legends?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Skull_Angel on Tue, 26 March 2013, 16:59:51
    I figured as much. Did you notice much wear on the caps themselves, aside from the legends?

    Nope, the material (POM) is solid, not a hint of wear; they should also take much longer to (completely) shine than standard ABS (most POM normally have a bit more base shine than ABS that I'm aware of).
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Tue, 26 March 2013, 17:02:17
    Yes, this is my second set of POM caps, and I do notice the base shine, as you mention. Perhaps I'll swap them out with some Cherry DS. Or maybe I should just type on them, being that I enjoy looking at them.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: mushupork on Wed, 27 March 2013, 13:55:42
    Is it true that on a keyboard with PCB mounted switches you change from Blue switches to Brown by just swapping out the stems and springs?  (no soldering)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Wed, 27 March 2013, 13:56:45
    Yes sir. You can take a look at my thread, Moose's Mods, to see me doing just that. You can also do the same thing with plate mounted boards that have specialized switch openings to allow it.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 27 March 2013, 13:57:21
    Yes sir. You can take a look at my thread, Moose's Mods, to see me doing just that. You can also do the same thing with plate mounted boards that have specialized switch openings to allow it.

    Can you provide a link?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: mushupork on Wed, 27 March 2013, 14:05:32
    ^^ yeah what he said :D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Wed, 27 March 2013, 14:54:16
    I mean, I'll provide a link, but I gave you the exact title, and it took me exactly what it would've taken you to find it...: type that shiz into the search bar.

    But here you go: http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=41162
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 27 March 2013, 14:59:12
    My bad Moose, I was in a meeting before. Couldn't really search.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Wed, 27 March 2013, 15:03:00
    No problem. I dropped a link to it in my signature now as well, so it's easier for ME to get to it... So now I can just point people to my signature (which by the way is getting pretty big... oh well, still meets the requirements!).
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: mushupork on Wed, 27 March 2013, 15:28:14
    very cool - thanks.  Where did you get that key pulling tool? 
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Wed, 27 March 2013, 15:30:07
    Those are from The_Beast.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Wed, 27 March 2013, 15:30:17
    They were offered by The_Beast when he first sold the custom Poker plates. They sold out very quickly. He has talked about possibly offering more, possibly in conjunction with a lube station.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Thu, 28 March 2013, 07:34:32
    Do switches have to be installed from the bottom of a plate or is it possible to push them in from the top?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Thu, 28 March 2013, 08:26:36
    You have to push them into the top of the plate. That's why you can't remove the plate without desoldering all the switches.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: mushupork on Thu, 28 March 2013, 15:19:38
    I mixed up my terms - I have a plate mounted board not PCB ( it is a QFR) so I would need to desolder the switches.  I can't just swap springs and stems.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Thu, 28 March 2013, 19:27:07
    You have to push them into the top of the plate. That's why you can't remove the plate without desoldering all the switches.
    So you insert the stem down from the top? Sorry, just want to make sure I understand so I can do it right.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Thu, 28 March 2013, 19:28:07
    are there any pbt sets fully compatible with leopolds?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Thu, 28 March 2013, 19:42:51
    You have to push them into the top of the plate. That's why you can't remove the plate without desoldering all the switches.
    So you insert the stem down from the top? Sorry, just want to make sure I understand so I can do it right.

    A picture is worth 1000 words...

    (http://i.imgur.com/jCJ9pNP.png)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Thu, 28 March 2013, 19:54:36
    Indeed! Looks like the time is nearing to slice at my Phantom's case. Thanks, jd.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: remedyhalopc on Fri, 29 March 2013, 01:08:34
    Is there any custom keyboard controllers for the QFR similar to a teensy available or in the works?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Fri, 29 March 2013, 01:09:55
    IIRC, Biphany was going to work on one after the Full Filco controller, but I don't know for sure, ping him to be sure. :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Sifo on Fri, 29 March 2013, 01:10:13
    I think there's one in the works from bpiphany

    http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=39146.0
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Fri, 29 March 2013, 01:11:12
    I think there's one in the works from bpiphany

    http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=39146.0
    Beat ya to it. :P
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: MJ45 on Mon, 01 April 2013, 14:03:00
    I have a Ducky YotD and I'm thinking about a changing the led's color. Are most keyboards the same forward voltage? I would like to swap with another keyboard brand, because of it nice color.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Mon, 01 April 2013, 14:13:48
    I have a Ducky YotD and I'm thinking about a changing the led's color. Are most keyboards the same forward voltage? I would like to swap with another keyboard brand, because of it nice color.

    You want to swap the LED or you want to swap the badging/labeling on the case?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Mon, 01 April 2013, 17:45:29
    Most LED fV depend on the color, and generally range from 1.8 to 3.4. If sticking with the same color family you are probably going to be ok like blue to green, but blue to red for example can require some extra resistors and such unless you really hunt hard for some red with a high fV which are out there but can be difficult to source. Using colored lens is one of easier ways to avoid the fV issue as they are usually in the same 3-3.4 range regardless of lens color.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: L4yercake on Mon, 01 April 2013, 17:53:19
    .........................
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Mon, 01 April 2013, 17:56:31
    I believe that whatever you program into your KMAC should be saved into the board's firmware so it should be the same on every computer until you decide to change it.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Mon, 01 April 2013, 19:22:42
    Yes,  obviously
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Mon, 01 April 2013, 20:40:06
    Stupid question incoming:

    I know that Matias switches should be sold on their site but I really cannot find them. Are they out of stock or are they buried somewhere on the site?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: lazerpointer on Mon, 01 April 2013, 23:51:03
    Here's one for you guys;

    I want to get a Matias mini tactile pro from their website, then use the key caps from my Ducky 1087 to make it a "Windows" keyboard. Any problems with this?? (like different stabilizers or something. maybe certain keys won't fit? it looks like they will all fit to me, from a quick glance...)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: iri on Tue, 02 April 2013, 00:03:31
    Stupid question incoming:

    I know that Matias switches should be sold on their site but I really cannot find them. Are they out of stock or are they buried somewhere on the site?
    removed from the site
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: MJ45 on Tue, 02 April 2013, 00:22:44
    Most LED fV depend on the color, and generally range from 1.8 to 3.4. If sticking with the same color family you are probably going to be ok like blue to green, but blue to red for example can require some extra resistors and such unless you really hunt hard for some red with a high fV which are out there but can be difficult to source. Using colored lens is one of easier ways to avoid the fV issue as they are usually in the same 3-3.4 range regardless of lens color.

    Thanks for the info, I didn't know the fV differs with color family's. After my post I opened the case and measured it with a DVM and it was 1.238v hi brightness to 0.832v low. My Ducky Yotd has purple (but look more like pink) I like blue better but the one tried for a test it was 3.6fV and too dim even on hi level setting. I'll have to rethink the change to similar color or reconsider the change.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Tue, 02 April 2013, 14:46:31
    What program do you guys use to do keycap prototypes for IC's to show legend font/size and colors?

    Melvang
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: ping111 on Tue, 02 April 2013, 14:55:28
    Where do you get those tiny, pixelly keyboards in some people's sigs?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Tue, 02 April 2013, 15:07:36
    ^ I second that one
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: codyeatworld on Tue, 02 April 2013, 15:09:55
    Keyboard Pixel Art
    http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=19113.0
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 02 April 2013, 21:12:25
    What program do you guys use to do keycap prototypes for IC's to show legend font/size and colors?

    Melvang

    Not sure how people do fonts. I think batman (sp?) does a lot of renders? I know karporkle has done renders for the Raindrop and Phantom Sticker GB. But try matt30's color scheme tool (http://lab.cubiq.org/kbcc/#GFW,WA,GFW,WA) out.



    And I have a question. Does the ergodox have a plate? Do they accept pcb or plate mounted switches?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Tue, 02 April 2013, 21:20:28
    And I have a question. Does the ergodox have a plate? Do they accept pcb or plate mounted switches?

    Yes, an acrylic one. And yes, both. :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: calavera on Tue, 02 April 2013, 23:52:27
    Does anyone have a link to Signature plastic's ABS color samples? I'm in need of their various gray colors.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Wed, 03 April 2013, 00:01:13
    http://www.keycapsdirect.com/abscolors.php
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: calavera on Wed, 03 April 2013, 03:49:12
    http://www.keycapsdirect.com/abscolors.php

    You are awesome! thanks!!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Wed, 03 April 2013, 22:35:58
    Why is it called "ergodox" if Dox didn't design it?  Says on the board that bpiphany designed it.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: L4yercake on Wed, 03 April 2013, 22:41:44
    Quote
    The ErgoDox is a DIY keyboard project initiated by the user Dox...
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: F u r u y á on Wed, 03 April 2013, 22:43:24
    Is bpiphany PrinsValium?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Wed, 03 April 2013, 22:52:59
    Is bpiphany PrinsValium?

    Yes. :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Capitalistix on Wed, 03 April 2013, 23:05:25
    Wow wish I'd seen this thread before! Hahaha.

    Does anyone know where I could get one of the US flag caps in this picture? (The blue one that looks like the starfield)

    (http://i1307.photobucket.com/albums/s594/capitalistix/lDfTBBS_zps95dcc550.jpg)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Halverson on Wed, 03 April 2013, 23:08:57
    Wow wish I'd seen this thread before! Hahaha.

    Does anyone know where I could get one of the US flag caps in this picture? (The blue one that looks like the starfield)

    Show Image
    (http://i1307.photobucket.com/albums/s594/capitalistix/lDfTBBS_zps95dcc550.jpg)


    I got a red one same as that from SP crap bags. Would be neat to know if they were made for something or just an experiment.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Wed, 03 April 2013, 23:18:01
    Wow wish I'd seen this thread before! Hahaha.

    Does anyone know where I could get one of the US flag caps in this picture? (The blue one that looks like the starfield)

    Isn't that photo from someone's f/s thread? I feel like they may still have that cap and I searched for the thread, but was unable to find it.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Capitalistix on Thu, 04 April 2013, 00:02:46
    Wow wish I'd seen this thread before! Hahaha.

    Does anyone know where I could get one of the US flag caps in this picture? (The blue one that looks like the starfield)

    Isn't that photo from someone's f/s thread? I feel like they may still have that cap and I searched for the thread, but was unable to find it.

    I appreciate that Jocelyn! It was actually from GupGup'd thread, and he has since sold it ;/

    Do they still offer these "crap bags"? I find it strange that the Hammer and Sickle are readily available from sites and yet Old Glory gets the crap bag only >:{ lol
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: remedyhalopc on Thu, 04 April 2013, 00:33:29
    does anyone know what type of LEDs I should be buying for my QFR? I want to get a less bright or less harsh color. Maybe Amber or blue.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: iri on Thu, 04 April 2013, 05:55:02
    how many leds does the qfr have? will desoldering / soldering back the switches for a mod be pain in the arse?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: remedyhalopc on Thu, 04 April 2013, 05:58:42
    3 LEDs.

    I enjoyed desoldering/soldering on my QFR. Make sure you set aside 5-6 hours if its your first time doing something like this. You will be slow, and it's better you take your time on it anyway.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: iri on Thu, 04 April 2013, 06:03:23
    hmmm, i can desolder a 104 in an hour or so. qfr is a tkl board, isn't it?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 04 April 2013, 06:13:52
    hmmm, i can desolder a 104 in an hour or so. qfr is a tkl board, isn't it?

    Yes, the QFR is a TKL board.



    I appreciate that Jocelyn! It was actually from GupGup'd thread, and he has since sold it ;/

    Do they still offer these "crap bags"? I find it strange that the Hammer and Sickle are readily available from sites and yet Old Glory gets the crap bag only >:{ lol

    Crap bags from Signature Plastics seem to only be sold at year's end. They don't all contain the same caps; it's a random selection. Even if you got the crap bag, you might not get the Starfield cap. And that cap might've been a prototype or a one-off and someone decided they weren't happy with it for whatever reason. Those multiple tiny stars might be really hard to mold whereas the hammer and sickle might be easier.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: omgFiRE on Thu, 04 April 2013, 06:18:07
    hmmm, i can desolder a 104 in an hour or so. qfr is a tkl board, isn't it?
    Try heat gun, it should help clear pcb of switches in few minutes.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: WhiteFireDragon on Thu, 04 April 2013, 06:35:27
    hmmm, i can desolder a 104 in an hour or so. qfr is a tkl board, isn't it?
    Try heat gun, it should help clear pcb of switches in few minutes.

    Terrible advice, unless you'd rather have melted switches.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: omgFiRE on Thu, 04 April 2013, 06:43:08
    Terrible advice, unless you'd rather have melted switches.

    Of course, it is only applicable, if you don't care about old switches, and you value your time.  :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Thu, 04 April 2013, 06:48:30
    Heat guns are meant for melting solder paste,  not desoldering normal solder.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: iri on Thu, 04 April 2013, 07:42:48
    hmmm, i can desolder a 104 in an hour or so. qfr is a tkl board, isn't it?
    Try heat gun, it should help clear pcb of switches in few minutes.
    may a welder be even faster?

    hmmm, i can desolder a 104 in an hour or so. qfr is a tkl board, isn't it?
    Try heat gun, it should help clear pcb of switches in few minutes.
    Terrible advice, unless you'd rather have melted switches.
    do you use the same desoldering iron tip to desolder bigger and smaller joints? i found that my desoldering iron removes bigger joints very effectively, but isn't that good on smaller ones; sometimes applying wick is required. or is there a technique to desolder all sizes of joints with the same tip?

    also -- do you plan to upload your lubing videos? i really look forward to know why proper lubing takes 1.5 hours.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 04 April 2013, 07:45:33
    Rofl iri. You're right, a welder is sure to speed the process up   ;)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Thu, 04 April 2013, 08:04:30
    Ha. Yes it will be great if you only want to disassemble and not use anything at all afterwards.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: iri on Thu, 04 April 2013, 08:15:12
    sure. who needs those damn switches and pcb's.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Thu, 04 April 2013, 08:32:14
    I recently desoldered a complete 101-key board in only 15 minutes. Oh yeah, forgot to mention I was using my Hakko 808 desoldering gun.

    I use the same tip for all solder joints. I usually have to add solder to smaller joints, such as LEDs, etc., to remove the solder effectively. I have never been able to use braid.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: iri on Thu, 04 April 2013, 09:42:37
    I recently desoldered a complete 101-key board in only 15 minutes. Oh yeah, forgot to mention I was using my Hakko 808 desoldering gun.
    uh huh. i can buy a $170 desoldering station any day.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Thu, 04 April 2013, 09:50:03
    I have been using the radio shack desoldering gun working so far for me just a novice on it.  the mistakes i have made with it was all operator error not equipment malfunction.  Speaking of which any suggestions on cleaning it if it needs it??
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: iri on Thu, 04 April 2013, 09:51:48
    use a wire brush, luke.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 04 April 2013, 09:53:44
    When the tip gets dirty while you're soldering, you can also try wiping on a sponge that's wetted with water.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Thu, 04 April 2013, 10:21:12
    Also, buy out Radio Shack of all the replacement tips they have. Before I got my Hakko, I would do this every time I went into Radio Shack. The tips wear out after about a keyboard-and-a-half, even with cleaning. I have some that have a hole worn through the side of the tip.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: The_Beast on Thu, 04 April 2013, 10:22:27
    Also, buy out Radio Shack of all the replacement tips they have. Before I got my Hakko, I would do this every time I went into Radio Shack. The tips wear out after about a keyboard-and-a-half, even with cleaning. I have some that have a hole worn through the side of the tip.

    Then you're getting cheap tips. I've soldered at least 3 pokers and haven't replaced a tip and this was a soldering iron in a lab, so I'm sure I wasn't the only one using it
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Thu, 04 April 2013, 10:26:19
    Also, buy out Radio Shack of all the replacement tips they have. Before I got my Hakko, I would do this every time I went into Radio Shack. The tips wear out after about a keyboard-and-a-half, even with cleaning. I have some that have a hole worn through the side of the tip.

    Then you're getting cheap tips. I've soldered at least 3 pokers and haven't replaced a tip and this was a soldering iron in a lab, so I'm sure I wasn't the only one using it

    You were using the Radio Shack iron with bulb? There is only one option for tips for those...
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Thu, 04 April 2013, 10:29:02
    The Radioshack desolder tips suck, they are made out of poor brass alloy and get all melted and deformed by the hot solder. Especially old lead free solder, will destroy them really fast.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: The_Beast on Thu, 04 April 2013, 10:29:28
    Also, buy out Radio Shack of all the replacement tips they have. Before I got my Hakko, I would do this every time I went into Radio Shack. The tips wear out after about a keyboard-and-a-half, even with cleaning. I have some that have a hole worn through the side of the tip.

    Then you're getting cheap tips. I've soldered at least 3 pokers and haven't replaced a tip and this was a soldering iron in a lab, so I'm sure I wasn't the only one using it

    You were using the Radio Shack iron with bulb? There is only one option for tips for those...

    Nope, a decentish Weller. It's the station with coiled iron holder, the sponge underneath and a temp dial
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: boost on Thu, 04 April 2013, 10:32:02
    Need the standoff height on the poker case. This is where the PCB screws into th case
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: nubbinator on Thu, 04 April 2013, 14:11:08
    Anyone know where you can buy MX Whites or what the Chinese word is for them (I know they call them Milks) so I can find them on Taobao?  I'm thinking of getting the GH60 and putting whites on it.

    Also, any recommendations on dremel tips for modding a plate so that the Cherry housing can be removed without desoldering?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Thu, 04 April 2013, 14:16:09
    Anyone know where you can buy MX Whites or what the Chinese word is for them (I know they call them Milks) so I can find them on Taobao?  I'm thinking of getting the GH60 and putting whites on it.

    I've searched high and low on Taobao, and have not found any MX White (Milk) Switches.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Thu, 04 April 2013, 14:27:04
    Mx whites were on QWERkeys...not sure if they still are
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: nubbinator on Thu, 04 April 2013, 14:36:17
    Mx whites were on QWERkeys...not sure if they still are

    Just checked and they are, but it would be obscenely expensive.  It would be cheaper to buy a Pure with whites from MechanicalKeyboards.com and harvest the switches from that than to buy the switches from Qwerkeys.  I'd almost rather just go with some cheap used Clears again, buy some used Blues and experiment with ways of muffling the click, or toss my Clear springs in Reds and use those.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Thu, 04 April 2013, 14:42:12
    Best source for switches is through 7bit, but you might have to wait awhile for certain types.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: nubbinator on Thu, 04 April 2013, 14:46:30
    Best source for switches is through 7bit, but you might have to wait awhile for certain types.

    Is he on here too or just DT? And the GH60 is still a little while out, so waiting a little while shouldn't be too much of an issue unless we're talking 6 months to a year.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Thu, 04 April 2013, 14:47:16
    They have an account here, but I am not sure if they visit here as often. I think they are working on supplying switches along with the GH60 pcbs and such also.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: mushupork on Thu, 04 April 2013, 16:31:12
    Can anyone link to a photo or diagram of a Poker and a Pure keyboard side by side to show the difference in key layout?  (Single picture)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 04 April 2013, 16:36:09
    Mx whites were on QWERkeys...not sure if they still are

    Just checked and they are, but it would be obscenely expensive.  It would be cheaper to buy a Pure with whites from MechanicalKeyboards.com and harvest the switches from that than to buy the switches from Qwerkeys.  I'd almost rather just go with some cheap used Clears again, buy some used Blues and experiment with ways of muffling the click, or toss my Clear springs in Reds and use those.

    Are you sure the Pure has whites? They said that the new Ducky had whites and it was a mistranslation. The switches turned out to be clears. They said the same might happen with the Pures and were waiting on the shipment to verify.


    Can anyone link to a photo or diagram of a Poker and a Pure keyboard side by side to show the difference in key layout?  (Single picture)

    I'm at work so I can't make a single picture for you but try these links:

    Pure (http://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/images/products/large_110_PURE_unlit.jpg)
    Poker (http://i.imgur.com/70ZuA.jpg)

    Pure has a shoft right shift and I think Smallfry said the top row of keys had a weird profile.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Thu, 04 April 2013, 16:38:09
    .
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Thu, 04 April 2013, 16:38:21
    Only difference between Poker and Pure is the right shift / tilde key.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: nubbinator on Thu, 04 April 2013, 16:59:59
    Are you sure the Pure has whites? They said that the new Ducky had whites and it was a mistranslation. The switches turned out to be clears. They said the same might happen with the Pures and were waiting on the shipment to verify.

    Nope, I'm not sure.  I know the whole Clear/White thing makes for fun with Chinese orders.  I'd love some Whites, but I really don't want to spend more than $50, $60 on the high end, for them for the GH60.  If I can't find them, I'll just toss my Clear springs in the Reds I have and toss them on the GH60.  That will be free.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Binge on Thu, 04 April 2013, 17:02:37
    Why is it Alps keyboards feel better to type on when they're in your lap?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: remedyhalopc on Thu, 04 April 2013, 17:50:26
    does anyone know what type of LEDs I should be buying for my QFR? I want to get a less bright or less harsh color. Maybe Amber or blue.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Thu, 04 April 2013, 17:58:41
    I like these (http://www.kingbrightusa.com/category.asp?catalog_name=LED&category_name=KCCylindrical-3mm+%28T1%29&Page=1) personally for LED. The 'blue lagoon' color is pretty nice.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: mushupork on Thu, 04 April 2013, 18:16:54
    Thanks anonemoose!  I thought there was more difference.  Maybe in the function layers?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Thu, 04 April 2013, 18:22:21
    Thanks anonemoose!  I thought there was more difference.  Maybe in the function layers?

    Yes, the function layers are different. But the only difference in physical layout is what moose pictured. :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 04 April 2013, 21:19:56
    Why is it Alps keyboards feel better to type on when they're in your lap?

    Binge, what you like to do in your lap is not really anyone's business on GH but your own :P
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Permeability on Fri, 05 April 2013, 11:21:08
    What keyboards allow you modify the switches without desoldering? (Besides the Poker)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Fri, 05 April 2013, 11:23:08
    What keyboards allow you modify the switches without desoldering? (Besides the Poker)

    I believe that it depends on the plate in the keyboard. I'm not sure a stock poker allows you to mod the switches.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: The_Beast on Fri, 05 April 2013, 11:23:20
    What keyboards allow you modify the switches without desoldering? (Besides the Poker)

    Most cherry boards are PCB mount
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Fri, 05 April 2013, 11:23:33
    Anything that doesn't have a plate or LEDs. Sorry for not having a list :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: The_Beast on Fri, 05 April 2013, 11:24:31
    What keyboards allow you modify the switches without desoldering? (Besides the Poker)

    I believe that it depends on the plate in the keyboard. I'm not sure a stock poker allows you to mod the switches.

    It does except for the 7 keys that have LEDs

    Caps, ~, spacebar, Rwin, menu, Rctrl, Rshift
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Fri, 05 April 2013, 11:35:56
    You can change switch internals easily on
    PCB mount:
    Vortex Poker, Pure, Race
    Cherry G80-XXXX
    Plum 96, Neo Zelia

    Kit boards
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Halverson on Fri, 05 April 2013, 11:39:54
    I'm lazy and on my phone. So I'm just going to quickly ask. Looks like the plate with ergodox is capable of switch swapping. True or false.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tp4tissue on Fri, 05 April 2013, 11:52:13
    I'm lazy and on my phone. So I'm just going to quickly ask. Looks like the plate with ergodox is capable of switch swapping. True or false.
    true.. says so on the massdrop page
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Halverson on Fri, 05 April 2013, 12:21:33
    I'm lazy and on my phone. So I'm just going to quickly ask. Looks like the plate with ergodox is capable of switch swapping. True or false.
    true.. says so on the massdrop page

    danke mein fraulein
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Fri, 05 April 2013, 12:35:33
    Boards with modified plates, a la WFD's Universal plate.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Joxx on Fri, 05 April 2013, 12:52:39
    Very noobish question, is it possible to buy a keycaps set and rearrange the letters around? (I own an azerty keyboard).
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tjcaustin on Fri, 05 April 2013, 12:53:37
    Very noobish question, is it possible to buy a keycaps set and rearrange the letters around? (I own an azerty keyboard).

    yes, but the profile of the keys can be different and lead to an uneven typing surface.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Joxx on Fri, 05 April 2013, 12:54:51
    So basically, it's pointless for me to buy a set of keycaps since I'll have a high chance of not having an even typing surface or am I misunderstanding?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Fri, 05 April 2013, 12:57:24
    The profile of the a and the q caps are different. So if you swap them they'll be slightly off when you type. You can do it. But it won't be even. I had cherry alphas with OEM mods and the differences in keycap heights annoyed me so much I sold my alpha caps. You might not be bothered though.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Joxx on Fri, 05 April 2013, 13:00:06
    I most likely will be bothered by it lol. Anyway thanks for the replies, I guess I won't be able to custom my keys besides the F's and the esc button lol.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Fri, 05 April 2013, 13:00:57
    The profile of the a and the q caps are different. So if you swap them they'll be slightly off when you type. You can do it. But it won't be even. I had cherry alphas with OEM mods and the differences in keycap heights annoyed me so much I sold my alpha caps. You might not be bothered though.

    This OMG this^

    I would just but a second set of blanks if possible and use those for any "off keys". You could always go with all blanks as well :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Photekq on Fri, 05 April 2013, 13:02:49
    The profile of the a and the q caps are different. So if you swap them they'll be slightly off when you type. You can do it. But it won't be even. I had cherry alphas with OEM mods and the differences in keycap heights annoyed me so much I sold my alpha caps. You might not be bothered though.

    This OMG this^

    I would just but a second set of blanks if possible and use those for any "off keys". You could always go with all blanks as well :)

    That's actually a pretty good idea.. Would probably give the keyboard a unique look. A bit costly though..
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Fri, 05 April 2013, 13:06:45
    Or you can get sets in DSA profile, which are uniform throughout the rows.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Fri, 05 April 2013, 13:10:05
    Just grab a Cherry G80/G81 in French or Belgian. They are a little harder to find in dyesub/doubleshot than some other languages but not impossible. If you don't mind lasered keycap you can find those easily and usually for pretty cheap.
    Even I have a French set and I don't really use it.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Fri, 05 April 2013, 13:14:31
    Even I have a French set and I don't really use it.

    Me too. :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: ping111 on Fri, 05 April 2013, 13:16:34
    Do any of the keyboards in my sig have different profiles for different key rows? I'm thinking of rearranging them to Colemak, seeing how I don't even look at them for QWERTY.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Fri, 05 April 2013, 13:16:41
    :<
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Halverson on Fri, 05 April 2013, 13:18:54
    Do any of the keyboards in my sig have different profiles for different key rows? I'm thinking of rearranging them to Colemak, seeing how I don't even look at them for QWERTY.

    I think the short answer is yes, since it's not the keyboard, it's the caps themselves.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: ping111 on Fri, 05 April 2013, 13:19:45
    Do any of the keyboards in my sig have different profiles for different key rows? I'm thinking of rearranging them to Colemak, seeing how I don't even look at them for QWERTY.

    I think the short answer is yes, since it's not the keyboard, it's the caps themselves.
    Well, perhaps that was a misphrase.  That's what I meant - do the keys that come with these have different profiles?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Halverson on Fri, 05 April 2013, 13:22:17
    Do any of the keyboards in my sig have different profiles for different key rows? I'm thinking of rearranging them to Colemak, seeing how I don't even look at them for QWERTY.

    I think the short answer is yes, since it's not the keyboard, it's the caps themselves.
    Well, perhaps that was a misphrase.  That's what I meant - do the keys that come with these have different profiles?

    Yes. Top two rows are a profile, then QWER row, then ASDF row, then the bottom two rows.

    I suppose it could be classified as AABCDD.

    Best bet is to look for a colemak set, not sure how many are around. Or find a set that is uniform profile. Or use blanks caps.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Fri, 05 April 2013, 13:26:10
    Some pics and info on keycap profiles can be found in this DT Wiki articles (http://deskthority.net/wiki/Keyboard_profile)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: findingthelimit on Fri, 05 April 2013, 15:16:12
    what is the difference between a pbt keycap and a regular keycap?

    what is a doubleshot? or a dye sublimation? why these terms?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: AKIMbO on Fri, 05 April 2013, 15:25:50
    what is the difference between a pbt keycap and a regular keycap?

    what is a doubleshot? or a dye sublimation? why these terms?

    PBT will most likely be dye subliminated.  Although, SP is making some doubleshot PBT keycaps and engraved PBTs exist too.

    ABS will be doubleshot, engraved, lasered, or lasered & infilled.

    PBT has a rougher texture than ABS and is more wear resistant.  Basically, PBT owns ABS all day err day.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Fri, 05 April 2013, 15:29:56
    PBT will most likely be dye subliminated.  Although, SP is making some doubleshot PBT keycaps and engraved PBTs exist too.

    ABS will be doubleshot, engraved, lasered, or lasered & infilled.
    PBT is also often engraved or pad printed, though those aren't as popular around here. But they are cheaper.
    ABS can also be pad printed, and laser printed or laser etched.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Fri, 05 April 2013, 15:37:04
    PBT does not have a rougher texture than X material. Texture is dependant on the mold used not the material. It does have a drier feeling that ABS or POM though.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: remedyhalopc on Sat, 06 April 2013, 01:37:53
    Do Pure's come with a plate or is it PCB?

    Do the right shifts on Pure's come in tsangan kits?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Sat, 06 April 2013, 01:38:50
    PCB and yes to the second question
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Chau on Sat, 06 April 2013, 04:08:36
    Do keycaps on MY switches fit on MX switches?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Sat, 06 April 2013, 04:09:44
    Yes, they do.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Chau on Sat, 06 April 2013, 04:11:03
    Cheers mate.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Chau on Sat, 06 April 2013, 04:14:17
    Can a QWERTZ kb be turned into a QWERTY?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: F u r u y á on Sat, 06 April 2013, 04:25:26
    Can a QWERTZ kb be turned into a QWERTY?
    At OS level, yes.
    At KB level, no (unless you put a custom controller).

    Not sure is that's correct in 100% of times, someone corrects me if it's not the case.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Sat, 06 April 2013, 04:29:05
    If you swapped the Y with the Z, you'd have caps of different heights on different rows. Your Z would be low, and your Y would probably stick up. Also, some other caps may have legends that don't correspond properly with the layout you may be used to. I'm currently using a QWERTZ layout as is. Its not bad. You just have to know where things are.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: chocobunny on Sat, 06 April 2013, 11:54:55
    Does this keyboard have green switches?

    http://global.pchome.com.tw/english/?mod=item&func=exhibit&IT_NO=DCAH21-A68579032&SR_NO=SBAE0V&ROWNO=3&tm=e (http://global.pchome.com.tw/english/?mod=item&func=exhibit&IT_NO=DCAH21-A68579032&SR_NO=SBAE0V&ROWNO=3&tm=e)

    They advertise this one as "green axis" but under their Cherry MX Green category, they show keyboards with blue switches.  :confused:
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Sat, 06 April 2013, 11:57:58
    They're probably blues. I believe they have two separate words for blue and green, but they usually use qīng, which is used for both.

    This is why you see no Cherry MX Blue on the left.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: chocobunny on Sat, 06 April 2013, 12:09:27
    Ahh I figured, guess I'll just find some heavier springs to go with my blue stems instead.  Thanks!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Acknown3 on Sat, 06 April 2013, 16:26:30
    Techkeys (http://www.techkeys.us/custom-keys.php) doesn't have their Zelda triforce (escape) PBT keycaps listed anymore. Can I still get them from somewhere else?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: WhiteFireDragon on Sat, 06 April 2013, 16:28:42
    Classifieds and hope for the best, but after 59 more non-spam post of course.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Sat, 06 April 2013, 16:29:08
    They haven't had them for awhile and you'll probably have to look for one in the classifieds section. Also, I don't think they're PBT.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Halverson on Sat, 06 April 2013, 17:26:41
    Techkeys (http://www.techkeys.us/custom-keys.php) doesn't have their Zelda triforce (escape) PBT keycaps listed anymore. Can I still get them from somewhere else?

    They were only ever doubleshot abs. But you can still get them here.
    http://www.keypop.net/products
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: vipjun on Sun, 07 April 2013, 03:43:02
    Is there anywhere i can buy the spring that comes on the realforce spacebars?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Sun, 07 April 2013, 05:13:15
    Hey guys just wondering but is there any certain etiquette tips I should know about with this fist group buy I am getting myself into?   Trying to get the Toxic set.

    Also about how long do group buys usually take?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Larken on Sun, 07 April 2013, 05:27:21
    communicate clearly and politely, pay up on time and be patient. understand that handling this on the organizing end is a large undertaking, especially for a popular set like Toxic, and the organizers are often community members who take their own time to do all this for little to no profit at all.

    the groupbuy process (even the ones that go well) can take a while, from consolidating orders, collecting payments, adjusting from drop-outs, actually ordering, the lead time for manufacturing, shipping from the manufacturer to the GB organizer, then sorting (if it wasn't already sorted beforehand), before the organizer ships it out to you.

    because of all these factors, each groupbuy can take varying durations. I've taken part in about 3 so far, albeit the first one via a proxy, and there's the Sanctuary set, which I signed up for back when Diablo 3 was still a new game (keycaps which I still have not seen to date), and there's Klaxon, which started a few months ago, and apparently is about ready to be shipped out (I think the entire thing from start till end was about 4-6 months at best from the start of ordering, but don't quote me on that). Then there's the 'flash' GBs, the DSA Retro set which was open for about 2-3 weeks before the orders were closed, and it is now in production.

    Thus the simple answer is, it depends. But you should be prepared to wait for anything between 3-6 months after production (a reasonable estimate), and in certain cases, up to a year. If it matters, I think danielucf, the organizer of Toxic seems to have a good handle on things. I wouldn't worry about it being the latter.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: llovro on Sun, 07 April 2013, 07:07:09
    Who is the owner of Geekhack?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Sun, 07 April 2013, 07:14:25
    Who is the owner of Geekhack?

    iMav.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Sun, 07 April 2013, 07:36:39
    @Larken,

    I thank you for the info Larken.  I understand that the organizers of GB's are mostly forum members and doing this on free time. 

    Sounds good on the time frame.  That should give me plenty of time to get my Phantom up and running.  I should be OK on the hardware side including building a custom case with some personal tweeks (questions on that following).  So what was the deal with the retro R4 GB?  Not trying to knock on anyone but first post on this was back in 2011 and it sounds like it hasn't been completely shipped?  Was it just that large of a GB that it took that long for everything to fall into place?  But if there are sudden delays in the Toxic GB its cool I was in the Navy for 5 years so I learned quickly to deal with sudden schedule changes.

    Now my question on this custom case i am planning.  If I was to unmap a key in the firmware for my Phantom so it was not even there in the OS could I then hard wire it to the power and/or reset switch for my computer without any worry of damaging anything?  Or should i break the traces so eliminate that chance, and in the future if I want to use that key as an actual key i would just have to jumper that pin to the next pin down the trace correct?  I realize that I can do this with the firmware and just remap the key but I would rather have a hardware solution to this.  As I am not a software guy by any means.

    Second question unrelated to first question.  I ordered some clears for my Orbweaver which is PCB mount but I ordered plate mount.  Is it safe to use these or should I just reorder PCB mount switches?  The money isn't an issue.

    Thanx for all the help regarding these issues.
    Melvang
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Sun, 07 April 2013, 08:35:10
    If it is PCB mount, just open the switch tops and replace the stem and spring and close it back up. The pins not pins becomes irrelevant when there is no need to do soldering to replace the whole thing. If for some reason you are insistant on replacing the whole switch instead of opening them which is a lot less work and faster, then yes you will want switches with mounting pins or otherwise it is very easy to have them misaligned as there is nothing to square the switch but you trying to eyeball it.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: watterrbottle on Sun, 07 April 2013, 09:07:01
    I want to lube my switches but they're PCB mounted WITH LEDs.

    Will I have to desolder the LEDs to unhouse the switch tops?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Photekq on Sun, 07 April 2013, 09:10:11
    I want to lube my switches but they're PCB mounted WITH LEDs.

    Will I have to desolder the LEDs to unhouse the switch tops?

    Yes. You will need to desolder. Have a look at WFD's guide on how to get around this :
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: watterrbottle on Sun, 07 April 2013, 09:35:01
    I want to lube my switches but they're PCB mounted WITH LEDs.

    Will I have to desolder the LEDs to unhouse the switch tops?

    Yes. You will need to desolder. Have a look at WFD's guide on how to get around this :

    Nice, Thanks for this.

    Also, When people say 1.5x or 6.25x etc sized keys, are they referring to a single key as 1 unit?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Photekq on Sun, 07 April 2013, 10:02:09

    Nice, Thanks for this.

    Also, When people say 1.5x or 6.25x etc sized keys, are they referring to a single key as 1 unit?

    Yes. 1x is the size of the size of esc, alphanumerics etc whereas the spacebar would be either 6.25x or 7x depending on your keyboard and modifiers would be somewhere inbetween 1.25x and 2x. It's basically a way of measuring the length of the underside of a cap. A 1x cap is around 18-19mm and a 1.5x modifier is around 28-29mm.

    Here's a chart that shows the sizing in x's for a standard ANSI layout : http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/media/keycap_layout.jpg
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sun, 07 April 2013, 10:11:33

    Also, When people say 1.5x or 6.25x etc sized keys, are they referring to a single key as 1 unit?

    Yes. You can refer to this keychecker (http://geekhack.org/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=39184.0;attach=11627;image) to learn more. I borrowed that picture from Mashby. And you can buy that sheet at TechKeys (http://www.techkeys.us/accessories.php).



    I understand that the organizers of GB's are mostly forum members and doing this on free time. 

    So what was the deal with the retro R4 GB?

    If I was to unmap a key in the firmware for my Phantom so it was not even there in the OS could I then hard wire it to the power and/or reset switch for my computer without any worry of damaging anything? I realize that I can do this with the firmware and just remap the key but I would rather have a hardware solution to this.


    I'll PM you the R4 GB info since I'm sure it's filled with lots of drama and I'd like to keep that out of this thread. I was under the wrong impression. Apparently it has just been very slow going.

    In terms of a hardware solution for rendering a key unusable, why not try out SP's key lock outs (http://keycapsdirect.com/marketplace.php). You apparently place them around the switch and cause the key to be unable to actuate.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: WhiteFireDragon on Sun, 07 April 2013, 22:38:52
    I'm having the hardest time trying to figure out how to open up a Matias switch. I thought it was straight forward, but apparently not, unless I'm missing something. No real reason why I need to open it, I just want to see the insides and how they work.

    Anyone open one of these before?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Halverson on Sun, 07 April 2013, 22:51:37
    I'm having the hardest time trying to figure out how to open up a Matias switch. I thought it was straight forward, but apparently not, unless I'm missing something. No real reason why I need to open it, I just want to see the insides and how they work.

    Anyone open one of these before?

    We did a bunch at the Toronto meetup....but for the life of me I can't remember. I know Hyde had recently been playing with them, if no one reading this thread knows, toss him a pm.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tjcaustin on Sun, 07 April 2013, 23:03:11
    I'm having the hardest time trying to figure out how to open up a Matias switch. I thought it was straight forward, but apparently not, unless I'm missing something. No real reason why I need to open it, I just want to see the insides and how they work.

    Anyone open one of these before?

    We did a bunch at the Toronto meetup....but for the life of me I can't remember. I know Hyde had recently been playing with them, if no one reading this thread knows, toss him a pm.

    Hammer time.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Mon, 08 April 2013, 00:32:03
    @CAPTBadAss
    I don't want to render the key unusable.  I just don't want it to register as a keystroke.  What I want to do is hard wire the power and reset switch to a couple switches on the F row. 
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Mon, 08 April 2013, 05:33:48
    @CAPTBadAss
    I don't want to render the key unusable.  I just don't want it to register as a keystroke.  What I want to do is hard wire the power and reset switch to a couple switches on the F row.

    This one's a little bit out of my realm. Hopefully someone can answer your question.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: llovro on Mon, 08 April 2013, 06:34:07
    Where can one obtain back 7x cherry profile spacebar?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Mon, 08 April 2013, 07:16:52
    From a winkeyless Cherry keyboard like this one (http://www.ebay.com/itm/CHERRY-G81-1800LAAUS-2-KEYBOARD-/360592212441?pt=PCA_Mice_Trackballs&hash=item53f4f881d9).
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Mon, 08 April 2013, 08:00:00
    Does the profile the the cap make a difference in the space between the plate on plate mount switches and the bottom of the cap on a depressed switch?  If it doesn't does anyone know the distance from the bottom of the cap to the plate?  I am hoping there is enough room for an EL panel mounted to the top of the plate.

    Melvang
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: llovro on Mon, 08 April 2013, 08:04:32
    From a winkeyless Cherry keyboard like this one (http://www.ebay.com/itm/CHERRY-G81-1800LAAUS-2-KEYBOARD-/360592212441?pt=PCA_Mice_Trackballs&hash=item53f4f881d9).
    45$ plus shipping isn't an attractive price of a space bar... Anyways I saw a thread yesterday (that I can't seem to find now) that GMK can make those spacebars. And since you have connections there, is that still going to happen?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Mon, 08 April 2013, 08:31:46
    Well of course that isn't a good price for only a spacebar. I was merely giving an example not really suggesting you should buy it.
    Yes GMK can make 7x spacebar. It is hard to say if the current buy will succeed but it is not looking great right now.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Mon, 08 April 2013, 09:46:37
    Would that be a POM spacebar also, or is it ABS?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: llovro on Mon, 08 April 2013, 11:03:08
    Well of course that isn't a good price for only a spacebar. I was merely giving an example not really suggesting you should buy it.
    Yes GMK can make 7x spacebar. It is hard to say if the current buy will succeed but it is not looking great right now.
    Yeah, sorry. I didn't take your example as a suggestion. Still thanks.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Internetlad on Mon, 08 April 2013, 11:08:47
    Aliens?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Mon, 08 April 2013, 11:09:59
    Generally Cherry use the same material for the entire set so it should be POM, but occasionally they use ABS so I can't make a gaurantee.

    If you're looking for aliens maybe you should try some space invaders.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: codyeatworld on Mon, 08 April 2013, 11:25:30
    I'm about to ship out some Dolch Pac caps, how should I pack it? As in should I really wrap up the spacebar and large keys? I've been sent keys in some clever packages.
    I have never shipped anything in my life... Besides RMA :)

    From cali to florida
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Mon, 08 April 2013, 11:34:03
    I'm about to ship out some Dolch Pac caps, how should I pack it? As in should I really wrap up the spacebar and large keys? I've been sent keys in some clever packages.
    I have never shipped anything in my life... Besides RMA :)

    From cali to florida

    Bubble wrap and baggies. Put everything in a bubble mailer. Or if you're really paranoid, those little flat-rate boxes, wrapping, and stuffing like plastic bags/peanuts/styrofoam.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Mon, 08 April 2013, 11:43:13
    So as a general consensus do you guys prefer heavy or light keyboards for something that does not commute? 
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: inteli722 on Mon, 08 April 2013, 11:46:55
    So as a general consensus do you guys prefer heavy or light keyboards for something that does not commute?

    I like heavy keyboards for stationary keyboards (and mobile keyboards). They feel more solid/well built.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Mon, 08 April 2013, 16:39:43
    I think merely being heavy isn't the whole story.  More than anything else, they need to be solid.  A stable footing makes it feel planted.  That means an even base with good rubber feet.  Good construction is also imporant.  Everything needs to be tight so it doesn't rattle, ping and vibrate.  With those two things, the keyboard could be fairly light and still "feel" like a heavy board.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Internetlad on Mon, 08 April 2013, 17:46:10
    weight often denotes quality. Best way to test the quality of a power supply is to pick up the cables in one hand and the supply in the other.

    On the other hand I've seen Chinese electronic knockoffs with a chunk of metal in them to make them seem more sturdy haha.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: nubbinator on Mon, 08 April 2013, 17:50:54
    weight often denotes quality. Best way to test the quality of a power supply is to pick up the cables in one hand and the supply in the other.

    On the other hand I've seen Chinese electronic knockoffs with a chunk of metal in them to make them seem more sturdy haha.

    That used to be true, it's not true at all anymore.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Gupgup on Mon, 08 April 2013, 18:00:14
    How do I get power to the esc key led on a Poker when both of the silver O rings came off? No solder is able to stick when these are off, as you of course know :D

    Thanks!


    Gupgup
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Mon, 08 April 2013, 18:21:25
    I am not really an electronics guy but I do have a basic knowledge.  Correct me if I am wrong guys.  But I think you will have to scratch off the top protective layer above the trace and solder a wire from the trace to the LED leads.  To my knowledge Radio Shack sells fiber glass abrasive pens which this job is pretty much what they were made for.  I could be way off base but that would be where I would start thinking of heading.

    Melvang
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Gupgup on Mon, 08 April 2013, 18:24:41
    I am not really an electronics guy but I do have a basic knowledge.  Correct me if I am wrong guys.  But I think you will have to scratch off the top protective layer above the trace and solder a wire from the trace to the LED leads.  To my knowledge Radio Shack sells fiber glass abrasive pens which this job is pretty much what they were made for.  I could be way off base but that would be where I would start thinking of heading.

    Melvang

    Thank you! I thought this could be done, as someone has told me this before, but I didn't know for sure!

    I'll be getting one of those very soon for sure. Is there any other way?


    Gupgup
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Mon, 08 April 2013, 19:08:33
    I am not really an electronics guy but I do have a basic knowledge.  Correct me if I am wrong guys.  But I think you will have to scratch off the top protective layer above the trace and solder a wire from the trace to the LED leads.  To my knowledge Radio Shack sells fiber glass abrasive pens which this job is pretty much what they were made for.  I could be way off base but that would be where I would start thinking of heading.

    Melvang

    Thank you! I thought this could be done, as someone has told me this before, but I didn't know for sure!

    I'll be getting one of those very soon for sure. Is there any other way?


    Gupgup

    I thought this was a "Simple Questions" thread... :P
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Gupgup on Mon, 08 April 2013, 19:14:36
    I am not really an electronics guy but I do have a basic knowledge.  Correct me if I am wrong guys.  But I think you will have to scratch off the top protective layer above the trace and solder a wire from the trace to the LED leads.  To my knowledge Radio Shack sells fiber glass abrasive pens which this job is pretty much what they were made for.  I could be way off base but that would be where I would start thinking of heading.

    Melvang

    Thank you! I thought this could be done, as someone has told me this before, but I didn't know for sure!

    I'll be getting one of those very soon for sure. Is there any other way?


    Gupgup

    I thought this was a "Simple Questions" thread... :P

    Well I didn't see a "Harder Questions" thread so I resorted to here :D :p
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Mon, 08 April 2013, 19:33:08
    I am not really an electronics guy but I do have a basic knowledge.  Correct me if I am wrong guys.  But I think you will have to scratch off the top protective layer above the trace and solder a wire from the trace to the LED leads.  To my knowledge Radio Shack sells fiber glass abrasive pens which this job is pretty much what they were made for.  I could be way off base but that would be where I would start thinking of heading.

    Melvang

    Thank you! I thought this could be done, as someone has told me this before, but I didn't know for sure!

    I'll be getting one of those very soon for sure. Is there any other way?


    Gupgup

    I thought this was a "Simple Questions" thread... :P

    Right?? These kids and they're absurdly long questions. I don't even know where to look for an answer. Help me jdcarpe!!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: nubbinator on Mon, 08 April 2013, 19:46:36
    I am not really an electronics guy but I do have a basic knowledge.  Correct me if I am wrong guys.  But I think you will have to scratch off the top protective layer above the trace and solder a wire from the trace to the LED leads.  To my knowledge Radio Shack sells fiber glass abrasive pens which this job is pretty much what they were made for.  I could be way off base but that would be where I would start thinking of heading.

    Melvang

    You're correct.  You can do it with an Exacto knife as well, it's just recommended that you be careful with it when doing so.  If you want a quick and dirty solution and can see the traces, you can just bridge the trace with a small gauge wire where the land broke off to where the trace(s) leads.  I had a land pop off of my RK-9000 when I was swapping switches and had another with a questionable land.  I just did the wire bridge instead of exposing the trace on the PCB.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: affect656 on Tue, 09 April 2013, 03:53:47
    Recently moved to Seoul, Korea from the states. Where/what exact places/deals can I take advantage of while I'm here for the next year that I couldn't if I was located back state side? Like what exactly is more readily available living here?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: llovro on Tue, 09 April 2013, 08:39:34
    Would it be somehow possible to make a spacebar like this:
    (http://i50.tinypic.com/jtnogg.jpg)
    ?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Tue, 09 April 2013, 08:44:37
    Would it be somehow possible to make a spacebar like this:
    Show Image
    (http://i50.tinypic.com/jtnogg.jpg)

    ?


    Are you asking about the graphic? You could conceivably get a white spacebar and dyesub something like that on it.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: llovro on Tue, 09 April 2013, 08:47:19
    Would it be somehow possible to make a spacebar like this:
    Show Image
    (http://i50.tinypic.com/jtnogg.jpg)

    ?


    Are you asking about the graphic? You could conceivably get a white spacebar and dyesub something like that on it.
    Yeah about the graphics. It sucks that I can't get this done on black spacebar :( You can't dyesub light stuff on dark stuff or something like that, right?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Tarzan on Tue, 09 April 2013, 08:47:39
    Would it be somehow possible to make a spacebar like this:
    Show Image
    (http://i50.tinypic.com/jtnogg.jpg)

    ?

    I think WASD keyboard offers a service for silk-screening an image on keycaps.  Look at the Walt Di$ney image spanning multiple keys in the link:

    http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/index.php/gallery2/customer-creations

    (My favorite: the green on black keyboard with the SPAAAACE key...  :-)  )
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 09 April 2013, 08:50:49
    Yeah about the graphics. It sucks that I can't get this done on black spacebar :( You can't dyesub light stuff on dark stuff or something like that, right?

    Correct. It needs to be dark on light.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Tue, 09 April 2013, 08:52:02
    You can't dyesub light stuff on dark stuff or something like that, right?

    Some people have been able to somehow dyesub onto dark keys, maybe by doing a double shot first, then dyesubbing the "first shot," while the "second shot" is the dark base.


    I think WASD keyboard offers a service for silk-screening an image on keycaps.  Look at the Walt Di$ney image spanning multiple keys in the link:

    http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/index.php/gallery2/customer-creations

    (My favorite: the green on black keyboard with the SPAAAACE key...  :-)  )

    Except that WASD only does laser etching. So you have a monochrome image. No color.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: lazerpointer on Tue, 09 April 2013, 15:15:08
    Is the Ducky DK9087G2 PRO really PCB mount? I thought all the Duckys were plate mount.

    http://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=215

    ^^^ It's listed here as "Switch Mount Type --- PCB"
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Gupgup on Tue, 09 April 2013, 15:55:36
    I have two simple questions!

    1) Does the ErgoDox have LED compatibility?

    2) Where does everyone get their LEDs from?

    Thanks :D


    Gupgup
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Tue, 09 April 2013, 16:08:03
    The eDox has 2 LEDs, FN(I think) and Caps Lock.
    Get LEDs from Digikey etc.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 09 April 2013, 16:10:02
    Is the Ducky DK9087G2 PRO really PCB mount? I thought all the Duckys were plate mount.

    http://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=215

    ^^^ It's listed here as "Switch Mount Type --- PCB"

    According to these pics (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=41553.msg831382#msg831382), it's plate mounted. And I've confirmed this with missalaire who owns that board.

    I have two simple questions!

    1) Does the ErgoDox have LED compatibility?

    2) Where does everyone get their LEDs from?

    2) I imagine McMasterCarr would have them as well. Seems like a lot of people order from eBay though.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Tue, 09 April 2013, 16:13:08
    McMaster Carr doesn't have them. They have small bulbs, but those won't work with a keyboard.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 09 April 2013, 16:14:24
    McMaster Carr doesn't have them. They have small bulbs, but those won't work with a keyboard.

    Thanks bro :D. Can you elaborate on the etc in your comment before? I'm not familiar with sites like Digikey.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Tue, 09 April 2013, 16:15:49
    I get my LEDs from eBay. Seller called IC.TOUCH. He ships fast.

    Get the 2x3x4 rectangular LEDs. Water clear.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: WhiteFireDragon on Wed, 10 April 2013, 04:46:04
    I get my LEDs from mouser and digikey if I need to buy them by specs, mainly wavelength and brightness. You also get them faster. Ebay is by far the cheapest, but most are from China and you'll have to wait a couple weeks. You can't really pick and choose which brightness you want, and you can't choose which shade of a color you want (wavelength). US does not have purple or pink, and only ebay has pink.

    mcmaster carr has tons of selection more for hardware, digikey and mouser are better for electronics.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Tarzan on Wed, 10 April 2013, 07:40:15
    I get my LEDs from mouser and digikey if I need to buy them by specs, mainly wavelength and brightness. You also get them faster. Ebay is by far the cheapest, but most are from China and you'll have to wait a couple weeks. You can't really pick and choose which brightness you want, and you can't choose which shade of a color you want (wavelength). US does not have purple or pink, and only ebay has pink.

    mcmaster carr has tons of selection more for hardware, digikey and mouser are better for electronics.

    Second the recommendation for Mouser, they have fantastic customer service.  I also ran across the site below when searching for specialty LEDs, they are based in Missouri and seem to have a decent selection.  Haven't ordered from them, so I can't speak to delivery times/service.

    http://www.superbrightleds.com/cat/through-hole/

    They don't have purple, but they do have violet, and pink: 
    http://www.superbrightleds.com/cat/through-hole/filter/Color,Violet,136,4646:
    http://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/through-hole/5mm-pink-led-45-degree-viewing-angle-300-mcd/295/1222/

    A bit pricy, though...




    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Wed, 10 April 2013, 08:28:48
    I use Digikey
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: MJ45 on Wed, 10 April 2013, 10:13:39
    I get my LEDs from mouser and digikey if I need to buy them by specs, mainly wavelength and brightness. You also get them faster. Ebay is by far the cheapest, but most are from China and you'll have to wait a couple weeks. You can't really pick and choose which brightness you want, and you can't choose which shade of a color you want (wavelength). US does not have purple or pink, and only ebay has pink.

    mcmaster carr has tons of selection more for hardware, digikey and mouser are better for electronics.
    What spec deter mime's the LEDs brightness fv or wavelength or both?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: babyhands on Wed, 10 April 2013, 10:17:22
    Are we still doing simple questions simple answers? if so:
    What is this sticker mod i am seeing on some keyboards? Like putting stickers under the switches or something? What does this do? And what does lubing the spring do? It seems like lube on a spring would do nothing?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Wed, 10 April 2013, 10:37:39
    Are we still doing simple questions simple answers? if so:
    What is this sticker mod i am seeing on some keyboards? Like putting stickers under the switches or something? What does this do? And what does lubing the spring do? It seems like lube on a spring would do nothing?

    The stickers go between the top and bottom halves off the switch housing. It reduces movement of the switch housing itself, which eliminates any "wobble" of the switch.

    Lubing the sliders of the stem makes the switches feel smoother, and reduces or eliminates any "grittiness" feel of the switches. Lubing the springs reduces or eliminates any squeaking sound coming from the spring movement inside the switch.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Wed, 10 April 2013, 10:40:03
    What branch was/are you in JD?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Wed, 10 April 2013, 10:46:47
    What branch was/are you in JD?


    Air Force. 1N373A. E-5/SSgt. Also, thank you for your service, Petty Officer! :D

    (http://i.imgur.com/UlQWwkx.png)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Wed, 10 April 2013, 10:59:04
    Thank you sir.  I was an Avaition Structural Mechanic on SH-60 F and SH-60 H Seahawks.  It may be a 30 year old design on the airframe but it is still an amazing bird.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Wed, 10 April 2013, 11:00:36
    So what is the prefered method for attaching images to a post? 
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Wed, 10 April 2013, 11:01:47
    Host image then {img}http://link.jpg{/img} but change curly brackets to square brackets.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Wed, 10 April 2013, 11:03:35
    Lol. Didn't work.

    Code: [Select]
    [IMG]http://thisisyourhost.com/whatever.png[/IMG]
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Wed, 10 April 2013, 11:04:32
    Lol. Didn't work.
    Yeah, I'm on Tapatalk so I couldn't preview. I fixed it :)

    What's funny is that your code shows up as a photo on Tapatalk lol
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Wed, 10 April 2013, 11:06:42
    You can also specify the height and width of your image, or, if you just specify one of the other, the system will adjust the size based on that dimension and keeping the ratio.

    For instance:
    Code: [Select]
    [IMG width=320 height=240]http://thisisyourhost.com/whatever.png[/IMG]
    [IMG width=320]http://thisisyourhost.com/whatever.png[/IMG]
    [IMG height=240]http://thisisyourhost.com/whatever.png[/IMG]


    What's funny is that your code shows up as a photo on Tapatalk lol

    Now that is funny. :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Wed, 10 April 2013, 11:11:19
    You can also specify the height and width of your image, or, if you just specify one of the other, the system will adjust the size based on that dimension and keeping the ratio.

    For instance:
    Code: [Select]
    [IMG width=320 height=240]http://thisisyourhost.com/whatever.png[/IMG]
    [IMG width=320]http://thisisyourhost.com/whatever.png[/IMG]
    [IMG height=240]http://thisisyourhost.com/whatever.png[/IMG]


    What's funny is that your code shows up as a photo on Tapatalk lol

    Now that is funny. :)
    I just type the code out when I'm on my tablet. Works easier for me.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Wed, 10 April 2013, 11:13:19
    I just type the code out when I'm on my tablet. Works easier for me.

    WTF are you talking about? :P
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Wed, 10 April 2013, 11:14:28
    I just type the code out when I'm on my tablet. Works easier for me.

    WTF are you talking about? :P
    Like on the forum you can hit the button and paste a link or on mobile there's a button to host. I just type the tags out.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Wed, 10 April 2013, 11:17:04
    Like on the forum you can hit the button and paste a link or on mobile there's a button to host. I just type the tags out.

    Oh yeah. I rarely use that. I type them out when on my phone, or copy the BBCode from imgur when on desktop.

    Lookie:

    (http://i.imgur.com/VoAjoIN.jpg)

    (http://i.imgur.com/VoAjoIN.jpg)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Wed, 10 April 2013, 11:17:14
    Like on the forum you can hit the button and paste a link or on mobile there's a button to host. I just type the tags out.

    That's what I do as well, but wait! People actually use the GH mobile app instead of Tapatalk? It's wonky and not very good imo D:
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Wed, 10 April 2013, 11:22:46
    Show Image
    (http://i.imgur.com/VoAjoIN.jpg)

    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Wed, 10 April 2013, 11:34:20
    You've got it!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Wed, 10 April 2013, 16:52:38
    What is this an excersize on picture squishing?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Wed, 10 April 2013, 16:54:30
    Posting images and manipulating the displayed sizes. :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Wed, 10 April 2013, 17:31:09
    Posting images and manipulating the displayed sizes. :)
    We don't use no fancy words like that 'round here. We call that picture squishin'.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 10 April 2013, 19:51:57
    So I have a question for once. I have a Pure but I want to fit it in a case designed for a Poker. Can I do this? I know the question is a bit general so I have a follow on.

    Can someone get me the following info for a Pure?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Wed, 10 April 2013, 20:04:19
    Same, same, and it will depend on the case. The Pure PCB has the same holes as the Poker PCB plus an additional one in the middle.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Halverson on Wed, 10 April 2013, 20:06:17
    Same, same, and it will depend on the case. The Pure PCB has the same holes as the Poker PCB plus an additional one in the middle.


    Yup! I think the only difference for a case is that extra mounting point!

    Also, grats on 1000 points madame! Errr posts I guess hah
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: phx on Wed, 10 April 2013, 20:15:31
    not sure if this is a simple question....
    I recently bought a old IBM Model M, it's a bit dirty, how should I clean the caps?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 10 April 2013, 20:18:36
    Same, same, and it will depend on the case. The Pure PCB has the same holes as the Poker PCB plus an additional one in the middle.

    Yay! you hit 1k in my thread :D Congrats!!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 10 April 2013, 20:19:25
    not sure if this is a simple question....
    I recently bought a old IBM Model M, it's a bit dirty, how should I clean the caps?

    phx, there is a process called retr0brite that people use to clean the cap if they are yellowed. If they're simply dirty, you can put 2 denture tabs in warm water and put the caps in there for 20 minutes. Dry and they'll be clean.

    Edit: Sorry for the double post!!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: phx on Wed, 10 April 2013, 20:31:53
    wow this is lame, i cant undo the bolts... the holes are too small for my screw driver to reach in
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: phx on Wed, 10 April 2013, 20:32:10
    can I.... wash it with water?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 10 April 2013, 20:41:07
    can I.... wash it with water?

    You can but it won't get rid of the yellowing or anything.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: phx on Wed, 10 April 2013, 20:46:41
    omg wtf the bolts....
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Wed, 10 April 2013, 23:11:03
    omg wtf the bolts....
    Bolts?! You lucky ****!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: noisyturtle on Thu, 11 April 2013, 02:13:34
    Triple shots. I know they exist, but what company does them?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Halverson on Thu, 11 April 2013, 02:22:00
    phx! Ignore the bolts, just pop off the caps like any other board and soak them in water with denture tabs. That'll clean them up nice.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Gupgup on Thu, 11 April 2013, 02:29:48
    phx! Ignore the bolts, just pop off the caps like any other board and soak them in water with denture tabs. That'll clean them up nice.

    Simple question, is this (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=42267.0) a good idea or not? Regardless, I'm going to try and make ATLEAST one for myself :D


    Gupgup
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Halverson on Thu, 11 April 2013, 02:31:46
    phx! Ignore the bolts, just pop off the caps like any other board and soak them in water with denture tabs. That'll clean them up nice.

    Simple question, is this (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=42267.0) a good idea or not? Regardless, I'm going to try and make ATLEAST one for myself :D


    Gupgup

    No!! Put your rare caps on your most used keys and giver! :p
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Gupgup on Thu, 11 April 2013, 02:33:38
    phx! Ignore the bolts, just pop off the caps like any other board and soak them in water with denture tabs. That'll clean them up nice.

    Simple question, is this (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=42267.0) a good idea or not? Regardless, I'm going to try and make ATLEAST one for myself :D


    Gupgup

    No!! Put your rare caps on your most used keys and giver! :p

    Hahah that DOES seem like a good idea... :p

    But seriously :D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 11 April 2013, 07:35:50
    Simple question, is this (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=42267.0) a good idea or not? Regardless, I'm going to try and make ATLEAST one for myself :D

    Gupgup

    Pretty subjective question but I'll bite. If I play devil's advocate, why not pickup a numpad or SP's cap show case thingys? Why would we want to make a PCB/case for this? And the GH60 numpad would look great as a cap showcase.

    But honestly, I like the idea. MK.com had a mini 4 switch pcb thing that had cleap caps so you could see the red, brown, blue, and black stem. And actually press down on then and get a feel for pcb mounted switches


    Triple shots. I know they exist, but what company does them?

    I dont think any current company makes triple shots. Only ever seen em on super old boards like the Hall Effect boards/numpads
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Thu, 11 April 2013, 08:16:13
    Well according to deskthority.net/wiki/keycap_printing

    "Triple or even quadruple shot molded keycaps have been made, but these would involve even more expense and complication."

    some images for you guys to ponder
    http://www.overclock.net/t/491752/mechanical-keyboard-guide/9200#post_11155720
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Thu, 11 April 2013, 10:22:13
    Can anyone confirm if the Das Keyboard Model S Ultimate has the required hardware for LED's in the keys or would I have to add that myself?

    Tips on opening a Das would be very nice as well as if it is plate or PCB mount switches

    Melvang
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Thu, 11 April 2013, 10:36:42
    Can anyone confirm if the Das Keyboard Model S Ultimate has the required hardware for LED's in the keys or would I have to add that myself?

    Tips on opening a Das would be very nice as well as if it is plate or PCB mount switches

    Melvang

    I cannot say this with certainty, as I have never had my hands on a Das Ultimate S, but I highly doubt the PCB has the required holes for in-switch LEDs. And they are plate mounted switches. I'm not saying that some highly motivated person couldn't mod the switches to include LEDs, but it would be very difficult.

    Scenario 1: You get a tiny drill bit and drill out the holes in the correct places in the PCB for the LED legs. Then install the LEDs in the switches and wire them all by hand under the PCB.

    Scenario 2: You desolder all the switches, remove the PCB, install the LEDs in the switches mounted in the plate, wire them all by hand under the plate (routing the wires so that you can still install the plate and switches onto the PCB, then solder everything back together.

    In each case, you would have to tap power from somewhere to provide for the LEDs.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Thu, 11 April 2013, 10:47:35
    Thanks for the info JD.  Would you happen to know if a single USB plug straight from the mobo could drive those LED's?  Was trying to decide between installing LED's or putting an EL panel under the keycaps but not sure if there is room between the bottom of the cap and the top of the plate.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Thu, 11 April 2013, 11:21:49
    Actually, if USB could power them, that'd be perfect as the Das has a USB hub built in that you could use to run them on.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Thu, 11 April 2013, 11:25:35
    that was exactly what I was thinking.  But I think I am leaning towards the EL panel for a couple reasons.

    1.  Softer more even glow
    2.  Easier wiring
    3.  I have found a website that sells a kit that is USB powered but don't remember how big the panel is
    4.  No switch removal.  Just cut holes in the panel where the switches are, stick it down, plug it in and turn it on.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Thu, 11 April 2013, 11:38:56
    What about those LED strips that you can cut at certain points and wire together? I would imagine that a lot of people who want backlighting don't actually use caps that are backlight compatible. Are you just interested in the light shining through, or are you particularly looking for them to be placed exactly where the caps are at?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Thu, 11 April 2013, 11:50:07
    mostly just wanting a nice even glow comming up between the keys.  Similar to the backlighting on the Razer Nostromo

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/221212092382?_trksid=p2048036

    far right pic is a good shot of the backlight
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Thu, 11 April 2013, 12:03:08
    See, something like this: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/image/11327/cpa-419_4.jpg/cpa-420/Lian_Li_12V_Red_LED_Kit_-_360mm_Strip_Lighting_-_4-Pin_LED-R.html

    You can cut them and wire them together. That way, you could arrange them how you see fit under the plate. And they are thin strips, so you could most likely slide them in between the plate and PCB without having to desolder anything!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Tarzan on Thu, 11 April 2013, 12:09:42
    Anyone with experience shipping via EMS; how long do packages normally take to clear US customs?  (I know the white powder probably caused a more thorough search...   :p )

    I've checked status on my keyboard shipment, coming in from Taiwan (PC Home), and it shows that the package was received in the US and inbound to Customs on the 7th.  What's the best guess on when that will be released and in USPS mail?  A week?  Two?  Sometime in May, if I'm lucky?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Thu, 11 April 2013, 13:19:36
    Depends if they feel like holding it for inspection. Most packages are not and clear in a few days. Packages that are held for inspection may take weeks.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Tarzan on Thu, 11 April 2013, 13:26:52
    Depends if they feel like holding it for inspection. Most packages are not and clear in a few days. Packages that are held for inspection may take weeks.

    "...weeks?!"   :eek:

    Good grief.  Well, I'll cross my fingers it clears more quickly.  Thanks for the info!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Thu, 11 April 2013, 13:28:23
    Yes, it varies from days to weeks. I've had things sent from China/Taiwan/Hong Kong arrive in like 3 days. Other things have taken 3-4 weeks. It's pretty random.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Tarzan on Thu, 11 April 2013, 13:32:33
    Yes, it varies from days to weeks. I've had things sent from China/Taiwan/Hong Kong arrive in like 3 days. Other things have taken 3-4 weeks. It's pretty random.

    I wouldn't be surprised is this was yet another area of government impacted by the bloody sequestration budget cuts...   :mad:
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 11 April 2013, 15:58:42
    Yes, it varies from days to weeks. I've had things sent from China/Taiwan/Hong Kong arrive in like 3 days. Other things have taken 3-4 weeks. It's pretty random.

    I wouldn't be surprised is this was yet another area of government impacted by the bloody sequestration budget cuts...   :mad:

    Please keep political opinions out of this thread. Really dont care for them one way or another.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Tarzan on Thu, 11 April 2013, 16:53:36
    Yes, it varies from days to weeks. I've had things sent from China/Taiwan/Hong Kong arrive in like 3 days. Other things have taken 3-4 weeks. It's pretty random.

    I wouldn't be surprised is this was yet another area of government impacted by the bloody sequestration budget cuts...   :mad:

    Please keep political opinions out of this thread. Really dont care for them one way or another.

    Jawohl, mein Capitan!

    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 11 April 2013, 16:57:09
    Yes, it varies from days to weeks. I've had things sent from China/Taiwan/Hong Kong arrive in like 3 days. Other things have taken 3-4 weeks. It's pretty random.

    I wouldn't be surprised is this was yet another area of government impacted by the bloody sequestration budget cuts...   :mad:

    Please keep political opinions out of this thread. Really dont care for them one way or another.

    Jawohl, mein Capitan!

    Danke mein fraulein :D  :p
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Tarzan on Thu, 11 April 2013, 17:00:21
    Yes, it varies from days to weeks. I've had things sent from China/Taiwan/Hong Kong arrive in like 3 days. Other things have taken 3-4 weeks. It's pretty random.

    I wouldn't be surprised is this was yet another area of government impacted by the bloody sequestration budget cuts...   :mad:

    Please keep political opinions out of this thread. Really dont care for them one way or another.

    Jawohl, mein Capitan!

    Danke mein fraulein :D:P

    Bitte.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: babyhands on Thu, 11 April 2013, 20:22:20
    Well the topre appreciation thread gave me no help, so I am going to ask this here:
    Quote
    Hey guys, I really didn't feel like reading through 12 pages, nor did I think it was acceptable to start a new thread when this exists:
    I am a gamer, mostly sc2 (fairly high level, and only getting better) and dota. How are topre's for gaming? I first was interested in mechanical keyboards for the NKRO, because when playing mmo's my old keyboard wouldn't be able to register all of the buttons i was pressing. Any who, I am assuming topre's don't have NKRO? I guess it isn't that big of a deal because now that I play sc2 mainly I don't really need it, but this still stands, how do you guys feel they are for gaming? Also, maybe its just me, but in the pictures the f keys look kinda far away from the number row. As my username suggests, I do have small hands, and like my keybinds as close together as possible, so are the f keys really farther away than normal keyboards (like the ducky TKL i am typing on right now), or is it just the pictures? Also, people say these boards feel like a high quality rubber dome, but that just doesn't make sense to me. The reason I like my cherry browns and blues so much is because they are almost crispy, they almost feel magnetic if that makes sense? Rubber domes are the opposite, and I am hoping Topres aren't like rubber domes, but instead they have a super crisp, tactile, feel like browns and blues?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Thu, 11 April 2013, 20:26:53
    Topres work fine for gaming.  The only possible issue in my experience is that the variable boards have very light keys on the pinkys, so when you rest your hand on the WASD cluster, you may accidentally activate the "A" key.  Otherwise, they're great!  The Realforce is just a nice keyboard, period.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 11 April 2013, 20:34:47
    Well the topre appreciation thread gave me no help, so I am going to ask this here:
    Quote
    Hey guys, I really didn't feel like reading through 12 pages, nor did I think it was acceptable to start a new thread when this exists:
    I am a gamer, mostly sc2 (fairly high level, and only getting better) and dota. How are topre's for gaming? I first was interested in mechanical keyboards for the NKRO, because when playing mmo's my old keyboard wouldn't be able to register all of the buttons i was pressing. Any who, I am assuming topre's don't have NKRO? I guess it isn't that big of a deal because now that I play sc2 mainly I don't really need it, but this still stands, how do you guys feel they are for gaming? Also, maybe its just me, but in the pictures the f keys look kinda far away from the number row. As my username suggests, I do have small hands, and like my keybinds as close together as possible, so are the f keys really farther away than normal keyboards (like the ducky TKL i am typing on right now), or is it just the pictures? Also, people say these boards feel like a high quality rubber dome, but that just doesn't make sense to me. The reason I like my cherry browns and blues so much is because they are almost crispy, they almost feel magnetic if that makes sense? Rubber domes are the opposite, and I am hoping Topres aren't like rubber domes, but instead they have a super crisp, tactile, feel like browns and blues?

    Again. Subjective but I'll still bite. :D If you know TT1, he played with a Topre board. He might still but I'm not sure. I believe so did MC. So I'm sure that you can be just as successful as they were/are ^_^
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: babyhands on Thu, 11 April 2013, 21:09:11
    yes I know TT1, and i don't think i can be succesful as MC...Has anyone tried them that can comment to my question about how they feel? Do the have the crispness I am talking about? Because rubber domes are so mushy...
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 11 April 2013, 21:12:57
    yes I know TT1, and i don't think i can be succesful as MC...Has anyone tried them that can comment to my question about how they feel? Do the have the crispness I am talking about? Because rubber domes are so mushy...

    This is very subjective. I'm hesitant to answer but I honestly at the moment think they feel mushy like rubber domes. But I now bring wrath on my head. I'd rather not have this thread turn into another opinions thread...
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: babyhands on Thu, 11 April 2013, 21:33:58
    I feel like its not THAT subjective :P, are they tactile? are they crisp feeling like blues or browns? Or are they different? I mean i am not here to start an argument, just wanted to see what they feel like because "high quality" rubber dome doesnt really mean much to me, and they are so expensive i won't get to try one unless i buy one.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 11 April 2013, 21:41:34
    I feel like its not THAT subjective :P, are they tactile? are they crisp feeling like blues or browns? Or are they different? I mean i am not here to start an argument, just wanted to see what they feel like because "high quality" rubber dome doesnt really mean much to me, and they are so expensive i won't get to try one unless i buy one.

    To me they feel like they're rubber domes that have an actuation/bump in the middle. I don't think they're crisp like blues. I don't think browns feel crisp or tactile at all so I can't answer that myself. Hopefully someone with a Topre board besides metalliqaz can comment as well. Not that you're not awesome metalliqaz :D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Sai on Thu, 11 April 2013, 21:52:59
    CPTBadAss, this is slowly turning into what you don't wish for.  :p
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 11 April 2013, 21:54:37
    CPTBadAss, this is slowly turning into what you don't wish for.  :p

    I know. And I'm not thrilled.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Thu, 11 April 2013, 22:20:03
    anyone know where i might be able to get some connectors for plugging into the mobo headers for power and reset switch with pins unwired?

    i know not a keyboard question but will be if i can get this mod done

    Melvang
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: babyhands on Thu, 11 April 2013, 22:28:10
    I feel like its not THAT subjective :P, are they tactile? are they crisp feeling like blues or browns? Or are they different? I mean i am not here to start an argument, just wanted to see what they feel like because "high quality" rubber dome doesnt really mean much to me, and they are so expensive i won't get to try one unless i buy one.

    To me they feel like they're rubber domes that have an actuation/bump in the middle. I don't think they're crisp like blues. I don't think browns feel crisp or tactile at all so I can't answer that myself. Hopefully someone with a Topre board besides metalliqaz can comment as well. Not that you're not awesome metalliqaz :D
    the only tactile boards i have felt are blue and brown, so i cant compare brown to clears or anything like that, so i guess from my limited switch testing they feel crisp :D. And i guess i will stay away from topres for a while then, i really wanna get my hands on some ergo clears 
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Thu, 11 April 2013, 22:29:16
    i really wanna get my hands on some ergo clears

    Do it!! :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Larken on Thu, 11 April 2013, 22:53:02
    ergoclears really aren't suited for gaming, especially for those games where keys have to be held down. the extra tactility is great for typing, where keys are struck, but not for keys that are held down, as there's a moment where the bump on the upstroke just causes this jammed feeling for a split second. this holds even for lubed ergoclears, especially if you're on 55g springs.

    on my boards, I ended up switching out the ctrl shift mods for brown stems and red stems. imo, ergo clears remain the best choice for typing. gamers should stick to browns.

    if you're adamant about ergoclears, the 62g variant doesn't suffer from the same problem, especially if those springs come from originative. those springs, while supposed to be only slightly heavier than the default cherry mx 45g springs, are actually alot heavier than I expected, and wouldn't have the large 'stuck' bump that the 55gs have. tactility is of course, reduced in comparison.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Thu, 11 April 2013, 23:21:41
    Well the topre appreciation thread gave me no help, so I am going to ask this here:
    Quote
    Hey guys, I really didn't feel like reading through 12 pages, nor did I think it was acceptable to start a new thread when this exists:
    I am a gamer, mostly sc2 (fairly high level, and only getting better) and dota. How are topre's for gaming? I first was interested in mechanical keyboards for the NKRO, because when playing mmo's my old keyboard wouldn't be able to register all of the buttons i was pressing. Any who, I am assuming topre's don't have NKRO? I guess it isn't that big of a deal because now that I play sc2 mainly I don't really need it, but this still stands, how do you guys feel they are for gaming? Also, maybe its just me, but in the pictures the f keys look kinda far away from the number row. As my username suggests, I do have small hands, and like my keybinds as close together as possible, so are the f keys really farther away than normal keyboards (like the ducky TKL i am typing on right now), or is it just the pictures? Also, people say these boards feel like a high quality rubber dome, but that just doesn't make sense to me. The reason I like my cherry browns and blues so much is because they are almost crispy, they almost feel magnetic if that makes sense? Rubber domes are the opposite, and I am hoping Topres aren't like rubber domes, but instead they have a super crisp, tactile, feel like browns and blues?

    How does this give you no help? You just don't like my answer? You never posted any response...

    Also, people say these boards feel like a high quality rubber dome, but that just doesn't make sense to me. The reason I like my cherry browns and blues so much is because they are almost crispy, they almost feel magnetic if that makes sense? Rubber domes are the opposite, and I am hoping Topres aren't like rubber domes, but instead they have a super crisp, tactile, feel like browns and blues?

    They say that, because it's true. Hope all you want. If you don't want to feel like you are typing on the best quality, smoothest feeling rubber dome you ever tried, don't get a Topre. The rubber dome, er cup, is what gives a Topre switch its tactile feeling and all of its mechanical action. The coiled spring is only there to provide capacitance for the electrical circuit.

    I'm not hating!

    You could give Topre a try. You might like it. You might even love it. You probably won't hate it. But it doesn't feel anything at all like a Cherry MX switch, brown or otherwise.

    I now return you to the Topre worshippers club. :D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: F u r u y á on Fri, 12 April 2013, 04:08:30
    ergoclears really aren't suited for gaming, especially for those games where keys have to be held down. the extra tactility is great for typing, where keys are struck, but not for keys that are held down, as there's a moment where the bump on the upstroke just causes this jammed feeling for a split second. this holds even for lubed ergoclears, especially if you're on 55g springs.
    I call that upstroke hysteresis. Since I tried only one single key (didn't bothered to mod the whole keyoard after experiencing that), I can't really judge ergoclears, but I'd say they simply sucks for any application that requires fast double tapping (gaming, specially RTS; typing; etc). Didn't know that they have this issue even after lubing!


    are the f keys really farther away than normal keyboards (like the ducky TKL i am typing on right now), or is it just the pictures?
    Still waiting for an answer to this question. Nobody answers your questions :P
    (looking at some pictures (http://elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=topre_keyboards,rftenkeyless&pid=rf_se19e0), they don't really seem farther away than a standard TKL layout)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Fri, 12 April 2013, 08:36:12
    are the f keys really farther away than normal keyboards (like the ducky TKL i am typing on right now), or is it just the pictures?
    Still waiting for an answer to this question. Nobody answers your questions :P
    (looking at some pictures (http://elitekeyboards.com/products.php?sub=topre_keyboards,rftenkeyless&pid=rf_se19e0), they don't really seem farther away than a standard TKL layout)
    [/quote]

    I can confirm the distance tomorrow but they look to the the standard distance away like my Filco.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: le0rgg on Fri, 12 April 2013, 11:31:19
    KBT Race is good for FPS?

    i'm looking my first keyboard and I like TKL style..
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Fri, 12 April 2013, 11:35:59
    KBT Race is good for FPS?

    i'm looking my first keyboard and I like TKL style..

    KBT Race is considered a 75% board, not TKL. It has the Function row closer to the number row. Compare this picture (http://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=120) (75% board) to this picture (http://i.imgur.com/Y5XRiIG.jpg) (TKL board).

    In terms of being "good" for FPS? I think you could be good with rubber dome board. Picking a switch and layout is very subjective and personal to each person. There are professional StarCraft 2 players (My preferred game, I know little about FPS) who play on QT-35 boards, which are cheapo rubber dome boards. I hesitate to give an answer since there's a million different opinions on this. You're the only person that will type on your keyboard so you're the only person that can figure out if you like a board or not.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: daerid on Fri, 12 April 2013, 12:41:06
    I feel like its not THAT subjective :P, are they tactile? are they crisp feeling like blues or browns? Or are they different? I mean i am not here to start an argument, just wanted to see what they feel like because "high quality" rubber dome doesnt really mean much to me, and they are so expensive i won't get to try one unless i buy one.

    At least if you buy one and don't like it you can sell it for at least 90% of what you bought it for.

    But to answer your question, it IS totally subjective. To me, 55g Topres are totally crisp and tactile, but I know people who think they're mushy. They have a softer feel than any Cherry switch, since Cherry switches involve moving hard plastic and springs, no rubber involved.

    If you're curious, save up the money and buy one. Even if you don't like it, at the end of the day you'll only be out something like $20 tops if you decide to sell it.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: codyeatworld on Fri, 12 April 2013, 12:49:40
    Does the plate in the KMAC 1 allow for easy spring/stem switching?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Fri, 12 April 2013, 13:21:27
    Does the plate in the KMAC 1 allow for easy spring/stem switching?

    No. :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Fri, 12 April 2013, 13:26:41
    Does the plate in the KMAC 1 allow for easy spring/stem switching?

    No. :)
    As a matter of fact, I believe there isn't any KMAC family members that support this.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: codyeatworld on Fri, 12 April 2013, 13:31:09
    I thought so, just double checking.

    LZ's have the plate that allows this right?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Fri, 12 April 2013, 13:31:19
    Perhaps Halvy's KMAC plate. :))
    Yes, LZ plates sometimes have this ability, depends upon the board (and plate, consequently).
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Capitalistix on Fri, 12 April 2013, 16:04:26
    Perhaps Halvy's KMAC plate. :))
    Yes, LZ plates sometimes have this ability, depends upon the board (and plate, consequently).

    Hey guys, does anyone know if the typenow solid has plate moutned switches? Ive heard these are the easiest to change? As opposed to pcb mount? Perhaps if someone could point me to a switch swapping tutorial? The ones I've found through the youtubes kinda suck...
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Fri, 12 April 2013, 16:05:27
    It does have plate-mounted switches. But plate-mounted are not easier to swap than PCB mount, unless the plate was designed for it. And I don't believe the TNS was designed for it.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Fri, 12 April 2013, 16:09:27
    Perhaps Halvy's KMAC plate. :))
    Yes, LZ plates sometimes have this ability, depends upon the board (and plate, consequently).

    Hey guys, does anyone know if the typenow solid has plate moutned switches? Ive heard these are the easiest to change? As opposed to pcb mount? Perhaps if someone could point me to a switch swapping tutorial? The ones I've found through the youtubes kinda suck...

    To first answer your question, the TypeNow Solid does indeed have plate mounted switches. Orange metal plate inside a black anodized aluminum case.

    However, swapping stems and springs is much easier with PCB mounted switches versus plate mounted switches. Unless the plate has "easy opening" switch holes, which the TNS does not. You would have to desolder all the switches from the PCB to remove the plate, in order to open the switches.

    Here is WFD's excellent tutorial video:

    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: babyhands on Fri, 12 April 2013, 16:33:02
    @jdcarpe sorry man i must not have seen your post! Yeah, I think I will stick with cherry switches for now. I kinda want my board with browns back :(, but alas, i need to sell my two boards first haha, im too stingy :P
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Sat, 13 April 2013, 09:08:23
    TypeNow Solid is just a Leopold FC200 in a metal casing.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Sat, 13 April 2013, 09:09:47
    TypeNow Solid is just a Leopold FC200 in a metal casing.

    It feels like the browns in it were lubed. Doesn't feel like other browns I have.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: dadgh on Sun, 14 April 2013, 14:36:30
    Q: I'm looking to purchase my second mechanical keyboard and have decided on this criteria:

    Been looking at Leopolds, Filcos, and QFRs but none of these (from what I've found) offer exactly what I'm looking for. Is there something I'm missing? What's my best chance of getting all of these options?

    Thanks in advance!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: inteli722 on Sun, 14 April 2013, 14:59:47
    Quickfire Rapids should work for you. They are TKL, have MX Blacks, are costar, h ave detachable cables, only have branding on the back of the keyboard, and are black, and they are DEFINITELY less than $200.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: WhiteFireDragon on Sun, 14 April 2013, 15:17:37
    CM quickfire rapid. It fits all those criteria you listed, for ~$80. Leopold might fill all those points, but I'm not sure if it comes in mx black.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Sun, 14 April 2013, 15:26:58
    Leo fits everything but the Costar stabs.  You may also want to consider WASDv2 (when it comes out) and Ducky's line
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Sun, 14 April 2013, 17:50:23
    Will I ever be able to stick a julysicle on my keyboard?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sun, 14 April 2013, 17:51:55
    Will I ever be able to stick a julysicle on my keyboard?

    No, I think if you ever get one, it'll need to come over to me for some "testing". :P
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: dadgh on Sun, 14 April 2013, 19:48:09
    Quickfire Rapids should work for you. They are TKL, have MX Blacks, are costar, h ave detachable cables, only have branding on the back of the keyboard, and are black, and they are DEFINITELY less than $200.

    I've been unable to locate any retailer selling the Black case QFR with MX Blacks. Only finding reds and greens.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tjcaustin on Sun, 14 April 2013, 20:07:03
    Quickfire Rapids should work for you. They are TKL, have MX Blacks, are costar, h ave detachable cables, only have branding on the back of the keyboard, and are black, and they are DEFINITELY less than $200.

    I've been unable to locate any retailer selling the Black case QFR with MX Blacks. Only finding reds and greens.

    You could also do what I did, buy a black with gray case and green with black case and swap the cases, sell the one you don't want and still be under budget.  Also, I do know that CM is selling black cases for the QFR line separate as well, but I don't know how to get one.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Sun, 14 April 2013, 20:08:15
    Don't forget that reds and blacks are the same feel, blacks just have stiffer spring
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sun, 14 April 2013, 20:17:09
    Quickfire Rapids should work for you. They are TKL, have MX Blacks, are costar, h ave detachable cables, only have branding on the back of the keyboard, and are black, and they are DEFINITELY less than $200.

    I've been unable to locate any retailer selling the Black case QFR with MX Blacks. Only finding reds and greens.

    If you're OK with the old unbranded cases, MechanicalKeyboards.com has a ton of them
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Sun, 14 April 2013, 20:29:05
    Is there away to stop following a thread you have replied in? 

    Unrelated question...  Any tips to modding my switch housing so I can still swap springs and such without desoldering LEDs?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sun, 14 April 2013, 20:51:01
    Is there away to stop following a thread you have replied in? 

    Not sure. This has been asked a bunch of times and I still never found an answer. And I'm still bad at mods so I don't know the answer. Hopefully someone else pops in to help. Sorry I havent been able to hunt down info for you melvang
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: WhiteFireDragon on Sun, 14 April 2013, 21:20:06
    Unrelated question...  Any tips to modding my switch housing so I can still swap springs and such without desoldering LEDs?

    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: WhiteFireDragon on Sun, 14 April 2013, 21:21:40
    Is there away to stop following a thread you have replied in? 

    If it's not in your setting options, maybe suggest that in the forum feedback and suggestions thread. Or perhaps the forum bugs thread too.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Sun, 14 April 2013, 21:42:25
    Will I ever be able to stick a julysicle on my keyboard?

    No, I think if you ever get one, it'll need to come over to me for some "testing". :P

    if i get one, i swear you may have a look

    just a look
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sun, 14 April 2013, 22:37:03
    Unrelated question...  Any tips to modding my switch housing so I can still swap springs and such without desoldering LEDs?


    WFD for the win!! Thanks for the info bomb!!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: lazerpointer on Sun, 14 April 2013, 23:22:38
    Which Android phones have the best battery life?

    Does that come anywhere near iPhones? Last I had android I had a HTC Incredible which had bad battery life.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tjcaustin on Sun, 14 April 2013, 23:27:21
    Which Android phones have the best battery life?

    Does that come anywhere near iPhones? Last I had android I had a HTC Incredible which had bad battery life.

    I feel like there's a joke to be made here, but anyways...

    Droid razr maxx hd(better)
    Galaxy note 2(better)
    Galaxy s3  (same as iphone)

    And a couple others that I can't think of.  The GS4 should have better life as well, but it's not released yet.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: clakdale661 on Mon, 15 April 2013, 00:22:51
    Where can I find some mx green switches? I've seen some people refer to 7bit on another site, but it looks like he's international. Surely, there has to be another source of mx green switches somewhere.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tjcaustin on Mon, 15 April 2013, 00:39:14
    Where can I find some mx green switches? I've seen some people refer to 7bit on another site, but it looks like he's international. Surely, there has to be another source of mx green switches somewhere.

    Not really, unless you want to buy a board just to harvest switches out of.  You can get an approximation of greens by combining blue stems with black springs (by buying both switches and also having ghetto reds, too and that can be accomplished easily enough through mouser) or blue stems and the heaviest of the springs sherryton sells if you're lucky enough for the transaction to go through.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Mon, 15 April 2013, 00:42:57
    Well I am desoldering the LEDs on my orbweaver so I can change the LED color and swap the blues for clears.  I have come to the conclusion that desoldering LEDs with a radio shack desoldering iron sucks.  Any tips until I can get a solder sucker?  I have tried adding solder to the stubborn ones but it is still pretty brutal.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tjcaustin on Mon, 15 April 2013, 00:47:28
    Well I am desoldering the LEDs on my orbweaver so I can change the LED color and swap the blues for clears.  I have come to the conclusion that desoldering LEDs with a radio shack desoldering iron sucks.  Any tips until I can get a solder sucker?  I have tried adding solder to the stubborn ones but it is still pretty brutal.

    It's just stupid brutal with that piece.  The only luck I had was letting it set and get as hot as it would get before starting, move the tip around to ensure contact with all the cold solder, wait until I saw metal squish from under the iron and have a small pick tool to gently pry under the LED as the solder got malleable.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: dorkvader on Mon, 15 April 2013, 00:51:49
    Well I am desoldering the LEDs on my orbweaver so I can change the LED color and swap the blues for clears.  I have come to the conclusion that desoldering LEDs with a radio shack desoldering iron sucks.  Any tips until I can get a solder sucker?  I have tried adding solder to the stubborn ones but it is still pretty brutal.
    I would say to get some solder braid. If you don't have any, you can make some out of wire you have lying around. I have done this and it's much easier with actual desoldering braid, but my quick and dirty solution worked. I stripped some stranded copper hookup wire I had lying around, and it absorbed the solder

    Depending on the LED in question, you can add a ton of solder to it and heat up both pads at once.

    finally, if you can get a good grip on the component,  you might be able to "rock" it out be heating one pad, pulling to tone side, etc.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Mon, 15 April 2013, 08:22:52
    Q: I'm looking to purchase my second mechanical keyboard and have decided on this criteria:
    • TKL
    • MX Blacks
    • Costar stabilizer
    • Detachable USB cable
    • Little to no branding
    • Stock keycaps don't matter
    • Black or White case
    • $200 budget

    Been looking at Leopolds, Filcos, and QFRs but none of these (from what I've found) offer exactly what I'm looking for. Is there something I'm missing? What's my best chance of getting all of these options?

    Thanks in advance!

    CM Rapid, then if you want a black casebody instead of gunmetal you can buy casebody only from CM store. Otherwise perhaps a Keycool?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Mon, 15 April 2013, 08:25:22
    Where can I find some mx green switches? I've seen some people refer to 7bit on another site, but it looks like he's international. Surely, there has to be another source of mx green switches somewhere.

    Not really, unless you want to buy a board just to harvest switches out of.  You can get an approximation of greens by combining blue stems with black springs (by buying both switches and also having ghetto reds, too and that can be accomplished easily enough through mouser) or blue stems and the heaviest of the springs sherryton sells if you're lucky enough for the transaction to go through.

    You could also get a QFR with greens. I know MechanicalKeyboards.com still has them in stock. Their warehouse has a ton of them. Unbranded too.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Mon, 15 April 2013, 10:28:17
    finally managed to get the LED's out of my Orbweaver and got the switches swapped out.  Went with Reds on the WASD and clears everywhere else and I must say the feel for a gaming keypad is AMAZING.

    Just a big thank you for all the help with getting this done and I'm sure the wife will be very pleased with it as well as she couldn't stand the noise of the blues on my WASD. 

    Melvang
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Permeability on Mon, 15 April 2013, 12:53:58
    I want to buy some replacement spacebars from SP for the Klaxon set but not sure which family/unit size it is. Is it DCS/6.2 unit?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Mon, 15 April 2013, 13:02:57
    I want to buy some replacement spacebars from SP for the Klaxon set but not sure which family/unit size it is. Is it DCS/6.2 unit?

    Believe the sizes offered were 6.25x and 7x. I think you have the correct profile as well.

    finally managed to get the LED's out of my Orbweaver and got the switches swapped out.  Went with Reds on the WASD and clears everywhere else and I must say the feel for a gaming keypad is AMAZING.

    Just a big thank you for all the help with getting this done and I'm sure the wife will be very pleased with it as well as she couldn't stand the noise of the blues on my WASD. 

    Melvang

    Pics or it didn't happen! :D And I'm glad you got your help
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Mon, 15 April 2013, 15:24:20
    This is an honest question because I really don't know the answer......

    For those with a tenkeyless or smaller keyboard without a dedicated delete key how do you (or do you?) press ctrl-alt-delete....

    I'm looking for a board for work and we have to use that key combo to login everytime.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Mon, 15 April 2013, 15:30:05
    Poker ctrl-alt-delete would be ctrl-alt-FN + Z or FN + /

    I usually right click the taskbar instead :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Mon, 15 April 2013, 15:44:03
    I use my Poker at work and they have the old ctrl+alt+del to logon, an extra key to press and it is right near the Fn key anyway, it's not really a problem.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Mon, 15 April 2013, 16:18:24


    Pics or it didn't happen! :D And I'm glad you got your help
    [/quote]

    Pics will be posted as soon as i get the LED's installed.  Missed the delivery today due to buying a car.  Got me an 03 Park Ave for under 5k
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Mon, 15 April 2013, 17:54:42
    here is the pic for ya

    Edit:  Missed the delivery for the LED's today will get them tomorrow not sure when I will get a chance to install them.  At the latest this weekend
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Capitalistix on Mon, 15 April 2013, 20:32:45
    So are MX greys non clicky Greens? I.e. do they feel the same withought the sound?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Mon, 15 April 2013, 20:35:56
    MX Greys are stiffer Clears.

    MX Dark Greys are stiffer Blacks.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 16 April 2013, 12:45:24
    here is the pic for ya

    Edit:  Missed the delivery for the LED's today will get them tomorrow not sure when I will get a chance to install them.  At the latest this weekend

    Hell yeah! That looks awesome. I demand pics of the lit-up LEDs as well :D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Tue, 16 April 2013, 13:07:52
    There used to be clicky greys with 105cN known as grey36 part number MX1A-B1NW/N. I am not entirely sure when they were discontinued but I think it was around the same time the original whites were. There were also super blues with a deep navy blue color with around 180cN but the part number is unknown to me as I have never seen it mentioned in any catalog or data sheet and may have been a special order switch.

    Cherry has the switches listed officially as brown at 55cN, clears at 65cN, while its grey39 counterpart is at 80cN. Similarly with red at 50cN, black at 60cN and grey37 at 80cN. Blue at 60cN with white and green both at 80cN.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 16 April 2013, 13:10:39
    There used to be clicky greys with 105cN known as grey36 part number MX1A-B1NW/N. I am not entirely sure when they were discontinued but I think it was around the same time the original whites were. There were also super blues with a deep navy blue color with around 180cN but the part number is unknown to me as I have never seen it mentioned in any catalog or data sheet and may have been a special order switch.

    Cherry has the switches listed officially as brown at 55cN, clears at 65cN, while its grey39 counterpart is at 80cN. Similarly with red at 50cN, black at 60cN and grey37 at 80cN. Blue at 60cN with white and green both at 80cN.

    Ivan...you're supposed to help me answer questions, not drop this behemoth on my lap!! :P
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Tue, 16 April 2013, 13:12:11
    That was me answering Capitalistix question. TLDR, green and grey have the same spring weight.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 16 April 2013, 13:13:09
    That was me answering Capitalistix question. TLDR, green and grey have the same spring weight.

    I apologize oh wise Cherry master. Please forgive my transgression.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Tue, 16 April 2013, 14:58:04
    Ok maybe someone can make sense of this.

    I didn't like cherry mx reds, browns were ok, blues were nice but I couldn't handle the noise and cherry ml is tolerable.

    Where do I go next? clears maybe?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Tue, 16 April 2013, 15:00:18
    Whites have less noise when they click.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Tue, 16 April 2013, 15:08:24
    I suggest white with light springs mod. They really are quite nice with a soft click more tactile than browns without the noise of blues.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: whiskytango on Tue, 16 April 2013, 15:24:49
    That was me answering Capitalistix question. TLDR, green and grey have the same spring weight.

    So... would a blue stem with a grey spring be pretty much identical to a green?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Tue, 16 April 2013, 15:50:21
    Yes, it would be the same thing except the wrong stem color naturally.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Gupgup on Tue, 16 April 2013, 15:52:07
    How many Rosegold Ironman are there?


    Gupgup
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CommunistWitchDr on Tue, 16 April 2013, 15:52:54
    This is an honest question because I really don't know the answer......

    For those with a tenkeyless or smaller keyboard without a dedicated delete key how do you (or do you?) press ctrl-alt-delete....

    I'm looking for a board for work and we have to use that key combo to login everytime.
    With a pure it's fn+shift

    Don't use it on linux anyway though.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 16 April 2013, 16:01:46
    I suggest white with light springs mod. They really are quite nice with a soft click more tactile than browns without the noise of blues.

    I second this motion. I tried ergo-whites on the universal switch tester and they were phenomenal. I liked than way more than ergo-clears.

    How many Rosegold Ironman are there?
    Gupgup

    The last sale of girldc caps on TechKeys had 10 or 20 of each set of caps. I believe anything metallic had a count of 10 and anything else had 20. But the only person who would truly know is girldc. You may want to ask this in the Team Redline subforum, in the "Post your girldc" caps, or PM girldc/someone from TeamRedline.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Gupgup on Tue, 16 April 2013, 16:06:02
    I suggest white with light springs mod. They really are quite nice with a soft click more tactile than browns without the noise of blues.

    I second this motion. I tried ergo-whites on the universal switch tester and they were phenomenal. I liked than way more than ergo-clears.

    How many Rosegold Ironman are there?
    Gupgup

    The last sale of girldc caps on TechKeys had 10 or 20 of each set of caps. I believe anything metallic had a count of 10 and anything else had 20. But the only person who would truly know is girldc. You may want to ask this in the Team Redline subforum, in the "Post your girldc" caps, or PM girldc/someone from TeamRedline.

    The last sale of girldc caps on TechKeys didn't have any rosegold ironmen :/


    Gupgup
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 16 April 2013, 16:22:09
    GupGup, I'm using that sale as a reference to how many were made.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Gupgup on Tue, 16 April 2013, 16:28:25
    GupGup, I'm using that sale as a reference to how many were made.

    Ahhhh I thought you meant how man rosegolds were made, my bad!

    I PMd girldc :D

    Thanks!


    Gupgup
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lighthouse1 on Tue, 16 April 2013, 18:01:32
    Very newbie question, how easy is replacing the top cover on a TKL Filco or CM keyboard?

    There's a thread about purchasing a coloured top for a board and I like the idea (I am lost, first it was new keys..now cases, this is like drugs) but I am not sure how difficult or otherwise it is, I build my own PCs etc so I am not completely stupid with unscrewing stuff with circuits in it, but I don't want to break my keyboards into bits accidentally.

    Thanks for answering the dumb Q!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Gupgup on Tue, 16 April 2013, 18:21:12
    Very newbie question, how easy is replacing the top cover on a TKL Filco or CM keyboard?

    There's a thread about purchasing a coloured top for a board and I like the idea (I am lost, first it was new keys..now cases, this is like drugs) but I am not sure how difficult or otherwise it is, I build my own PCs etc so I am not completely stupid with unscrewing stuff with circuits in it, but I don't want to break my keyboards into bits accidentally.

    Thanks for answering the dumb Q!

    Hey there, I was just about to reply in the GB :D

    It is very easy! There are two little tabs you can pop up on the top and bottom of the case using a credit card or something.


    Gupgup
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: ComradeSniper on Tue, 16 April 2013, 20:19:34
    This isn't exactly keyboard related, but do posts on off topic not add to your post count? I noticed I have been stuck at 155 for a little while.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Tue, 16 April 2013, 20:23:52
    This isn't exactly keyboard related, but do posts on off topic not add to your post count? I noticed I have been stuck at 155 for a little while.

    >156
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tjcaustin on Tue, 16 April 2013, 20:24:26
    Very newbie question, how easy is replacing the top cover on a TKL Filco or CM keyboard?

    There's a thread about purchasing a coloured top for a board and I like the idea (I am lost, first it was new keys..now cases, this is like drugs) but I am not sure how difficult or otherwise it is, I build my own PCs etc so I am not completely stupid with unscrewing stuff with circuits in it, but I don't want to break my keyboards into bits accidentally.

    Thanks for answering the dumb Q!

    Hey there, I was just about to reply in the GB :D

    It is very easy! There are two little tabs you can pop up on the top and bottom of the case using a credit card or something.


    Gupgup

    Don't forget one screw in the bottom of the case.

    This isn't exactly keyboard related, but do posts on off topic not add to your post count? I noticed I have been stuck at 155 for a little while.

    Depends on which thread, I think.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 16 April 2013, 20:34:29
    This isn't exactly keyboard related, but do posts on off topic not add to your post count? I noticed I have been stuck at 155 for a little while.

    No they dont.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: ComradeSniper on Tue, 16 April 2013, 20:40:06
    This isn't exactly keyboard related, but do posts on off topic not add to your post count? I noticed I have been stuck at 155 for a little while.

    No they dont.

    Ok, that makes sense then.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lighthouse1 on Wed, 17 April 2013, 09:59:54
    Very newbie question, how easy is replacing the top cover on a TKL Filco or CM keyboard?

    There's a thread about purchasing a coloured top for a board and I like the idea (I am lost, first it was new keys..now cases, this is like drugs) but I am not sure how difficult or otherwise it is, I build my own PCs etc so I am not completely stupid with unscrewing stuff with circuits in it, but I don't want to break my keyboards into bits accidentally.

    Thanks for answering the dumb Q!

    Hey there, I was just about to reply in the GB :D

    It is very easy! There are two little tabs you can pop up on the top and bottom of the case using a credit card or something.


    Gupgup

    Excellent thanks, I asked here as after I posted in your GB thread I thought it was a really stupid question! Thanks for the answer and now for the order form!

    Thanks also to tjcaustin I would have been there breaking my credit card without the screw info. :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 17 April 2013, 10:06:06
    Very newbie question, how easy is replacing the top cover on a TKL Filco or CM keyboard?

    There's a thread about purchasing a coloured top for a board and I like the idea (I am lost, first it was new keys..now cases, this is like drugs) but I am not sure how difficult or otherwise it is, I build my own PCs etc so I am not completely stupid with unscrewing stuff with circuits in it, but I don't want to break my keyboards into bits accidentally.

    Thanks for answering the dumb Q!

    Hey there, I was just about to reply in the GB :D

    It is very easy! There are two little tabs you can pop up on the top and bottom of the case using a credit card or something.


    Gupgup

    Excellent thanks, I asked here as after I posted in your GB thread I thought it was a really stupid question! Thanks for the answer and now for the order form!

    Thanks also to tjcaustin I would have been there breaking my credit card without the screw info. :)

    There are very few stupid questions. I made this thread so that people could freely ask things and I could learn in the process. No worries man :D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lighthouse1 on Wed, 17 April 2013, 10:08:21
    Excellent, its very useful to have somewhere to noob  :D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 17 April 2013, 10:09:45
    Excellent, its very useful to have somewhere to noob  :D

    Just FYI, I'm pretty new myself. Only been on GH for 4 months. I just spam like I'm trying to catch SmallFry in the post race.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Wed, 17 April 2013, 10:27:25
    Excellent, its very useful to have somewhere to noob  :D

    Just FYI, I'm pretty new myself. Only been on GH for 4 months. I just spam like I'm trying to catch SmallFry in the post race.
    Your tries are futile young one.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 17 April 2013, 10:28:44
    Excellent, its very useful to have somewhere to noob  :D

    Just FYI, I'm pretty new myself. Only been on GH for 4 months. I just spam like I'm trying to catch SmallFry in the post race.
    Your tries are futile young one.

    As my keyboard professor, you're supposed to encourage me. Not tell me my efforts are futile.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Wed, 17 April 2013, 10:34:14
     If I'm looking at keyboards on a site like buychina.com or offerany.com i know that tea axis = brown and most say that green actually means blue so how do I find green?

    And no I haven't been drinking....
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 17 April 2013, 10:37:57
    If I'm looking at keyboards on a site like buychina.com or offerany.com i know that tea axis = brown and most say that green actually means blue so how do I find green?

    And no I haven't been drinking....

    Why not use google translate to get the word for brown or green and then search for it on taobao?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Wed, 17 April 2013, 10:41:30
    If I'm looking at keyboards on a site like buychina.com or offerany.com i know that tea axis = brown and most say that green actually means blue so how do I find green?

    And no I haven't been drinking....

    Why not use google translate to get the word for brown or green and then search for it on taobao?

    Did that and so far it only seems to be getting be backlighting colors....not switch colors
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 17 April 2013, 10:47:07
    If I'm looking at keyboards on a site like buychina.com or offerany.com i know that tea axis = brown and most say that green actually means blue so how do I find green?

    And no I haven't been drinking....

    Why not use google translate to get the word for brown or green and then search for it on taobao?

    Did that and so far it only seems to be getting be backlighting colors....not switch colors

    Jocelyn, didn't you post something on how to search Taobao somewhere? Can you help me out? :D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Wed, 17 April 2013, 10:57:06
    http://www.offerany.com/p-16969507670-87-108-Keyboard-37-Hat.html

    Well I found this one and one of the options is "Blu-ray ONE108 milk axis" so that would most likely be a full size board with white switches....

    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Wed, 17 April 2013, 11:52:55
    Could someone post a pic of the switch housing disassembly tool that The_Beast sold through his GB?  The pics on the thread are all broken aside from one that just shows the end of them. 
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 17 April 2013, 11:55:13
    Could someone post a pic of the switch housing disassembly tool that The_Beast sold through his GB?  The pics on the thread are all broken aside from one that just shows the end of them.

    I got a set over the weekend. I'll take pics for you later.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Wed, 17 April 2013, 12:18:55
    cool thanx
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: mushupork on Wed, 17 April 2013, 13:36:46
    is there a "how to" for posting an embedded you tube video on Geekhack?  (like for the "what are you listening to now thread")
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: lazerpointer on Wed, 17 April 2013, 13:48:12
    is there a "how to" for posting an embedded you tube video on Geekhack?  (like for the "what are you listening to now thread")

    [attachimg=1]
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: mushupork on Wed, 17 April 2013, 13:57:44
    Yes, I see the button but it does not appear to work.

    Find video, copy URL, click You Tube button, paste URL, all you get is the following line of text ... no embedded video

    Not a valid youtube URL
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Wed, 17 April 2013, 14:00:17
    You MUST use the short url youtu.be/whatever or it won't work.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: mushupork on Wed, 17 April 2013, 14:05:22
    Excellent - thanks Ivan
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Tarzan on Wed, 17 April 2013, 14:15:55
    You MUST use the short url youtu.be/whatever or it won't work.

    I've tried that a couple of times, and the post does show a blank "video" window.  Only one problem, there's no video.  Gives me an "unexpected error, try again later" message when I click on it.

     :(
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Wed, 17 April 2013, 14:34:04
    I post music videos and stuff all the time, never had any problem.

    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Tarzan on Wed, 17 April 2013, 14:36:08

    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: lazerpointer on Wed, 17 April 2013, 15:26:54
    For me, the URL works....
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 17 April 2013, 15:55:05

    It's not working for me. But I think it's because it needs to be setup differently.

    [youtube|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smmtzejfpZ8&feature=share&list=PL2C14538D781116FE[/youtube]

    If you eliminate that portion then try it. It should work.

    So use [youtube|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smmtzejfpZ8[/youtube] instead. (Replace the | with ])
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Wed, 17 April 2013, 16:36:45
    Which is why I say just use the short link, you don't have to edit it and it works every time.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: blueasjim on Wed, 17 April 2013, 16:42:19
    What size is the right SHIFT key on the pure?
    http://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=307 (http://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=307)

    Is it a 1x1.5?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Wed, 17 April 2013, 16:42:46
    1.75
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: blueasjim on Wed, 17 April 2013, 16:45:42
    1.75

    Thanks
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: remedyhalopc on Wed, 17 April 2013, 19:36:55
    Any news on the Poker X or Poker 2?

    Other than Soon(TM).
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Wed, 17 April 2013, 19:37:48
    Any news on the Poker X or Poker 2?

    Other than Soon(TM).

    No hurry, but when can I have my stuff back? lol :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 17 April 2013, 19:38:03
    Any news on the Poker X or Poker 2?

    Other than Soon(TM).

    I haven't heard anything.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: remedyhalopc on Wed, 17 April 2013, 19:42:54
    Any news on the Poker X or Poker 2?

    Other than Soon(TM).

    No hurry, but when can I have my stuff back? lol :)

    Oh snap! Probably Friday afternoon. Is that okay?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Wed, 17 April 2013, 19:43:59
    No hurry, but when can I have my stuff back? lol :)

    Oh snap! Probably Friday afternoon. Is that okay?

    Lol, it can be later than that. I just wanted to touch base :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 17 April 2013, 20:19:36
    Could someone post a pic of the switch housing disassembly tool that The_Beast sold through his GB?  The pics on the thread are all broken aside from one that just shows the end of them.

    I got a set over the weekend. I'll take pics for you later.

    (http://i.imgur.com/ypMBPID.jpg)

    Beast said that the ends need to be bent in a vice.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Gupgup on Wed, 17 April 2013, 21:35:32
    Could someone provide me with a link to the teamredline website? I'm having trouble finding it.


    Gupgup
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: L4yercake on Wed, 17 April 2013, 21:37:54
    Could someone provide me with a link to the teamredline website? I'm having trouble finding it.


    Gupgup

    http://www.red-line.kr/
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 17 April 2013, 21:40:30
    Could someone provide me with a link to the teamredline website? I'm having trouble finding it.


    Gupgup

    They also have this page in the vendor forum (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40906.msg814593#msg814593).
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Wed, 17 April 2013, 21:41:09
    Could someone post a pic of the switch housing disassembly tool that The_Beast sold through his GB?  The pics on the thread are all broken aside from one that just shows the end of them.

    I got a set over the weekend. I'll take pics for you later.

    Show Image
    (http://i.imgur.com/ypMBPID.jpg)


    Beast said that the ends need to be bent in a vice.

    Vices??  Where we're going,  we don't need vices.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Gupgup on Wed, 17 April 2013, 21:42:57
    Could someone provide me with a link to the teamredline website? I'm having trouble finding it.


    Gupgup

    They also have this page in the vendor forum (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40906.msg814593#msg814593).

    Thanks! Do you know if that Cherry Dye sub GB is still able to get in on? I don't speak that language (not sure which it is)


    Gupgup
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 17 April 2013, 21:43:08
    Vices??  Where we're going,  we don't need vices.

    Hahaha, ok muscles :P



    Could someone provide me with a link to the teamredline website? I'm having trouble finding it.


    Gupgup

    They also have this page in the vendor forum (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40906.msg814593#msg814593).

    Thanks! Do you know if that Cherry Dye sub GB is still able to get in on? I don't speak that language (not sure which it is)


    Gupgup

    It's Korean and I have no idea.

    According to the active GB list found here (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=31483.0), it is not.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Wed, 17 April 2013, 21:58:22
    What did that switch tool cost on the GB out of curiosity?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: xredman on Thu, 18 April 2013, 01:26:57
    Is this a good deal? http://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/sys/3733684092.html
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Halverson on Thu, 18 April 2013, 01:31:55
    Is this a good deal? http://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/sys/3733684092.html

    I would say so! If you can local pick that up for $10-15, I would definitely go for it!

    I believe that it would have black alps in there.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 18 April 2013, 06:06:38
    What did that switch tool cost on the GB out of curiosity?

    I believe it at less than $20.

    Is this a good deal? http://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/sys/3733684092.html

    Yes but please use the "What's it worth" thread for pricing questions in the future. As Halverson said, it should have Tactile Black Alps...although Akimbo just had one with Salmon Alps. And I paid $33 for my Dell AT101W.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: file_id on Thu, 18 April 2013, 06:28:26
    What are the difference between a Poker and Pure? I understand Poker is discontinued and the pure is the replacement? Is the Poker 2 the successor the the Pure?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 18 April 2013, 07:04:29
    What are the difference between a Poker and Pure? I understand Poker is discontinued and the pure is the replacement? Is the Poker 2 the successor the the Pure?

    The Poker and the Pure are two different keyboards. They have a slightly different layout and the Pures come both backlit and non backlit forms. You can refer to this post (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40501.msg842741#msg842741) to get pictures and compare the layouts. The main difference is that the Pure has a short right shift and 1x key to the right of the shift.

    The Poker Pure is the successor to the Poker 1 but they changed the layout to something completely different. I think everyone was boggled when that was shown.

    And yes, the Poker itself is discontinued.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: missalaire on Thu, 18 April 2013, 11:43:00
    Anyone know approx how much it would cost to ship a small set of key caps (37 key set) from the US to Canada? With the cheapest option that includes tracking?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 18 April 2013, 11:43:48
    Anyone know approx how much it would cost to ship a small set of key caps (37 key set) from the US to Canada? With the cheapest option that includes tracking?

    Halverson, you should know this. Help me out!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Thu, 18 April 2013, 11:46:31
    Shipping internationally via USPS can't be done with tracking, AFAIK (or at least as far as I was led to believe).
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Thu, 18 April 2013, 11:46:58
    Anyone know approx how much it would cost to ship a small set of key caps (37 key set) from the US to Canada? With the cheapest option that includes tracking?

    Probably about $9-10. And the only tracking available is the customs form number. You will get limited tracking.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 18 April 2013, 12:01:09
    Hm. Called for Halverson to back me up and got Moose and JDCarpe....wonder what happens if I call for JDCarpe's backup...:P
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Thu, 18 April 2013, 12:06:45
    You rang?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 18 April 2013, 12:13:39
    Perfect. This system is flawless. Carry on Moose :D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: missalaire on Thu, 18 April 2013, 12:23:25
    Hm alright. Thanks for the replies esoomenona and jdcarpre.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jagriff on Thu, 18 April 2013, 12:27:47
    Could someone post a pic of the switch housing disassembly tool that The_Beast sold through his GB?  The pics on the thread are all broken aside from one that just shows the end of them.

    I got a set over the weekend. I'll take pics for you later.
    How did you get a set?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: The_Beast on Thu, 18 April 2013, 12:29:05
    Could someone post a pic of the switch housing disassembly tool that The_Beast sold through his GB?  The pics on the thread are all broken aside from one that just shows the end of them.

    I got a set over the weekend. I'll take pics for you later.
    How did you get a set?

    I gave him a set since he helped me a lot with my case
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 18 April 2013, 12:30:47
    Could someone post a pic of the switch housing disassembly tool that The_Beast sold through his GB?  The pics on the thread are all broken aside from one that just shows the end of them.

    I got a set over the weekend. I'll take pics for you later.
    How did you get a set?

    I gave him a set since he helped me a lot with my case

    And because The_Beast is super generous and I got to meet him at the Chicago meet. Thanks again buddy. Happy to help :D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jagriff on Thu, 18 April 2013, 12:34:01
    That leads to another question... are there any sets for sale?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Thu, 18 April 2013, 12:35:16
    You can get international tracking if you send it registered but it cost like $12 more on top of the first class rate.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 18 April 2013, 12:37:29
    That leads to another question... are there any sets for sale?

    I believe The_Beast said he will be running a 2nd GB at some point.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Thu, 18 April 2013, 12:37:53
    You can get international tracking if you send it registered but it cost like $12 more on top of the first class rate.
    I take it post office workers don't like to send things registered being that they never offer that or deny it exists.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Thu, 18 April 2013, 12:40:35
    I am sure many of them hate registered because they have to do a bunch of typing in the computer. They loathe anything with extra work involved.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Thu, 18 April 2013, 12:41:38
    Registered still only gives you the same customs number. The recipient just has to sign for the package.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Thu, 18 April 2013, 12:45:53
    No, registered has it's own number which has nothing to do with customs form number and is trackable across borders. Even with countries that don't update tracking properly you get delivery confirmation at a minimum.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Thu, 18 April 2013, 12:53:46
    I am sure many of them hate registered because they have to do a bunch of typing in the computer. They loathe anything with extra work involved.

    Maybe the problem is what the problem always is.....they are using the wrong keyboards!


    On topic...

    I know its not mechanical but the Logitech K750 uses scissor switches right?  :-[

    EDIT: Yes it uses scissor switches....wonder what it would take to get a keyboard just like the K750....wireless and solar powered but using ML switches  :eek:
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Thu, 18 April 2013, 13:09:55
    No, registered has it's own number which has nothing to do with customs form number and is trackable across borders. Even with countries that don't update tracking properly you get delivery confirmation at a minimum.

    Oh, okay. I didn't know that. What about with GXG? Have you ever sent something that way? Does it update tracking?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Thu, 18 April 2013, 13:30:16
    They use G80-11900 at my post office, so it should be a pleasure for them typing!

    I don't know about GXG, it is too expensive for me to even have considered using it.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 18 April 2013, 13:35:55
    I am sure many of them hate registered because they have to do a bunch of typing in the computer. They loathe anything with extra work involved.
    I know its not mechanical but the Logitech K750 uses scissor switches right?  :-[

    EDIT: Yes it uses scissor switches....wonder what it would take to get a keyboard just like the K750....wireless and solar powered but using ML switches  :eek:

    There's a GH60 project to go wireless and dante's been spearheading an ML board project. You can search for those projects if you want to look into it more.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Thu, 18 April 2013, 14:34:12
    I am sure many of them hate registered because they have to do a bunch of typing in the computer. They loathe anything with extra work involved.
    I know its not mechanical but the Logitech K750 uses scissor switches right?  :-[

    EDIT: Yes it uses scissor switches....wonder what it would take to get a keyboard just like the K750....wireless and solar powered but using ML switches  :eek:

    There's a GH60 project to go wireless and dante's been spearheading an ML board project. You can search for those projects if you want to look into it more.

    I just read through those threads thanks for pointing them out.....so much goodness around here   ;D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 18 April 2013, 14:44:08
    Could someone provide me with a link to the teamredline website? I'm having trouble finding it.


    Gupgup

    They also have this page in the vendor forum (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40906.msg814593#msg814593).
    Thanks! Do you know if that Cherry Dye sub GB is still able to get in on? I don't speak that language (not sure which it is)

    Gupgup

    GupGup, were you talking about this GB? (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=42298.0)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Fri, 19 April 2013, 08:16:42
    So what is the heaviest most tactile and or clicky MX switch that I could actually hope to acquire 2 of from the classifieds?

    Edit:..  Are there any boards out that are smaller than TKL with dedicated arrow keys, no F-row, no keys to the right of the Backspace and programmable?  It's hard to keep up with all the different boards out especially when one is this to to the industry.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Fri, 19 April 2013, 08:27:23
    So what is the heaviest most tactile and or clicky MX switch that I could actually hope to acquire 2 of from the classifieds?

    Edit:..  Are there any boards out that are smaller than TKL with dedicated arrow keys, no F-row, no keys to the right of the Backspace and programmable?  It's hard to keep up with all the different boards out especially when one is this to to the industry.

    1) You could try and find superblacks which are insanity but linear/tactile greys are probably more reasonable. For me, whites, greens, and blacks are the heaviest I'd want to go.

    2) 75% boards are what you'd want to look into; boards like the Race or the MX-mini or the new Leopold 660s

    Let me know if you want me to find links for you.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Fri, 19 April 2013, 08:54:08
    This is what I would LOVE to have any idea if it exists or would I have to modify an existing design? 

    Which one would get me the closest and having a programmable function layer?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Fri, 19 April 2013, 08:58:52
    A Race, Choc Mini, and MX Mini are all boards that come to mind that have a very similar layout to that. AFAIK, the MX-Mini is the only one that can be programmable since it's a Korean Custom. The Race and Choc Mini are boards made by Vortex and Noppoo respectively. The boards I listed are typically called 75% boards.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: inteli722 on Fri, 19 April 2013, 10:17:54
    This is what I would LOVE to have any idea if it exists or would I have to modify an existing design? 

    Which one would get me the closest and having a programmable function layer?

    GH60++ 65% Edition... :D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: llovro on Sat, 20 April 2013, 01:23:54
    CC wasd cluster is oem profile right? Also, are there any cool oem profile sets?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: naokira on Sat, 20 April 2013, 07:41:27
    Will a QFR top cover will fit a ducky YoTD? only the top cover
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sat, 20 April 2013, 08:09:42
    CC wasd cluster is oem profile right? Also, are there any cool oem profile sets?

    Yes, I am fairly confident based on my own experience with ClickClacks that they're OEM profile. I saw some Clacks at the last Chicago meetup. I don't know if they're OEM but I can tell you about other WASD sets. I recently got R3 gamer set in orange. It also comes in lime green.

    (http://i.imgur.com/BTkp8uL.jpg)

    I know BroBots had a WASD kit that matched his BroBot caps. Those looked pretty cool. Jocelyn has a set and she said it was really nice. I'm not sure on the profile, maybe she'll see this and chime in. I've also seen Feng/Qtan carry some sets that are side print and in fun colors.

    I know you asked for OEM profile but I don't know the profile of most of the WASD kits so I just thought I'd point some out for you.

    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Turbo Slaab on Sat, 20 April 2013, 09:58:39
    CC cluster is closer to SP profile, Bro-bots cluster is slightly shorter, closer to Cherry profile.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sat, 20 April 2013, 10:18:28
    CC cluster is closer to SP profile, Bro-bots cluster is slightly shorter, closer to Cherry profile.

    The knowledge bombs. I has them now. :D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: ping111 on Sat, 20 April 2013, 10:26:36
    What is the cheapest keyboard with Cherry Browns, Clears, or Reds with only one key profile?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sat, 20 April 2013, 10:30:19
    What is the cheapest keyboard with Cherry Browns, Clears, or Reds with only one key profile?

    I don't think theres a uniform key profile board out there. The last time I saw a uniform key profile was Matt30's Retro DSA GB. Pics of those caps and his custom board can be found here (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=42302.msg859015#msg859015).

    In terms of cheapest keyboards, keep an eye out for QFR sales. Missalaire is usually good at posting good deals and I've seen QFRs go for $55 new. And if it helps, I got my BlackWidow for $55 but it had blues. And I did see a BlackWidow NIB somewhere for like $14. Can't remember if that was eBay or not though.

    Edit: Speak of the devil....
    http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=42601.new;topicseen#new
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Sat, 20 April 2013, 11:09:49
     008 Buna-N O-Ring, 50A Durometer, Round, Black, 3/16" ID, 5/16" OD, 1/16" Width (Pack of 125)

    http://www.amazon.com/008-Buna-N-O-Ring-Durometer-Round/dp/B0051XWXCE/ref=pd_bxgy_pc_text_y

    Can someone tell if me if these are the right size for either ducky oem abs and/or using with imsto thick pbt keycaps?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sat, 20 April 2013, 11:13:18
    008 Buna-N O-Ring, 50A Durometer, Round, Black, 3/16" ID, 5/16" OD, 1/16" Width (Pack of 125)

    http://www.amazon.com/008-Buna-N-O-Ring-Durometer-Round/dp/B0051XWXCE/ref=pd_bxgy_pc_text_y

    Can someone tell if me if these are the right size for either ducky oem abs and/or using with imsto thick pbt keycaps?

    I'm not sure about the IDs and OD but do the Ducky OEM caps have cross-bars underneath? I know the Imsto ones do. Without the cross bars, the o-rings won't sound dampen or reduce travel as much. I made that mistake in my O-ring review (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40227.0).
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Sat, 20 April 2013, 11:14:58
    There are not a lot of flat profile boards. Maybe you can find clear version of TG3 BL82 but they usually have blacks, or otherwise perhaps G80-3800 with red or brown would be suitable?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Sat, 20 April 2013, 11:24:33
    008 Buna-N O-Ring, 50A Durometer, Round, Black, 3/16" ID, 5/16" OD, 1/16" Width (Pack of 125)

    http://www.amazon.com/008-Buna-N-O-Ring-Durometer-Round/dp/B0051XWXCE/ref=pd_bxgy_pc_text_y

    Can someone tell if me if these are the right size for either ducky oem abs and/or using with imsto thick pbt keycaps?

    I'm not sure about the IDs and OD but do the Ducky OEM caps have cross-bars underneath? I know the Imsto ones do. Without the cross bars, the o-rings won't sound dampen or reduce travel as much. I made that mistake in my O-ring review (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40227.0).

    Well in that case I'd better just get the keyboard and go from there. I can always customize later. Right?  :confused:
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sat, 20 April 2013, 11:27:29
    008 Buna-N O-Ring, 50A Durometer, Round, Black, 3/16" ID, 5/16" OD, 1/16" Width (Pack of 125)

    http://www.amazon.com/008-Buna-N-O-Ring-Durometer-Round/dp/B0051XWXCE/ref=pd_bxgy_pc_text_y

    Can someone tell if me if these are the right size for either ducky oem abs and/or using with imsto thick pbt keycaps?

    I'm not sure about the IDs and OD but do the Ducky OEM caps have cross-bars underneath? I know the Imsto ones do. Without the cross bars, the o-rings won't sound dampen or reduce travel as much. I made that mistake in my O-ring review (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40227.0).

    Well in that case I'd better just get the keyboard and go from there. I can always customize later. Right?  :confused:

    Once you get your board, you can definitely customize later. No need to get it all at once...and trust me, you'll customize it. You'll see something here you LOVE and a few months later, you'll have 5 boards, three of which are completely custom :P
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Sat, 20 April 2013, 11:36:42
    008 Buna-N O-Ring, 50A Durometer, Round, Black, 3/16" ID, 5/16" OD, 1/16" Width (Pack of 125)

    http://www.amazon.com/008-Buna-N-O-Ring-Durometer-Round/dp/B0051XWXCE/ref=pd_bxgy_pc_text_y

    Can someone tell if me if these are the right size for either ducky oem abs and/or using with imsto thick pbt keycaps?

    I'm not sure about the IDs and OD but do the Ducky OEM caps have cross-bars underneath? I know the Imsto ones do. Without the cross bars, the o-rings won't sound dampen or reduce travel as much. I made that mistake in my O-ring review (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40227.0).

    Well in that case I'd better just get the keyboard and go from there. I can always customize later. Right?  :confused:

    Once you get your board, you can definitely customize later. No need to get it all at once...and trust me, you'll customize it. You'll see something here you LOVE and a few months later, you'll have 5 boards, three of which are completely custom :P

    Yes I really see this being a slippery slope....I ran across the green gasmask keycap and thought.....that would look really awesome!

    Wait what am I saying.....who pays $25 for a keycap....... :eek: oh wait that's cheap because at least its not $250 and will be $5 soon.....yeah I've been reading way too many threads

    Now if I only there was a micro-transmitter that plugged into the mini-usb of the keyboard and another that plugged into the pc to make wired keyboard wireless.....anybody?

    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Sat, 20 April 2013, 11:43:54
    will i get a clack tonight?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sat, 20 April 2013, 11:44:13
    Now if I only there was a micro-transmitter that plugged into the mini-usb of the keyboard and another that plugged into the pc to make wired keyboard wireless.....anybody?

    Check the GH60 Wireless thread to see how they're working that out.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sat, 20 April 2013, 11:44:43
    Now if I only there was a micro-transmitter that plugged into the mini-usb of the keyboard and another that plugged into the pc to make wired keyboard wireless.....anybody?

    Check the GH60 Wireless thread to see how they're working that out.

    will i get a clack tonight?

    Wrong thread. Go post in the Church of Halverson thread. He will answer your desires :P
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Sat, 20 April 2013, 11:51:20

    will i get a clack tonight?

    Wrong thread. Go post in the Church of Halverson thread. He will answer your desires :P

    how should i address him? title? priest?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sat, 20 April 2013, 11:58:23

    will i get a clack tonight?

    Wrong thread. Go post in the Church of Halverson thread. He will answer your desires :P

    how should i address him? title? priest?

    How you address The Girlshark Wizbro is between you and him. I always call him Sharky.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Permeability on Sat, 20 April 2013, 11:58:56
    Are Filco/QFR controllers interchangeable?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Photekq on Sat, 20 April 2013, 12:01:05
    Are Filco/QFR controllers interchangeable?
    No.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: cyberwave on Sat, 20 April 2013, 12:01:53
    Are Filco/QFR controllers interchangeable?

    nope.
    Filco
    (http://deskthority.net/w/images/a/ab/Filco_Majestouch_TKL_controller_bottom.jpg)

    QFR
    (http://deskthority.net/w/images/1/1b/CM_Storm_QFR_Controller_bottom_view.jpg)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sat, 20 April 2013, 12:05:29
    Will a QFR top cover will fit a ducky YoTD? only the top cover

    The Spock has spoken and said that this is highly improbable.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tjcaustin on Sat, 20 April 2013, 12:09:54

    will i get a clack tonight?

    Wrong thread. Go post in the Church of Halverson thread. He will answer your desires :P

    how should i address him? title? priest?

    You call him halverson.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Sat, 20 April 2013, 12:22:31

    will i get a clack tonight?

    Wrong thread. Go post in the Church of Halverson thread. He will answer your desires :P

    how should i address him? title? priest?

    You call him halverson.

    understood
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Rule16 on Sat, 20 April 2013, 12:49:20
    How heavy are Topre 55g in comparison to cherry mx switches? Do they compare most to blacks?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Sat, 20 April 2013, 12:51:29
    http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/7253/dsc0481ef.jpg (http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/7253/dsc0481ef.jpg)

    where can i buy
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sat, 20 April 2013, 12:57:12
    http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/7253/dsc0481ef.jpg (http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/7253/dsc0481ef.jpg)

    where can i buy

    Pretty sure those are from the What You Got in the Mail pics thread and the picture owner said those were from TaoBao.


    How heavy are Topre 55g in comparison to cherry mx switches? Do they compare most to blacks?

    I think they were a little lighter than black in terms of actuation but I don't like Topre switches so I'm a bad person to ask. Plus this is a little subjective
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Sat, 20 April 2013, 13:03:34
    http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/7253/dsc0481ef.jpg (http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/7253/dsc0481ef.jpg)

    where can i buy

    Those are pretty sweet...

    Just  quick google I found this

    http://usb.brando.com/buffalo-usb-curled-cable-a-to-mini-b-_p01909c032d015.html

    Out of stock but maybe gives you a direction....
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Sat, 20 April 2013, 13:06:13
    http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/7253/dsc0481ef.jpg (http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/7253/dsc0481ef.jpg)

    where can i buy

    Those are pretty sweet...

    Just  quick google I found this

    http://usb.brando.com/buffalo-usb-curled-cable-a-to-mini-b-_p01909c032d015.html

    Out of stock but maybe gives you a direction....

    thank you! i saw these buffalos when i started my serach, and will probably be picking them up when they go in stock,

    i think the buffalos and the curl cables look nearly the same
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Sat, 20 April 2013, 14:07:09
    Would it be safe to assume that the polarity on the pads for the LED's in the Orbweaver to be the same across the board?

    Melvang
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Sat, 20 April 2013, 14:12:51
    Anode side should be where the A is marked on the LED hole always.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Sat, 20 April 2013, 14:18:02
    The LED pads on the orbweaver are not labled but i just checked with a new LED and they are all the same polarity with positive (long leg on new LED) being on the right side of the board when right side up

    Edit:  Time to start putting LEDs back in my Orbweaver of the blue variety.  Pics to follow.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Sat, 20 April 2013, 14:27:59
    Can someone tell me where I can go in the settings to change the colors of the forum? I was a link in the top 'news' feed one day but didn't click it.....
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Sat, 20 April 2013, 14:33:11
    Profile, account settings, modify profile (pop up menu) > look and layout.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Sat, 20 April 2013, 15:31:14
    When ordering LED's in bulk (125) is it normal to get one or 2 in the lot that don't work?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: llovro on Sat, 20 April 2013, 15:48:07
    Does anyone know when the darth vader click clacks were sold?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: dorkvader on Sat, 20 April 2013, 15:57:16
    When ordering LED's in bulk (125) is it normal to get one or 2 in the lot that don't work?
    I guess it wold depend on where you ordered them from (and specifically the sort of OEM that made them in the first place). Last time I ordered led's from eBay, I got some extra just in case. All mine worked, but I was expecting them not to. but if I order a reel of expensive flashlight LEDs from cree, I'd expect them to work.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dreamre on Sat, 20 April 2013, 16:04:03
    If I swap the LEDs on my Filco MJ2 with ones off eBay (3mm with 3.2-3.4v) would I need to do any additional modifications? Or would these just be a quick swap?

    Thanks!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Sat, 20 April 2013, 16:10:35
    Alright thanx.  I ordered 125 of these from Digi-Key at $0.33 each after shipping
    WP710A10QBC/D
    754-1596-ND is the Digi Key number
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Sat, 20 April 2013, 16:51:41
    Sorry bout the double post but here is a pic of my orbweaver with blue LED's MX Reds on the "WASD" and MX Clears everywhere else.

    A HUGE thanx to all you guys.  I never would have been able to do this without you.

    Edit: Brightness on the LED's is maxxed out the font is much easier to read in person
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Sat, 20 April 2013, 19:53:39
    What colors do CC WASD + Skull sets come in besides Mint Gum?

    PS - I haven't won anything yet :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Sat, 20 April 2013, 19:54:43
    I've seen Octopink and Candy Corn ones, as well as Splats. I'm sure there are others.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Turbo Slaab on Sat, 20 April 2013, 22:36:37
    What colors do CC WASD + Skull sets come in besides Mint Gum?

    PS - I haven't won anything yet :)

    I've seen Octopink and Candy Corn ones, as well as Splats. I'm sure there are others.

    P1 purple and orangesicle as well. Also, there's another shade of green in the CC wiki.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Sat, 20 April 2013, 22:40:20
    Thank You for the replies esoomenona & Turbo Slaab :)

    You mentioned there's another shade of green in the CC wiki, but it looks like Mint Green and Green (Asparagus) are the same.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sat, 20 April 2013, 22:44:30
    Thank You for the replies esoomenona & Turbo Slaab :)

    You mentioned there's another shade of green in the CC wiki, but it looks like Mint Green and Green (Asparagus) are the same.

    They are the same. Mint Green is the color that CC calls them. Green is the shade of green I got from wikipedia. The actual color green. And eth0s has a WASD set with a Skull that's octopink. It looks super hot.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Sat, 20 April 2013, 22:45:46
    They are the same. Mint Green is the color that CC calls them. Green is the shade of green I got from wikipedia. The actual color green. And eth0s has a WASD set with a Skull that's octopink. It looks super hot.

    I figured it was something like that. Thank You :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Sat, 20 April 2013, 22:52:49
    Best WASD is bet.

    (http://i.imgur.com/nMfkz6p.jpg)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Turbo Slaab on Sat, 20 April 2013, 22:58:43
    I like that candy corn! The orange on mine is really dark, almost red.....
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Sat, 20 April 2013, 23:00:25
    stop moose!  :(

    you make me soo sad haha
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Sat, 20 April 2013, 23:08:28
    Hush, little baby. Don't say a word.
    Moosie's gonna type on his clacks some more.
    And if that Candy Corn turns red
    Moose is gonna find Slaab and off with his head.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Sat, 20 April 2013, 23:18:24
    Hush, little baby. Don't say a word.
    Moosie's gonna type on his clacks some more.
    And if that Candy Corn turns red
    Moose is gonna find Slaab and off with his head.

    hehe
    that nursery rhyme has me in tears
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Turbo Slaab on Sat, 20 April 2013, 23:22:29
    Lmao
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Bencze on Sun, 21 April 2013, 08:45:50
    I'm thinking to switch the Caps Lock and Backspace keys on my QFR. Just learning touch typing and read about it somewhere, and it seems like an excellent idea. The problem is, on this keyboard Caps Lock has a led in it, and the keys don't even match.
    Any idea how could I proceed? Guess I could just switch them from software, the label will be very annoying but only as long as I look at it, but the led would be annoying.
    Anyone with some experience on how to solve this? Maybe I can just disconnect the led? Didn't look under the key so far, wouldn't want to break something, not sure how the led is connected...
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: best.eu on Sun, 21 April 2013, 08:58:32
    I'm thinking to switch the Caps Lock and Backspace keys on my QFR. Just learning touch typing and read about it somewhere, and it seems like an excellent idea. The problem is, on this keyboard Caps Lock has a led in it, and the keys don't even match.
    Any idea how could I proceed? Guess I could just switch them from software, the label will be very annoying but only as long as I look at it, but the led would be annoying.
    Anyone with some experience on how to solve this? Maybe I can just disconnect the led? Didn't look under the key so far, wouldn't want to break something, not sure how the led is connected...

    You could just put some tape over the led really.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: ping111 on Sun, 21 April 2013, 09:00:03
    I'm thinking to switch the Caps Lock and Backspace keys on my QFR. Just learning touch typing and read about it somewhere, and it seems like an excellent idea. The problem is, on this keyboard Caps Lock has a led in it, and the keys don't even match.
    Any idea how could I proceed? Guess I could just switch them from software, the label will be very annoying but only as long as I look at it, but the led would be annoying.
    Anyone with some experience on how to solve this? Maybe I can just disconnect the led? Didn't look under the key so far, wouldn't want to break something, not sure how the led is connected...
    You know that just switching the keycaps won't change the input, right?  I switched my capslock and my backspace a while ago, but I did it only on software.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Bencze on Sun, 21 April 2013, 09:03:11
    You know that just switching the keycaps won't change the input, right?  I switched my capslock and my backspace a while ago, but I did it only on software.

    I can switch from software and that works somewhat. But for starters I will keep pressing them vice versa.
    Ideal solution would be to get a backspace key that says caps lock and a caps lock key that says backspace :) not sure if there is such a thing. Maybe blank key caps for both, but I am not sure whether I can buy 2 keys somewhere.
    A bit worse solution is to disable caps lock led.
    A bit worse to just tape it off as suggested, or ignore it, not too elegant...
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sun, 21 April 2013, 10:25:56
    You know that just switching the keycaps won't change the input, right?  I switched my capslock and my backspace a while ago, but I did it only on software.

    I can switch from software and that works somewhat. But for starters I will keep pressing them vice versa.
    Ideal solution would be to get a backspace key that says caps lock and a caps lock key that says backspace :) not sure if there is such a thing. Maybe blank key caps for both, but I am not sure whether I can buy 2 keys somewhere.
    A bit worse solution is to disable caps lock led.
    A bit worse to just tape it off as suggested, or ignore it, not too elegant...

    You would have to get custom caps made and I believe the only WASD keyboards would do custom caps where you could swap the texts on a Caps Lock and Backspace. I'm sure getting just 2 caps done would be a pain and the shipping from California to Hungary would probably be a nightmare. You could try asking around for people who have Blank/Otaku sets and see if they'll part with their Backspace/Delete.

    Since you're in the EU, you could check out QWERKeys and see if they offer any solutions for your problem.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Sun, 21 April 2013, 19:02:21
    Was the Sanctuary set ABS or PBT?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Sun, 21 April 2013, 19:04:59
    Was the Sanctuary set ABS or PBT?

    Both I think
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tjcaustin on Sun, 21 April 2013, 19:14:28
    Depends on which version it is.  I think there was a Korean spec ed that was dye-subbed PBT and the one done here which was DS abs.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sun, 21 April 2013, 19:15:09
    Was the Sanctuary set ABS or PBT?

    Both I think

    Yes you're right. There was a Dyesub PBT and a Doubleshot ABS set.

    Damnit KingKlaxon, why you post so fast :P
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Sun, 21 April 2013, 19:15:56
    The dye sub kit was sold only with the LZ-SE's. 150 sets, and I believe $150 but not positive on the price.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Sun, 21 April 2013, 19:35:54
    how many switches should i order for my winkeyless GH60?

    i counted 58 for a winkeyless setup, but is that correct?

    and then for a 1.5x layout, how many switches should i order?

    i counted 60...amirite there too?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: The_Beast on Sun, 21 April 2013, 19:41:28
    how many switches should i order for my winkeyless GH60?

    i counted 58 for a winkeyless setup, but is that correct?

    and then for a 1.5x layout, how many switches should i order?

    i counted 60...amirite there too?

    Just order 70 or even 80, it's never a bad thing to have a few extra switches. If you order exact amounts, you may have a bad time
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Sun, 21 April 2013, 19:49:12
    how many switches should i order for my winkeyless GH60?

    i counted 58 for a winkeyless setup, but is that correct?

    and then for a 1.5x layout, how many switches should i order?

    i counted 60...amirite there too?

    Just order 70 or even 80, it's never a bad thing to have a few extra switches. If you order exact amounts, you may have a bad time

    i ordered 70 mx whites for my winkeyless GH60, from Communist,

    and for the my second, should i just say 70 also? its gonna be the 1.5x ANSI layout
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sun, 21 April 2013, 20:15:03
    how many switches should i order for my winkeyless GH60?

    i counted 58 for a winkeyless setup, but is that correct?

    and then for a 1.5x layout, how many switches should i order?

    i counted 60...amirite there too?

    Just order 70 or even 80, it's never a bad thing to have a few extra switches. If you order exact amounts, you may have a bad time

    i ordered 70 mx whites for my winkeyless GH60, from Communist,

    and for the my second, should i just say 70 also? its gonna be the 1.5x ANSI layout


    Sure, like The_Beast said, extras are good incase the switches are bad or you mess up.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Bencze on Mon, 22 April 2013, 08:01:42
    Thanks for the earlier answers, I will just get blank caps for caps / backspace, cheapest option and it's just fine. I hope I can remove the caps without breaking something.

    Other problem:
    I had problems with some keys on my dk1087xm. Actually it was the case coming apart and after some wrestling with it no keys get stuck anymore.
    But - keys are so difficult to remove on this one, non-character keys i mean, I removed the right Ctrl and a corner of that little plastic thingy that goes into the switch broke. Is it possible to remove such an ALPS switch, if yes how (what tool? i don't have special tools), and if it is possible to just replace it? (I mean everything is possible but realistically, can I do it at home or i should just leave it as it is)

    sorry for the stupid questions.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: bavman on Mon, 22 April 2013, 08:05:33
    You broke plastic on the switch itself of the keycap? If its the keycap then you'll have to source another one somewhere. If its the switch then you can desolder it and buy another one (not sure from where) and solder the new one on.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: inteli722 on Mon, 22 April 2013, 08:06:06
    Thanks for the earlier answers, I will just get blank caps for caps / backspace, cheapest option and it's just fine. I hope I can remove the caps without breaking something.

    Other problem:
    I had problems with some keys on my dk1087xm. Actually it was the case coming apart and after some wrestling with it no keys get stuck anymore.
    But - keys are so difficult to remove on this one, non-character keys i mean, I removed the right Ctrl and a corner of that little plastic thingy that goes into the switch broke. Is it possible to remove such an ALPS switch, if yes how (what tool? i don't have special tools), and if it is possible to just replace it? (I mean everything is possible but realistically, can I do it at home or i should just leave it as it is)

    sorry for the stupid questions.

    To remove an ALPs switch (or any plate-mounted switch for that matter (besides plates specially designed, see Phantom plate)), you have to pull the case apart, and desolder the entire board. While you're at it, you might as well replace every switch with matias switches.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Bencze on Mon, 22 April 2013, 08:26:19
    Just the keycap, there is a little plastic pin on it, not sure how it's called that goes into the middle of the switch (in the hole), a little piece broke and stayed inside the switch. I used the basic cap remover I got with my QFR, but for the wider caps it doesn't work very well (grasping top and bottom instead of sides), next time I should probably just try and remove these kind of keys with a piece of string or something.

    In this case it's easier to just try and remove it with a needle, I never did any soldering, it's not important enough to learn now. :) thanks.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Mon, 22 April 2013, 08:50:31
    Thanks for the earlier answers, I will just get blank caps for caps / backspace, cheapest option and it's just fine. I hope I can remove the caps without breaking something.

    sorry for the stupid questions.

    Like I said before, no need to apologize. This thread is for question. There's very few stupid questions :D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Mon, 22 April 2013, 11:10:59
    You do not need to desolder entire board to replace one switch, what the hell are you talking about?

    For Alps you can have this problem where the keycap mount breaks inside the stem, much like occasionally the stem will break off on MX switch insid the keycap. How I solve that particular problem is like a cork, take a tiny hook or eye screw like for hanging a picture, thread it into the piece you need to remove and pull, just like a cork. It has a high success rate for me.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: L4yercake on Mon, 22 April 2013, 18:09:24
    Does anyone have the measurements for the switch plate opening? I am unable to locate the thread in which it was posted.

    (http://i38.tinypic.com/2s7gi36.png)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Mon, 22 April 2013, 19:08:16
    This is a little different, but I think you can get what you need:

    (http://i.imgur.com/FeggbO6.png)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Mon, 22 April 2013, 19:30:58
    What kind of phone am I using? :)

    (http://imageshack.us/a/img17/7691/screenshot2013042219252.png)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: bear95 on Mon, 22 April 2013, 19:33:36
    A smart phone
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Mon, 22 April 2013, 19:40:37
    A smart phone
    A smart answer. I think natively, isn't it the Note 2 or something that supports that dual pane phone? Otherwise since its Android, it could be a custom ROM.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: ComradeSniper on Mon, 22 April 2013, 20:53:14
    Can I purchase only a Poker plate from the GH60 group buy? How difficult is removing the cherry stabs on the Poker PCB and installing Costar stabs to the plate?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Mon, 22 April 2013, 20:54:45
    Can I purchase only a Poker plate from the GH60 group buy? How difficult is removing the cherry stabs on the Poker PCB and installing Costar stabs to the plate?

    1. Yes
    2. I'm not 100% sure, but I would think it would be easy. I believe WFD has a video showing how to apply each kind.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Mon, 22 April 2013, 20:55:31
    Yes, you can. Removing the stabs is easy. Desoldering everything will be the harder part.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: ComradeSniper on Mon, 22 April 2013, 20:57:45
    Alright, looks like I'll be hopping in on the group buy last minute and learning how to solder!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: bear95 on Mon, 22 April 2013, 21:03:10
    What would you guys consider the best way of practicing to properly solder?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Mon, 22 April 2013, 21:05:07
    What would you guys consider the best way of practicing to properly solder?

    Buy old electronics like a VCR or a cheap keyboard and just start learning. People almost always link this thread (http://mightyohm.com/blog/2011/04/soldering-is-easy-comic-book/) as well. I honestly just got thrown in one day. Was at work and was told to do it so I just started to figure it out.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: ComradeSniper on Mon, 22 April 2013, 21:28:33
    What would you guys consider the best way of practicing to properly solder?

    Buy old electronics like a VCR or a cheap keyboard and just start learning. People almost always link this thread (http://mightyohm.com/blog/2011/04/soldering-is-easy-comic-book/) as well. I honestly just got thrown in one day. Was at work and was told to do it so I just started to figure it out.

    Awesome guide, thanks.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Mon, 22 April 2013, 22:45:04
    What would you guys consider the best way of practicing to properly solder?

    Buy old electronics like a VCR or a cheap keyboard and just start learning. People almost always link this thread (http://mightyohm.com/blog/2011/04/soldering-is-easy-comic-book/) as well. I honestly just got thrown in one day. Was at work and was told to do it so I just started to figure it out.
    Wonder who told you the VCR trick... :P
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: gulu on Tue, 23 April 2013, 00:45:06
    hi guys, i need advice on my decision for a new keyboard,

    should i go for a ducky 9087 g2 pro pbt for around 130usd or cm storm quickfire stealth around 105usd + blank pbt keycaps around 49usd ?
    i liked the blank key caps for the quickfire stealth but i think it is abs not pbt, yet was wondering at this price comparison would the ducky be a better buy due to better build quality (than the quickfire)?

    thx in advance
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: dorkvader on Tue, 23 April 2013, 01:22:15
    hi guys, i need advice on my decision for a new keyboard,

    should i go for a ducky 9087 g2 pro pbt for around 130usd or cm storm quickfire stealth around 105usd + blank pbt keycaps around 49usd ?
    i liked the blank key caps for the quickfire stealth but i think it is abs not pbt, yet was wondering at this price comparison would the ducky be a better buy due to better build quality (than the quickfire)?

    thx in advance
    I'm not personally familiar with ducky's build quality, but I have several quick fire rapids, and the build quality on them is very good. My only complaint is they have single-sided PCB's.

    Bytheway, if you want to replace the keycaps, just buy a quickfire rapid for much cheaper.

    The stealth does come with ABS keycaps.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: remedyhalopc on Tue, 23 April 2013, 06:10:35
    Okay. We just installed these crazy cool digital 4k projectors at my theater and my job becomes ingesting movies/building playlists/maintenance instead of threading/building/tearing down 35mm film. We use a command center to control all of this, and it's ridiculous. We spent maybe a cool 2 million for the projectors/audio processors/server tower/computer/IPS monitors and they use a $5 membrane keyboard. It's already driving me nuts. I need a cheap full size mech keyboard. Sound is not an issue. Prefer blues or an alps equivalent. I'd like to spend less than $20 for it, so used is my only option. No crazy layouts, because my manager will be using it too.


    I'm sad that I won't get to work with 35mm, but I'm also happy I won't be running into issue after issue with our ****ty projectors that are always having something go wrong. Also the quality is BANANAS.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 23 April 2013, 06:43:30
    hi guys, i need advice on my decision for a new keyboard,

    should i go for a ducky 9087 g2 pro pbt for around 130usd or cm storm quickfire stealth around 105usd + blank pbt keycaps around 49usd ?
    i liked the blank key caps for the quickfire stealth but i think it is abs not pbt, yet was wondering at this price comparison would the ducky be a better buy due to better build quality (than the quickfire)?

    thx in advance

    If this is your first mechanical keyboard, I'd recommend getting the QFR so you get a taste of what the boards are like without spending too much. QFRs are a really good value.


    It's already driving me nuts. I need a cheap full size mech keyboard. Sound is not an issue. Prefer blues or an alps equivalent. I'd like to spend less than $20 for it, so used is my only option. No crazy layouts, because my manager will be using it too.

    If you're ok with an Alps board, a Del AT101W can be found for around $20. It has tactile black Alps. I got my Focus FK-2001 for $20 as well.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: remedyhalopc on Tue, 23 April 2013, 07:08:06
    Those are clicky, right?

    How high is the actuation on those?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 23 April 2013, 07:19:26
    Those are clicky, right?

    How high is the actuation on those?

    Tactile black Alps aren't Clicky. But the Focus has Clicky White Alps. The actuation is at the top, it's almost instantaneous.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Tue, 23 April 2013, 08:37:52
    Where can I find a keyboard cover for a Ducky DK9008 Shine II

    Something like this but maybe with sides also?? My work is somewhat dusty and I'd like to cover it at night when I'm not here. Also the cleaning people are awful and I don't want them spraying/wiping random cleaners over the keys...

    (http://i.imgur.com/keD13k3.jpg)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 23 April 2013, 08:40:08
    EliteKeyboards sells Keyboard Roofs. You could try those.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Tue, 23 April 2013, 08:48:17
    EliteKeyboards sells Keyboard Roofs. You could try those.

    roof not cover...maybe I was just using the wrong keyword......you truly are a bad @$$ thanks  ;D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 23 April 2013, 08:52:25
    Haha, thanks. Glad to help :D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lunartuna on Tue, 23 April 2013, 10:14:12
    I'm sure this has been asked 100 times before...

    Why do most GHers prefer thick PBT? Do regular PBT caps break? Are you guys wearing through the thin PBT?

    I understand thick probably feels a little more solid and sounds different. Are these the only reasons why?

    Does anyone prefer thin PBT?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: gulu on Tue, 23 April 2013, 10:17:38

    If this is your first mechanical keyboard, I'd recommend getting the QFR so you get a taste of what the boards are like without spending too much. QFRs are a really good value.

    i have the old blackwidow expert with blues (was okay but probably because i played rts heavily the number1 key above Q now tends to feel abit mushy and less crispy click, yeah well just razer i guess lol ), now im hunting for reds. i think i've decided to go for the brandless quickfire rapid, put some o rings and change it to blank side printed pbt caps in the future, really thx for the advices ^^
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: phx on Tue, 23 April 2013, 10:31:29
    I'm sure this has been asked 100 times before...

    Why do most GHers prefer thick PBT? Do regular PBT caps break? Are you guys wearing through the thin PBT?

    I understand thick probably feels a little more solid and sounds different. Are these the only reasons why?

    Does anyone prefer thin PBT?

    never tried thin PBTs but I think you assumption is correct, they feel more solid and sound better. I've had a set of thick ABS caps from China, they just felt so much better than my other ABS caps from WASDKeyboard or Groupbuys. PBT is already tough by itself so I dont think they break, even if you use your keyboard as a weapon.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 23 April 2013, 14:12:58
    I'm sure this has been asked 100 times before...

    Why do most GHers prefer thick PBT? Do regular PBT caps break? Are you guys wearing through the thin PBT?

    I understand thick probably feels a little more solid and sounds different. Are these the only reasons why?

    Does anyone prefer thin PBT?

    It changes how the caps feel when you type on them. I also enjoy "Thick" ABS or doubleshots. But honestly? I dont even mind the thin ABS.

    Like many things keyboard-related, this is personal and subjective. Ask me or anyone else again tomorrow and you might get different answers.

    I'm starting a Tour of different switches and cap material types. The thread in the Interest Check section is called "Keycap Test Tour". If youre CONUS, sign up and make your own opinion.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Tue, 23 April 2013, 14:56:21
    It changes how the caps feel when you type on them. I also enjoy "Thick" ABS or doubleshots. But honestly? I dont even mind the thin ABS.

    Like many things keyboard-related, this is personal and subjective. Ask me or anyone else again tomorrow and you might get different answers.

    I'm starting a Tour of different switches and cap material types. The thread in the Interest Check section is called "Keycap Test Tour". If youre CONUS, sign up and make your own opinion.

    It's also because we don't want our caps to get shiny :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tjcaustin on Tue, 23 April 2013, 14:58:34
    Here's my simple question:

    What do I want to get for lunch?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 23 April 2013, 14:59:39
    It changes how the caps feel when you type on them. I also enjoy "Thick" ABS or doubleshots. But honestly? I dont even mind the thin ABS.

    Like many things keyboard-related, this is personal and subjective. Ask me or anyone else again tomorrow and you might get different answers.

    I'm starting a Tour of different switches and cap material types. The thread in the Interest Check section is called "Keycap Test Tour". If youre CONUS, sign up and make your own opinion.

    It's also because we don't want our caps to get shiny :)

    Embrace the shine!!


    Here's my simple question:

    What do I want to get for lunch?

    You want to skip lunch and put the money towards Bunny's Auction for Cherry Legends or buying more GH Cherry Fundraiser Backspaces from TechKeys.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tjcaustin on Tue, 23 April 2013, 15:00:12
    $225 isn't enough?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lunartuna on Tue, 23 April 2013, 15:01:19
    Here's my simple question:

    What do I want to get for lunch?

    Go for a Calzone.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Tarzan on Tue, 23 April 2013, 15:02:17
    Here's my simple question:

    What do I want to get for lunch?

    Go for a Calzone.

    Curry noodles with veggies and tofu.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 23 April 2013, 15:07:45
    $225 isn't enough?

    I don't know. Does that satisfy KingKlaxon's daily sacrifice criteria? Or maybe ask yourself, what would the GirlShark do?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tjcaustin on Tue, 23 April 2013, 15:10:21
    $225 isn't enough?

    I don't know. Does that satisfy KingKlaxon's daily sacrifice criteria? Or maybe ask yourself, what would the GirlShark do?

    I don't believe in the GirlShark.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 23 April 2013, 15:11:07
    $225 isn't enough?

    I don't know. Does that satisfy KingKlaxon's daily sacrifice criteria? Or maybe ask yourself, what would the GirlShark do?

    I don't believe in the GirlShark.

    What about just the first part then?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: babyhands on Tue, 23 April 2013, 16:08:23
    To my understanding, there are plate mounted boards and PCB mounted boards? What are the difference between the two? I hear about people wanting to get new plates for their boards (i think KBT pures or something), why do people want to do this?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: nubbinator on Tue, 23 April 2013, 16:17:00
    To my understanding, there are plate mounted boards and PCB mounted boards? What are the difference between the two? I hear about people wanting to get new plates for their boards (i think KBT pures or something), why do people want to do this?

    With plate mounted you slide the switches into a cutout on a plate, mounting the switches to that metal plate, then you solder the switch connections to the PCB.  PCB mounted has stabilizers that drop into the PCB and you solder the switch to the PCB.  PCB mounted switches are less stable because of the mounting system.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: nubbinator on Tue, 23 April 2013, 17:05:03
    Best cheap lube for switches? I have some Teflon silicone lube that I used, but I've seen some people say that you should have some oil/grease combo lube for the stems.  Will the Teflon silicone lube be good enough or is there something else I should use that's cheap and affordable?  I'll be using it in Reds that I'm swapping in Clear springs on.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Tue, 23 April 2013, 17:25:45
    Best cheap lube for switches? I have some Teflon silicone lube that I used, but I've seen some people say that you should have some oil/grease combo lube for the stems.  Will the Teflon silicone lube be good enough or is there something else I should use that's cheap and affordable?  I'll be using it in Reds that I'm swapping in Clear springs on.

    The best lube for stems is a 1:1 mixture of DuPont Krytox GPL 205 grease and 103 oil. Why didn't you get in on my GB, huh?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: nubbinator on Tue, 23 April 2013, 18:04:37
    Best cheap lube for switches? I have some Teflon silicone lube that I used, but I've seen some people say that you should have some oil/grease combo lube for the stems.  Will the Teflon silicone lube be good enough or is there something else I should use that's cheap and affordable?  I'll be using it in Reds that I'm swapping in Clear springs on.

    The best lube for stems is a 1:1 mixture of DuPont Krytox GPL 205 grease and 103 oil. Why didn't you get in on my GB, huh?

    The last lube GB I saw was from before I joined.  The GPL 205 (http://compare.ebay.com/like/270726776537?var=lv&ltyp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes&var=sbar) seems pretty easy to find and, while not the cheapest, doesn't seem too poorly priced.  More than I'd prefer to spend, but it is what it is.  The 103 seems to be MIA.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: The_Beast on Tue, 23 April 2013, 18:10:16
    Best cheap lube for switches? I have some Teflon silicone lube that I used, but I've seen some people say that you should have some oil/grease combo lube for the stems.  Will the Teflon silicone lube be good enough or is there something else I should use that's cheap and affordable?  I'll be using it in Reds that I'm swapping in Clear springs on.

    The best lube for stems is a 1:1 mixture of DuPont Krytox GPL 205 grease and 103 oil. Why didn't you get in on my GB, huh?

    Hey man, that's just, like, your opinion, man


    I like Superlube
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Tue, 23 April 2013, 18:35:19
    Best cheap lube for switches? I have some Teflon silicone lube that I used, but I've seen some people say that you should have some oil/grease combo lube for the stems.  Will the Teflon silicone lube be good enough or is there something else I should use that's cheap and affordable?  I'll be using it in Reds that I'm swapping in Clear springs on.

    The best lube for stems is a 1:1 mixture of DuPont Krytox GPL 205 grease and 103 oil. Why didn't you get in on my GB, huh?

    The last lube GB I saw was from before I joined.  The GPL 205 (http://compare.ebay.com/like/270726776537?var=lv&ltyp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes&var=sbar) seems pretty easy to find and, while not the cheapest, doesn't seem too poorly priced.  More than I'd prefer to spend, but it is what it is.  The 103 seems to be MIA.

    Which is exactly why I made a GB for the 103. Price was $10 for a 1/2 oz. (14g) bottle, plus shipping. I may have a bottle available after the GB orders ship. Let me know if you're interested.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: nubbinator on Tue, 23 April 2013, 19:37:05
    Best cheap lube for switches? I have some Teflon silicone lube that I used, but I've seen some people say that you should have some oil/grease combo lube for the stems.  Will the Teflon silicone lube be good enough or is there something else I should use that's cheap and affordable?  I'll be using it in Reds that I'm swapping in Clear springs on.

    The best lube for stems is a 1:1 mixture of DuPont Krytox GPL 205 grease and 103 oil. Why didn't you get in on my GB, huh?

    Hey man, that's just, like, your opinion, man

    I like Superlube

    This stuff? (http://www.amazon.com/Synthetic-Grease-Syncolon-Purpose-Lubricant/dp/B000XBH9HI)  Its price is certainly more appealing.  Any reason you prefer that to the other?

    Which is exactly why I made a GB for the 103. Price was $10 for a 1/2 oz. (14g) bottle, plus shipping. I may have a bottle available after the GB orders ship. Let me know if you're interested.

    If you do have any left over, I would probably be interested.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Gupgup on Tue, 23 April 2013, 20:16:33
    What is IRC?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tp4tissue on Tue, 23 April 2013, 20:21:30
    What is IRC?

    are you serious? hm... damn.. i must be old... wait... doesn't geekhack have an irc?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Tue, 23 April 2013, 20:30:53
    What is IRC?

    Are you serious or trolling?

    Internet relay chat or something like that it's old school

    Mirc was my client of choice back in the day

    Dang I got ninja'd
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: remedyhalopc on Tue, 23 April 2013, 20:32:44
    Those are clicky, right?

    How high is the actuation on those?

    Tactile black Alps aren't Clicky. But the Focus has Clicky White Alps. The actuation is at the top, it's almost instantaneous.

    Oh yuck. I really feel like I wouldn't enjoy that.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Gupgup on Tue, 23 April 2013, 20:48:37
    What is IRC?

    are you serious? hm... damn.. i must be old... wait... doesn't geekhack have an irc?

    Serious.

    What is IRC?

    Are you serious or trolling?

    Internet relay chat or something like that it's old school

    Mirc was my client of choice back in the day

    Dang I got ninja'd


    Serious, never heard of it.


    Gupgup
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Tue, 23 April 2013, 20:57:28
    I'm on my phone so I can't give you a proper answer but IRC is at its base an old school chat protocol and you can transfer files etc

    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: inteli722 on Tue, 23 April 2013, 20:58:38
    I'm on my phone so I can't give you a proper answer but IRC is at its base an old school chart protocol and you can transfer files etc

    Yep. Internet Relay Chat.

    What is IRC?

    You should join us sometime. Good times just chatting...not necessarily about keyboards. RogueR and I somehow always end up talking about Monitors...
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Gupgup on Tue, 23 April 2013, 20:59:17
    I'm on my phone so I can't give you a proper answer but IRC is at its base an old school chart protocol and you can transfer files etc

    Alright cool, thanks :D

    I'm on my phone so I can't give you a proper answer but IRC is at its base an old school chart protocol and you can transfer files etc

    Yep. Internet Relay Chat.

    What is IRC?

    You should join us sometime. Good times just chatting...not necessarily about keyboards. RogueR and I somehow always end up talking about Monitors...

    I'm on right now, and it is pretty cool!


    Gupgup
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: inteli722 on Tue, 23 April 2013, 21:00:24
    I'm on my phone so I can't give you a proper answer but IRC is at its base an old school chart protocol and you can transfer files etc

    Alright cool, thanks :D

    I'm on my phone so I can't give you a proper answer but IRC is at its base an old school chart protocol and you can transfer files etc

    Yep. Internet Relay Chat.

    What is IRC?

    You should join us sometime. Good times just chatting...not necessarily about keyboards. RogueR and I somehow always end up talking about Monitors...

    I'm on right now, and it is pretty cool!


    Gupgup

    I'll join it a bit.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Tue, 23 April 2013, 22:15:00
    If you do have any left over, I would probably be interested.

    I'll let you know after I ship all the orders. :)

    Also, I don't want to take any credit for the 103 GB idea. It was Jocelyn's baby at first. I just took over for the second round.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: stoic-lemon on Wed, 24 April 2013, 06:55:53
    What's the state of play with the Miami set? Will it ever get made?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Wed, 24 April 2013, 07:16:09
    Is it possible to do double shot PBT?  And/or has anyone attempted it?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: heedpantsnow on Wed, 24 April 2013, 07:22:12
    Where can I buy pcb-mount cherry stabilizers?  Looking at a board that has them removed...
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 24 April 2013, 07:32:41
    What's the state of play with the Miami set? Will it ever get made?

    The last Miami GB didnt meet the MOQ needed from SP. I heard some members saying they'd like to start an IC and rerun the GB again. Rumor is it might be done with GMK. But if we get the Cherry Replica Legends at SP, I could see a buy going there.

    Is it possible to do double shot PBT?  And/or has anyone attempted it?

    Yes, the latest Wario cap is double shot PBT and then dye-subbed to get the 3 colors. There have been other PBT doubleshot caps but the issue is that PBT shrinks a lot and causes issues in production. Whatever specialty processes that are needed to control the shrink causes the price to increase and that's why so few doubleshot PBT caps exist.


    Where can I buy pcb-mount cherry stabilizers?  Looking at a board that has them removed...

    Jdcarpe told me you can get them at Mouser (a website)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Halverson on Wed, 24 April 2013, 08:28:00
    What's the state of play with the Miami set? Will it ever get made?

    From what I've seen over the last few months, yes. I will make sure of it.
    Preferably from GMK, but with the high MOQ, perhaps when sp has cherry legends. And all these constant GBs die down.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Wed, 24 April 2013, 09:39:47
    Is there a thread somewhere that explains spacebar sizing? For example when would I need a 6.2x or 7x spacebar?

    I'm looking at filling out the order form for the Toxic GB and I was thinking of just getting one of everything but don't really know if that is neccesary....

    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 24 April 2013, 09:53:45
    Borrowed this image from mashby. This checker can be bought at TechKeys.com and I think it does a good job of explaining spacebars:

    (http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8491/8370414811_866f1f8cb3_o.jpg)

    Depending on what layout you want will determine what spacebar you want. Most boards will have a 1.25x modifiers for the bottom row. Some customs and older boards will have 1.5x modifiers for the bottom row. Check out the pics in this link (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=41464.msg828888#msg828888) to see the difference between the two modifier/spacebar setups.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: i3oilermaker on Wed, 24 April 2013, 09:54:16
    There are not many left!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Wed, 24 April 2013, 10:18:34
    There are not many left!

    I think its time I go check out techkeys and buy something!  :eek:  Edit: So that escalated quickly was going to just buy the key sheet but got a little carried away..... :p

    And thanks CPT, now off to study key sizes.....
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 24 April 2013, 10:21:38
    Feel free to post more questions about the layouts and spacebars or PM me ^__^
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Wed, 24 April 2013, 10:47:07
    I've been of the mind that one should buy every key size available in a buy. You never know when you might find a really good deal on some keyboard, and it has very bad condition or missing keycaps. In most cases you will be covered.

    I would like to revist Miami, but I am really not sure there will be the numbers required to get it made. I have some remix idea to do maybe have the flamingo and aquamarine legends on a white base. Maybe it will be more interest if it is toned down a bit?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Tarzan on Wed, 24 April 2013, 11:07:02
    I've been of the mind that one should buy every key size available in a buy. You never know when you might find a really good deal on some keyboard, and it has very bad condition or missing keycaps. In most cases you will be covered.

    I would like to revist Miami, but I am really not sure there will be the numbers required to get it made. I have some remix idea to do maybe have the flamingo and aquamarine legends on a white base. Maybe it will be more interest if it is toned down a bit?

    Aquamarine on white sounds an awful lot like Raindrop...  Just sayin'.   ;D

    But in all seriousness, I retract what I said earlier about the Gawd-awful Miami color scheme.  On a complete board it doesn't look half bad!  I was thinking of the various all-white or blue keyboards I've seen  posted lately, modded Filcos and CM QFRs, the Miami set would look fantastic with a case like that.

    [attachimg=1]

    Stick to your guns, make the Miami set a reality!  With ISO and 104/5-key options too, please!   ;)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tribade on Wed, 24 April 2013, 11:09:36
    Hi guys, I don't know whether this has been answered before, but I was wondering whether there was an easy-ish way to go about getting my hands on a KMAC Mini.  I'm not a fan of the button layout on the Happy, and the 2 isn't my style, and those are the only two I've seen for sale anywhere (and now nowhere since Sherryton's site is currently down  :( )  I don't really know much about to the boards to be honest, but they are certainly beautiful!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Wed, 24 April 2013, 11:12:39
    Maybe you can sweet talk an order on the closed GH60 buy?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tribade on Wed, 24 April 2013, 11:24:51
    Maybe you can sweet talk an order on the closed GH60 buy?

    Were you replying to me?  I thought the GH60 buy was a custom GH 60% PCB, though, not KMAC boards.  I'm sure I could have misread it though.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Wed, 24 April 2013, 11:26:52
    Yes it is a custom, but it will have everything on level of Korean stuff if you want to pay for it and it will be a lot easier to get a hold of. There are several style of case in the works to accompany the PCB groupbuy.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tribade on Wed, 24 April 2013, 11:34:41
    Yes it is a custom, but it will have everything on level of KMAC mini if you want to pay for it and it will be a lot easier to get a hold of. There are several style of case in the works to accompany the PCB groupbuy.

    Ah thanks for your help!  I see what you mean now.  The only problem I foresee with the GH60 is the positioning of the buttons.  I don't see any layouts that have a similar arrow key layout, which is what I was hoping for as well as the F keys off to the side of the normal 60%.  I use a HHKB now, and the reason I was so interested in the mini was because of its layout, and it's reputation as being a really fantastic board.  Do they do group buys of KMAC boards every once in a while as well?  That seems to be the most surefire way of getting one.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 24 April 2013, 11:49:19
    I've been of the mind that one should buy every key size available in a buy. You never know when you might find a really good deal on some keyboard, and it has very bad condition or missing keycaps. In most cases you will be covered.

    I would like to revist Miami, but I am really not sure there will be the numbers required to get it made. I have some remix idea to do maybe have the flamingo and aquamarine legends on a white base. Maybe it will be more interest if it is toned down a bit?

    NO. MIAMI OR DIE. What is this..."toned down" nonsense. Flamingo on Aqua NAO! :D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: nubbinator on Wed, 24 April 2013, 11:49:50
    I've been of the mind that one should buy every key size available in a buy. You never know when you might find a really good deal on some keyboard, and it has very bad condition or missing keycaps. In most cases you will be covered.

    I would like to revist Miami, but I am really not sure there will be the numbers required to get it made. I have some remix idea to do maybe have the flamingo and aquamarine legends on a white base. Maybe it will be more interest if it is toned down a bit?

    Aquamarine on white sounds an awful lot like Raindrop...  Just sayin'.   ;D

    But in all seriousness, I retract what I said earlier about the Gawd-awful Miami color scheme.  On a complete board it doesn't look half bad!  I was thinking of the various all-white or blue keyboards I've seen  posted lately, modded Filcos and CM QFRs, the Miami set would look fantastic with a case like that.

    (Attachment Link)

    Stick to your guns, make the Miami set a reality!  With ISO and 104/5-key options too, please!   ;)

    I'd love Miami, but I'm not sure how it would look on my keyboard there. 
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Wed, 24 April 2013, 14:45:54
    Ok I think I've made stupid noob mistake.

    I just purchased the Ducky DK9008 Shine II White LED Backlit Mechanical Keyboard (Clear Cherry MX) and I ordered a set of KBC Gray Dyesub "Thick" PBT Cherry MX Key Caps (105 keys included) now what do I do about the 4 keys about the numberpad? Doh!  :confused:

    [attach=1]
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Tarzan on Wed, 24 April 2013, 14:49:12
    Ok I think I've made stupid noob mistake.

    I just purchased the Ducky DK9008 Shine II White LED Backlit Mechanical Keyboard (Clear Cherry MX) and I ordered a set of KBC Gray Dyesub "Thick" PBT Cherry MX Key Caps (105 keys included) now what do I do about the 4 keys about the numberpad? Doh!  :confused:

    (Attachment Link)

    Add four Brobots to your keyboard?

     :p
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Bencze on Wed, 24 April 2013, 15:05:13
    noob
    Can't you order 4 blank caps of same type? Who cares about those buttons anyway, I'd use them as decoration or nothing at all.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 24 April 2013, 15:06:21
    I vote for 4 GirlDC caps :P
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Photekq on Wed, 24 April 2013, 15:10:04
    ray you're gonna have a hard time finding any keyset that has those four keys. Spend $1000 on 4 girldcs like CPT suggested :p
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Wed, 24 April 2013, 15:14:18
    ray you're gonna have a hard time finding any keyset that has those four keys. Spend $1000 on 4 girldcs like CPT suggested :p

    Well if my wife didn't already spend all my money I'd go for that  :-[ :-X

    I just feel stupid I'm sitting here looking at the keyboard and realize there are four extra keys....doh!  :rolleyes:
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Wed, 24 April 2013, 15:15:04
    Or time to start searching for dem clickclacks.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Tarzan on Wed, 24 April 2013, 15:18:05
    ray you're gonna have a hard time finding any keyset that has those four keys. Spend $1000 on 4 girldcs like CPT suggested :p

    Well if my wife didn't already spend all my money I'd go for that  :-[ :-X

    I just feel stupid I'm sitting here looking at the keyboard and realize there are four extra keys....doh!  :rolleyes:

    I had the same issue with the CM Storm Trigger.  Bought a 104-key set of black side-printed PBT keycaps, then realized there were five additional macro keys on the left.  D'oh!

    Realistically, doesn't look too bad with the stock caps on those keys, they're black as well.  Not sure what you'll find to fill in, but there are a lot of options for that row!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: blututh on Wed, 24 April 2013, 15:47:22
    which is better? thick pbt or abs gmk?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Wed, 24 April 2013, 15:50:24
    which is better? thick pbt or abs gmk?

    That's like asking which is better, Ferrari or Lamborghini? :P

    They're both awesome.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Wed, 24 April 2013, 16:03:45
    Guys is it normal for some keys to have letters than are 'off' take these functions keys as an example, the bottom of the F is partially covered on some of them....

    tl;d looking at F6 then the others they look weird

    Also are there supposed to be holes in the tops of the keys? You can see the backlight coming through.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 24 April 2013, 16:12:05
    which is better? thick pbt or abs gmk?

    That's like asking which is better, Ferrari or Lamborghini? :P

    They're both awesome.

    Omg. I'm putting that in the OP. LMAO
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Wed, 24 April 2013, 16:12:54
    which is better? thick pbt or abs gmk?

    That's like asking which is better, Ferrari or Lamborghini? :P

    They're both awesome.

    Lies, one is awesome and one is almost awesome :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Wed, 24 April 2013, 16:20:54
    which is better? thick pbt or abs gmk?

    That's like asking which is better, Ferrari or Lamborghini? :P

    They're both awesome.
    Moped.
    (https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-6mU_cgrR_ig/UVhTCzBrBrI/AAAAAAAAAsk/JdHKctcSVn0/s912/DSCF2112.JPG)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Photekq on Wed, 24 April 2013, 16:24:35
    which is better? thick pbt or abs gmk?
    I've got thick pbts and they're awesome. I'd still prefer some GMK doubleshots though - they're the ultimate caps in my mind.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 24 April 2013, 16:30:20
    Guys is it normal for some keys to have letters than are 'off' take these functions keys as an example, the bottom of the F is partially covered on some of them....

    tl;d looking at F6 then the others they look weird

    Also are there supposed to be holes in the tops of the keys? You can see the backlight coming through.

    I believe that the Ducky caps are just painted so maybe its bad quality control? And maybe those holes are from the tooling? I don't have a Backlit Ducky so I'm not sure
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lunartuna on Wed, 24 April 2013, 16:49:04
    Guys is it normal for some keys to have letters than are 'off' take these functions keys as an example, the bottom of the F is partially covered on some of them....

    tl;d looking at F6 then the others they look weird

    Also are there supposed to be holes in the tops of the keys? You can see the backlight coming through.

    The slight imperfections in the legends seems to be common. I have some on my Ducky and some on my GF's Ducky as well.

    The small holes on the back of the keycaps is where the caps themselves break off of the plastic sprue.

    These are both things that your only going to notice if you are actually looking for them unless you're a dwarf sitting at a high desk with your nose on the keyboard :)

    If your looking that hard for imperfections, your going to find them on every keyboard you buy.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Wed, 24 April 2013, 16:54:31
    These are both things that your only going to notice if you are actually looking for them unless you're a dwarf sitting at a high desk with your nose on the keyboard :)

     :-[ So what if I'm short  :'(




     :p






    no really i am  :confused:
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lunartuna on Wed, 24 April 2013, 16:55:40
    Well ****e.  :D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lunartuna on Wed, 24 April 2013, 16:56:14
    Woops! You can't swear on the internet!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Wed, 24 April 2013, 17:38:57
     ray4jc, maybe order some 8bit hearts from tech keys. Color is not the same, but they are the same PBT keys.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: heedpantsnow on Wed, 24 April 2013, 19:06:23
    Anyone know if a Cherry G80-8113HRBUS-2 is plate or pcb mounted switches/stabs?  I googled but can't seem to tell from pictures.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: bavman on Wed, 24 April 2013, 19:23:41
    Looks pcb mounted
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: heedpantsnow on Wed, 24 April 2013, 19:41:48
    Looks pcb mounted

    Thanks, I think so too, but I need to be sure.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 24 April 2013, 19:44:18
    Wait for Lysol to answer. He knows all Cherry. :D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Wed, 24 April 2013, 20:13:35
    All Cherry boards are PCB mounted.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 24 April 2013, 20:33:56
    I guess SmallFry will do :D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Wed, 24 April 2013, 20:40:54
    ray4jc, maybe order some 8bit hearts from tech keys. Color is not the same, but they are the same PBT keys.

    why didn't i think about this earlier when i made an order from techkeys.... :confused:
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Thu, 25 April 2013, 07:15:04
    Generally Cherry G80 is PCB mount, but not ALL of them. Though the platemount models like the 045*, 077*, 092* are not come across too often in the open market. The new 3850 is also a platemount.
    However it is still safer to assume it is PCB mount as that is far more common with Cherry. MX 8000 series is all PCB mount.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Thu, 25 April 2013, 09:13:10
    Generally Cherry G80 is PCB mount, but not ALL of them. Though the platemount models like the 045*, 077*, 092* are not come across too often in the open market. The new 3850 is also a platemount.
    However it is still safer to assume it is PCB mount as that is far more common with Cherry. MX 8000 series is all PCB mount.
    Ah, suppose I knew that. Oh well.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dreamre on Thu, 25 April 2013, 13:31:26
    Is there anyway of lubing my switches on my Filco MJ2? Or will I need to unsolder them before I can take the top off?

    Thanks!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 25 April 2013, 13:34:30
    Is there anyway of lubing my switches on my Filco MJ2? Or will I need to unsolder them before I can take the top off?

    Thanks!

    There's a lube guide here (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=34332.0) but I believe you'll have do desolder the switches before lubing them. Some people have said you can flood the switch with lube but it sounds like a bad idea.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dreamre on Thu, 25 April 2013, 13:36:49
    Is there anyway of lubing my switches on my Filco MJ2? Or will I need to unsolder them before I can take the top off?

    Thanks!

    There's a lube guide here (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=34332.0) but I believe you'll have do desolder the switches before lubing them. Some people have said you can flood the switch with lube but it sounds like a bad idea.

    Thanks! I guess since the Filco is plate mounted, there is no way of taking the tops off without desoldering it first :(.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 25 April 2013, 13:37:53
    Is there anyway of lubing my switches on my Filco MJ2? Or will I need to unsolder them before I can take the top off?

    Thanks!

    There's a lube guide here (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=34332.0) but I believe you'll have do desolder the switches before lubing them. Some people have said you can flood the switch with lube but it sounds like a bad idea.

    Thanks! I guess since the Filco is plate mounted, there is no way of taking the tops off without desoldering it first :(.

    Some plates do allow it but those are custom ones (The_Beast and WFD made those plates IIRC). The stock ones that come w/ the boards don't have those cutouts that allow you to remove the tops.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dreamre on Thu, 25 April 2013, 13:40:55
    Is there anyway of lubing my switches on my Filco MJ2? Or will I need to unsolder them before I can take the top off?

    Thanks!

    There's a lube guide here (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=34332.0) but I believe you'll have do desolder the switches before lubing them. Some people have said you can flood the switch with lube but it sounds like a bad idea.

    Thanks! I guess since the Filco is plate mounted, there is no way of taking the tops off without desoldering it first :(.

    Some plates do allow it but those are custom ones (The_Beast and WFD made those plates IIRC). The stock ones that come w/ the boards don't have those cutouts that allow you to remove the tops.

    Ah okay, thanks so much!

    Much appreciated! Have a great day :D.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 25 April 2013, 13:42:03
    No worries. Pretty sure I gave you accurate info but check back to see if anyone corrects me :D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Thu, 25 April 2013, 14:44:12
    Within the firmware for the Phantom is it possible to reassign keys to mouse clicks and scroll wheel functions? 

    If so would it be theoretically possible to hack the firmware in a Razer Naga Epic to plug it directly into an additional port on a Phantom so that the firmware just sees this as an extended 10 key pad? 

    What i would LOVE to do would be this so I can bind Fn commands to the mouse at the firmware level.  The 12 buttons on the side of the mouse show up to the computer as keyboard keys anyway.  Just wondering if this is possible?

    Melvang
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 25 April 2013, 15:05:03
    Within the firmware for the Phantom is it possible to reassign keys to mouse clicks and scroll wheel functions? 

    If so would it be theoretically possible to hack the firmware in a Razer Naga Epic to plug it directly into an additional port on a Phantom so that the firmware just sees this as an extended 10 key pad? 

    What i would LOVE to do would be this so I can bind Fn commands to the mouse at the firmware level.  The 12 buttons on the side of the mouse show up to the computer as keyboard keys anyway.  Just wondering if this is possible?

    Melvang

    Isn't that the whole point of the Synapse software?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Thu, 25 April 2013, 15:12:02
    wonder if anyone would be interested in trading anything for steam games?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Thu, 25 April 2013, 19:14:19
    Within the firmware for the Phantom is it possible to reassign keys to mouse clicks and scroll wheel functions? 

    If so would it be theoretically possible to hack the firmware in a Razer Naga Epic to plug it directly into an additional port on a Phantom so that the firmware just sees this as an extended 10 key pad? 

    What i would LOVE to do would be this so I can bind Fn commands to the mouse at the firmware level.  The 12 buttons on the side of the mouse show up to the computer as keyboard keys anyway.  Just wondering if this is possible?

    Melvang

    Isn't that the whole point of the Synapse software?

    It is but there isn't any way to set it up for a modifier key to transfer over to the mouse.  That was why I was wondering if there was a way to plug the mouse into the keyboard as a 10 key extension of said keyboard.

    Melvang
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: speedkills on Thu, 25 April 2013, 19:54:37
    Simple questions, simple answers, love this idea and wish every forum had a thread like this.  Here goes my noob questions.  I am building a ergodox and have ordered a set of blue switches but I am not sure if I am going to love them.  The ergodox is a plate mount board (although the pcb supports pcb mounted switches) so knowing nothing about disassembling and modding switches, if I plate mount them do I need to unsolder them to be able to modify the internals, say I wanted to to make my blues ergo clears, or jailhouse blues, could I do that all from on top of the plate, or would it require unsoldering the switches?

    If the plate is a problem, could I just use pcb mounted switches instead and just cut out the center part of the layer that has the switch plate so I could get to it easily later?  I want to be able to tweak this keyboard and am ready to solder my switches in but am hesitant now that I am to the stage where I would solder the switches on with the plate in between the switches and the pcb as I really don't want to be in a situation where I have to unsolder every damn switch if I decide I want stiffer springs on my home keys or something like that.

    -Shane
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 25 April 2013, 20:03:01
    wonder if anyone would be interested in trading anything for steam games?

    Please dont use this thread for trading/buying/selling. I'm sure if you post in the classifieds you'll find out.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Thu, 25 April 2013, 21:44:27
    wonder if anyone would be interested in trading anything for steam games?

    Please dont use this thread for trading/buying/selling. I'm sure if you post in the classifieds you'll find out.

    Sorry, will do!


    Back on topic does anyone have a switch keychain collection?


    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 25 April 2013, 21:45:36
    wonder if anyone would be interested in trading anything for steam games?

    Please dont use this thread for trading/buying/selling. I'm sure if you post in the classifieds you'll find out.

    Sorry, will do!


    Back on topic does anyone have a switch keychain collection?

    I'm starting one and I'm pretty sure Sifo's gotta thread in the media subforum with all his hotness XD


    Within the firmware for the Phantom is it possible to reassign keys to mouse clicks and scroll wheel functions? 

    If so would it be theoretically possible to hack the firmware in a Razer Naga Epic to plug it directly into an additional port on a Phantom so that the firmware just sees this as an extended 10 key pad? 

    What i would LOVE to do would be this so I can bind Fn commands to the mouse at the firmware level.  The 12 buttons on the side of the mouse show up to the computer as keyboard keys anyway.  Just wondering if this is possible?

    Melvang

    Isn't that the whole point of the Synapse software?

    It is but there isn't any way to set it up for a modifier key to transfer over to the mouse.  That was why I was wondering if there was a way to plug the mouse into the keyboard as a 10 key extension of said keyboard.

    Melvang

    I feel bad since I never know how to answer your questions man. Help a brother out guys ^_^
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dreamre on Fri, 26 April 2013, 11:40:35
    Does anyone know where I can find an OEM Filco shift key (R1 1x2.75)? Mine came scratched when I bought it :(.

    Thanks!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Fri, 26 April 2013, 11:44:52
    You could get a black shift, OEM profile, from wasdkeyboards. Might not be a perfect match, but probably as close as you'll get without starting a WTB and hoping someone will break their set, or maybe have to just buy a whole new set. Or join a GB!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dreamre on Fri, 26 April 2013, 11:51:02
    Thanks for the reply!

    Is the finish from WASD a bit different than the ones from the OEM Filcos? The WASD's look more textured while the OEM Filcos look more satin-smoothish.

    I'm a long way from being able to create a WTB tread D: .
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Fri, 26 April 2013, 12:08:27
    So how do you guys store/organize all your extra key cap sets?

    Melvang
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Fri, 26 April 2013, 12:11:32
    So how do you guys store/organize all your extra key cap sets?

    Melvang

    (http://i.imgur.com/0dEhoJB.jpg)
    Closed
    (http://i.imgur.com/s3Dz2QT.jpg)
    Open

    And the thread I was talking about earlier was this (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=39180.msg763942#msg763942). More info on those keycap set boxes can be found here (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=39180.msg779463#msg779463).


    true would probably work on a non stepped cap though.  I would love to get on IRC with you and bounce some ideas but i have to say I am up WAY past my bed time with working 12 hour days for the next week and a half or so.  Plus its 7pm to 7 am.  I probably can't give you a reliable time of when i will be on this weekend but will be on monday morning after work.

    Melvang out for the weekend

    You guys are worse crack for me than Farcebook.  and even WoW.

    Melvang, I'm often on IRC as well if you wanna hop in and chat about ideas. :D

    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Fri, 26 April 2013, 12:16:50
    well i was wondering cause i have a small tackle box (made in the USA) but it is filling up very fast

    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Fri, 26 April 2013, 12:18:22
    well i was wondering cause i have a small tackle box (made in the USA) but it is filling up very fast

    There's a thread about this but I can't seem to remember the title. Maybe like keycap boxes or something. Hm...well regardless. I'll take pics and find that thread later. For now, I'll say that I get all my stuff from the Container Store.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: TheQsanity on Fri, 26 April 2013, 13:09:06
    What profile are the wasd textured. Caps?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Fri, 26 April 2013, 13:09:27
    ok having a minor issue with installing my Sanctuary set.  I pulled the white inserts out of the stock ABS black blanks that came with my Das (costar) and they won't stay in the slots for them on the new keys.  Are the doubleshot ABS Sanctuary keys meant for cherry stabilizers?

    Comments or suggestions more than welcome here.

    Melvang
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Fri, 26 April 2013, 13:14:18
    ok having a minor issue with installing my Sanctuary set.  I pulled the white inserts out of the stock ABS black blanks that came with my Das (costar) and they won't stay in the slots for them on the new keys.  Are the doubleshot ABS Sanctuary keys meant for cherry stabilizers?

    Comments or suggestions more than welcome here.

    Melvang

    Common problem with SP caps and Costar stabilizers. Take a bit of plastic from like a plastic bag. Cut little squares out. Cover the hole, then shove the insert into the hole. The plastic will get jammed inside and cause the insert to fit.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Fri, 26 April 2013, 13:21:53
    sounds good thanx CPTBadAss.  My next step was going to be superglue.  I have to say the texture on this set is AMAZING

    Melvang

    PS Pics to follow in the http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=33155.0 thread.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Fri, 26 April 2013, 13:23:43
    sounds good thanx CPTBadAss.  My next step was going to be superglue.  I have to say the texture on this set is AMAZING

    Melvang

    PS Pics to follow in the http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=33155.0 thread.

    I think the insert loose-ness is an issue with the SP molds but the plastic bag trick works well so it's not that big a deal IMO. Looking forward to your pics!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tjcaustin on Fri, 26 April 2013, 13:29:48
    Or you could do like I do:

    1. hook stabilizers into stabilizer bar
    2.  put in the little stabilizer slot things
    3. put cap on all dat shiz.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: HID45 on Fri, 26 April 2013, 13:50:51
    Hi,

    Noob question here...

    I just got myself a nice Ducky Shine (not 2, but the original, without light memory etc). Mine's with black switches. I've been thinking that reds for arrows and maybe blues for numpad would be nice. Switches are PCB mounted right? So can I just pop the switches out of the board and replace them with other ones? Or is there going to be soldering involved (in which case I'm just dropping the project. Me and solder don't match, it's been tested and proved)?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Fri, 26 April 2013, 13:52:13
    Hi,

    Noob question here...

    I just got myself a nice Ducky Shine (not 2, but the original, without light memory etc). Mine's with black switches. I've been thinking that reds for arrows and maybe blues for numpad would be nice. Switches are PCB mounted right? So can I just pop the switches out of the board and replace them with other ones? Or is there going to be soldering involved (in which case I'm just dropping the project. Me and solder don't match, it's been tested and proved)?

    Pretty sure the Ducky is plate mounted, which means desoldering the switch. But you also have to desolder the LED in any case! :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Fri, 26 April 2013, 13:55:39
    Hi,

    Noob question here...

    I just got myself a nice Ducky Shine (not 2, but the original, without light memory etc). Mine's with black switches. I've been thinking that reds for arrows and maybe blues for numpad would be nice. Switches are PCB mounted right? So can I just pop the switches out of the board and replace them with other ones? Or is there going to be soldering involved (in which case I'm just dropping the project. Me and solder don't match, it's been tested and proved)?

    I think either way you'll need to desolder them. You need a specialty plate in order not to desolder switches. There are people you can contact to have soldering services done for you if you don't want to solder/desolder.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Fri, 26 April 2013, 13:58:42
    Ok the plastic bag trick for the stab inserts worked like a charm but was not needed on the space bar.

    Hi,

    Noob question here...

    I just got myself a nice Ducky Shine (not 2, but the original, without light memory etc). Mine's with black switches. I've been thinking that reds for arrows and maybe blues for numpad would be nice. Switches are PCB mounted right? So can I just pop the switches out of the board and replace them with other ones? Or is there going to be soldering involved (in which case I'm just dropping the project. Me and solder don't match, it's been tested and proved)?

    I think either way you'll need to desolder them. You need a specialty plate in order not to desolder switches. There are people you can contact to have soldering services done for you if you don't want to solder/desolder.
     

    While you are at it if you get a custom plate to facilitate easy switch removal for spring and stem swaps I would reccomend getting the switch housings modded to allow for that with LED's installed.  I didn't do it when I swapped the LED's and stems / springs in my Orbweaver and I am regretting it now.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Fri, 26 April 2013, 13:59:13
    Anyone know when the CC's from the Green Clack Sale will be shipped?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Fri, 26 April 2013, 13:59:39
    Anyone know when the CC's from the Green Clack Sale will be shipped?

    In the 4Grabs thread, he said that around 1/3 were shipped already and the rest will be done sometime next week.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Fri, 26 April 2013, 13:59:55
    Anyone know when the CC's from the Green Clack Sale will be shipped?

    In the 4Grabs thread, he said that around 1/3 were shipped already and the rest will be done sometime next week.

    Good to hear
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Fri, 26 April 2013, 14:02:05
    WASD caps are OEM profile. I have some Filco caps and WASD caps. Both in black. When I get home I'll take some comparison pics.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Fri, 26 April 2013, 14:16:55
    Was there someone here that did capslock stem mods?  I was wanting to get my stepped capslock converted to a center stem if that is possible.  Is this even done?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Fri, 26 April 2013, 14:20:18
    Was there someone here that did capslock stem mods?  I was wanting to get my stepped capslock converted to a center stem if that is possible.  Is this even done?

    Yes, talk to Akimbo or try and find one in a Tsangan kit. I bought a white on black stepped center stem caps lock from TechKeys and mashby was selling one from his CCnG set in the classifieds.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: TheQsanity on Fri, 26 April 2013, 14:23:46
    WASD caps are OEM profile. I have some Filco caps and WASD caps. Both in black. When I get home I'll take some comparison pics.
    Thanks :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Fri, 26 April 2013, 14:24:37
    Thanks Cpt.  Obviously would be needing one for the Sanc set.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Fri, 26 April 2013, 14:26:24
    For the Sanctuary set, you would need to get one modded. The ones on Techkeys are for more popular Cherry sets. It would be nice if these were included in more group buys.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Fri, 26 April 2013, 14:27:52
    Or here's an idea that I might start an interest thread for if its possible: a stepped caps lock with two stems, one center and one off center. It may not be if one or the stems hits the switch housing on the way down, but I don't know the spacing.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Fri, 26 April 2013, 14:29:17
    Thanks Cpt.  Obviously would be needing one for the Sanc set.

    Definitely talk to Akimbo. He's a cool dude and he does those mods.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Fri, 26 April 2013, 14:30:01
    just looked at mine and they are to close together one of the stems would hit the switch housing
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Fri, 26 April 2013, 14:31:10
    Or here's an idea that I might start an interest thread for if its possible: a stepped caps lock with two stems, one center and one off center. It may not be if one or the stems hits the switch housing on the way down, but I don't know the spacing.

    What about project scoops?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Fri, 26 April 2013, 14:31:40
    Yeah, I thought that might be the case. Maybe a modular one, where it includes a separate stem that inserts into one of two holes under the cap?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Fri, 26 April 2013, 14:32:09
    now that might be a possibility
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Fri, 26 April 2013, 14:32:58
    You know, if I come up with a whole bunch of ICs and projects, people will be surprised when I finish one!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: speedkills on Fri, 26 April 2013, 14:36:38
    Are all cherry housings exactly the same besides being plate or pcb mount?  I want to make some ergo clears with blue and clear housings and I read that I should use clear stems with my blue springs, but it didn't say which housing to use.  Does that mean it doesn't matter?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Fri, 26 April 2013, 14:37:47
    Are all cherry housings exactly the same besides being plate or pcb mount?  I want to make some ergo clears with blue and clear housings and I read that I should use clear stems with my blue springs, but it didn't say which housing to use.  Does that mean it doesn't matter?

    Don't think it matters


    You know, if I come up with a whole bunch of ICs and projects, people will be surprised when I finish one!

    LOL
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Fri, 26 April 2013, 14:38:03
    MX housings are the same. You can just open them, swap the spring and stem out, and pop them back together.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Fri, 26 April 2013, 14:39:01
    Just get project scoops done. Just that ONE project. And everyone will love you. :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Fri, 26 April 2013, 14:39:34
    I like the idea of the modular stem for a caps lock.  I am thinking of a couple ways to do this but both would require custom molds and or 3d printing. 

    1.  Have 4 small pins at the base of the stem on the cap.  These pins would snap into slots on the cap and just have 2 sets for the 2 positions.

    2.  Have the stem be another insert itself that if you want center or off-set stem you just pull that piece out and rotate 180 and reinsert back into the stem.  That might require some tricky stuff though so the housing for the stem doesnt' hit the switch housing

    Are all cherry housings exactly the same besides being plate or pcb mount?  I want to make some ergo clears with blue and clear housings and I read that I should use clear stems with my blue springs, but it didn't say which housing to use.  Does that mean it doesn't matter?

    the housing does not matter all the internals on all MX switches are the same the only differences are the stems and the springs just use the housings that are already mounted if pcb mount and which ever if you have to desolder for plate mount.

    Melvang
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Fri, 26 April 2013, 14:43:14
    Just get project scoops done. Just that ONE project. And everyone will love you. :)
    I will try to follow up on it again. This week may be a bit slow, so I may have some time.

    For the modular caps, maybe you and I should hop on IRC, melvang.We can throw ideas around. I don't think your second idea would work based solely on the shape of the cap being stepped.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Fri, 26 April 2013, 14:46:45
    true would probably work on a non stepped cap though.  I would love to get on IRC with you and bounce some ideas but i have to say I am up WAY past my bed time with working 12 hour days for the next week and a half or so.  Plus its 7pm to 7 am.  I probably can't give you a reliable time of when i will be on this weekend but will be on monday morning after work.

    Melvang out for the weekend

    You guys are worse crack for me than Farcebook.  and even WoW.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Fri, 26 April 2013, 17:38:57
    Oops, updated the wrong post. So here's a link (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40501.msg869113#msg869113) to some of your questions Melvang.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lmnr on Sat, 27 April 2013, 12:17:45
    I have a quick question that has bothered me for a while.

    If you were to describe a Topre switch out of the cherry mx switches which one would they be most like?

    Im decided on getting a 87u, but I was wondering if the keypress is too slow for gaming that I would need a seperate red or black keyboard for only gaming.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Turbo Slaab on Sat, 27 April 2013, 12:19:55
    I have a quick question that has bothered me for a while.

    If you were to describe a Topre switch out of the cherry mx switches which one would they be most like?

    Im decided on getting a 87u, but I was wondering if the keypress is too slow for gaming that I would need a seperate red or black keyboard for only gaming.

    Not to start a flame war, but they feel like a more upscale/polished/well built rubber dome board.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Sat, 27 April 2013, 12:20:31
    i want a topre keychain just to try the switch out
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Turbo Slaab on Sat, 27 April 2013, 12:23:04
    i want a topre keychain just to try the switch out

    Dell quietkeys are less expensive/easier to come by
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Sat, 27 April 2013, 12:27:03
    i want a topre keychain just to try the switch out

    Dell quietkeys are less expensive/easier to come by

    is that a different switch? or a topre? i have a CC i can't use because i don't have a topre board xD
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sat, 27 April 2013, 12:34:10
    Dell Quiet Keys are rubber dome boards but apparently they're like the Topre predecessor and feel a lot like Topres.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Sat, 27 April 2013, 12:35:52
    ok thats what i thought. ill see if i can pick up a topre keychain at some point
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Turbo Slaab on Sat, 27 April 2013, 12:40:00
    ok thats what i thought. ill see if i can pick up a topre keychain at some point

    I bought 2 realforce keychains from feng, he may still have some.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: jdcarpe on Sat, 27 April 2013, 12:40:33
    I have a quick question that has bothered me for a while.

    If you were to describe a Topre switch out of the cherry mx switches which one would they be most like?

    Im decided on getting a 87u, but I was wondering if the keypress is too slow for gaming that I would need a seperate red or black keyboard for only gaming.

    Yeah, they are not like any Cherry switch at all, not even close. The switch feels like a rubber dome, because that's what it is. I'm not saying a Topre board is the same as a rubber dome board. And they call it a cup, instead of a dome.

    But several people do use them for gaming. :)


    i want a topre keychain just to try the switch out

    Dell quietkeys are less expensive/easier to come by

    is that a different switch? or a topre? i have a CC i can't use because i don't have a topre board xD

    Just trade it for an MX CC?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Sat, 27 April 2013, 12:42:12
    .
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Turbo Slaab on Sat, 27 April 2013, 12:43:45
    i want a topre keychain just to try the switch out

    Dell quietkeys are less expensive/easier to come by

    is that a different switch? or a topre? i have a CC i can't use because i don't have a topre board xD

    Just trade it for an MX CC?
    [/quote]

    That's usually pretty hard to do. Maybe these new Leo's will saturate the market more.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Sat, 27 April 2013, 12:44:19
    .
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Sat, 27 April 2013, 12:44:38
    ok thats what i thought. ill see if i can pick up a topre keychain at some point

    I bought 2 realforce keychains from feng, he may still have some.

    ill look into it

    Just trade it for an MX CC?

    yeah..think i'm going to do that really soon
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Turbo Slaab on Sat, 27 April 2013, 12:46:36
    And they call it a cup, instead of a dome.
    Oh? Are they full of liquid? Are they concave side up?

    If you make a mistake, they squirt you in the eye. That's where the elitist mentality comes from. They dry ones think the're hot ****.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sat, 27 April 2013, 12:58:37
    I have a quick question that has bothered me for a while.

    If you were to describe a Topre switch out of the cherry mx switches which one would they be most like?

    Im decided on getting a 87u, but I was wondering if the keypress is too slow for gaming that I would need a seperate red or black keyboard for only gaming.

    TT1 and I believe SKMC (professional SC2 players) played with Topre in competition if that means anything to you.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Sat, 27 April 2013, 13:00:15
    I want to trade my Topre CC, mainly because i can't use it, but i don't wanna be seen as rarar-like or something.

    i guess i'll wait it out.

    question for the main thread:

    any differences in a Vintage Black on Beige Cherry DS set and a GMK Cherry Replica Black on Beige DS set (that sherry has)?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Photekq on Sat, 27 April 2013, 13:03:22
    any differences in a Vintage Black on Beige Cherry DS set and a GMK Cherry Replica Black on Beige DS set (that sherry has)?
    Aside from the tab button I don't think there's a single difference - Sherry chose a different tab icon for some stupid reason.

    I want to trade my Topre CC, mainly because i can't use it, but i don't wanna be seen as rarar-like or something.
    The difference is that rarar whined to get the damn dibs code. He shouldn't have got the cap in the first place. You, on the other hand, got your cap fairly.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Sat, 27 April 2013, 13:06:52
    ok..might go for sherry's set then..


    and all i really want is a mx julysicle, so at least i have trading fodder now. i'm still happy i have one, but if i could even use it, it would be sick
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Sat, 27 April 2013, 13:08:34
    Most Vintage Cherry black on beige sets I've seen have the A profile bottom row (more of an angle), whereas sherry's has B profile bottom row (same as the row above it).
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Photekq on Sat, 27 April 2013, 13:09:12
    ok..might go for sherry's set then..
    Go for it. Brand new caps with original tooling & a slightly different tab > possibility of having shiny, yellowed old abs keys imo.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lmnr on Sat, 27 April 2013, 13:21:32
    Ok that should be enough information lol.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Sat, 27 April 2013, 13:23:44
    ok..might go for sherry's set then..
    Go for it. Brand new caps with original tooling & a slightly different tab > possibility of having shiny, yellowed old abs keys imo.

    yeah i think i was gonna go for that. i thought the spacing was fugged up with the sherry sets for a sec this morning, but they look good. don't want any spacing issues hehe
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: remedyhalopc on Sat, 27 April 2013, 15:24:17
    about how difficult would it be to add LEDs to a poker?

    does the PCB support it, or will this involve some funky wiring?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Jocelyn on Sat, 27 April 2013, 15:27:30
    If you're referring to adding additional LEDs not supported by the poker, you'll have to run them to one of the current LED power or to the USB.

    Here is the WASD to Esc mod WhiteFireDragon did for me.
    (http://imageshack.us/a/img35/5338/wasdmod.jpg)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sat, 27 April 2013, 16:26:52
    If I have a custom keyboard, and I want to have different color LEDs, how do I set that up? I read that I need to setup different voltages? Is this controlled by diodes or something else?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Sat, 27 April 2013, 16:34:24
    What color LEDs were you thinking? Resistors are what controls the lower voltages.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Rule16 on Sat, 27 April 2013, 16:43:43
    Will Filco TKL cases fit a QFR? If not, do they make aluminum cases for the QFR anywhere?
    Also... how heavy are zinc keycaps? For instance, they wouldnt make cherry blacks feel like cherry reds would they?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sat, 27 April 2013, 17:01:37
    If I have a custom keyboard, and I want to have different color LEDs, how do I set that up? I read that I need to setup different voltages? Is this controlled by diodes or something else?

    What color LEDs were you thinking? Resistors are what controls the lower voltages.

    Green and Cyan LEDs.

    I was asking for Glissant and apparently there's no difference between the two LEDs.  Carry on.

    Will Filco TKL cases fit a QFR? If not, do they make aluminum cases for the QFR anywhere?

    Pretty sure the only issue is that the QFR USB is detachable and the Filco cables aren't. Vortex aluminum cases will fit the QFR and are sold on MechanicalKeyboards.com. I wouldn't recommend though. I wasn't impressed with the quality.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lmnr on Sat, 27 April 2013, 19:50:46
    (directed to owners of realforces)
    Sorry to intrude but I took the plunge and got a 87u, is the abs spacebar gonna be an issue?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: WatchMaker on Sat, 27 April 2013, 22:21:09
    ducky shine 2 says key width 12.6 mm
    Is that measuring the top or bottom of the keycap?


    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sat, 27 April 2013, 22:30:24
    (directed to owners of realforces)
    Sorry to intrude but I took the plunge and got a 87u, is the abs spacebar gonna be an issue?

    Problem how? Can you clarify?


    ducky shine 2 says key width 12.6 mm
    Is that measuring the top or bottom of the keycap?

    I think its the base/bottom front-face width.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Sat, 27 April 2013, 22:32:37
    If he's asking whether it's going to shine faster than the rest of the set, well, ABS tends to do that. And it seems to me, spacebars are especially prone to it in the one spot on always touch it.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lmnr on Sat, 27 April 2013, 23:00:40
    If he's asking whether it's going to shine faster than the rest of the set, well, ABS tends to do that. And it seems to me, spacebars are especially prone to it in the one spot on always touch it.

    Yea, I was wondering since only the spacebar is abs that maybe its not too bad but I guess ill find out.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: speedkills on Sun, 28 April 2013, 04:26:58

    [/quote]

    the housing does not matter all the internals on all MX switches are the same the only differences are the stems and the springs just use the housings that are already mounted if pcb mount and which ever if you have to desolder for plate mount.

    Melvang

    [/quote]

    Perfect, that means I don't have to wait for the new keys, thanks.

    -Shane
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: infiniti on Sun, 28 April 2013, 04:44:13
    Are there plates designed for full-sized keyboards that allow for the removal of the switch top?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: speedkills on Sun, 28 April 2013, 04:46:07
    Are any Cherry keys PCB compatible with any other brands of keys?  Everyone talks about switching between Cherry colors but are there other brands of keys that can be swapped out with Cherry's with a little soldering?  My girl actually loves the feeling of scissor keys and I was curious if I could take a keyboard made for Cherry's like the ergodox and put something with a higher activation point on them, say an Alps for example.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: The_Beast on Sun, 28 April 2013, 04:46:35
    Are there plates designed for full-sized keyboards that allow for the removal of the switch top?

    Nope. The only custom plates I've seen that allow switch top removal are TKL sized and below
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Bencze on Sun, 28 April 2013, 05:13:34
    I know it's only partially relevant here, but I was wondering maybe I should start learning to solder. Could be a useful skill for many things, including keyboards. However I have no clue about electronics except I heard of amper, voltage, watts and I barely remember what resistance does from school.
    I looked at some soldering irons / stations and there's a wide variety, from 10 to 100 watt, and from (europe) 230v to lower voltage ones...
    How does one make sense for it? What value should I aim for, in a soldering iron, let's say concerning pcbs/keyboards? In some situations lower power might not be enough, higher might burn stuff. Are these always configurable, like 50w means it can do 50 and lower?
    If one wants to be able to desolder at some point (I think inevitable if we talk about keyboards, at some point one may want to change switches or whatnot), is there any special requirement for that in a soldering iron?

    I know some of these can be had for very cheap on the other hand some people say don't even bother doing any good work with cheapest ones especially desoldering. Any truth to that? Is this a 100$ ticket really or it's just a slight exaggeration? I think an important question unless one does any serious work at least few hours a week...
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: iri on Sun, 28 April 2013, 05:20:21
    (directed to owners of realforces)
    Sorry to intrude but I took the plunge and got a 87u, is the abs spacebar gonna be an issue?
    no.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: infiniti on Sun, 28 April 2013, 05:47:18
    Are there plates designed for full-sized keyboards that allow for the removal of the switch top?

    Nope. The only custom plates I've seen that allow switch top removal are TKL sized and below

    Alright.  Thanks for verifying that for me. 

    Oh well, time to make my own!  :cool:
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sun, 28 April 2013, 10:00:12
    I know it's only partially relevant here, but I was wondering maybe I should start learning to solder. Could be a useful skill for many things, including keyboards. However I have no clue about electronics except I heard of amper, voltage, watts and I barely remember what resistance does from school.
    I looked at some soldering irons / stations and there's a wide variety, from 10 to 100 watt, and from (europe) 230v to lower voltage ones...
    How does one make sense for it? What value should I aim for, in a soldering iron, let's say concerning pcbs/keyboards? In some situations lower power might not be enough, higher might burn stuff. Are these always configurable, like 50w means it can do 50 and lower?
    If one wants to be able to desolder at some point (I think inevitable if we talk about keyboards, at some point one may want to change switches or whatnot), is there any special requirement for that in a soldering iron?

    I know some of these can be had for very cheap on the other hand some people say don't even bother doing any good work with cheapest ones especially desoldering. Any truth to that? Is this a 100$ ticket really or it's just a slight exaggeration? I think an important question unless one does any serious work at least few hours a week...

    I would highly recommend reading through this thread (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=42824.0) to get some info. Feel free to come back if you think you'd like more questions answered but I really think that thread is a solid beginner's guide for soldering equipment.


    Are any Cherry keys PCB compatible with any other brands of keys?  Everyone talks about switching between Cherry colors but are there other brands of keys that can be swapped out with Cherry's with a little soldering?  My girl actually loves the feeling of scissor keys and I was curious if I could take a keyboard made for Cherry's like the ergodox and put something with a higher activation point on them, say an Alps for example.

    No. Cherry MX PCBs only fit Cherry MX Switches. Hence why there is a seperate discussion/IC about having GH60-Alps and a GH60-ML variants.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Sun, 28 April 2013, 11:58:30
    Does anyone know how much voltage is normally supplied to the power LED on the case?  I know it might vary between motherboards but just asking before I tear into mine to find out.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: BADBADNOTGOOD on Sun, 28 April 2013, 15:15:19
    Can you buy alps switches by themselves like you can cherry switches or will you need a donor board?

    (I know they are out of production but i want to know if its still possible)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: nubbinator on Sun, 28 April 2013, 15:22:07
    Can you buy alps switches by themselves like you can cherry switches or will you need a donor board?

    (I know they are out of production but i want to know if its still possible)

    I've seen 7bit selling them at Deskthority.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sun, 28 April 2013, 15:33:54
    Can you buy alps switches by themselves like you can cherry switches or will you need a donor board?

    (I know they are out of production but i want to know if its still possible)

    I bought a bunch of donor boards.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Sun, 28 April 2013, 15:39:10
    Also, people are buying the Matias switches.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: BADBADNOTGOOD on Sun, 28 April 2013, 16:39:06
    Also, people are buying the Matias switches.

    How do you order just the switches from their website?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Sun, 28 April 2013, 17:47:07
    Also, people are buying the Matias switches.

    How do you order just the switches from their website?

    They apparently took the switches off their website.  Before they were here (http://matias.ca/products/).
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: linziyi on Sun, 28 April 2013, 18:11:01
    Will my Quickfire TK burn the Nexus 10 battery (The blacklight i am talking of) if I use otg to connect it?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: BADBADNOTGOOD on Sun, 28 April 2013, 19:38:58
    Will my Quickfire TK burn the Nexus 10 battery (The blacklight i am talking of) if I use otg to connect it?

    I doubt it. The nexus has quite a beefy battery. I have seen people plug a mouse and keyboard in at the same time with no troubles. My nexus 7 has an external ssd which doesnt seem to have much of an effect on battery life as far as i can tell.

    But i guess there is only one way to find out...
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: linziyi on Sun, 28 April 2013, 19:43:46
    Will my Quickfire TK burn the Nexus 10 battery (The blacklight i am talking of) if I use otg to connect it?

    I doubt it. The nexus has quite a beefy battery. I have seen people plug a mouse and keyboard in at the same time with no troubles. My nexus 7 has an external ssd which doesnt seem to have much of an effect on battery life as far as i can tell.

    But i guess there is only one way to find out...

    ^.^ i'll try
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Sun, 28 April 2013, 23:00:40
    If i remove a switch from the matrix, do I have to install a jumper across the pads where the pins would be at for the rest of the keys in that row/column to work?

    Melvang
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Sun, 28 April 2013, 23:02:03
    No.  If you installed a jumper, it would be as if the switch was always pressed.  That's not what you want.  You want the switch to be /never/ pressed, which means just leave it open.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: L4yercake on Sun, 28 April 2013, 23:09:03
    Where does one find double-shot WoB 1.5 Cherry Modifiers and pricing? I've found a lasered set but I'd much rather have a matching set.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Sun, 28 April 2013, 23:36:05
    Where does one find double-shot WoB 1.5 Cherry Modifiers and pricing? I've found a lasered set but I'd much rather have a matching set.
    Onedoesnotsimply.jpg
    When I bought my set I had been searching for months. Sometimes they come up on eBay on 1800 variant boards. Last one I saw was $75 BIN.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Mon, 29 April 2013, 09:26:59
    White on black with 1.5 from 1800 on taobao (http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a230r.1.14.82.giR5U4&id=18452947191), says there is 7 stock I think...
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Mon, 29 April 2013, 09:54:48
    Is that listing just for those 5 caps? Or a whole set?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Mon, 29 April 2013, 10:37:18
    SmallFry showed me that listing; it was a keyboard w/ the full set. Kinda like how ppl buy MY7000
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Bry on Mon, 29 April 2013, 10:44:13
    I know it's only partially relevant here, but I was wondering maybe I should start learning to solder. Could be a useful skill for many things, including keyboards. However I have no clue about electronics except I heard of amper, voltage, watts and I barely remember what resistance does from school.
    I looked at some soldering irons / stations and there's a wide variety, from 10 to 100 watt, and from (europe) 230v to lower voltage ones...
    How does one make sense for it? What value should I aim for, in a soldering iron, let's say concerning pcbs/keyboards? In some situations lower power might not be enough, higher might burn stuff. Are these always configurable, like 50w means it can do 50 and lower?
    If one wants to be able to desolder at some point (I think inevitable if we talk about keyboards, at some point one may want to change switches or whatnot), is there any special requirement for that in a soldering iron?

    I know some of these can be had for very cheap on the other hand some people say don't even bother doing any good work with cheapest ones especially desoldering. Any truth to that? Is this a 100$ ticket really or it's just a slight exaggeration? I think an important question unless one does any serious work at least few hours a week...

    If you're going to be taking switches off the pcb, get a solder pump. It'll make your life a lot easier.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Mon, 29 April 2013, 10:46:48
    Topre is capacitive. You don't need to solder Topre switches. My bad, looks like you quoted the wrong person before.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: HID45 on Mon, 29 April 2013, 13:21:47
    Is there a company which could deliver custom keyboard with multiple switch types and backlighting? I know WASD, but they don't do backlighting, different types of switches in the same board, and for some reason, no MX reds which would be my choice for letter and arrow switches (then blues for numpad and blacks for all the rest).

    Is there a company that could make such board, or is the only way to DIY by trial and error? Which, in my case would be far more expensive, even if the commercial custom board would cost a fortune.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Mon, 29 April 2013, 13:24:51
    Is there a company which could deliver custom keyboard with multiple switch types and backlighting? I know WASD, but they don't do backlighting, different types of switches in the same board, and for some reason, no MX reds which would be my choice for letter and arrow switches (then blues for numpad and blacks for all the rest).

    Is there a company that could make such board, or is the only way to DIY by trial and error? Which, in my case would be far more expensive, even if the commercial custom board would cost a fortune.

    Ducky has a few hybrid boards and I think the Ducky 78 has backlighting. But they're not setup in the fashion you want. I think the WASD V2 will offer backlighting. Your best option is to mod a board yourself.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: remedyhalopc on Mon, 29 April 2013, 18:27:42
    There are several sources to mod your board if you're uncomfortable doing it.

    WFD, JD, Mimic, Prof, Daniel are ones with established work done.

    I'm going to start modding boards for people soon if you're interested.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Mon, 29 April 2013, 18:44:04
    I can also solder, but I'm a bit backed up currently.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Mon, 29 April 2013, 18:47:40
    I can also solder, but I'm a bit backed up currently.
    Maybe some Metamucil or something? You can still solder on the john, no?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: tjcaustin on Mon, 29 April 2013, 18:50:43
    I'm also about fully set up to start taking Mod orders as well.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: The_Beast on Mon, 29 April 2013, 18:51:22
    I'm up for modding, but I need to buy my own iron soon instead of mooching of lab irons across campus
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SmallFry on Mon, 29 April 2013, 19:06:12
    I can also solder, but I'm a bit backed up currently.
    Maybe some Metamucil or something? You can still solder on the john, no?
    Heh, thanks for the laugh.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: llovro on Tue, 30 April 2013, 04:12:22
    Why is geekhack named geekhack? It's sucha wierd name, especially for a keyboard forum. Why is geekhack not named keyboardhack? Or something like that. It would be more logical.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 30 April 2013, 04:25:12
    Why is geekhack named geekhack? It's sucha wierd name, especially for a keyboard forum. Why is geekhack not named keyboardhack? Or something like that. It would be more logical.

    Because the name allows us to make custom G and H keys which looks really cool :P

    Really though? I'm not sure why. It's just a name? ^__^
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 30 April 2013, 05:02:09
    ***ANNOUNCING THE SIMPLE QUESTIONS, SIMPLE ANSWERS GIVEAWAY***

    I'm really pleased with how this thread has turned out. I actually made this thread on a whim while talking to SmallFry in IRC. And the thread idea was taken from a similar thread on TeamLiquid. Like all great ideas that I seem to have, this was spawned in IRC as well; while I was talking to dubsgalore.

    Right now the thread has 1154 replies and 14k views. Whomever gets the 1300th reply, I will send you some goodies. Whether you have 1 posts or 1000 posts, I'll send you something keyboard-related out of my collection of stuff (right now I'm thinking some Geekhack stickers and caps but I've got some goodies incoming so maybe that might change). I'll keep an eye on the reply count and I'll PM the winner when I see it. If I happen to reply at 1300, the next person who isn't me will win. And yes, this is open to international too.

    Hell yeah kids, Keep that knowledge hunt going. Keep asking questions :D  Let's make moves


    UPDATE: CONGRATS TO MOOSE!

    He hit the magical 1300th post!! And I will be gifting him a Mimic cable from TechKeys (http://www.techkeys.us/accessories.php). I might do more giveways in this thread later but again, congrats to esoomenona for winning the prize!

    (http://i.imgur.com/7LSalfB.png)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Tue, 30 April 2013, 07:05:00
    Realistically how long does it take to swap all the keycaps on a keyboard?

    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 30 April 2013, 07:07:00
    Realistically how long does it take to swap all the keycaps on a keyboard?

    If it's Cherry MX, it takes me around 45 minutes but I'm usually on IRC/GH/watching a stream as well. Alps caps are stuck on REAL TIGHT and it took me way longer to pop all those off; around 90 mins. I was so afraid of snapping/breaking the spacebar and stabilized modifier caps.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Tue, 30 April 2013, 07:11:05
    Simple question: how does I signature?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: keymaster on Tue, 30 April 2013, 07:12:26
    Realistically how long does it take to swap all the keycaps on a keyboard?

    It depends. I have cherry profile keycaps and they basically fly off. I can remove about 3 keycaps every 5 seconds, so it takes less than 3 minutes to get them all off. It probably takes me twice that much to put them back on since I have to put them in the right place on the keyboard.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 30 April 2013, 07:17:44
    Simple question: how does I signature?

    Simple Answer: One does not simply signature :P
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Tue, 30 April 2013, 07:22:41
    Simple question: how does I signature?

    Simple Answer: One does not simply signature :P

    no really....do we have a thread or wiki page or something with bbcode examples or whatever is used on this forum to make colorful signatures etc?  :-[
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Tue, 30 April 2013, 07:25:41
    bb code is really general. If you Google it, you will find tons of info. Good luck!
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Melvang on Tue, 30 April 2013, 07:28:32
    how do you post a link but have the clickable link say something different.  IE a link to a google search page but the link in the forum post just says here.

    Melvang
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Tue, 30 April 2013, 07:30:26
    bb code is really general. If you Google it, you will find tons of info. Good luck!

    I did that before I posted.  I tried some but it didn't work  :cool: I've never been good at coding  :p

    here is some good info if anyone else is interested....  ;D

    http://wiki.simplemachines.org/smf/Basic_Bulletin_Board_Codes

    how do you post a link but have the clickable link say something different.  IE a link to a google search page but the link in the forum post just says here.

    Melvang

    Code: [Select]
    [url=geekhack.org]show this text[/url]
    show this text (http://geekhack.org)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 30 April 2013, 07:40:47

    no really....do we have a thread or wiki page or something with bbcode examples or whatever is used on this forum to make colorful signatures etc?  :-[

    I love this guide from TeamLiquid (http://www.teamliquid.net/blogs/viewblog.php?topic_id=336805). I believe my switch review has another link as well. You can check my Wiki in my sig for that. A list of bbcode colors can be found here (http://absitomen.com/index.php?topic=331.0).

    how do you post a link but have the clickable link say something different.  IE a link to a google search page but the link in the forum post just says here.

    Melvang

    The bbcode is |url=PUTURLHERE|PUTTEXTHERE[/url]
    Replace the | with an open [ and closed ]

    So after the "url=" you put the link you want and between the ] [ you can put whatever text you want to appear.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Tue, 30 April 2013, 07:42:32
    Click on the Preview button next to Post below. There are many formatting buttons. Try clicking them and see what code does what. Remember you have to close them on the reverse order you opened them.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 30 April 2013, 07:44:29
    There's no preview button in Tapatalk :(
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Tue, 30 April 2013, 07:53:48
    There's no preview button in Tapatalk :(

    Me + Tapatalk + GeekHack = :confused: :'( :-\ :-X >:D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Tue, 30 April 2013, 08:01:46
    >2013
    >Using Tapatalk instead of the full site in browser
    >...
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Tue, 30 April 2013, 08:13:49
    >2013
    >Using Tapatalk instead of the full site in browser
    >...

    what you saying moose?  :eek:  :confused:  :p
    [attach=1]
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Tue, 30 April 2013, 08:49:08
    You remember the days when browsers on phones were complete crap and you couldn't do anything with them? Then we got full browsers on smart phones that do everything you can do on a computer. And people are still using things to condense all the info.

    Nah, I'm not saying anything. Apps are easy to use and have tons of uses. I just prefer the full site.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Tue, 30 April 2013, 08:52:53
    I can't stand Safari or Anything really on my Phone. If it's urgent, i'll go on GH on Safari, but usually i just stick to my Desktop/Laptop
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Tue, 30 April 2013, 08:53:48
    You're right. Browsing on the iPhone is considerably worse. If you're using an iPhone, please disregard my views on Tapatalk.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Lunartuna on Tue, 30 April 2013, 11:02:12
    I still have problems with some sites on my phone browser even though its a "full" browser. Also I cant stand typing on my phones touchcreen.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Tue, 30 April 2013, 11:04:07
    I really only just use safari for emergencies or for PM's. Never to browse. too frustrating
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 30 April 2013, 11:05:03
    On topic please guys :D   :-*
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Tue, 30 April 2013, 11:09:54
    Is there a program that analyzes the way a person types to see if there might be some way to improve?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: ekirayuki on Tue, 30 April 2013, 11:15:54
    can i change my cherry mx blue spring with cherry mx green spring?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 30 April 2013, 11:16:29
    can i change my cherry mx blue spring with cherry mx green spring?

    I don't see why not. Just gotta desolder the switches and open the case up.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: The_Beast on Tue, 30 April 2013, 11:16:30
    can i change my cherry mx blue spring with cherry mx green spring?

    yes
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: The_Beast on Tue, 30 April 2013, 11:16:56
    can i change my cherry mx blue spring with cherry mx green spring?

    I don't see why not. Just gotta desolder the switches and open the case up.

    If it's plate mount, just open the top of the switch
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: ekirayuki on Tue, 30 April 2013, 11:35:43
    woww thx for the really fast responses  ;D
    but on the ripster images i saw that the blue spring is slightly taller than the green spring. is that okay?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 30 April 2013, 11:36:56
    woww thx for the really fast responses  ;D
    but on the ripster images i saw that the blue spring is slightly taller than the green spring. is that okay?

    The springs can compress and be stretched.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: ekirayuki on Tue, 30 April 2013, 11:43:58
    can i change my cherry mx blue spring with cherry mx green spring?

    I don't see why not. Just gotta desolder the switches and open the case up.

    If it's plate mount, just open the top of the switch

    btw my keyboard is fc700r, is it possible to open the top housing without desoldering the switch?

    woww thx for the really fast responses  ;D
    but on the ripster images i saw that the blue spring is slightly taller than the green spring. is that okay?

    The springs can compress and be stretched.

    thx, i really appreciate it
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 30 April 2013, 11:56:51
    can i change my cherry mx blue spring with cherry mx green spring?

    I don't see why not. Just gotta desolder the switches and open the case up.

    If it's plate mount, just open the top of the switch

    btw my keyboard is fc700r, is it possible to open the top housing without desoldering the switch?


    No, you'll need a custom plate in order to do that. You'll have to desolder.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: phx on Tue, 30 April 2013, 16:37:31
    Wanna paint my QFR cover, can I just spray paint it?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 30 April 2013, 16:38:59
    Wanna paint my QFR cover, can I just spray paint it?

    If you rough the surface with sandpaper, it'll accept the paint better. I believe you'll wanna do primer and paint but I'll double check.

    Step 1) Sand the surface
    Step 2) Clean with alcohol
    Step 3) Primer unless you have spraypaint that adheres to plastic; use multiple layers as necessary
    Step 4) Put paint on. If spraypaint, just spray, let it dry, and repeat. If car paint, try and use very thin layers and then let it dry for about 30 mins in between layers.
    Step 5) Clear coat/matte finish to protect the paint


    Quick walkthrough from Glissant <3
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: nubbinator on Tue, 30 April 2013, 16:50:16
    Wanna paint my QFR cover, can I just spray paint it?

    You'll need to completely sand off the rubberizer from the shell, get the plastic roughed up a little, then use a finer grit sandpaper on it to give the primer something to grab hold of, but not make the paint look uneven when it's dried.  For the primer, I'd recommend Montana Gold Plastic Primer (http://www.amazon.com/Montana-Spray-Universal-Plastic-Primer/dp/B008UGG6XG) (you should be able to find it cheaper locally, that's just so you know what you're looking for) since I know it works well and doesn't react with the plastic or their paint.  For the paint, I prefer Montana Gold since it's not too expensive, gets awesome even coverage, dries quickly, has great caps that give you good control, and looks good when all is said and done.  It's what I used for my Cyan painted QFR (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40937.msg827642#msg827642).  If you can't find Montana Gold, Krylon Fusion is supposed to be good.  I wasn't super impressed with it when I did some computer case modding though.  After that, just toss a clear coat on it and/or some clear PlastiDip.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Tue, 30 April 2013, 16:50:45
    Nubbinator is the guy to talk to about QFR Customization :D
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Mandolin on Tue, 30 April 2013, 17:03:04
    Which switches need no disoldering to dismount them from their respective PCB/Steel plate/plastic plate?
    Alps
    Acer switch
    Fujitsu peerless
    Cherry MY
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 30 April 2013, 17:05:27
    Which switches need no disoldering to dismount them from their respective PCB/Steel plate/plastic plate?
    Alps
    Acer switch
    Fujitsu peerless
    Cherry MY

    None of them? The custom plates for MX switches that The_Beast and WFD make allow for no desoldering. Otherwise, I think you need to desolder all other switches.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Mandolin on Tue, 30 April 2013, 18:40:55
    Whenever there is a ebay auction, koreans get to participate and buy them eventually in some cases.
    Why is that?
    I mean, spanish keyboards? german layouts? arabic layouts? what for.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: nubbinator on Tue, 30 April 2013, 18:42:53
    Whenever there is a ebay auction, koreans get to participate and buy them eventually in some cases.
    Why is that?
    I mean, spanish keyboards? german layouts? arabic layouts? what for.

    Because eBay is open for people around the world to buy from?  Not sure what you're trying to ask here.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Mandolin on Tue, 30 April 2013, 18:45:01
    Whenever there is a ebay auction, koreans get to participate and buy them eventually in some cases.
    Why is that?
    I mean, spanish keyboards? german layouts? arabic layouts? what for.

    Because eBay is open for people around the world to buy from?  Not sure what you're trying to ask here.

    yes. although they are not a big country. I thought they had many collectors of mechanical keyboards because of starcraft or something.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: nubbinator on Tue, 30 April 2013, 18:47:30
    yes. although they are not a big country. I thought they had many collectors of mechanical keyboards because of starcraft or something.

    It has nothing to do with Starcraft and everything to do with a love for technology and plenty of mech keyboard enthusiasts there.  In fact, there are plenty of Starcraft players who still use cheap $10 rubber dome keyboards.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Mandolin on Tue, 30 April 2013, 18:49:00
    yes. although they are not a big country. I thought they had many collectors of mechanical keyboards because of starcraft or something.

    It has nothing to do with Starcraft and everything to do with a love for technology and plenty of mech keyboard enthusiasts there.  In fact, there are plenty of Starcraft players who still use cheap $10 rubber dome keyboards.

    Oh, that's a clarifying answer.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: remedyhalopc on Tue, 30 April 2013, 19:35:14
    I'm not the best photographer, nor did I have the best light available to me but what set are these caps from?

    It's not black, as I put the black kids club and a grey cap there as well for reference.

    (http://i.imgur.com/nb9Oaxo.jpg?1)
    (http://i.imgur.com/q6WPEVy.jpg?1)

    The two shifts, pause break, delete, and prt scrn are all the same shade. Tab might be the same color, but with the centered legend looks like it might be apart of a R1-4 dolch set.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Tue, 30 April 2013, 19:39:22
    The dark grey look like Graphite, the green shift and yellow from a RGB set, grey/blue most likely from SoWaRe, and I'll take that Kids Club cap off of your hands now.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: remedyhalopc on Tue, 30 April 2013, 19:50:56
    I thought it was graphite as well, but I thought the graphite was a little more blue?

    Kids Club and the SoWaRe caps are mine :P I learned my keycap lessons after selling an OTD hand cap that was from a RA set IIRC. Nooby me didn't know what it was.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: phx on Tue, 30 April 2013, 21:45:16
    Wanna paint my QFR cover, can I just spray paint it?

    You'll need to completely sand off the rubberizer from the shell, get the plastic roughed up a little, then use a finer grit sandpaper on it to give the primer something to grab hold of, but not make the paint look uneven when it's dried.  For the primer, I'd recommend Montana Gold Plastic Primer (http://www.amazon.com/Montana-Spray-Universal-Plastic-Primer/dp/B008UGG6XG) (you should be able to find it cheaper locally, that's just so you know what you're looking for) since I know it works well and doesn't react with the plastic or their paint.  For the paint, I prefer Montana Gold since it's not too expensive, gets awesome even coverage, dries quickly, has great caps that give you good control, and looks good when all is said and done.  It's what I used for my Cyan painted QFR (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=40937.msg827642#msg827642).  If you can't find Montana Gold, Krylon Fusion is supposed to be good.  I wasn't super impressed with it when I did some computer case modding though.  After that, just toss a clear coat on it and/or some clear PlastiDip.

    awesome thanks! I'll give that a shot this weekend or something


    still thinking about the color tho....
    what cover goes well with CCnG or RA2? White/Beige?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Tue, 30 April 2013, 21:51:17
    Is there a program that analyzes the way a person types to see if there might be some way to improve?

    I saw something on Mouz.Illusion's (Pro-SC2 player) stream that showed what keys were being typed but I'm not sure what that program is called.

    Whenever there is a ebay auction, koreans get to participate and buy them eventually in some cases.
    Why is that?
    I mean, spanish keyboards? german layouts? arabic layouts? what for.

    I'm pretty sure eBay isn't region specific and ppl like to collect keyboards. Why not?

    yes. although they are not a big country. I thought they had many collectors of mechanical keyboards because of starcraft or something.

    It has nothing to do with Starcraft and everything to do with a love for technology and plenty of mech keyboard enthusiasts there.  In fact, there are plenty of Starcraft players who still use cheap $10 rubber dome keyboards.

    Oh, that's a clarifying answer.

    Many StarCraft 2 players swear by the QT-35; the cheap $10 rubber dome board common in South Korea.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: IvanIvanovich on Wed, 01 May 2013, 09:16:50
    I collect different language layouts though I do not type in them for the most part. In some cases a certain colorway of keycap is only available from a particular keyboard. Sometimes those are only offered in a particular region.
    So far I have key sets in US, US/RU, FR, CH, ES, DE, IT, GB. Out of those I only speak Russian and French, though refuse to use azerty for French typing. If it was ever made by Cherry in doubleshot or dyesub, I want it.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Wed, 01 May 2013, 09:41:17
    Is there a program that analyzes the way a person types to see if there might be some way to improve?

    RSIguard (http://www.rsiguard.com/) is one that focuses on injury prevention.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: HID45 on Wed, 01 May 2013, 09:51:59
    What's the best place to order Cherry MX switces inside EU?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Wed, 01 May 2013, 10:11:55
    Is there a program that analyzes the way a person types to see if there might be some way to improve?

    RSIguard (http://www.rsiguard.com/) is one that focuses on injury prevention.

    Thanks will check this out  :cool:
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: FoxWolf1 on Wed, 01 May 2013, 19:59:17
    On a TKL or smaller keyboard, where does your right pinky rest while you're using the arrow keys? I typically use NumPad 0 for that purpose.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: esoomenona on Wed, 01 May 2013, 20:00:37
    My pinky is under the 0, sort of curled down.

    Also: how does I custom title?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Wed, 01 May 2013, 20:50:13
    On a TKL or smaller keyboard, where does your right pinky rest while you're using the arrow keys? I typically use NumPad 0 for that purpose.

    Mine just gets held in the air.

    Also: how does I custom title?

    Ask missalaire but I think the mods have you grant you that.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Wed, 01 May 2013, 20:51:58
    On a TKL or smaller keyboard, where does your right pinky rest while you're using the arrow keys? I typically use NumPad 0 for that purpose.
    on the case
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Bencze on Thu, 02 May 2013, 05:41:01
    I will get a set of SP CCnGs gopefully, but I was wondering what kind of key caps should I try next. Afaik these are the SP-height ABS so I will still need to try Cherry height, and PBT plastic.
    Not exactly sure but perhaps I should try stealth style so it forces me to learn to type a bit more.

    Please post some recommendations! :) I know Imsto has some keycaps that are usually recommended quality, although I only found his Taobao shop and keycaps are also kinda expensive, if I calculated right a set would be like 90$. Is this normal price for these kind of caps?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 02 May 2013, 05:49:18
    I will get a set of SP CCnGs gopefully, but I was wondering what kind of key caps should I try next. Afaik these are the SP-height ABS so I will still need to try Cherry height, and PBT plastic.
    Not exactly sure but perhaps I should try stealth style so it forces me to learn to type a bit more.

    Please post some recommendations! :) I know Imsto has some keycaps that are usually recommended quality, although I only found his Taobao shop and keycaps are also kinda expensive, if I calculated right a set would be like 90$. Is this normal price for these kind of caps?

    Most 104 keycap sets go for around $100. Only time they go for less is if you get in on a GB. But even then, the tenkey and tsangan kit will often bump the price up quite a bit since there is less demand for them.

    Other keycap types include POM, Cherry doubleshots, thin PBT. And if you want to learn to touch type but are afraid to go full ninja/otaku/blank, then go for side printed caps.

    Since you mentioned imsto cherry caps, I'd highly recommend those. I scored my TKL set for $55 so I got a really good deal.

    And this can be a very subjective topic, not exactly a simple question but I'll bite and leave you a huge paragraph anyways :P
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Mandolin on Thu, 02 May 2013, 06:32:26
    Which vintage switches are the rarest and priced the highest or get crazy prices in ebay auctions?

    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 02 May 2013, 06:52:33
    Which vintage switches are the rarest and priced the highest or get crazy prices in ebay auctions?

    Pricing questions shouldn't be asked here. Please refer to the OP for a thread where you can ask that.

    What's the best place to order Cherry MX switces inside EU?

    For the MX White GB, CommunistWitchDr bought the Whites from RapidOnline. The link for that GB can be found here (http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=42415.msg853745#msg853745). I believe Mouser carries them too and I think they're based in the EU.


    still thinking about the color tho....
    what cover goes well with CCnG or RA2? White/Beige?

    I like the contrast between Black and White. Klaxon on my Black Filco is hot. White would be great as well. You could also try Graphite or Grey. I think the FC700R Graphite color is really nice. Neutral but it's not black.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: metalliqaz on Thu, 02 May 2013, 06:59:07
    Probably hall effect.
    /me sticks tongue out at CPTBadAss
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 02 May 2013, 07:01:23
    Probably hall effect.
    /me sticks tongue out at CPTBadAss

    I heard it's HHKB lite, you little troll :P
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Bencze on Thu, 02 May 2013, 07:45:50
    Most 104 keycap sets go for around $100. Only time they go for less is if you get in on a GB. But even then, the tenkey and tsangan kit will often bump the price up quite a bit since there is less demand for them.

    Other keycap types include POM, Cherry doubleshots, thin PBT. And if you want to learn to touch type but are afraid to go full ninja/otaku/blank, then go for side printed caps.

    Since you mentioned imsto cherry caps, I'd highly recommend those. I scored my TKL set for $55 so I got a really good deal.

    And this can be a very subjective topic, not exactly a simple question but I'll bite and leave you a huge paragraph anyways :P
    Well I'll argue that it isn't too complicated either :) Just tips really.
    I looked at WASD caps but those are just ABS laser printed or so, thus don't seem all that special. Cheap, on the other hand.
    I'll probably look for the Cherry height keys, maybe PBT just to try those too. Side printed seems a good idea but limits choices somewhat. Blank is a bit hardcore, but cheapest "printing" option, and would truly make me learn to type fastest :)
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: Dubsgalore on Thu, 02 May 2013, 07:48:16
    would a 'Mini USB to PS/2 cable that actively adapts the signal to PS/2' Cable be bigger/thicker then a normal usb one?
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Thu, 02 May 2013, 10:43:01
    When wiping off a keyboard do you guys leave it plugged in or do you unplug it from the pc?

    I was thinking just open notepad or something like that so all the key presses don't goof something up.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: CPTBadAss on Thu, 02 May 2013, 10:43:46
    When wiping off a keyboard do you guys leave it plugged in or do you unplug it from the pc?

    I was thinking just open notepad or something like that so all the key presses don't goof something up.

    I always unplug mine.
    Title: Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
    Post by: SpAmRaY on Thu, 02 May 2013, 10:47:40