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Offline Magas

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Re: [GB] Gothic70/50 - Alice style board with arrow keys in acrylic/POM (closed)
« Reply #250 on: Sun, 26 January 2020, 10:34:14 »
Gothic 70 ever coming back?

Offline PotlePawtle

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Re: [GB] Gothic70/50 - Alice style board with arrow keys in acrylic/POM (closed)
« Reply #251 on: Sun, 26 January 2020, 19:05:50 »
Just got around to building mine!

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7 isn't enough, so here's 16 xD

What leds are those? Built mine without knowing leds weren't already on it... Never messed with lighting before, but might as well take advantage of the frosted underside.

I ordered some ws2812b LED strips from Taobao and soldered them onto the back of the pcb!


Thanks! Gonna buy the same ones.  :)
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Offline telly

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Re: [GB] Gothic70/50 - Alice style board with arrow keys in acrylic/POM (closed)
« Reply #252 on: Wed, 29 January 2020, 23:32:45 »
Anyone have an extra pcb they’d be willing to sell me?

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Re: [GB] Gothic70/50 - Alice style board with arrow keys in acrylic/POM (closed)
« Reply #253 on: Fri, 31 January 2020, 11:40:29 »
I posted this on Reddit but thought I'd post it here as well - how to program this keyboard:


    1. Follow this: https://docs.qmk.fm/#/newbs_getting_started I initially skipped it since I had the QMK Toolbox already but no, you have to follow this all the way through until you have an environment that you can run the "make" commands in. I was skeptical about actually installing MSYS2 on Windows but it worked really well. Don't be intimidated by the CLI work. :-)

    2. Grab worldspawns's firmwares: https://github.com/worldspawn00/Firmwares I think the QMK newb guide talks about using git so use that same process. This is all their firwmares so what I did was download this to a temporary place and copy over gothic70 to qmk_firmware/keyboards/ folder, so you should have qmk_firmware/keyboards/gothic70 when done.

    3. It's a good idea to create your own keymap folder so you can switch back to default if you want. So create a new path at qmk_firmware/keyboards/gothic70/keymaps/<new folder> then copy over the two files from default folder: keymap.c and rules.mk. Edit keymap.c if you want to change your keymap.

    4. If you want to change the number of LEDs to light up, edit qmk_firmware/keyboards/gothic70/config.h line 33 (#define RGBLED_NUM 7) - change the 7 to the number of LEDs you're using. I updated mine to 38 :-)

    5. When you've got it all ready, while in the qmk_firmware folder, you'll run: make gothic70:foldername - foldername being whatever you called the folder in step 2. And of course, if you wanted to build the default firmware, you'd run make gothic70:default.

    6. So you can flash from the CLI but I chose to use QMK Toolbox since I already had that setup - I liked the visual of the keyboard being attached. You'll need to find your hex file that is generated from the previous step. If you are using MSYS2, run "start ." to open a file explorer window at that location. Open this file in QMK Toolbox. Hit the button on the bottom of the keyboard and wait for the line in yellow to say the controller has connected (I forget the name now, typing this from memory). Click Flash. Enjoy.


Offline topherrehpot

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Re: [GB] Gothic70/50 - Alice style board with arrow keys in acrylic/POM (closed)
« Reply #254 on: Fri, 31 January 2020, 11:42:54 »
So hopefully my guide above helps and maybe that will show any glaring mistakes I made because: I'm having a problem with the keyboard. When the LED changes color either in the rainbow pattern or if I'm cycling through the colors, either when I get to the color or maybe it's just the color that happens, but I get to like a greenish/yellow and the keyboard "crashes" (dies, stops responding, whatever). The only way to get it back is to unplug it for >15 seconds, plug it back in, and change the color before it crashes again. Anyone else having an issue like this?

Besides, I love this board! This is my first "Alice" kind of layout and I have to say I see all the hype and don't plan on using anything else for work!

Offline worldspawn

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Re: [GB] Gothic70/50 - Alice style board with arrow keys in acrylic/POM (closed)
« Reply #255 on: Fri, 31 January 2020, 12:32:34 »
So hopefully my guide above helps and maybe that will show any glaring mistakes I made because: I'm having a problem with the keyboard. When the LED changes color either in the rainbow pattern or if I'm cycling through the colors, either when I get to the color or maybe it's just the color that happens, but I get to like a greenish/yellow and the keyboard "crashes" (dies, stops responding, whatever). The only way to get it back is to unplug it for >15 seconds, plug it back in, and change the color before it crashes again. Anyone else having an issue like this?

Besides, I love this board! This is my first "Alice" kind of layout and I have to say I see all the hype and don't plan on using anything else for work!

That would be the internal fuse tripping, each SMD LED can draw up to 49mW, standard 2.0 USB bus (and the fuse in the board) are rated at 500mA, so 38 LEDs are likely blowing the fuse.  You need to limit the maximum brightness

add this line to the config file

RGBLIGHT_LIMIT_VAL 255

and lower the value to something that won't exceed 500mA with all leds lit, the range is 1-255
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Offline topherrehpot

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Re: [GB] Gothic70/50 - Alice style board with arrow keys in acrylic/POM (closed)
« Reply #256 on: Fri, 31 January 2020, 12:49:25 »
So hopefully my guide above helps and maybe that will show any glaring mistakes I made because: I'm having a problem with the keyboard. When the LED changes color either in the rainbow pattern or if I'm cycling through the colors, either when I get to the color or maybe it's just the color that happens, but I get to like a greenish/yellow and the keyboard "crashes" (dies, stops responding, whatever). The only way to get it back is to unplug it for >15 seconds, plug it back in, and change the color before it crashes again. Anyone else having an issue like this?

Besides, I love this board! This is my first "Alice" kind of layout and I have to say I see all the hype and don't plan on using anything else for work!

That would be the internal fuse tripping, each SMD LED can draw up to 49mW, standard 2.0 USB bus (and the fuse in the board) are rated at 500mA, so 38 LEDs are likely blowing the fuse.  You need to limit the maximum brightness

add this line to the config file

RGBLIGHT_LIMIT_VAL 255

and lower the value to something that won't exceed 500mA with all leds lit, the range is 1-255

Oh... yeah I guess that makes sense with 38 LEDs lol. They are BRIGHT too! I'll give that a go. Thanks!

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Re: [GB] Gothic70/50 - Alice style board with arrow keys in acrylic/POM (closed)
« Reply #257 on: Fri, 07 February 2020, 21:55:12 »
Just a quick FYI, the boards are now in the configurator for those who aren't up for compiling QMK themselves!
https://config.qmk.fm/#/wsk/gothic70/LAYOUT
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Offline jollyeskimo

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Re: [GB] Gothic70/50 - Alice style board with arrow keys in acrylic/POM (closed)
« Reply #258 on: Sat, 08 February 2020, 13:09:56 »
Awesome finally seeing this in configurator. :thumb:

Does not appear that the firmware built with configurator is turning on any of the indicator LEDs. I've also tested this with firmware that I compiled myself (from github/worldspawn00), which does light up CAPS/FN LEDs.
« Last Edit: Sat, 08 February 2020, 13:19:43 by jollyeskimo »

Offline worldspawn

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Re: [GB] Gothic70/50 - Alice style board with arrow keys in acrylic/POM (closed)
« Reply #259 on: Sat, 08 February 2020, 13:28:51 »
I'll see if I can do something about that, not sure since the configurator capabilities are pretty limited.  If anyone is more familiar with setting up files for the Configurator, I'm open to advice.
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Re: [GB] Gothic70/50 - Alice style board with arrow keys in acrylic/POM (closed)
« Reply #260 on: Sun, 09 February 2020, 18:37:25 »
Can someone help me troubleshoot why my 6-Y-H-N row is not registering?

I have the same issue with my 3-E-D-C column on my gothic70. Going to try fix it in a couple of days - I can let you know how it goes?

I'm having the same problem on 9-O-L-period column. I verified all keys worked before and after soldering the switches. This only happened after flashing the pcb and it's still broken after flashing it back to default. If I figure out what's wrong I'll update.


Edit: I read a few posts under that one and saw the suggestion to check if your leds are affecting it. Yep that was it. Kind of a weird coincidence that it worked before flashing but then decided to short after flashing. I guess all it took to short it was turning the keyboard over.

Everything is working fine now that I put something between the led strip and pcb.
« Last Edit: Tue, 11 February 2020, 13:01:56 by Sorachi.Ace »

Offline SmilingPudding

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Re: [GB] Gothic70/50 - Alice style board with arrow keys in acrylic/POM (closed)
« Reply #261 on: Thu, 13 February 2020, 00:16:01 »
Maybe a little premature but is there a planned r3?

Not yet.  ;D  If so, it would probably be this summer.

Please. Super interested in R3!

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Re: [GB] Gothic70/50 - Alice style board with arrow keys in acrylic/POM (closed)
« Reply #262 on: Fri, 14 February 2020, 00:34:04 »
I had 3 columns not working after soldering the switches and it turned out it was the gold pattern on the PCB  :confused:

You have to be really really careful not to apply excessive solder to short the solder pad and the gold pattern.
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Re: [GB] Gothic70/50 - Alice style board with arrow keys in acrylic/POM (closed)
« Reply #263 on: Fri, 14 February 2020, 08:44:10 »
The cost of beauty, lol.  The pattern is part of the ground plane, so yeah, if solder bridges from a switch pin to the pattern, it'll short that column.  Cleaning up the solder will fix the issue.   :thumb:
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Re: [GB] Gothic70/50 - Alice style board with arrow keys in acrylic/POM (closed)
« Reply #264 on: Fri, 14 February 2020, 12:18:24 »


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Re: [GB] Gothic70/50 - Alice style board with arrow keys in acrylic/POM (closed)
« Reply #265 on: Sun, 16 February 2020, 04:00:48 »
Maybe a little premature but is there a planned r3?

Not yet.  ;D  If so, it would probably be this summer.

Please. Super interested in R3!

i second that price is right on par for me to give this layout a try i love 65% boards but don't have a split one like this .. so R3 would be awsome ..
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Re: [GB] Gothic70/50 - Alice style board with arrow keys in acrylic/POM (closed)
« Reply #266 on: Tue, 18 February 2020, 15:08:46 »
Any possibility of top plates being available? I'd love to get a clear or frosted instead of the matte black I have so I can see the PCB. Or I can try my luck on r/mm