Could you take a picture of that area of the plate we discussed?
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One nit pick... The firmware is BIOS compatible as it is. One of my friends says it sometimes doesn't some "online" quickly enough to be able to hit F2 or Del or whatever to access the BIOS. There is a _delay_ms(2000) (originally from the pjrc code) when initiating. This delay could probably be shortened, I'm not entirely sure why it is needed.
Here is the schematic too, if you want to add that to the main wiki post, litster.
All my switches came from very old Wyse and Cherry POS keyboards. The switch bottoms came from old Wyse plate-mounted switches. The stems and springs came from an old Cherry POS keyboard with browns. Since I have mixed all the parts together, I don't remember if the switch tops were from the Wyse blacks, or Cherry POS browns. But they are all pretty old. The feel of the Phantom is different than my Filco browns, in a very good way IMO. I love typing on the Phantom now. I don't know if it is the switches, the aluminum plate, the PCB, or a combination of all.
Also, you can't just keep soldering and desoldering over and over again if you keep modding your switches. You can, but you will soon damage the PCB. With the phantom plate, you can do it without desoldering and soldering, and you don't even need to open up the case. And you don't need the tools and skills to solder and desolder to swap switches.
Like I said the stickers are designed to fill up the space between the lower and upper switch case in order to reduce the play and minimize the switch wobble. If you remove the keycap next to the switch you want test for wiggle, you will notice that the upper switch case is having a tendency to move.
Do you think it is possible for us to get some Group buy for vinyl stickers?
Vinyl stickers for what?
I see what you mean, RiGS. I suspect that the cut out isn't too big of a problem since the switch top isn't resting on the area where the extra cutout is. But I could see it could be less structually stable by a little bit. Hard to say. If I have time I will take close up HD movie of shaking a switch on phantom and on a Filco to see if there is any difference. Wish I still have the high speed 600fps Casio camera to take super slow mo movie of the switch while shaking it. That would be cool.
Anybody has any idea where I can find a USB cable that is similar to the original Filco cable where there is cable gland that hooks to the case? I haven't been able to find anything like that.
Those in the video are a lot more blunt than the ones you linked... here is the Tamiya model I would suggest, although they might even be too blunt. There's tons of different tweezers tho. Something more blunt than what you linked, perhaps less blunt than mine
Indeed, that would be cool.
are we still debating wobblilililiity? seriously guys, it's a keyboard.
question for litster: how did you get usb out on your plexi cases? did you do a small l-style cable from the teensy?
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I'm thinking about making a case out of fiberglass. I don't own a Filco and it's much cheaper for me to make my own case (free actually since I'm an automotive painter with free supplies). I've worked with fiberglass on automotive paint repair before so I think I have what it takes. I'll probably fabricate the case out of clay or foam or something and then make a mold. Anyone else done something like this? I wonder how hard carbon fiber would be to work with, on second thought. There are so many car modification blogs and forums with DIY instructions for making custom carbon fiber parts...
If someone has a Filco case who would like to take on a project like this too, don't throw away your mold if you make one.
You could buy a PLU for 1/3-1/2 the cost of a Filco that would probably be your best bet.
You can get a PLU for pretty good price from qtan. I think TheProfosist bought 3 from qtan and qtan told him that he would give others similar pricing. You get switches from a PLU as well, you just have to desolder them off of the PCB.Yea the price was $68 before shipping. Was a white one with blues pm or post in his forum for a quote for the case color and switch type that you want.
You guys are making me pulling out all the stops...
I give you... 1080p goodness! (well, you have to manually switch to 1080p :-))
Keep in mind that the browns on the Phantom are at least 15 years old, while the Filco is less than a year old.
Yes, I had to sack a perfectly good blank yellow PBT keycap to shoot these videos. LOL!