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Offline Nic3GreenNachos

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #15700 on: Wed, 04 January 2017, 05:13:45 »
I had a CM Storm QuickFire and got a PS/2-micro usb cable from Mimic Cables.
https://www.mimic-cables.com/products/custom-ps-2-cable

 That works fine with that keybaord. I have since got a NerD 108. And it seems that the PS/2-micrio usb doesn't work with the NerD 108. When plug it in, the LED will get power, but there is no key inputs being received. I tired it with a usb-PS/2 converter and that also doesn't work. Does the NerD 108 have the capability to work with PS/2? Is is possible to have the PS/2-mirco usb cable modified to work with the NerD 108? Is there anything that can be done about this. I search google and found nothing. I even found a thread on geekhack
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=43915.msg1474447#msg1474447

where someone asked the same question and never got a response. And another thread
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=65590.0

that had a guy with a similar problem. But he said that he is currently using a converter and it worked. But the PS/2-usb didn't work out for him. And another guy in the the thread said that it needs to be a cable specifically for a keyboard. Can anything be done?

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #15701 on: Wed, 04 January 2017, 12:25:09 »
I've been waiting for the last couple months for Vortex/Massdrop to release and RGB Poker with Cherry Clears. Now that it seems like it's not going to happen, at least soon, what options do I have for a tactile standard layout 60% board.
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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #15702 on: Wed, 04 January 2017, 12:30:01 »
I've been waiting for the last couple months for Vortex/Massdrop to release and RGB Poker with Cherry Clears. Now that it seems like it's not going to happen, at least soon, what options do I have for a tactile standard layout 60% board.

KBP V60 w/ MX Clears?
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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #15703 on: Wed, 04 January 2017, 12:38:33 »
I recently got a Leopold FC660M and I removed the spacebar to try some o-rings. Well, after reinstalling the spacebar (Cherry stabilizers), it seems that it sits higher than it used to. I tried removing the o-rings, and flipping it. Is it possible that I messed up the switch when removing it, or am I just crazy?

I think that is the normal height. My leopold spacebar is slightly higher than the rest of the row.

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #15704 on: Wed, 04 January 2017, 23:31:49 »
I've been waiting for the last couple months for Vortex/Massdrop to release and RGB Poker with Cherry Clears. Now that it seems like it's not going to happen, at least soon, what options do I have for a tactile standard layout 60% board.

KBP V60 w/ MX Clears?

I was hoping for an rgb option.
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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #15705 on: Thu, 05 January 2017, 05:35:52 »
I read the FAQ thread but I have questions regarding certain LED's. I saw Quakemz post about building and he mentioned he liked 1.8 LED's. Any leads on where to get those? The places in the FAQ does not really explain which ones I need. Thanks for any help!

Google "1.8mm LED", they're quite common. Not sure if you're looking for round or square ones, but there are FAQ threads for that too.

I recently got a Leopold FC660M and I removed the spacebar to try some o-rings. Well, after reinstalling the spacebar (Cherry stabilizers), it seems that it sits higher than it used to. I tried removing the o-rings, and flipping it. Is it possible that I messed up the switch when removing it, or am I just crazy?

Take the spacebar off and the key next to it and compare the switches, is one stem sitting higher out of the switch's case than the other, or the switch not sitting flat on the plate? You might also just try pressing the spacebar firmly, it may not be seated all the way.

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #15706 on: Thu, 05 January 2017, 05:47:15 »
I had a CM Storm QuickFire and got a PS/2-micro usb cable from Mimic Cables.
https://www.mimic-cables.com/products/custom-ps-2-cable

 That works fine with that keybaord. I have since got a NerD 108. And it seems that the PS/2-micrio usb doesn't work with the NerD 108. When plug it in, the LED will get power, but there is no key inputs being received. I tired it with a usb-PS/2 converter and that also doesn't work. Does the NerD 108 have the capability to work with PS/2? Is is possible to have the PS/2-mirco usb cable modified to work with the NerD 108? Is there anything that can be done about this. I search google and found nothing. I even found a thread on geekhack
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=43915.msg1474447#msg1474447

where someone asked the same question and never got a response. And another thread
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=65590.0

that had a guy with a similar problem. But he said that he is currently using a converter and it worked. But the PS/2-usb didn't work out for him. And another guy in the the thread said that it needs to be a cable specifically for a keyboard. Can anything be done?

This happened to me on my Mini which runs an early version of ps2avr.  Power and no inputs for me meant that the cable's power and ground inputs were correctly mapped, but the Data+ and Data- lines were switched. Here is the pinout Mimic used for my correct cable: http://pinouts.ru/InputCables/usb_ps2_mouse_pinout.shtml

You can verify the mapping using a multimeter to check continuity between the pins on one end and the pins on the other end of the cable. A little tedious, but it may help to verify how the cable is mapped.

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #15707 on: Thu, 05 January 2017, 06:50:28 »
I had a CM Storm QuickFire and got a PS/2-micro usb cable from Mimic Cables.
https://www.mimic-cables.com/products/custom-ps-2-cable

 That works fine with that keybaord. I have since got a NerD 108. And it seems that the PS/2-micrio usb doesn't work with the NerD 108. When plug it in, the LED will get power, but there is no key inputs being received. I tired it with a usb-PS/2 converter and that also doesn't work. Does the NerD 108 have the capability to work with PS/2? Is is possible to have the PS/2-mirco usb cable modified to work with the NerD 108? Is there anything that can be done about this. I search google and found nothing. I even found a thread on geekhack
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=43915.msg1474447#msg1474447

where someone asked the same question and never got a response. And another thread
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=65590.0

that had a guy with a similar problem. But he said that he is currently using a converter and it worked. But the PS/2-usb didn't work out for him. And another guy in the the thread said that it needs to be a cable specifically for a keyboard. Can anything be done?

This happened to me on my Mini which runs an early version of ps2avr.  Power and no inputs for me meant that the cable's power and ground inputs were correctly mapped, but the Data+ and Data- lines were switched. Here is the pinout Mimic used for my correct cable: http://pinouts.ru/InputCables/usb_ps2_mouse_pinout.shtml

You can verify the mapping using a multimeter to check continuity between the pins on one end and the pins on the other end of the cable. A little tedious, but it may help to verify how the cable is mapped.

Ah. Thanks I don't have multimeter myself, but I may be able to get one. However, initially when I order the cable from Mimic Cables it came faulty and I contacted the guy that runs it and sent it to him to be repaired. He said he offers a lifetime repair warranty on his work. So, I hope to get the meter and check, and if it is wrong I will contact him again and send it out. Thanks again.

Additionally, I still don't know if the NerD 108 supports PS/2. Does anyone have this info. I know I can contact GON, but anyone who has done business with him knows how difficult it is to contact him.
« Last Edit: Thu, 05 January 2017, 06:55:23 by Nic3GreenNachos »

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #15708 on: Thu, 05 January 2017, 11:51:58 »
What are the popular options for a full size keyboard, brown switches, RGB lighting would be cool (Not needed, but a perk), around 150 (or less) (max 200)?

I'm looking at the MasterKey Pro L, and Ducky Shine 5 (Is 6 out or just on MK.com?)

I hear tons of bad things about LEDs on Corsair K70 - and although it feels cheaper than my current board (CM Storm Quickfire Rapid - the grey bezel, black keys) I DO like how it has the raised keycaps. Felt nice, and easier to clean. It seems like Ducky Shine 6 might be like that based on pics from MK.com

Also, I do love my CM Storm, but its TKL I want full size, and it's blue, I want brown switches now!

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #15709 on: Thu, 05 January 2017, 13:20:04 »
Does anyone know where I can get the schematic for the buzzer daughter board in the 4704 IBMs?
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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #15710 on: Thu, 05 January 2017, 13:36:28 »
I found a bit of information about IBM 4704 but I'm not that great at deciphering this kind of information just yet

https://github.com/tmk/tmk_keyboard/blob/master/converter/ibm4704_usb/ibm4704.txt

Here's a neat pdf brochure just for kicks (not a technical reference)

http://ed-thelen.org/comp-hist/IBM-ProdAnn/4700.pdf

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #15711 on: Thu, 05 January 2017, 13:56:16 »
I found a bit of information about IBM 4704 but I'm not that great at deciphering this kind of information just yet

https://github.com/tmk/tmk_keyboard/blob/master/converter/ibm4704_usb/ibm4704.txt

Here's a neat pdf brochure just for kicks (not a technical reference)

http://ed-thelen.org/comp-hist/IBM-ProdAnn/4700.pdf

Thanks, but not what I am looking for.  I am trying to figure out the schematic because I want to breadboard the daughter board for the buzzer.  Essentially, I want to fix the issue with the buzzer constantly going when you disable or toggle it.  I am very new to electronics in general, and want to go this route.  The electronics shop I went to today, had issues figuring out exactly what a couple of the componenets were so I am trying to dig up the schematic to figure that out.

Side note, I noticed in the brochure, they showed two sizes of the keyboard, mentioned 3, but we know of 4 from that series. The 50, 62, 77, and 107 key versions.  Unless one of these is not an official version from that line.
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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #15712 on: Fri, 06 January 2017, 18:23:50 »
Can someone post a link for the number pad layer of an SSK?
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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #15713 on: Sat, 07 January 2017, 21:27:19 »
Can someone post a link for the number pad layer of an SSK?

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #15714 on: Mon, 09 January 2017, 23:50:02 »
 I just got a happy hacking Bluetooth keyboard. It's the Japanese model. How do I switch between two devices going back-and-forth without deleting a device on one. Thank you.

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #15715 on: Fri, 13 January 2017, 00:51:25 »
Does anyone know if there's a good source of long-tail SIP sockets other than the expensive ones from mouser?  (This might not be a simple question...)
http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Mill-Max/311-43-164-41-001000/?qs=sGAEpiMZZMs%2fSh%2fkjph1tjJZclYmfaNPJ3I9Z5RDf1I%3d

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #15716 on: Fri, 13 January 2017, 09:10:00 »
Does anyone know if there's a good source of long-tail SIP sockets other than the expensive ones from mouser?  (This might not be a simple question...)
http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Mill-Max/311-43-164-41-001000/?qs=sGAEpiMZZMs%2fSh%2fkjph1tjJZclYmfaNPJ3I9Z5RDf1I%3d

I know there was a group buy long ago, and I got some from it, but I need MOAR!

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #15717 on: Fri, 13 January 2017, 12:44:58 »
Does anyone know if there's a good source of long-tail SIP sockets other than the expensive ones from mouser?  (This might not be a simple question...)
http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Mill-Max/311-43-164-41-001000/?qs=sGAEpiMZZMs%2fSh%2fkjph1tjJZclYmfaNPJ3I9Z5RDf1I%3d

I know there was a group buy long ago, and I got some from it, but I need MOAR!

Here are the ones on Vincent's store too.

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #15718 on: Fri, 13 January 2017, 15:39:33 »
I just got a happy hacking Bluetooth keyboard. It's the Japanese model. How do I switch between two devices going back-and-forth without deleting a device on one. Thank you.
I don't think you can, manual doesn't refer the function at least.

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #15719 on: Fri, 13 January 2017, 23:08:26 »
Has anyone spotted an RGB 65% keyboard? Whenever I search "RGB 65% keyboard" it returns "Corsair K65 RGB compact". Something like the white fox, or this sexy thing: http://22kbd.com/173, but with full RGB lighting. Just a full RGB 65% keyboard with arrow keys, preferably with both a dedicated backspace and delete.

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #15720 on: Sat, 14 January 2017, 08:37:41 »
2x3x4mm LEDs work with SA profile caps?
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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #15721 on: Sun, 15 January 2017, 09:48:01 »
Is there any places in Europe where you can buy PCB mounted tactile grey switches?

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #15722 on: Sun, 15 January 2017, 09:51:35 »
Is there any places in Europe where you can buy PCB mounted tactile grey switches?
https://deskthority.net/group-buys-f50/cherry-mx-taking-pre-orders-t2760.html

I doubt it is cheaper than buying from other place, but it's in EU.

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #15723 on: Sun, 15 January 2017, 16:28:50 »
Anyone have a recommendation on calipers with needle-point tips? Trying not to break the bank, but I need .01mm precision. If I can't get some for sub-$50 I think I'd need recs on any old standard calipers with the same precision.

Ex:


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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #15724 on: Sun, 15 January 2017, 17:13:11 »
Anyone have a recommendation on calipers with needle-point tips? Trying not to break the bank, but I need .01mm precision. If I can't get some for sub-$50 I think I'd need recs on any old standard calipers with the same precision.

Ex:

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After doing some more reading I may be a bit off-base with my expectations, sounds like .01mm accuracy might be unrealistic.

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #15725 on: Sun, 15 January 2017, 20:42:11 »
Is the profile of Realforce caps too distinct from sculpture 2 on the fc660c to make an alpha swap (to the Leo) uncomfortable?

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #15726 on: Mon, 16 January 2017, 01:33:03 »
Thanks for the help guys. No, REALLY... =_=

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #15727 on: Mon, 16 January 2017, 05:25:23 »
Thanks for the help guys. No, REALLY... =_=

Perhaps no one has spotted one. Is anyone here obligated to help you find RGB keyboards?

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #15728 on: Mon, 16 January 2017, 05:25:41 »
Has anyone spotted an RGB 65% keyboard? Whenever I search "RGB 65% keyboard" it returns "Corsair K65 RGB compact". Something like the white fox, or this sexy thing: http://22kbd.com/173, but with full RGB lighting. Just a full RGB 65% keyboard with arrow keys, preferably with both a dedicated backspace and delete.
https://amp.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/4ciatx/guide_65_keyboards_what_they_are_and_where_to_get/

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/4e5m2d/help_are_there_any_65_rgb_mechanical_keyboards/

Maybe ask on r/mechanicalkeyboards rgb seems to get more attention there