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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16550 on: Wed, 29 April 2020, 10:44:29 »
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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16551 on: Thu, 30 April 2020, 03:34:51 »
Hi,
I think about getting the Infinikey Pastel - Mega Addon Kit
Link: https://prototypist.net/collections/infinikey-pastel/products/group-buy-infinikey-pastel-mega-addon-kit
for a Drop ALT Mechanical keyboard or a Ducky One 2 SF.


I'm pretty new to this.
My question: What do the numbers in the photo of the add-on kit mean? (1.5u, 2u, 7u etc.).
I assume it's some sort of size indication. How can I check if it fits on my keyboards?
Thanks.

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16552 on: Fri, 01 May 2020, 17:06:38 »
Hi,
I think about getting the Infinikey Pastel - Mega Addon Kit
Link: https://prototypist.net/collections/infinikey-pastel/products/group-buy-infinikey-pastel-mega-addon-kit
for a Drop ALT Mechanical keyboard or a Ducky One 2 SF.


I'm pretty new to this.
My question: What do the numbers in the photo of the add-on kit mean? (1.5u, 2u, 7u etc.).
I assume it's some sort of size indication. How can I check if it fits on my keyboards?
Thanks.

A standard letter key is 1 unit wide and this is written written 1u, you have to eyeball if the bigger keys are 1/4, 1/2 or 3/4 of a key bigger than that.

The two boards you mention use different keys in the bottom row and the right shift but more importantly the Ducky will have come with OEM profile keycaps which are different height to the pastel ones, which are Cherry profile.  Not sure about the Drop board.
                               
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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16553 on: Sat, 02 May 2020, 02:28:29 »
Hi,
I think about getting the Infinikey Pastel - Mega Addon Kit
Link: https://prototypist.net/collections/infinikey-pastel/products/group-buy-infinikey-pastel-mega-addon-kit
for a Drop ALT Mechanical keyboard or a Ducky One 2 SF.


I'm pretty new to this.
My question: What do the numbers in the photo of the add-on kit mean? (1.5u, 2u, 7u etc.).
I assume it's some sort of size indication. How can I check if it fits on my keyboards?
Thanks.

A standard letter key is 1 unit wide and this is written written 1u, you have to eyeball if the bigger keys are 1/4, 1/2 or 3/4 of a key bigger than that.

The two boards you mention use different keys in the bottom row and the right shift but more importantly the Ducky will have come with OEM profile keycaps which are different height to the pastel ones, which are Cherry profile.  Not sure about the Drop board.

Thanks for answering my question and the info about the profile. I didn't knew about that.
Comparing the Drop Alt keycaps with a comparison shot on reddit I think they are Cheery profile.

I must admit I'm a total noob in mechanical keyboards.
Is there anything else I need to consider when selecting keycaps for a keyboard?
Is there a beginner guide somewhere on GH?



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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16554 on: Sat, 02 May 2020, 04:52:37 »
Is there anything else I need to consider when selecting keycaps for a keyboard?
Is there a beginner guide somewhere on GH?

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Yup, looks like Cherry.  Manufacturers usually say in the product description but pictures work too.

I was going to say there isn't a guide because it's pretty simple and with the two things above you're now an expert, then I remembered the possible rubbing of some keycaps if the switches are one way up or if they have LEDs in them, not a problem if you match whats on there though.

Most people buy a whole set which makes things easier but I should warn you that the Drop keycaps are probably ABS and if they are they will sound different to the PBT pastels.  Some people would be bothered by this, most don't care.  The font may also be different, and/or in a different place on the cap.  You know if this will bother you better than I do :)
                               
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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16555 on: Mon, 11 May 2020, 12:05:02 »
Anyone know how the blank white Gateron or ePBT caps compare to WS1?

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16556 on: Mon, 11 May 2020, 15:03:53 »
Anyone know how to get in touch with the ctrl.alt people? I'm trying to find the podcast that they did (I think it was BunnyLake) with HipsterPunks back in 2016, maybe as far back as 2014.

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16557 on: Mon, 11 May 2020, 15:08:39 »
Anyone know how to get in touch with the ctrl.alt people? I'm trying to find the podcast that they did (I think it was BunnyLake) with HipsterPunks back in 2016, maybe as far back as 2014.

Your best bet is probably on Instagram. I believe it was sent who did the interview though iirc

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16558 on: Mon, 11 May 2020, 17:24:00 »
Anyone know how to get in touch with the ctrl.alt people? I'm trying to find the podcast that they did (I think it was BunnyLake) with HipsterPunks back in 2016, maybe as far back as 2014.

Your best bet is probably on Instagram. I believe it was sent who did the interview though iirc

Awesome, thanks. Gonna try to track this down.

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16559 on: Tue, 12 May 2020, 06:30:06 »
Anyone know how to get in touch with the ctrl.alt people? I'm trying to find the podcast that they did (I think it was BunnyLake) with HipsterPunks back in 2016, maybe as far back as 2014.

Your best bet is probably on Instagram. I believe it was sent who did the interview though iirc

Awesome, thanks. Gonna try to track this down.

Let me know if you find it

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16560 on: Mon, 18 May 2020, 06:32:30 »
Anyone know if there are any tenkeyless format PCBs that support the gateron optical switches?!?
I've been searching for a solid 2 hours and cannot find anything.

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16562 on: Sun, 24 May 2020, 07:02:57 »
I'm probably going to mod it to make it even more quieter but would you say cherry silent blacks are the quietest switch to start with?

Did you ever get an answer to this @bear95? I'm curious if there is anything just as quiet but less mushy & scratchy than the cherry mx silent black... I'm not saying they are mushy & scratchy, but I've seen so many reviews of the cherry mx silent red/black claiming as much.


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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16564 on: Fri, 29 May 2020, 17:39:53 »
Are there any split keyboards with a polycarbonate plate?

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16565 on: Fri, 29 May 2020, 20:12:03 »
Are there any split keyboards with a polycarbonate plate?

I think the plate files have been released for the VE.A but I'm not really familiar with other split boards

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16566 on: Tue, 02 June 2020, 06:09:14 »
I want to upgrade an off-the shelf keyboard stabilizers. It is plate mounted. Am I correct that the only upgrade path right now is the GMK/Cherry plate-mounted stabs?

All other aftermarket stabilizers are PCB/screw-in which will never fit or allowed to be used on a plate?

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16567 on: Wed, 03 June 2020, 05:51:36 »
Are DSA and XDA the only 'row agnostic' profiles? A quick Google suggests so, but ideally I'm looking for a profile that is cylindrical rather than spherical (DSA), and not like a dinner plate (XDA).

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16568 on: Wed, 03 June 2020, 06:39:37 »
Are DSA and XDA the only 'row agnostic' profiles? A quick Google suggests so, but ideally I'm looking for a profile that is cylindrical rather than spherical (DSA), and not like a dinner plate (XDA).
G20 caps from PMK are not spherical, not sure they're cylindrical though.  No ISO enter either, if that's a problem.
                               
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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16569 on: Wed, 03 June 2020, 06:56:01 »
Are DSA and XDA the only 'row agnostic' profiles? A quick Google suggests so, but ideally I'm looking for a profile that is cylindrical rather than spherical (DSA), and not like a dinner plate (XDA).
G20 caps from PMK are not spherical, not sure they're cylindrical though.  No ISO enter either, if that's a problem.

Thanks, hadn't even realised there was a profile called G20. No ISO isn't a problem, I left ISO boards twenty years ago. Looked up the profile and they appear to be even flatter than XDA- almost chicklets!

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16570 on: Thu, 04 June 2020, 05:03:23 »
Are there any readily available tactile switches with silencing besides Zilents?

All I've come across so far are on the silenced front are linears from Cherry and Gateron.

Edit: And by 'tactile' I mean more tactile than Cherry brown (aka practically linear :)

Edit2: Just found a thread talking about Box Silent Browns. Might be the ticket.
« Last Edit: Thu, 04 June 2020, 05:20:21 by jamster »

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16571 on: Sat, 06 June 2020, 22:20:52 »
Favorite 60% case that accepts a standard 60% PCB? Specifically, I just picked up an AN-C PCB from Cannon Keys for fun, but I'm not 100% sure what case to buy for it. I've had a KBDFans Tofu in the past, and I wasn't thrilled with it. I already have some Rama and other higher end boards, as well as an NK65, so I know a traymount / stock PCB combo isn't going to compare.

Still, let me know if you have a recommendation for a premium standard 60% case that I might not know about. Thanks in advance!

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16572 on: Mon, 08 June 2020, 08:33:52 »
Hi, got a couple questions.

I recently have the opportunity to buy a Northgate Omni 102 with blue alps. What's a good price for it? The seller is offering 150 but I'm unfamiliar with the pricing. Also if that's not the best price, what are other boards listed in deskthority would be good for a blue alps board? Lastly, are their any specific areas for alps keycaps and any good groupbuy boards that have alps compatibility?

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16573 on: Fri, 12 June 2020, 11:42:33 »
Hi, got a couple questions.

I recently have the opportunity to buy a Northgate Omni 102 with blue alps. What's a good price for it? The seller is offering 150 but I'm unfamiliar with the pricing. Also if that's not the best price, what are other boards listed in deskthority would be good for a blue alps board? Lastly, are their any specific areas for alps keycaps and any good groupbuy boards that have alps compatibility?

Hell, I'll buy that for 150 (assuming USD). I picked up my Leading Edge DC-2014 for just a bit more. I'm having a harder time finding decent blue alps, so I wouldn't pass up a board at the price (regardless if it's the "best" price)

Re, interesting ALPs groups buys over the horizon: Hiney's DCS WoB

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16574 on: Wed, 17 June 2020, 01:43:59 »
I need a PCB for a TKL size, i am new to building keyboards but i am looking at the XD87 hot swap https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33028638867.html?spm=a2g0o.detail.1000023.2.409aefbdeSXe7Q and i am wondering if i solder lights to it would i be able to control themb (change colors) or will they only have one color depending on the LED i buy. Thank you

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16575 on: Wed, 17 June 2020, 11:59:59 »
I need a PCB for a TKL size, i am new to building keyboards but i am looking at the XD87 hot swap https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33028638867.html?spm=a2g0o.detail.1000023.2.409aefbdeSXe7Q and i am wondering if i solder lights to it would i be able to control themb (change colors) or will they only have one color depending on the LED i buy. Thank you

Here's what it looks like to me just from the pictures at your link:
- There are RGB LEDs presoldered to the bottom of the board. These will provide underglow (which may be easy or difficult to see depending on your case), but will not illuminate individual keys.
- There are through-hole pads for per-switch LEDs, with two pins per LED. In nearly all cases, this means you can only install single-colour LEDs (some boards are compatible with bi-colour LEDs, which can be driven in either direction, but it doesn't look like that's the case for this board).

If the pictures are wrong, it could be anything! As an aside, if you're building a keyboard, make sure you pick a case that's physically compatible with your chosen PCB -- i.e. that the mounting holes and USB port cutout are in the appropriate places.
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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16576 on: Mon, 22 June 2020, 09:57:15 »
Didn't I see this in an IC or GB thread recently? What keyboard is this? Thanks.

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« Reply #16577 on: Mon, 22 June 2020, 11:05:50 »
Didn't I see this in an IC or GB thread recently? What keyboard is this? Thanks.

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16578 on: Tue, 23 June 2020, 16:47:41 »
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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16579 on: Thu, 25 June 2020, 08:28:18 »
I have an IBM model M (part number 1391401) which came with a detachable PS/2 cable (grey round badge on the left side), i broke a trace on it, the rest of the keyboard works perfectly. I just bought an older Model M (model number 1390120) which came with a detachable DIN cable (no status lights and square metal badge on the right).

For what i have read it should be perfectly possible to use a passive DIN-to-PS2 adapter to connect the older keyboard to a "modern"standard.

So, my question is, its possible to use the PS/2 cable from the part number 1391401 with the part number 1390120 keyboard? (i will eventually make a passive adapter if its possible, i would say buy one but importing anything here is a gamble).

EDIT: I tested the cable (to be sure i wasn't gonna fry anything) and it works!
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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16580 on: Fri, 26 June 2020, 14:38:54 »
Anybody have an Alice KLE json I could use? It's tricky to get those angles just right.

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16581 on: Sun, 28 June 2020, 08:14:23 »
Does anyone have a good method for lubing ergo clears? I lubed the sliders and stem with tribosys 3204, and if anything they feel less smooth. Kind of rough and gummy.
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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16582 on: Sun, 28 June 2020, 09:59:06 »
Does anyone have a good method for lubing ergo clears? I lubed the sliders and stem with tribosys 3204, and if anything they feel less smooth. Kind of rough and gummy.

Gummy sounds like too much lube - remove and clean off a stem and put it back in to see if it feels better (the housing will still be lubed)
                               
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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16583 on: Tue, 30 June 2020, 19:00:58 »
Does anyone have a good method for lubing ergo clears? I lubed the sliders and stem with tribosys 3204, and if anything they feel less smooth. Kind of rough and gummy.

Gummy sounds like too much lube - remove and clean off a stem and put it back in to see if it feels better (the housing will still be lubed)
Thanks, that did the trick, I couldn't get them feeling good until I did an absolute minimal coat on the rails and the whole stem minus the tactile legs. Wish I'd used a thinner lube though, clears have a sharp bump and I don't think 3204 works well with it.

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Re: Simple Questions, Simple Answers (FAQ in the OP)
« Reply #16584 on: Mon, 06 July 2020, 04:38:45 »
I have just received my DROP ALT with with Kaihua Box White switches a few days ago.
However keys wobble quite a lot. Is there anything I can do about that?
Another question:
Does it make sense to add o-rings to these switches to make them a bit softer?
I want keep them clicky but I always press the keys all the way down.
Especially the spacebar is kind of annoying in terms of sound and feeling.