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A while back Grendel asked me if I could design a PCB for him to use in his CM Storm switch tester. I did a quick hack at an adapter board to use a Teensy. Grendel also wrote a firmware for the tester with PWM on all LEDs. Every switch has its own LED.

See the original thread for more info https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=67338.0

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I'm selling the PCBs for $10 each plus a flat $5 shipping world wide. Send me a PM including your Paypal email address if you are interested.
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Re: The Six Shooter - Teensy adapter PCB for the CM Storm switch tester.
« Reply #1 on: Wed, 18 March 2015, 06:18:08 »
Wow, cool!  //goes looking for CM Storm switch testers
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Re: The Six Shooter - Teensy adapter PCB for the CM Storm switch tester.
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 18 March 2015, 06:29:01 »
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Re: The Six Shooter - Teensy adapter PCB for the CM Storm switch tester.
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 18 March 2015, 06:32:40 »
This is cool. Wish most of my gear wasn't packed in storage, I can't remember if I had one or two cm testers.

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Re: The Six Shooter - Teensy adapter PCB for the CM Storm switch tester.
« Reply #4 on: Wed, 18 March 2015, 10:36:10 »
Shot you a PM as well!
Would love to get a PCB for my switch tester so I don't have to hand wire it...  :thumb:

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Re: The Six Shooter - Teensy adapter PCB for the CM Storm switch tester.
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 18 March 2015, 11:33:27 »
This is quite funny.

PCB is cheaper shipped than a teensy.

Is it that important to have a programmable switch tester for just 6 switches?
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Re: The Six Shooter - Teensy adapter PCB for the CM Storm switch tester.
« Reply #6 on: Wed, 18 March 2015, 11:37:28 »
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Re: The Six Shooter - Teensy adapter PCB for the CM Storm switch tester.
« Reply #7 on: Wed, 18 March 2015, 12:05:23 »
This is quite funny.

PCB is cheaper shipped than a teensy.

Is it that important to have a programmable switch tester for just 6 switches?

You still need a Teensy for it. :)

And yes, it's important to some of us. Heh.
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Re: The Six Shooter - Teensy adapter PCB for the CM Storm switch tester.
« Reply #8 on: Wed, 18 March 2015, 12:12:36 »
Oh this would be perfect for me to practice soldering until my rs84 gets in

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Re: The Six Shooter - Teensy adapter PCB for the CM Storm switch tester.
« Reply #9 on: Wed, 18 March 2015, 12:43:59 »
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Re: The Six Shooter - Teensy adapter PCB for the CM Storm switch tester.
« Reply #10 on: Wed, 18 March 2015, 12:59:05 »
PM sent for two! Thanks :)
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Re: The Six Shooter - Teensy adapter PCB for the CM Storm switch tester.
« Reply #11 on: Wed, 18 March 2015, 13:05:02 »
Not sure if want... Maybe if I get a switch tester in the near future haha

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Re: The Six Shooter - Teensy adapter PCB for the CM Storm switch tester.
« Reply #12 on: Wed, 18 March 2015, 13:20:04 »
PM Sent! :D

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Re: The Six Shooter - Teensy adapter PCB for the CM Storm switch tester.
« Reply #13 on: Wed, 18 March 2015, 16:50:18 »
Got my Invoice for two of these beauties! Thx bpiphany =)

Does it actually work completely diode free, since I can't see diode soldering points and every switch seems to be connected straight with the teensy (which I guess makes them obsolete anyway)?
It looks to me like you only need to solder switches plus teensy, and if you want backlighting, solder leds and resistors in addition to that.
Would be nice if someone could confirm this.  :)

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Re: The Six Shooter - Teensy adapter PCB for the CM Storm switch tester.
« Reply #14 on: Wed, 18 March 2015, 17:47:29 »
I caved.  I really do enjoy tiny toys like this.  >~>
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Re: The Six Shooter - Teensy adapter PCB for the CM Storm switch tester.
« Reply #15 on: Wed, 18 March 2015, 22:24:44 »
Really love the PCB! <3

But...  :eek:
Why on earth have the 'Purrrrrrfect!' and 'Gone to see the Cheshire Cat R.I.P Sonix' prints been removed that the prototype had?  xD




Does the top side still have the revolver style (and the Niiiiiice!) prints? xD


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Re: The Six Shooter - Teensy adapter PCB for the CM Storm switch tester.
« Reply #16 on: Thu, 19 March 2015, 05:04:23 »
Yes, no diodes needed. Every switch has its own pin on the controller. The other side of each switch is directly connected to ground. All LEDs have their own PWM channel.

The purrrrrfect and Niiiiiice quotes were added on request from Grendel for personal reasons. I didn't want to leave them on without him saying it was ok. The revolver cylinders are still there =)

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Re: The Six Shooter - Teensy adapter PCB for the CM Storm switch tester.
« Reply #17 on: Thu, 19 March 2015, 12:31:38 »
Yes, no diodes needed. Every switch has its own pin on the controller. The other side of each switch is directly connected to ground. All LEDs have their own PWM channel.

The purrrrrfect and Niiiiiice quotes were added on request from Grendel for personal reasons. I didn't want to leave them on without him saying it was ok. The revolver cylinders are still there =)

Awesome thx bpiphany!
Love the revolver style design!  :)

So if each LED has it's own PWM, they can all be adjusted individually?
Thx for the Infos!  :thumb:

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Re: The Six Shooter - Teensy adapter PCB for the CM Storm switch tester.
« Reply #18 on: Thu, 19 March 2015, 13:00:40 »
Thanks bpiphany :)

Any idea when they should start showing up? Just so I know when to be looking  ;)

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Re: The Six Shooter - Teensy adapter PCB for the CM Storm switch tester.
« Reply #20 on: Thu, 19 March 2015, 15:09:08 »
I'll just drop this here: http://techkeys.us/collections/accessories/products/cm-switch-tester
Heh that's exactly where I picked one up myself.  ^~^
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Re: The Six Shooter - Teensy adapter PCB for the CM Storm switch tester.
« Reply #21 on: Fri, 20 March 2015, 02:35:46 »
Thanks bpiphany :)

Any idea when they should start showing up? Just so I know when to be looking  ;)

The US can be a bit slow, two or three weeks is not uncommon. One week happens as well as four from time to time.. Within the EU is usually around 3 or 4 days.

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Re: The Six Shooter - Teensy adapter PCB for the CM Storm switch tester.
« Reply #22 on: Fri, 20 March 2015, 15:38:19 »
invoice paid, ordered two!  Looking forward to getting mine in and tinkering with it. 

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Re: The Six Shooter - Teensy adapter PCB for the CM Storm switch tester.
« Reply #23 on: Fri, 20 March 2015, 16:27:57 »
I'll take 2 if they are still available

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Re: The Six Shooter - Teensy adapter PCB for the CM Storm switch tester.
« Reply #24 on: Fri, 20 March 2015, 16:48:33 »
I'll take 2 if they are still available

PM me with your Paypal address.

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Re: The Six Shooter - Teensy adapter PCB for the CM Storm switch tester.
« Reply #25 on: Sat, 21 March 2015, 00:18:26 »
Oh boy, here we go again
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Re: The Six Shooter - Teensy adapter PCB for the CM Storm switch tester.
« Reply #26 on: Sat, 21 March 2015, 12:55:43 »
Oh boy, here we go again
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Re: The Six Shooter - Teensy adapter PCB for the CM Storm switch tester.
« Reply #27 on: Sat, 21 March 2015, 13:02:59 »
I want to get one, but where can I find the case?

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Re: The Six Shooter - Teensy adapter PCB for the CM Storm switch tester.
« Reply #29 on: Sat, 21 March 2015, 13:57:38 »
Oh boy, here we go again
(Attachment Link)
Just downloaded your firmware and seems pretty easy to use~  ...Didn't see the six shooter in the list of hardware.  Is there somewhere to create it in the program itself?

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« Reply #30 on: Sat, 21 March 2015, 13:58:47 »
I haven't released the new version yet. Today, hopefully

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« Reply #31 on: Sat, 21 March 2015, 14:03:31 »
Excited for easy firmware!

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« Reply #32 on: Sat, 21 March 2015, 14:06:43 »
I haven't released the new version yet. Today, hopefully
Sorry didn't mean to sound rushing~  ^^'
Take your time~  I was just curious if I was gonna learn to do it myself haha.

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« Reply #33 on: Sat, 21 March 2015, 14:47:03 »
Oh boy, here we go again

You're welcome ;)

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Re: The Six Shooter - Teensy adapter PCB for the CM Storm switch tester.
« Reply #34 on: Sun, 22 March 2015, 13:13:50 »
Paid, sorry for the delay.

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« Reply #35 on: Wed, 25 March 2015, 19:54:12 »
Got mine today. My kids said it was cute.

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« Reply #36 on: Wed, 25 March 2015, 20:22:31 »
Got mine today. My kids said it was cute.
Guess I should go check the mailbox

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Re: The Six Shooter - Teensy adapter PCB for the CM Storm switch tester.
« Reply #37 on: Thu, 26 March 2015, 02:17:29 »
Um...

I have to really take a deep breath and be thick skinned here, but seeing how much you love PCB design, would it be possible to ask you to design a 42 key PCB that basically puts together your Six Shooter and samwisekoi's GH36?

I have been wanting to get a 6x6 matrix with 2x3=6 thumb keys for a long time. Essentially an ergodox with matrix layout and thumb keys located nearby.I really can't do this design myself, the GH36 doesn't completely meet my need so I would have to hand wire additional keys, etc.

An thinking that one way to make it easier than the Gh36 would be to forego LEDs. Another would be to leave out support for additional stabilizers or Alps switches, making it a pure 42 key matrix. A third could be to have 1 Atmega per hand without having to run a wire between the two sides. That way each keyboard functions independently and can work as a one handed board if the thumb triggered a function layer for one handed operation.

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Re: The Six Shooter - Teensy adapter PCB for the CM Storm switch tester.
« Reply #38 on: Thu, 26 March 2015, 15:58:30 »
Mine arrived in Canada.

Anyone know where I can get a teensy 2.0 for cheap?

Thanks!

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« Reply #39 on: Fri, 27 March 2015, 12:23:34 »
Just got mine today!  Looks pretty~

Anyone know how to open the damned CM storm tester?  I broke a screwdriver trying to pry it open and i couldn't fine any screw holes. o3o

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« Reply #40 on: Fri, 27 March 2015, 12:31:15 »
Just got mine today!  Looks pretty~

Anyone know how to open the damned CM storm tester?  I broke a screwdriver trying to pry it open and i couldn't fine any screw holes. o3o
I used one of the opening tools that CM included with their replacement top panels(for the QFR). Even then it is super difficult to open it.

Hopefully mine shows up tomorrow. I really want to get my hands on it :P

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« Reply #41 on: Fri, 27 March 2015, 12:32:08 »
Just got mine today!  Looks pretty~

Anyone know how to open the damned CM storm tester?  I broke a screwdriver trying to pry it open and i couldn't fine any screw holes. o3o
I used one of the opening tools that CM included with their replacement top panels(for the QFR). Even then it is super difficult to open it.

Hopefully mine shows up tomorrow. I really want to get my hands on it :P
Those CM openers are awesome, we need a source for those.

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« Reply #42 on: Fri, 27 March 2015, 12:34:37 »
Just got mine today!  Looks pretty~

Anyone know how to open the damned CM storm tester?  I broke a screwdriver trying to pry it open and i couldn't fine any screw holes. o3o
I used one of the opening tools that CM included with their replacement top panels(for the QFR). Even then it is super difficult to open it.

Hopefully mine shows up tomorrow. I really want to get my hands on it :P
Those CM openers are awesome, we need a source for those.
I wonder if CM would be down to sell a batch of them for cheap or something.

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Re: The Six Shooter - Teensy adapter PCB for the CM Storm switch tester.
« Reply #43 on: Fri, 27 March 2015, 23:51:50 »
Thx bpiphany!
Can't wait for my Gaterons to arrive...  :thumb:




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« Reply #44 on: Mon, 30 March 2015, 17:18:10 »
Anyone built theirs yet? The suspense is killing me, maybe tomorrow mine will show up? (I keep telling myself this, it's not working :P)

This was pretty difficult to do, but I think it worked  :)


USB cable will go out of the back, I really don't want it coming out the side.

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« Reply #45 on: Mon, 30 March 2015, 18:17:04 »


Anyone built theirs yet? The suspense is killing me, maybe tomorrow mine will show up? (I keep telling myself this, it's not working )

This was pretty difficult to do, but I think it worked  :)


USB cable will go out of the back, I really don't want it coming out the side.

Mine still haven't arrived either. Stupid post office. :mad:
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Re: The Six Shooter - Teensy adapter PCB for the CM Storm switch tester.
« Reply #46 on: Mon, 30 March 2015, 18:29:38 »
Mine hasn't arrived yet, but I'm looking forward to working on this. I was hoping I'd have it by today since I'll have a bunch of forced free time at work tomorrow. Alas, I will probably just spend it browsing Geekhack.
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« Reply #47 on: Mon, 30 March 2015, 19:08:07 »
Got mine today! :) let the fun begin!

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« Reply #48 on: Sat, 04 April 2015, 13:48:27 »
 :)


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« Reply #49 on: Sat, 04 April 2015, 15:08:16 »
It lives!