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Offline dc_in_sf

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any update on a possible Bluetooth PCB gb?

the case is alu it probably wouldn't work

I thought there was already a bt pcb developed that uses a carbon fiber plate to allow the signal out?

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any update on a possible Bluetooth PCB gb?

the case is alu it probably wouldn't work

I thought there was already a bt pcb developed that uses a carbon fiber plate to allow the signal out?

im not sure if that would work but honestly i have no idea
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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit (Shipping done!)
« Reply #902 on: Sun, 01 July 2018, 04:10:40 »
Hi everyone. IC thread for new round just posted.

Please check it here: https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=96401.0

We'll update more info gradually. :thumb:

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any update on a possible Bluetooth PCB gb?

the case is alu it probably wouldn't work

I thought there was already a bt pcb developed that uses a carbon fiber plate to allow the signal out?

im not sure if that would work but honestly i have no idea

We'll make some modifications for plate to make it possible. ;D

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit (Shipping done! New round IC posted)
« Reply #904 on: Sun, 01 July 2018, 23:15:10 »
This is purely amazing.
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Offline SparkSnacker

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit (Shipping done! New round IC posted)
« Reply #905 on: Thu, 05 July 2018, 11:17:12 »
I've finally put together my CA66 (what a beauty), and I'm having some issues flashing the hex file on my Mac as detailed here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1U6TFRDjKWoeqEisg14OWFIzY4lis2L2L/view

When I get to "7. Press and hold the esc and plug the ca66 keyboard to your mac."

It says "Display all 1410 possibilities? (y or n)"

And when I continue to ./bootloadHID ca66.hex, I get this error:

"Error opening HIDBoot device: The specified device was not found"

Any tips on how to identify the device to the bootloaderHID?

Or, better yet, a more thorough guide on flashing it for a mac?

Thanks guys!   :)

Offline child

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit (Shipping done! New round IC posted)
« Reply #906 on: Thu, 05 July 2018, 13:21:08 »
Are you sure you are holding escape? This message would indicate it's Tab that you are holding.

Offline SparkSnacker

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit (Shipping done! New round IC posted)
« Reply #907 on: Thu, 05 July 2018, 13:39:56 »
OMG that was it: I was holding down `Esc` on my laptop keyboard, not on my CA66 :facepalm:

Thank you!

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any update on a possible Bluetooth PCB gb?

the case is alu it probably wouldn't work

I thought there was already a bt pcb developed that uses a carbon fiber plate to allow the signal out?

im not sure if that would work but honestly i have no idea

There was already a GB for this, and yes, it did work.

Does anyone know anything about the “CAD66” BLE PCB that’s compatible with the CA66? Saw some pictures on Reddit but don’t know where to get one.

A tiny little bit, it's a dual mode replacement pcb that is bluetooth enabled and USB capable, replaces the LED strip with an LED matrix that is individually addressable, and is Alps comptible. the original group buy came with a pcb, carbon fiber replacement plate (to allow signal transmission), and a battery. original group buy was on taobao, and is over. there may be another buy in the near future...

Offline random0987

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit (Shipping done! New round IC posted)
« Reply #909 on: Tue, 10 July 2018, 22:43:53 »
Sad news- add me to the growing list of people with a bricked PCB. Here’s what happened and what I’ve tried:

1 - use CA66 happily for a couple of months,
2 - watching full screen video on desktop computer running Windows 10,
3 - hear USB disconnect sound, lights on CA66 turn on and are all white (I had them turned off previously, they only lit when holding the function key)
4 - error message, "The last USB device you connected to this computer malfunctioned, and Windows does not recognize it."
5 - each time I plug into a different computer I get the same error message,
6 - attempt to re-flash with eeprom reset and ca66 hex files. Hold down “ESC” and plug in, no error message, but both boot loader and QMK toolbox software are unable to find a device to flash

Has anyone found a workaround or discovered the cause? I hope others can avoid these issues if we are able the identify what is going wrong.

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit (Shipping done! New round IC posted)
« Reply #910 on: Mon, 16 July 2018, 20:57:59 »
Finally came around to build the CA66 and it really is super nice and beautiful! I will post pictures soon, want to customize a little first (since I just now finished it). :D
Question: I want to "port" the board to QMK. But since I'm a beginner still with QMK, I wonder if the default TMK file is somewhere available for download? Or can I somehow download the Hex file from the keyboard? Just in case something is going wrong.
One other thing: I built it with split spacebar and am using SA keycaps and I have the problem that the "right" spacebar (2.75U) is sometimes slightly touching the case. It's not too bad, but it doesn't feel all that well. Anyone with the same setup and problem?

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit (Shipping done! New round IC posted)
« Reply #911 on: Mon, 16 July 2018, 21:16:03 »
Finally came around to build the CA66 and it really is super nice and beautiful! I will post pictures soon, want to customize a little first (since I just now finished it). :D
Question: I want to "port" the board to QMK. But since I'm a beginner still with QMK, I wonder if the default TMK file is somewhere available for download? Or can I somehow download the Hex file from the keyboard? Just in case something is going wrong.
One other thing: I built it with split spacebar and am using SA keycaps and I have the problem that the "right" spacebar (2.75U) is sometimes slightly touching the case. It's not too bad, but it doesn't feel all that well. Anyone with the same setup and problem?
Why do you want to port it? It's already available on the QMK repo.

https://github.com/qmk/qmk_firmware/tree/master/keyboards/playkbtw/ca66

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit (Shipping done! New round IC posted)
« Reply #912 on: Mon, 16 July 2018, 21:19:25 »
Finally came around to build the CA66 and it really is super nice and beautiful! I will post pictures soon, want to customize a little first (since I just now finished it). :D
Question: I want to "port" the board to QMK. But since I'm a beginner still with QMK, I wonder if the default TMK file is somewhere available for download? Or can I somehow download the Hex file from the keyboard? Just in case something is going wrong.
One other thing: I built it with split spacebar and am using SA keycaps and I have the problem that the "right" spacebar (2.75U) is sometimes slightly touching the case. It's not too bad, but it doesn't feel all that well. Anyone with the same setup and problem?
Why do you want to port it? It's already available on the QMK repo.

https://github.com/qmk/qmk_firmware/tree/master/keyboards/playkbtw/ca66
Ah sorry, I used the wrong word ofc. What I meant was the bootloader thing: Don‘t I have to do something with it to be able to use QMK? I read something a few pages back, but I might not have read this correctly..

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit (Shipping done! New round IC posted)
« Reply #913 on: Mon, 16 July 2018, 21:25:09 »
Finally came around to build the CA66 and it really is super nice and beautiful! I will post pictures soon, want to customize a little first (since I just now finished it). :D
Question: I want to "port" the board to QMK. But since I'm a beginner still with QMK, I wonder if the default TMK file is somewhere available for download? Or can I somehow download the Hex file from the keyboard? Just in case something is going wrong.
One other thing: I built it with split spacebar and am using SA keycaps and I have the problem that the "right" spacebar (2.75U) is sometimes slightly touching the case. It's not too bad, but it doesn't feel all that well. Anyone with the same setup and problem?
Why do you want to port it? It's already available on the QMK repo.

https://github.com/qmk/qmk_firmware/tree/master/keyboards/playkbtw/ca66
Ah sorry, I used the wrong word ofc. What I meant was the bootloader thing: Don‘t I have to do something with it to be able to use QMK? I read something a few pages back, but I might not have read this correctly..
No worries, go the first post >FEATURES OF PCB> Flashing Guide. Choose either Mac/Windows and that'll have all the info you need. All you need is a hex file.

If you don't have know how to compile a hex someone might be able to pass one along. Are you familiar with compiling?

Edit: Actually QMK configurator has the ca66 so you should just be able to use that:)

https://config.qmk.fm/#/playkbtw/ca66/LAYOUT
« Last Edit: Mon, 16 July 2018, 21:32:41 by donut_sauce »

Offline sysfury

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit (Shipping done! New round IC posted)
« Reply #914 on: Wed, 18 July 2018, 15:43:27 »


They are M2.5*5.

What is the size of the larger case screws?

Offline TennisShoeNinja

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit (Shipping done! New round IC posted)
« Reply #915 on: Mon, 23 July 2018, 15:29:54 »
Im late to the party.... when is round 2?

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit (Shipping done! New round IC posted)
« Reply #916 on: Mon, 23 July 2018, 16:30:40 »
Im late to the party.... when is round 2?

He hasn't announce it yet.  But keep an eye out in the IC thread.
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=96401.0

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit (Shipping done! New round IC posted)
« Reply #917 on: Wed, 08 August 2018, 04:21:26 »
I was going through the build log photos and noticed this switch modding aid tool: https://www.flickr.com/photos/149475414@N03/36687692440/in/album-72157688199776126/

Does anyone know where I could get one of those?
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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit (Shipping done! New round IC posted)
« Reply #918 on: Wed, 08 August 2018, 23:26:55 »
I was going through the build log photos and noticed this switch modding aid tool: https://www.flickr.com/photos/149475414@N03/36687692440/in/album-72157688199776126/

Does anyone know where I could get one of those?

Looks like just a laser cut piece of acrylic with cherry switchtop opening cutouts. talk to Jordi over at https://stratakb.com/ or pretty much anyone who owns or has access to a laser cutter...

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit (Shipping done! New round IC posted)
« Reply #920 on: Wed, 05 September 2018, 10:15:23 »
Edit: Nvm wrong thread
« Last Edit: Wed, 05 September 2018, 11:16:34 by slxdegrees »

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit (Shipping done! New round IC posted)
« Reply #921 on: Thu, 04 October 2018, 10:02:10 »
I just got my Round 1 CA66 and I am getting USB power surge issues. I've never seen this on any other board with my Dell laptop. Is my PCB bad? Am I better off getting a new round 2 pcb?

Edit: I am thinking the cable is to blame. Will order a new high USB C cable factory built to spec rather than something I bought from some random person online that happened to look cool...
« Last Edit: Thu, 04 October 2018, 11:23:51 by JP »
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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit (Shipping done! New round IC posted)
« Reply #922 on: Sat, 03 November 2018, 10:08:48 »
Sad news- add me to the growing list of people with a bricked PCB. Here’s what happened and what I’ve tried:

1 - use CA66 happily for a couple of months,
2 - watching full screen video on desktop computer running Windows 10,
3 - hear USB disconnect sound, lights on CA66 turn on and are all white (I had them turned off previously, they only lit when holding the function key)
4 - error message, "The last USB device you connected to this computer malfunctioned, and Windows does not recognize it."
5 - each time I plug into a different computer I get the same error message,
6 - attempt to re-flash with eeprom reset and ca66 hex files. Hold down “ESC” and plug in, no error message, but both boot loader and QMK toolbox software are unable to find a device to flash

Has anyone found a workaround or discovered the cause? I hope others can avoid these issues if we are able the identify what is going wrong.

Same here. I have a second PCB, but I'm hesitant to build it up now unless the source for the problem is figured out. I don't want to brick another PCB.

Offline fer.real

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit (Shipping done! New round IC posted)
« Reply #923 on: Sat, 03 November 2018, 10:38:58 »
I have had this happen to me, but I was able to recover the board by reflashing the firmware.  Windows showed an error that a device (the keyboard) was using too much power.  This makes me believe that the failure was due to a bad USB-C cable.

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit (Shipping done! New round IC posted)
« Reply #924 on: Sat, 03 November 2018, 12:00:30 »
I have had this happen to me, but I was able to recover the board by reflashing the firmware.  Windows showed an error that a device (the keyboard) was using too much power.  This makes me believe that the failure was due to a bad USB-C cable.
that's a good guess. a bad cable can definitely fry an input device. i had a bad micro-usb fry my intuos tablet.

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit (Shipping done! New round IC posted)
« Reply #925 on: Wed, 21 November 2018, 08:20:53 »
Well, my second PCB is now exhibiting the same issue. LED strip lights up white, won't go into bootloader mode, totally non-responsive. I have a BT and regular PCB ordered from round 2 but I'm not very confident that it won't happen again. Not sure what is causing this issue or if it's been solved in round two. If anyone's had any luck bringing a PCB back from this please let me know, I'd really rather not desolder these Tealios for the second time.

Offline fer.real

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit (Shipping done! New round IC posted)
« Reply #926 on: Mon, 26 November 2018, 20:29:17 »
Now I've joined the club.  I have a CA66 from this round and have had two PCBs die on me.  I'm using the keyboard on a 1st gen Surface Book.  The second board died within a few days of use, the first one lasted longer.

The first time I had a problem I got an error from Windows that a device was using too much power from the USB port.  After that, the keyboard was unresponsive, but I was able to get it into bootloader mode and reflash the firmware. 

After that, there were a few times that after waking from sleep, the RGB LED animations were frozen and I got an error message that the USB device was not recognized.  I was able to short pin 13 to ground and reset and reflash the firmware.

Finally, it seems the board just died.  The RGB LEDs don't light up, I don't get any notification from windows and the keyboard is totally unresponsive.  The second PCB died this way just a few days after I started using it.

I don't know if this has anything to do with it, but every time something happened to the keyboard it was when the PC went to sleep.

Does anyone have any ideas?


Offline DoCallMeKing

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit (Shipping done! New round IC posted)
« Reply #927 on: Tue, 27 November 2018, 22:23:15 »
When you say “this round” do you mean the 1st round, or the round that hasn’t shipped yet?

Offline fer.real

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit (Shipping done! New round IC posted)
« Reply #928 on: Wed, 28 November 2018, 08:29:40 »
When you say “this round” do you mean the 1st round, or the round that hasn’t shipped yet?

This is the thread for the 1st round on geekhack.

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit (Shipping done! New round IC posted)
« Reply #929 on: Wed, 28 November 2018, 09:40:00 »
Gotcha, just wanted to make sure.
Has anyone heard if the new pcb’s have any changes to make them more reliable?
Thanks