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Offline MisterKnife

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #1000 on: Sun, 05 July 2020, 03:50:51 »
just MX and no bluetooth. qmk with stm32 does not work with bluetooth yet

Itís big problem to add Alps support?
Greetings

I'll try.

Offline Wojciech

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #1001 on: Sun, 05 July 2020, 03:52:37 »
Thanks:)

Offline MisterKnife

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #1002 on: Sun, 05 July 2020, 03:55:52 »
Thanks:)

ok alps support is quite easy so I'll add it

Offline Wojciech

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #1003 on: Sun, 05 July 2020, 04:04:24 »
Lovely:)

Offline lakeboredom

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #1004 on: Sun, 05 July 2020, 04:43:21 »
Boy did I check the ole' CA66 thread at the right time  :cool:

Offline MisterKnife

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #1005 on: Sun, 05 July 2020, 07:18:49 »
Got a form here with an interest check price might go down if we get enough orders:

https://forms.gle/oiq6L54oDEcxB3Sx6

Offline MisterKnife

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #1006 on: Sun, 05 July 2020, 10:42:20 »
I've also made an IC thread here: https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=107319.0

Offline ZyBeR

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #1007 on: Sun, 12 July 2020, 14:27:28 »
I've got a brand new v2 pcb which I just finished up soldering switches to, but now when I plug it in nothing happens, not even the led turn on. All soldering looks good and the ribbon cable isn't damaged, so where do I begin troubleshooting?

Offline ZyBeR

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #1008 on: Sun, 12 July 2020, 15:47:37 »
I've desoldered the pcb and tried again... nothing.
Moved the jumper from the stock firmware to qmk... nothing.
Tried several different usb-c cables... nothing.
Tried a PC and a MacBook Pro... nothing.
Connected it to a battery with power display, it does something and consumes 5.1v but the leds wont turn on.

This is a brand new v2.0.4 pcb, I'm not sure but I think I might even have tested it when I received it. Since then it's just been laying in it's esd bag in a box, untouched so I can't really see what can have happened to it.

Is there something I've completely missed that I can try? It's really f-cking annoying that I still haven't been able to use my ca66 since the gb like 2 years ago..

Offline child

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #1009 on: Mon, 13 July 2020, 13:54:08 »
I don't know about Windows and MacOS, but on Linux you can see if connected USB device is recognized at all and what it is recognized as.
Once I had a problem that the keyboard always started in bootloader mode due to a short.
With CA66 specifically I had problems with desoldering, because - due to the wires in PCB - it's very easy to cause a short.

Offline YangYoga

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #1010 on: Wed, 29 July 2020, 12:34:00 »
Please if anyone has an extra PCB email me at jonas@yangyoga.dk mine is broken and I can't fix it. 
 
Love

Offline MisterKnife

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #1011 on: Wed, 29 July 2020, 15:40:45 »
Please if anyone has an extra PCB email me at jonas@yangyoga.dk mine is broken and I can't fix it. 
 
Love

you've just missed my GB for replacement PCBs for the CA66. keep an eye on https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=107319.0
I will update that in a month or so to see if there is any interest still

Offline browniesbee

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #1012 on: Sun, 02 August 2020, 23:33:55 »
Please if anyone has an extra PCB email me at jonas@yangyoga.dk mine is broken and I can't fix it. 
 
Love

you've just missed my GB for replacement PCBs for the CA66. keep an eye on https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=107319.0
I will update that in a month or so to see if there is any interest still

Just filled in the IC for the replacement PCBs. Hope it will come back soon!

Offline Argan12345

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #1013 on: Fri, 18 December 2020, 22:00:53 »
Phuckkk...



Does anyone know where can I get a replacement for a 5-pin to 5-pin PCB to daughterboard connector?

Offline Argan12345

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #1014 on: Sun, 20 December 2020, 15:22:14 »
Phuckkk...

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Does anyone know where can I get a replacement for a 5-pin to 5-pin PCB to daughterboard connector?

For posterity, it's apparently a ZH 1.5mm Pitch which you can get from here: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32859226460.html

Close up pic:

Offline ender526

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #1015 on: Sun, 10 January 2021, 11:13:09 »
I have been using my round 2 board for about a year. All of a sudden last week the leftmost row of keys stopped working. (Esc, tab, caps lock, shift). The rest of the board works fine. Does anyone have any ideas. This worked fine for over a year. The board isnít dead. The rest of it works fine. Opened it up and everything looks normal for those keys.

Offline ender526

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #1016 on: Mon, 11 January 2021, 09:26:31 »
As an update, I opened the board and used a multimeter across the contacts of each of the 4 dead switches.  My multimeter beeps when each of the 4 keys are pressed, so the switches are fine.  The signal just isn't getting to the controller.  Can traces go bad on their own without any trauma to the board?

Offline pixelpusher

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #1017 on: Mon, 11 January 2021, 11:47:19 »
As an update, I opened the board and used a multimeter across the contacts of each of the 4 dead switches.  My multimeter beeps when each of the 4 keys are pressed, so the switches are fine.  The signal just isn't getting to the controller.  Can traces go bad on their own without any trauma to the board?

It has to either be corrupt firmware, a scratched trace, connection to MCU gone, or Chip fragged. 

It is certainly possible for the solder joint on the controller that connects to the trace to fail.  There is very little contact there to begin with.  Any condition such as temperature/humidty change or a possible vibration from moving or even static shock could have possibly broken it loose.  This time of year I would usually assume it was something caused by static shock.  Possibly corrupting the firmware, possibly fying the processor.

Are you absolutely certain you didn't do anything recently that could have scratched a trace?  Did you have a stabilizer pop loose and try to get it back in?  Random, but I scratched a trace doing that once and didn't put two and two together even after several days of troubleshooting. 

If it was my board, I would start by re-flashing the firmware.  If that doesn't work, you could try to find the pin on the chip that controls that column.  That's a bit hard for me to do with my multimeter b/c it sucks... ha.  So I, personally, would reflow the pins on the MCU.  Add flux to all of the pins on the chip and use a flat tip iron to hold on heat for a few seconds across several pins at once while keeping a small bit of pressure on the MCU with some tweezers or such.




Offline ender526

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #1018 on: Mon, 11 January 2021, 12:10:27 »
Thanks for the suggestions.  I would reflash the firmware but annoyingly enough the ESC key is one of the 4 that is bad.  Is there another way to get it into bootloader mode?

Offline pixelpusher

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #1019 on: Mon, 11 January 2021, 15:57:06 »
Thanks for the suggestions.  I would reflash the firmware but annoyingly enough the ESC key is one of the 4 that is bad.  Is there another way to get it into bootloader mode?

Default reset appears to be fn + O  according to some online searching.  But if that doesn't work I'd probably reflow the MCU.
« Last Edit: Mon, 11 January 2021, 16:16:17 by pixelpusher »

Offline soloplayer

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #1020 on: Wed, 13 January 2021, 00:47:06 »
will there be r3 for ca66? i'm quite new for this hobby, so i am very sad that i didnt this GB earlier  :(

Offline aslanxdeft

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #1021 on: Wed, 13 January 2021, 08:46:02 »
will there be r3 for ca66? i'm quite new for this hobby, so i am very sad that i didnt this GB earlier  :(
Someone asked them on their IG and they said it may or may not happen.  :cool:

Offline lakeboredom

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #1022 on: Tue, 22 March 2022, 20:11:30 »
Anyone have a spare Alps plate they want to get rid of?

Offline ZyBeR

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #1023 on: Tue, 22 March 2022, 20:19:28 »
I have a bunch of accessories for the ca66 that I was going to put up for sale. Pm if you haven't already found an Alps plate.

Offline MrPretty

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #1024 on: Wed, 18 May 2022, 12:16:18 »
will there be r3 for ca66? i'm quite new for this hobby, so i am very sad that i didnt this GB earlier  :(

FYI R3 is up on Play Keyboards website

Offline lakeboredom

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #1025 on: Wed, 18 May 2022, 17:58:27 »
will there be r3 for ca66? i'm quite new for this hobby, so i am very sad that i didnt this GB earlier  :(

FYI R3 is up on Play Keyboards website

Oh the colors are so nice this round! I don't need a second ca66. I don't need another ca66. I don't need. I dont. I...

Offline ZyBeR

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #1026 on: Fri, 20 May 2022, 00:52:13 »
If anyone needs any plates (mx & alps in Alu, brass and carbon) or pcbs (wired and Bluetooth) drop me a pm. I have a bunch and ships from EU.

Offline rpiguy9907

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #1027 on: Sun, 22 May 2022, 21:39:13 »
If anyone is interested - R3 orders are open now and supposedly shipping next month (June 2022) if you don't get Bluetooth.

https://www.play-keyboard.store/collections/feature-on-homepage/products/-pre-sale-ca66-keyboard-kit-round-3

Offline lakeboredom

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #1028 on: Fri, 16 September 2022, 03:41:32 »
Heads up ya'll, mechcables has right-angle connectors! You can finally get a nice cable for your Ca66 that doesn't stick out.