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Offline yangdigi

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #900 on: Wed, 31 July 2019, 08:18:01 »
I'm hoping to get some help with flashing the BT PCB. I've reached out to Barry and he got to me quickly but we haven't come up with a solution.

When I try to flash my BT PCB using a CAD66 hex file generated on ydkb.io and flashed using ydkb-reflash tool I get a "Reflash Complete" output (see image). However the keyboard is inoperable and I get a device disconnect tone repeatedly until I unplug the PCB. I have noticed that the YDKB website is wonky to say the least and I am concerned that I am not generating a proper hex file. I'm curious if anyone has had similar issues or has any advice for me here.
I've read through the thread and tried everything with the exception of trying to use QMK. I do not see the solder points people are referring to regarding QMK. Any help is appreciated.

Thank you in advance!

The size of your downloaded firmware is not correct.
here is mine.
223455-0

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #901 on: Wed, 31 July 2019, 10:03:28 »

Unfortunately qmk hasn't been ported to the bt pcb.

And it may not be until BT support is expanded in QMK. It will really depend on what BT module is used on the pcb and whether or not itís supported in QMK currently.

Do you know which BLE module (I'm assuming it's BLE) the CA66 BT PCB is using? I am currently working towards expanding BT support in QMK to several new BLE modules as part of a large project I'm working on. I may be able to look into supporting this module as well, or at least perform the expansion in such a way that facilitates adding support for it later on.

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #902 on: Wed, 31 July 2019, 11:12:20 »
Wow thanks for all the advice everyone!

Do you have a battery connected? I'm not sure if it could cause your problem but I remember reading a comment further back about the polarity markings being reversed on the battery leads - remove the battery and trouble shoot with only hard wire connection.

You probably did, but make sure your are holding down the escape key when you plug the board in all the way through to when it finishes flashing (I think you can let go once flashing begins but I can't remember off the top of my head).

Lastly, check the solder connections on the PCB and daughter board (the controller and usb port especially) and ensure the plug between daughter board and PCB is firmly in place.

That's all I can think to check.

Edit: did you test the board before building and/or flashing a hex file?


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I made sure the polarity on the battery connector was correct and I have tried it both with and without the battery plugged in.

I Looked over all of my solder points and saw no issues. I made sure all the diodes and resistors looked good as well and it seems so. I will double check the USB/daughter board.

I tested to be sure it connected and lit up and all was well. Beyond that I'm not totally sure how best to test a PCB before building.


The BT PCB doesnít have those solder points that are on the standard pcb. There is no qmk port for the BT PCB yet.

Unfortunately qmk hasn't been ported to the bt pcb.

And it may not be until BT support is expanded in QMK. It will really depend on what BT module is used on the pcb and whether or not itís supported in QMK currently.

Good to know, thank you.

I'm hoping to get some help with flashing the BT PCB. I've reached out to Barry and he got to me quickly but we haven't come up with a solution.

When I try to flash my BT PCB using a CAD66 hex file generated on ydkb.io and flashed using ydkb-reflash tool I get a "Reflash Complete" output (see image). However the keyboard is inoperable and I get a device disconnect tone repeatedly until I unplug the PCB. I have noticed that the YDKB website is wonky to say the least and I am concerned that I am not generating a proper hex file. I'm curious if anyone has had similar issues or has any advice for me here.
I've read through the thread and tried everything with the exception of trying to use QMK. I do not see the solder points people are referring to regarding QMK. Any help is appreciated.

Thank you in advance!

The size of your downloaded firmware is not correct.
here is mine.
(Attachment Link)

I think this is my issue. Barry mentioned the same thing. I'm not sure why that would be though. I've had all sorts of trouble on ydkb.io trying to create a keymap. When I use CAD66 the image will be of whatever keyboard was selected before it not of a CA66. When I switch layers it reverts changes on all layers but the default Layer0. Also when I first select CAD66 the default key mapping is crazy. All keys are set to obscure macros. Perhaps I should try a different browser?

Again thanks for the awesome feedback everyone!

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #903 on: Wed, 31 July 2019, 12:24:14 »

Unfortunately qmk hasn't been ported to the bt pcb.

And it may not be until BT support is expanded in QMK. It will really depend on what BT module is used on the pcb and whether or not itís supported in QMK currently.

Do you know which BLE module (I'm assuming it's BLE) the CA66 BT PCB is using? I am currently working towards expanding BT support in QMK to several new BLE modules as part of a large project I'm working on. I may be able to look into supporting this module as well, or at least perform the expansion in such a way that facilitates adding support for it later on.

If I recall correctly itís this one https://www.nordicsemi.com/Products/Low-power-short-range-wireless/nRF52832

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #904 on: Wed, 31 July 2019, 12:55:21 »

Unfortunately qmk hasn't been ported to the bt pcb.

And it may not be until BT support is expanded in QMK. It will really depend on what BT module is used on the pcb and whether or not itís supported in QMK currently.

Do you know which BLE module (I'm assuming it's BLE) the CA66 BT PCB is using? I am currently working towards expanding BT support in QMK to several new BLE modules as part of a large project I'm working on. I may be able to look into supporting this module as well, or at least perform the expansion in such a way that facilitates adding support for it later on.

Hereís a shot of the module itself.223481-0

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[GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #905 on: Wed, 31 July 2019, 14:02:07 »

Unfortunately qmk hasn't been ported to the bt pcb.

And it may not be until BT support is expanded in QMK. It will really depend on what BT module is used on the pcb and whether or not itís supported in QMK currently.

Do you know which BLE module (I'm assuming it's BLE) the CA66 BT PCB is using? I am currently working towards expanding BT support in QMK to several new BLE modules as part of a large project I'm working on. I may be able to look into supporting this module as well, or at least perform the expansion in such a way that facilitates adding support for it later on.

Hereís a shot of the module itself. (Attachment Link)

Right, itís an ilogic technology ILT51822 with Nordic nRF51822.

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #906 on: Wed, 31 July 2019, 16:03:33 »
Would it be possible to port QMK and skip the BT support for the initial release?
For me I can live with out BT if I get QMK, sure both would be ideal but we got to start somewhere.

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #907 on: Wed, 31 July 2019, 17:39:50 »
Would it be possible to port QMK and skip the BT support for the initial release?
For me I can live with out BT if I get QMK, sure both would be ideal but we got to start somewhere.

For right now, probably. I havenít really looked into it too much, porting it is on my to do list though. As soon as I finish the firmware for a couple other boards Iím working on, and assembly for some pcbs in a small private buy, Iíll be working on this one.

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #908 on: Sat, 03 August 2019, 16:02:23 »
Hi, I'm new to GeekHack. Please forgive me if this is a redundant question. Will there be another GB this year for the CA66? I'm just beginning to become familiar with the Group Buy method.

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #909 on: Sat, 03 August 2019, 17:35:04 »
Hi, I'm new to GeekHack. Please forgive me if this is a redundant question. Will there be another GB this year for the CA66? I'm just beginning to become familiar with the Group Buy method.

This was the second round for the CA66, which was originally supposed to be a single round only. PlaykeyboardTW have said there will not be a third round.

If you do want to get one, your best bet is to look for someone selling theirs on r/mechmarket!

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #910 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 07:23:21 »
It would be really nice to get an update on replacement replacement parts

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« Reply #911 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 17:48:16 »
It would be really nice to get an update on replacement replacement parts

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« Reply #912 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 23:34:07 »
It would be really nice to get an update on replacement replacement parts

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #913 on: Tue, 06 August 2019, 23:37:16 »
It would be really nice to get an update on replacement replacement parts

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #914 on: Wed, 07 August 2019, 07:25:38 »
It would be really nice to get an update on replacement replacement parts

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Offline Lyle88

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #915 on: Thu, 08 August 2019, 21:51:57 »
For those wondering I got this response yesterday

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« Reply #916 on: Fri, 09 August 2019, 02:38:44 »
If anyone is willing to sell a green or brown ca66 with Bluetooth lmk please. Preferably wkl but I donít mind hhhkb style. Thank you! Im also on reddit with same username!
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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #917 on: Sun, 11 August 2019, 12:39:46 »
Sorry, yet another BT question: I CAN connect via BT to my Mac - I see CAD66_BLE Connected - but no typing works. LEDs are lit up fine. I plug in via USB and everything is fine. I tried the function to switch between USB and BT and still get nothing. I haven't updated firmware since I got it but I figure if I'm connecting and it's showing up as a keyboard to the Mac, it should be almost there. Any tips?

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #918 on: Sun, 11 August 2019, 14:02:31 »
Is there still a possibility to join this GB?

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« Reply #919 on: Sun, 11 August 2019, 14:26:05 »
Is there still a possibility to join this GB?

No...

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #920 on: Sat, 17 August 2019, 19:03:56 »
Out of nowhere my ca66 won't register more the one key press at a timae anymore. Any ideas on why this is happening and how to fix it?
edit:nvm i just reflashed it and its working now
« Last Edit: Sat, 17 August 2019, 19:42:37 by Gamatatsu »

Offline Nebulant

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #921 on: Wed, 21 August 2019, 00:58:12 »
Just got notice from PlayKeyboards about sending them back my damaged board for replacement - they wont cover shipping the damaged unit back to them. Frankly this is unacceptable that people that received units of unacceptable quality now have to pay even more money to get their boards replaced. The quote I received from DHL was for $140.

The cost of shipping from the US is prohibitively expensive. After waiting for so long to see if playkeyboards will do anything to make this situation right, I will probably end up just having the board re-coated locally, it will be the more cost effective solution - but this is not how replacements should be handled.

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #922 on: Wed, 21 August 2019, 02:06:03 »
Just got notice from PlayKeyboards about sending them back my damaged board for replacement - they wont cover shipping the damaged unit back to them. Frankly this is unacceptable that people that received units of unacceptable quality now have to pay even more money to get their boards replaced. The quote I received from DHL was for $140.

The cost of shipping from the US is prohibitively expensive. After waiting for so long to see if playkeyboards will do anything to make this situation right, I will probably end up just having the board re-coated locally, it will be the more cost effective solution - but this is not how replacements should be handled.

That sucks you didn't receive a board up standards but this is standard practice in ecommerce. The buyer usually pays for shipping return items back. Even Amazon will deduct the price of shipping from the refund amount.

$140 sounds a bit high, I ship lots of stuff from the US to Taiwan and usually the costs is around $80 (UPS ground / USPS). The cerakote option seems to be the most attractive option.


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« Reply #923 on: Sat, 24 August 2019, 18:39:04 »
That sucks you didn't receive a board up standards but this is standard practice in ecommerce. The buyer usually pays for shipping return items back. Even Amazon will deduct the price of shipping from the refund amount.

This isnít even remotely accurate for damaged items.

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #924 on: Sat, 31 August 2019, 12:49:05 »
It's take me so long, but I finally have freetime to post this  :p






Thanks you guys for making this.
More image in https://imgur.com/a/wdcQX2j
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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #925 on: Sun, 01 September 2019, 02:23:23 »
I got around to building my CA66 a couple weeks ago. Wish I had a better camera



Is there any way we could find out about extra parts? I would gladly buy an extra PCB, or a bluetooth one if any are available

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #926 on: Sun, 01 September 2019, 02:30:26 »
I got around to building my CA66 a couple weeks ago. Wish I had a better camera

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Is there any way we could find out about extra parts? I would gladly buy an extra PCB, or a bluetooth one if any are available
Not sure about extras but they are still organising replacement parts for those who had issues with their orders. It's been a while so an update might be coming soon though

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #927 on: Tue, 03 September 2019, 13:03:50 »
Looking to buy a black or dark gray kit, and willing to pay a premium. Contact me here or on Reddit at the same username. (Positive feedback in /r/MechMarket at my username)

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« Reply #928 on: Tue, 03 September 2019, 14:23:55 »
Looking to buy a black or dark gray kit, and willing to pay a premium. Contact me here or on Reddit at the same username. (Positive feedback in /r/MechMarket at my username)
Check pm

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #929 on: Fri, 06 September 2019, 13:12:09 »
Mine disconnects several times a day, almost as if it reboots... Both in Windows and OSX.

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Same here. Regardless of whether used in Bluetooth mode or with cable. Also regardless of whether battery is turned on/off.
Would love to know if there is a solution to that as it's highly annoying when typing.

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« Reply #930 on: Fri, 06 September 2019, 13:19:04 »
Mine disconnects several times a day, almost as if it reboots... Both in Windows and OSX.

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Same here. Regardless of whether used in Bluetooth mode or with cable. Also regardless of whether battery is turned on/off.
Would love to know if there is a solution to that as it's highly annoying when typing.
I got most of those fixed by grounding the usbc to the case. Try that

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #931 on: Mon, 09 September 2019, 01:00:07 »
Hi guys, wish you all are doing well.

Since we are in pretty busy and chaotic situation to work on multiple tasks at the moment, please try to contact us via email or Facebook fan page.
That will be better and easier for letting us know who you are and track previous messages.

Thanks for the cooperation. :)

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« Reply #932 on: Thu, 19 September 2019, 22:38:42 »
Mine disconnects several times a day, almost as if it reboots... Both in Windows and OSX.

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Same here. Regardless of whether used in Bluetooth mode or with cable. Also regardless of whether battery is turned on/off.
Would love to know if there is a solution to that as it's highly annoying when typing.
I got most of those fixed by grounding the usbc to the case. Try that

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Sorry if this a dumb question, but how do you ground the USB C cable to the case? I'm starting to have issues where my BT pcb keeps rebooting.

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« Reply #933 on: Thu, 19 September 2019, 23:15:34 »
Mine disconnects several times a day, almost as if it reboots... Both in Windows and OSX.

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Same here. Regardless of whether used in Bluetooth mode or with cable. Also regardless of whether battery is turned on/off.
Would love to know if there is a solution to that as it's highly annoying when typing.
I got most of those fixed by grounding the usbc to the case. Try that

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Sorry if this a dumb question, but how do you ground the USB C cable to the case? I'm starting to have issues where my BT pcb keeps rebooting.
Look here
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=97035.msg2783022.msg#2783022

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #934 on: Fri, 20 September 2019, 02:08:23 »
Mine disconnects several times a day, almost as if it reboots... Both in Windows and OSX.

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Same here. Regardless of whether used in Bluetooth mode or with cable. Also regardless of whether battery is turned on/off.
Would love to know if there is a solution to that as it's highly annoying when typing.
I got most of those fixed by grounding the usbc to the case. Try that

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Sorry if this a dumb question, but how do you ground the USB C cable to the case? I'm starting to have issues where my BT pcb keeps rebooting.
Look here
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=97035.msg2783022.msg#2783022

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Great, thanks!