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Offline d00deitsnik

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #950 on: Thu, 14 November 2019, 01:01:47 »


Yeah, I wouldnít hold out hope.


On another note, my lastest (and hopefully last) round of prototypes are in, will assemble a few and send them to my testers on my next day off of work (Monday).
Prototypes for CA66-compatible PCBs?

Yep, direct drop in replacement. May include a replacement daughter board as well, though that may take another round of prototypes to get right. I used the wrong type C connector in the current batch, and two of the screw holes are slightly off, so it sits a little crooked and isn't super stable. but having a replacement isn't super critical, the original can still be used just fine.
This sounds pretty great. If it's been asked before, I apologize, but will your PCBs have BT too?

No. QMK BT support isn't that great right now, so I decided not to support it right now. in the future, if the support and integration in qmk improves, I'll make a BT version.
Thanks for the info. Hopefully the BT support improves sooner than later. Either way, I look forward to your replacements. :thumb:

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #951 on: Tue, 26 November 2019, 10:56:06 »


Yeah, I wouldnít hold out hope.


On another note, my lastest (and hopefully last) round of prototypes are in, will assemble a few and send them to my testers on my next day off of work (Monday).
Prototypes for CA66-compatible PCBs?

Yep, direct drop in replacement. May include a replacement daughter board as well, though that may take another round of prototypes to get right. I used the wrong type C connector in the current batch, and two of the screw holes are slightly off, so it sits a little crooked and isn't super stable. but having a replacement isn't super critical, the original can still be used just fine.

I hope you can get this all worked out soon. I've got two CA66s with failed PCBs sitting here collecting dust. Play-Keyboard isn't responding to me, so replacements are probably my only option.

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #952 on: Mon, 02 December 2019, 14:42:29 »

On another note, my lastest (and hopefully last) round of prototypes are in, will assemble a few and send them to my testers on my next day off of work (Monday).

Thank you. I am ready when they are.

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #953 on: Mon, 16 December 2019, 11:23:13 »
I have a Round 1 Ca66 Winkeyless kit.
I Have gone through 2 PCBs so far.
Booth with the same symptoms.  random keys stop working. then the whole thing stops working.
Does anyone know where I can get another PCB, or a replacement?
at this point, it's looking like I will have to hand wire this to get it back to life.
They promised replacement PCBs for participants in Round 1.

https://geekhack.org/index.php?PHPSESSID=iokk9a9rvh856od6ohiq8ehign7io8j4&topic=93542.msg2712253#msg2712253

I contacted them on Facebook Messenger and they sent me a Round 2 PCB for free.

http://m.me/playkeyboard

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Just messaged them on FB Messenger about when the extra PCB's will be available for purchase and heard nothing back.

The last time they replied to me was back in March about PCB's being up in April.

Yeah, I wouldnít hold out hope.


On another note, my lastest (and hopefully last) round of prototypes are in, will assemble a few and send them to my testers on my next day off of work (Monday).

This is very frustrating. I sold an extra PCB to someone else without testing it first, and it looks like theirs was DOA. Both the buyer and I are now getting the runaround from Barry at Play Keyboards. I certainly won't be joining another one of their GBs.
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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #954 on: Mon, 16 December 2019, 12:48:33 »
I have a Round 1 Ca66 Winkeyless kit.
I Have gone through 2 PCBs so far.
Booth with the same symptoms.  random keys stop working. then the whole thing stops working.
Does anyone know where I can get another PCB, or a replacement?
at this point, it's looking like I will have to hand wire this to get it back to life.
They promised replacement PCBs for participants in Round 1.

https://geekhack.org/index.php?PHPSESSID=iokk9a9rvh856od6ohiq8ehign7io8j4&topic=93542.msg2712253#msg2712253

I contacted them on Facebook Messenger and they sent me a Round 2 PCB for free.

http://m.me/playkeyboard

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Just messaged them on FB Messenger about when the extra PCB's will be available for purchase and heard nothing back.

The last time they replied to me was back in March about PCB's being up in April.

Yeah, I wouldnít hold out hope.


On another note, my lastest (and hopefully last) round of prototypes are in, will assemble a few and send them to my testers on my next day off of work (Monday).

This is very frustrating. I sold an extra PCB to someone else without testing it first, and it looks like theirs was DOA. Both the buyer and I are now getting the runaround from Barry at Play Keyboards. I certainly won't be joining another one of their GBs.

That sucks.

Something similar happened to me with the Lubrigante GB. Now, I check all parts and PCBs before I sell. I should have done this before, but **** happens.

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #955 on: Sun, 29 December 2019, 00:18:16 »
looking for bluetooth pcb, pm if anyone wants to sell it. I have a new wired pcb for trade as well.


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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #956 on: Sun, 29 December 2019, 16:49:52 »
This is excellent. Hopefully you can do a group buy - even if itís a super restrictive one.

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #957 on: Mon, 30 December 2019, 02:19:57 »
I ended up finding some weird machining errors on my plate, so some of my switches don't sit properly. I could probably try to file it down, but that's a lot of desoldering and definitely not something I'm very familiar with. Ideally, I'd like to get a new plate for these PCBs if I can pick one up.

Does anyone know where I can buy a new plate?
Or would it be a better idea to get a new plate cut from the plate file?

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #958 on: Fri, 03 January 2020, 23:30:50 »
Is someone successfully running QMK? For me everything except Enter is working, it's super weird, I've tried everything, with help from the devs and we can't figure it out. As soon as I flash a hex from the original site/firmware it works. I even tried compiling from different computers but with the same result.

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #959 on: Wed, 15 January 2020, 10:01:32 »
I would like to buy one, if anyone would sell.
Ideally WKL version.

EDIT: I just read all those posts about issues you guys had.. wow... that doesn't sound good.

I wish someone made very similar keyboard, but with proper pcbs etc...
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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #960 on: Wed, 15 January 2020, 11:39:17 »
I've got one from the first round and the PCB seems to have randomly completely died, and now looking back it sounds like this is not that uncommon? Is there anywhere to get a PCB right now or upcoming?
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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #961 on: Wed, 15 January 2020, 22:28:24 »
I've got one from the first round and the PCB seems to have randomly completely died, and now looking back it sounds like this is not that uncommon? Is there anywhere to get a PCB right now or upcoming?

Your best bet would be to wait on the PCBs that jrfhoutx is prototyping right now. Either that or message play-keyboard and hope to hear news from them.

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« Reply #962 on: Fri, 17 January 2020, 09:31:04 »
I messaged play-keyboard on Messenger and they said it's too long since my buy (which was over a year ago, first international round) to get a free replacement. As I didn't feel like arguing I just said I want to buy the PCB, which I did together with the brass plate. The PCB works fine for like 2 weeks now. The only issue I have is with the plate - original brass plate I got during the GB was quite tight (very hard to get Kailh Box Blacks in, and especially out), the new one is quite loose (so in turn Gateron Inks - and several other Gateron switch types I own - did not keep in place). So in the end, I had to desolder old plate (which I wanted to avoid, which was the reason I bought a new plate in the first place) and now Kailh Box Blacks fit nicely in the new plate and Gateron Inks fit just as nicely in the old one.

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #963 on: Sun, 02 February 2020, 20:51:22 »
Long shot but does anyone know where to acquire a daughter board for the CA66? Is it something that can be bought off Amazon/ebay?

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #964 on: Sun, 02 February 2020, 20:55:07 »
Long shot but does anyone know where to acquire a daughter board for the CA66? Is it something that can be bought off Amazon/ebay?
Probably best to ask PKB. They have a chat feature on their website. Do you have the ribbon cable?

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #965 on: Sun, 02 February 2020, 21:04:33 »
Long shot but does anyone know where to acquire a daughter board for the CA66? Is it something that can be bought off Amazon/ebay?
Probably best to ask PKB. They have a chat feature on their website. Do you have the ribbon cable?

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I bought a r2 PCB off of someone who has an extra PCB but he's also selling the other bundle as a whole so I'm left without a daughter board :P

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #966 on: Sun, 02 February 2020, 22:31:30 »
Long shot but does anyone know where to acquire a daughter board for the CA66? Is it something that can be bought off Amazon/ebay?
Probably best to ask PKB. They have a chat feature on their website. Do you have the ribbon cable?

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I bought a r2 PCB off of someone who has an extra PCB but he's also selling the other bundle as a whole so I'm left without a daughter board
So do you have a case?
You might be able to find a USB C socket with the correct type of ribbon cable pre-installed to go directly into the main PCB if you can't get the daughter board..?
That would require some hacking in order to mount it to the case though..

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #967 on: Wed, 05 February 2020, 10:29:41 »
I messaged play-keyboard on Messenger and they said it's too long since my buy (which was over a year ago, first international round) to get a free replacement.

TBH I think that's BS. It was specifically said they would send free replacement PCBs to R1 buyers (1 free if you bought 2 pcbs, half price if you only bought one in R1) to replace the failing PCBs from R1. They said for R1 buyers to wait and they would inform R1 buyers when to send their info and start sending out replacements after R2 shipped. I never heard anything about replacements after that statement. I even asked them and was told the same thing, to wait, they would let people know. I asked about extras (PCBs and plates), was told they'd be available after R2, never heard anything or saw any listed...

Honestly, much as I love my CA66, the communication has been consistently abysmal...

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #968 on: Thu, 06 February 2020, 07:29:19 »
I messaged play-keyboard on Messenger and they said it's too long since my buy (which was over a year ago, first international round) to get a free replacement.

TBH I think that's BS. It was specifically said they would send free replacement PCBs to R1 buyers (1 free if you bought 2 pcbs, half price if you only bought one in R1) to replace the failing PCBs from R1. They said for R1 buyers to wait and they would inform R1 buyers when to send their info and start sending out replacements after R2 shipped. I never heard anything about replacements after that statement. I even asked them and was told the same thing, to wait, they would let people know. I asked about extras (PCBs and plates), was told they'd be available after R2, never heard anything or saw any listed...

Honestly, much as I love my CA66, the communication has been consistently abysmal...

Sadly I'd have to agree, the communication has been very poor. I feel fortunate to have even gotten my R2 CA66, nearly a year and a half after ordering it. I still have around $150 in add-on plates/pcbs/switches that have yet to be fulfilled.

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #969 on: Thu, 27 February 2020, 09:27:16 »
Hey, I know it seems this GB didnít end on the best note, but Iím wondering about a couple things since I missed it.

Did this have a WinKey version at all? All Iím finding on mechmarket are HHKB and WKL.

Are there any plans for an R3? Or another version of the board with a different layout? Iíve been really into the 75% form factor lately, and I think it would look great with this design.

Iím hugely into the aesthetics of this board, and Iíd really love to add one to my collection!


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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #970 on: Thu, 27 February 2020, 12:10:44 »
Hey, I know it seems this GB didnít end on the best note, but Iím wondering about a couple things since I missed it.

Did this have a WinKey version at all? All Iím finding on mechmarket are HHKB and WKL.

Are there any plans for an R3? Or another version of the board with a different layout? Iíve been really into the 75% form factor lately, and I think it would look great with this design.

Iím hugely into the aesthetics of this board, and Iíd really love to add one to my collection!


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There were only the two options of either HHKB or WKL. Officially there were four rounds, the two posted here were for the international buys. Considering how messy this last round was I wouldn't consider there to be a high likelihood for a fifth round. If you really like it then I would recommend buying one on r/mm since they aren't uncommon and they usually aren't flipped for crazy amounts of money.

I think there have been a few boards that took some level of inspiration from the CA66's layout, the most notable in my memory is the Satisfaction 75. But as far as the case aesthetics go I think the CA66 is pretty unique.

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #971 on: Thu, 27 February 2020, 14:02:20 »
Hey, I know it seems this GB didnít end on the best note, but Iím wondering about a couple things since I missed it.

Did this have a WinKey version at all? All Iím finding on mechmarket are HHKB and WKL.

Are there any plans for an R3? Or another version of the board with a different layout? Iíve been really into the 75% form factor lately, and I think it would look great with this design.

Iím hugely into the aesthetics of this board, and Iíd really love to add one to my collection!


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There were only the two options of either HHKB or WKL. Officially there were four rounds, the two posted here were for the international buys. Considering how messy this last round was I wouldn't consider there to be a high likelihood for a fifth round. If you really like it then I would recommend buying one on r/mm since they aren't uncommon and they usually aren't flipped for crazy amounts of money.

I think there have been a few boards that took some level of inspiration from the CA66's layout, the most notable in my memory is the Satisfaction 75. But as far as the case aesthetics go I think the CA66 is pretty unique.
Youíre right. Theyíre pretty easy to find on r/mm, I guess now itís up to me to decide whether the aesthetics are worth giving up my windows key .

I appreciate the reply.


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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #972 on: Thu, 27 February 2020, 14:10:40 »
Did you take a look at the pictures in the first post? The "WKL-like" version does have left windows key.

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #973 on: Fri, 28 February 2020, 12:26:31 »
Hey, I know it seems this GB didnít end on the best note, but Iím wondering about a couple things since I missed it.

Did this have a WinKey version at all? All Iím finding on mechmarket are HHKB and WKL.

Are there any plans for an R3? Or another version of the board with a different layout? Iíve been really into the 75% form factor lately, and I think it would look great with this design.

Iím hugely into the aesthetics of this board, and Iíd really love to add one to my collection!


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There were only the two options of either HHKB or WKL. Officially there were four rounds, the two posted here were for the international buys. Considering how messy this last round was I wouldn't consider there to be a high likelihood for a fifth round. If you really like it then I would recommend buying one on r/mm since they aren't uncommon and they usually aren't flipped for crazy amounts of money.

I think there have been a few boards that took some level of inspiration from the CA66's layout, the most notable in my memory is the Satisfaction 75. But as far as the case aesthetics go I think the CA66 is pretty unique.
Youíre right. Theyíre pretty easy to find on r/mm, I guess now itís up to me to decide whether the aesthetics are worth giving up my windows key .

I appreciate the reply.


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There shouldn't be any reason why you'd be giving up the Win key with either config, unless you have a very atypical preferred layout.

WKL allows for the standard Ctrl-Win-Alt layout. HHKB allows for Win-Alt layout since most people would use Ctrl in place of Caps Lock with an HHKB layout. And with either you can use split space to get three keys to the left of the spacebars.

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #974 on: Tue, 10 March 2020, 10:17:25 »
For people who are looking for a replacement pcb I've found this one https://m.intl.taobao.com/detail/detail.html?id=608350988376&spm=a2141.7631565.1.1_1

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #975 on: Thu, 26 March 2020, 11:15:16 »
For people who are looking for a replacement pcb I've found this one https://m.intl.taobao.com/detail/detail.html?id=608350988376&spm=a2141.7631565.1.1_1

Interesting, has anyone actually ordered and is currently using one of these? Would love another PCB that is reliable.

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #976 on: Thu, 26 March 2020, 11:31:23 »
If anyone has a green CA66 with badge, I have a dark red R1 CA66 with badge in great condition that I would like trade for it. I'm prepared to add some cash on top as well.

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #977 on: Fri, 27 March 2020, 14:21:38 »


Yeah, I wouldnít hold out hope.


On another note, my lastest (and hopefully last) round of prototypes are in, will assemble a few and send them to my testers on my next day off of work (Monday).
Prototypes for CA66-compatible PCBs?

Yep, direct drop in replacement. May include a replacement daughter board as well, though that may take another round of prototypes to get right. I used the wrong type C connector in the current batch, and two of the screw holes are slightly off, so it sits a little crooked and isn't super stable. but having a replacement isn't super critical, the original can still be used just fine.

I hope you can get this all worked out soon. I've got two CA66s with failed PCBs sitting here collecting dust. Play-Keyboard isn't responding to me, so replacements are probably my only option.

In the same boat. PCB started freaking out and ghost inputting random keys. Thought it was a programming or flashing error on my part but seeing this thread I see I'm not the only one. Mine is not the bluetooth version