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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #850 on: Tue, 09 July 2019, 11:52:45 »
Not sure why but my usb is reconnecting once every so often.. tried multiple cables... anybody run into this?

Refer to above comments, attach wire from USB port to any part of the case.

FYI, I have tried this fix also, but with no luck.

Frankly, Iíve had four PCBs from this round and the last and they all have issues (some of which took months to show symptoms)ójust something Iíve come to live with. Will probably just hand wire the thing sooner or later unless someone wants to make an aftermarket PCB.

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« Reply #851 on: Tue, 09 July 2019, 12:19:26 »
unless someone wants to make an aftermarket PCB.


Iím not saying thatís going to happen, but it might... maybe someone has just been waiting to see how this round of pcbs panned out before they finalized their design...

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« Reply #852 on: Tue, 09 July 2019, 13:24:52 »
Mine disconnects several times a day, almost as if it reboots... Both in Windows and OSX.

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« Reply #853 on: Tue, 09 July 2019, 16:17:57 »
I've been using my BT pcb without a battery for a month and while I do hear the occasional bing-bong over the speakers that usually indicates unplugged keyboard, I still haven't had typing ability cut out. 
Waiting on a battery to arrive but tentative about switching the wire leads around although I see why it needs to be done. 
Why was it ever reversed on the pcb in the first place?

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« Reply #854 on: Tue, 09 July 2019, 16:23:17 »
I have a CA66 available for sale if anyone is interested in it.
I actually have 2, 1 silver and 1 dark gray. Each of them is built with tealios.

I also have an extra pcb and plate that I will be including in the sale as well.

Let me know if you're interested. You can reach me through here, discord, or reddit.

Thanks!

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« Reply #855 on: Tue, 09 July 2019, 17:18:24 »
I've been using my BT pcb without a battery for a month and while I do hear the occasional bing-bong over the speakers that usually indicates unplugged keyboard, I still haven't had typing ability cut out. 
Waiting on a battery to arrive but tentative about switching the wire leads around although I see why it needs to be done. 
Why was it ever reversed on the pcb in the first place?

Ah, good to know that it will work plugged in without the battery as I actually got two BT PCBs instead of one regular and one BT.

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« Reply #856 on: Tue, 09 July 2019, 17:36:24 »
unless someone wants to make an aftermarket PCB.


Iím not saying thatís going to happen, but it might... maybe someone has just been waiting to see how this round of pcbs panned out before they finalized their design...

Does that person know the exact issue that is causing failures in the stock boards?  I'd be hesitant to purchase an aftermarket board until the problem with the current ones is known.

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« Reply #857 on: Wed, 10 July 2019, 00:25:26 »
unless someone wants to make an aftermarket PCB.


Iím not saying thatís going to happen, but it might... maybe someone has just been waiting to see how this round of pcbs panned out before they finalized their design...

Does that person know the exact issue that is causing failures in the stock boards?  I'd be hesitant to purchase an aftermarket board until the problem with the current ones is known.

No, but the issue happening in the oem pcbs is irrelevant in whether or not an aftermarket pcb would work. the only way that it would be relevant is if the aftermarket pcb were an exact clone of the oem pcb.then you're likely to have the same problems. but if it's a new design that simply uses the layout, then the issues the oem pcbs are having doesn't matter.

Think about any 60% pcb. if PCB A has issues, and someone new designs PCB B, do you get concerned that PCB B will have the same issues as PCB A? no, cause they're completely different pcbs, two different designs. yes they both work in the same cases, but they're not the same PCB with the same problems...

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« Reply #858 on: Wed, 10 July 2019, 10:48:14 »
Any news on QMK for the BT-pcb?

In the current firmware, is there any type of "tap dance" functionality?

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« Reply #859 on: Wed, 10 July 2019, 15:32:41 »
According to the build guide there is an option on the PCB to select QMK or YDKB.
There are components connecting both QMK positions now.
If I would like to use QMK I have to move the components, so that both YDKB positions are connected.
But how do I move them, via desoldering?
It does not look like they can be taken off without desoldering.

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« Reply #860 on: Wed, 10 July 2019, 17:54:00 »
May be a dumb question but is this keyboard NKRO default?

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« Reply #861 on: Wed, 10 July 2019, 17:55:35 »
According to the build guide there is an option on the PCB to select QMK or YDKB.
There are components connecting both QMK positions now.
If I would like to use QMK I have to move the components, so that both YDKB positions are connected.
But how do I move them, via desoldering?
It does not look like they can be taken off without desoldering.

Yeah, theyíre just jumpers. You desolder them from the positions theyíre in and move them or You can use almost anything to make the connection (reuse the component thatís there, use a bit of wire, a big solder blob, literally anything just to make the connection). Whichever set (qmk or ydkb) is not connected is the one that you have chosen to use. So if the components are on the qmk spots, youíre flashing ydkb hex files; if the components are on ydkb, youíre flashing qmk hex files.

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« Reply #862 on: Wed, 10 July 2019, 22:29:39 »
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« Reply #863 on: Thu, 11 July 2019, 23:02:55 »
According to the build guide there is an option on the PCB to select QMK or YDKB.
There are components connecting both QMK positions now.
If I would like to use QMK I have to move the components, so that both YDKB positions are connected.
But how do I move them, via desoldering?
It does not look like they can be taken off without desoldering.

Yeah, theyíre just jumpers. You desolder them from the positions theyíre in and move them or You can use almost anything to make the connection (reuse the component thatís there, use a bit of wire, a big solder blob, literally anything just to make the connection). Whichever set (qmk or ydkb) is not connected is the one that you have chosen to use. So if the components are on the qmk spots, youíre flashing ydkb hex files; if the components are on ydkb, youíre flashing qmk hex files.


Has anyone actually gotten the default PCB from round 2 working properly with QMK?

I've moved the jumpers and flashed a hex compiled from latest QMK source and have several dead keys. B backspace, \|, up arrow, right arrow. If I switch the jumpers back and reflash the hex from ydkb, everything works.

 
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« Reply #864 on: Fri, 12 July 2019, 10:19:11 »
According to the build guide there is an option on the PCB to select QMK or YDKB.
There are components connecting both QMK positions now.
If I would like to use QMK I have to move the components, so that both YDKB positions are connected.
But how do I move them, via desoldering?
It does not look like they can be taken off without desoldering.

Yeah, theyíre just jumpers. You desolder them from the positions theyíre in and move them or You can use almost anything to make the connection (reuse the component thatís there, use a bit of wire, a big solder blob, literally anything just to make the connection). Whichever set (qmk or ydkb) is not connected is the one that you have chosen to use. So if the components are on the qmk spots, youíre flashing ydkb hex files; if the components are on ydkb, youíre flashing qmk hex files.


Has anyone actually gotten the default PCB from round 2 working properly with QMK?

I've moved the jumpers and flashed a hex compiled from latest QMK source and have several dead keys. B backspace, \|, up arrow, right arrow. If I switch the jumpers back and reflash the hex from ydkb, everything works.

No idea tbh, I didnít get a default R2 pcb. I still had an extra R1 pcb that worked, so I just got a bt pcb, but havenít built it yet.

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« Reply #865 on: Fri, 12 July 2019, 11:42:49 »
Has anyone actually gotten the default PCB from round 2 working properly with QMK?

I've moved the jumpers and flashed a hex compiled from latest QMK source and have several dead keys. B backspace, \|, up arrow, right arrow. If I switch the jumpers back and reflash the hex from ydkb, everything works.

I have my r2 pcb working with QMK, but this was before I knew about the Jumpers. I still haven't moved mine from the default.
I don't have dead keys, they all work. The caps lock light doesn't work for me though. Also the backlighting flickers, but I think that's due to QMK using a software PWM.

I looked through my git history and I didn't make any configuration changes (key layouts only), so I'm not sure why it wouldn't work for you.

But my bigger question now, is why does it work for me even though I have not switched the jumpers? What do the jumpers do?

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« Reply #866 on: Fri, 12 July 2019, 11:47:39 »
Has anyone actually gotten the default PCB from round 2 working properly with QMK?

I've moved the jumpers and flashed a hex compiled from latest QMK source and have several dead keys. B backspace, \|, up arrow, right arrow. If I switch the jumpers back and reflash the hex from ydkb, everything works.

I have my r2 pcb working with QMK, but this was before I knew about the Jumpers. I still haven't moved mine from the default.
I don't have dead keys, they all work. The caps lock light doesn't work for me though. Also the backlighting flickers, but I think that's due to QMK using a software PWM.

I looked through my git history and I didn't make any configuration changes (key layouts only), so I'm not sure why it wouldn't work for you.

But my bigger question now, is why does it work for me even though I have not switched the jumpers? What do the jumpers do?

Hmm, well I guess I'll move the jumpers back and try all the hex... I'll report back with what works/doesn't. Thanks for the info.

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« Reply #867 on: Fri, 12 July 2019, 22:11:50 »
Yep, moving the jumpers back to the original position (which according to the instructions is for YDKB) and then flashing a QMK hex seems to work. So I also have no idea what the jumpers do (other than break a column...)

Thats what I get for following instructions :scream:

So, I'm happy to have a working PCB, but would love to hear an explanation about these jumpers.

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« Reply #868 on: Sat, 13 July 2019, 10:33:48 »
Yep, moving the jumpers back to the original position (which according to the instructions is for YDKB) and then flashing a QMK hex seems to work. So I also have no idea what the jumpers do (other than break a column...)

Thats what I get for following instructions :scream:

So, I'm happy to have a working PCB, but would love to hear an explanation about these jumpers.

Can you flash a ydkb built hex in the current configuration?

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« Reply #869 on: Sat, 13 July 2019, 20:32:28 »
The switch of cad66 is a battery power switch, not bluetooth toggle.
Whatever it is on or off, with USB cable in, the bluetooth would still work as USB gives power to the keyboard.
If bluetooth can not works well, the wired mode also. So, may be some of the problems is caused by this.

Test it if the bluetooth works as it should be. Plug in USB cable, pair bluetooth device and press LShift+RShift+U to switch to bluetooth mode.

one more question: how the pcb was packed in box?
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« Reply #870 on: Sat, 13 July 2019, 21:38:02 »
Yep, moving the jumpers back to the original position (which according to the instructions is for YDKB) and then flashing a QMK hex seems to work. So I also have no idea what the jumpers do (other than break a column...)

Thats what I get for following instructions :scream:

So, I'm happy to have a working PCB, but would love to hear an explanation about these jumpers.

Can you flash a ydkb built hex in the current configuration?

Yes, both type of hex seem to work fine in the original jumper configuration Į\_(ツ)_/Į

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« Reply #871 on: Sun, 14 July 2019, 22:58:13 »
So I don't want to rain on the parade but I'm having issues with my R2 BT PCB. It was working perfectly for a week, wired or BT. Then I decided to flash a keymap and it hasn't worked since.

I put it in bootloader mode and flashed my hex built with YDKB.io using ydkbs-reflash.exe. I followed the guide(s) very carefully . . and the flash completed successfully - I saw it progress and say "... press any key to continue" and I did.

After this the LEDs were gone and every time I connect to my PC windows says "USB device not recognized". Nothing on BT either. Presence of the battery or the switch position makes no difference.

I can still get it into bootloader mode, Windows doesn't give me the error when I hold ESC and plug in. The ydkbs flash tool also still works, I can go into bootloader and flash a hex (the default one . . ) and it appears to complete just fine. But the keyboard is not functional.

I tried flashing with a different cable (both of them are quality) and using different usb2.0 ports. I am scratching my head. Is there a method I'm not using to get a working hex on the board?

Really starting to miss the clacks of these blue alps :( Thanks for any help!



« Last Edit: Sun, 14 July 2019, 23:02:37 by soakedcardinal »

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Re: [GB] CA66 Custom Keyboard Kit Round 2 (Shipping Now)
« Reply #872 on: Mon, 15 July 2019, 08:12:08 »
Well, at least your BT-pcb worked for a while..

Did you accidentally use the CA66 and not CAD66 firmware?

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« Reply #873 on: Mon, 15 July 2019, 08:14:52 »
So I don't want to rain on the parade but I'm having issues with my R2 BT PCB. It was working perfectly for a week, wired or BT. Then I decided to flash a keymap and it hasn't worked since.

I put it in bootloader mode and flashed my hex built with YDKB.io using ydkbs-reflash.exe. I followed the guide(s) very carefully . . and the flash completed successfully - I saw it progress and say "... press any key to continue" and I did.

After this the LEDs were gone and every time I connect to my PC windows says "USB device not recognized". Nothing on BT either. Presence of the battery or the switch position makes no difference.

I can still get it into bootloader mode, Windows doesn't give me the error when I hold ESC and plug in. The ydkbs flash tool also still works, I can go into bootloader and flash a hex (the default one . . ) and it appears to complete just fine. But the keyboard is not functional.

I tried flashing with a different cable (both of them are quality) and using different usb2.0 ports. I am scratching my head. Is there a method I'm not using to get a working hex on the board?

Really starting to miss the clacks of these blue alps :( Thanks for any help!

update to the latest firmware of 2019-7-13.  I made a little mistake in the previous version.

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« Reply #874 on: Mon, 15 July 2019, 10:19:18 »
So I don't want to rain on the parade but I'm having issues with my R2 BT PCB. It was working perfectly for a week, wired or BT. Then I decided to flash a keymap and it hasn't worked since.

I put it in bootloader mode and flashed my hex built with YDKB.io using ydkbs-reflash.exe. I followed the guide(s) very carefully . . and the flash completed successfully - I saw it progress and say "... press any key to continue" and I did.

After this the LEDs were gone and every time I connect to my PC windows says "USB device not recognized". Nothing on BT either. Presence of the battery or the switch position makes no difference.

I can still get it into bootloader mode, Windows doesn't give me the error when I hold ESC and plug in. The ydkbs flash tool also still works, I can go into bootloader and flash a hex (the default one . . ) and it appears to complete just fine. But the keyboard is not functional.

I tried flashing with a different cable (both of them are quality) and using different usb2.0 ports. I am scratching my head. Is there a method I'm not using to get a working hex on the board?

Really starting to miss the clacks of these blue alps :( Thanks for any help!

update to the latest firmware of 2019-7-13.  I made a little mistake in the previous version.

Any chance you might port the bt pcb to qmk?

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« Reply #875 on: Mon, 15 July 2019, 10:38:51 »
So I don't want to rain on the parade but I'm having issues with my R2 BT PCB. It was working perfectly for a week, wired or BT. Then I decided to flash a keymap and it hasn't worked since.

I put it in bootloader mode and flashed my hex built with YDKB.io using ydkbs-reflash.exe. I followed the guide(s) very carefully . . and the flash completed successfully - I saw it progress and say "... press any key to continue" and I did.

After this the LEDs were gone and every time I connect to my PC windows says "USB device not recognized". Nothing on BT either. Presence of the battery or the switch position makes no difference.

I can still get it into bootloader mode, Windows doesn't give me the error when I hold ESC and plug in. The ydkbs flash tool also still works, I can go into bootloader and flash a hex (the default one . . ) and it appears to complete just fine. But the keyboard is not functional.

I tried flashing with a different cable (both of them are quality) and using different usb2.0 ports. I am scratching my head. Is there a method I'm not using to get a working hex on the board?

Really starting to miss the clacks of these blue alps :( Thanks for any help!

update to the latest firmware of 2019-7-13.  I made a little mistake in the previous version.

Any chance you might port the bt pcb to qmk?

I have no that time. So I won't. I am just willing to focus on what I want to do.
« Last Edit: Mon, 15 July 2019, 10:48:08 by yangdigi »

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« Reply #876 on: Mon, 15 July 2019, 10:57:50 »
Well, at least your BT-pcb worked for a while..

Did you accidentally use the CA66 and not CAD66 firmware?

 :thumb: Yes I am dumb and the CA66 is working again!

I don't know why I thought the BT pcb would be the same target . . but It makes sense now.

 Sorry for the false alarm, carry on!