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YanboWu
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Jan 25, 2016
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Hey guys, the PCB has been improved based on the feedback from the last drop.
1. The response rate has been improved 2. I'm not sure if I can characterize the PCB has having true N-Key rollover. However, if you slam down on the entire keypad - everything you hit will be registered.
Jan 25, 2016
byarmis
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Jan 25, 2016
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Do you have any hard numbers for the improved polling / response rate?
Jan 25, 2016
andrewboktor
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Jan 25, 2016
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Can you post a few photos of said PCB? I still don't understand if there are components on the PCB, and if not, what kind of components will it fit. Is there a place for a ucontroller? What kind? etc.
Jan 25, 2016
BlastHardcheese
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Jan 25, 2016
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Has it been confirmed that the PCB generates true num pad code?
Jan 25, 2016
YanboWu
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Jan 25, 2016
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Here is a picture of a PCB. Excuse my switch soldering job
Jan 25, 2016
andrewboktor
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Jan 25, 2016
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@YanboWu Thanks for posting the photo. So can you please confirm the following: PCB includes: Diodes, resistors, a microcontroller (What type is that???), USB 2.0 micro jack.
Jan 25, 2016
Draxor
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Jan 25, 2016
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option for just the PCB please, i still have both the switch tester and PCB lying around, would love to actually have a working numpad
Jan 25, 2016
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Jan 25, 2016
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@andrewboktor By the look of it possibly a PIC16 microcontroller, but I can be wrong.
Jan 25, 2016
jehee
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Jan 25, 2016
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I wonder, what needs for activate to num-pad. To activate PCB, just do soldering? I want to find "Firmware program", "User-manual", e.t.c ...
Jan 25, 2016
theimmc
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Jan 25, 2016
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@YanboWu can you test this on a Mac (and preferably also a Linux box) to see if it is recognized? Some of the earlier complains were about compatibility on non Windows OS.
I'd also like to point out that due to the orientation of the + and ENTER switches on the PCB, you won't be able to install stabilizers.
Jan 25, 2016
theimmc
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Jan 25, 2016
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With the previous numpad (and this should be no different), you just solder in the switches. The microcontroller is already programmed, there is nothing else you need to do. It appears like another keyboard to Windows, and when you press a key, it is like pressing the numeric keypad keys of a keyboard.
Jan 25, 2016
jehee
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Jan 25, 2016
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if so I'll be able to do this maybe... :D Thank you for detail answer.
Jan 25, 2016
YanboWu
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Jan 26, 2016
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Something happened with OS X between Yosemite and El Capitan updates.
Originally I was able to use all these keypads but now after the update no keypads really work with my Macbook anymore. It's pretty frustrating.
Jan 26, 2016
FAbs101
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Jan 26, 2016
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So this newer revision of the pcb is still not costar compatible for the enter and + keys...
Jan 26, 2016
BlastHardcheese
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Jan 26, 2016
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So you are saying it does not generate true numpad codes, but rather number row codes. So pressing the 1 key on the keyboard will be the same as pressing the 1 key on this numpad?
Jan 26, 2016
theimmc
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Jan 26, 2016
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No, I mean it generate numeric keypad codes. I'll verify again when I get home, it's sitting in a box somewhere.
Jan 26, 2016
theimmc
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Jan 26, 2016
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For it to be compatible with Costar stabs, the Enter and + needs to be rotated 90 degrees, so that the bar swings over the LED. From the photo @YanboWu posted that did not change.
Jan 26, 2016
theimmc
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That's very strange regarding OS X. Thanks for checking.
Jan 26, 2016
BlastHardcheese
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Jan 26, 2016
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Thanks
Jan 26, 2016
flyqer
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Jan 26, 2016
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Is the PCB fully reprogrammable? Do you have any more specs from the dropper?
Jan 26, 2016
el_mechacontext
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Jan 26, 2016
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Is there a possibility of offering these on their own? I want the tester but also the PCB for a custom numpad build.
Jan 26, 2016
theimmc
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Jan 26, 2016
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The microcontroller (PIC18F14K50) may be programmable, but you're going to need an ICSP to program it. You'll also need to trace the wiring and write the code yourself. If you're asking if it is programmable the way a Pok3r is programmable, the answer is no.
Jan 26, 2016
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Jan 27, 2016
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I was going to say that, but somehow I forgot.
Jan 27, 2016
theimmc
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Jan 28, 2016
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OK, some updates :
1. The board sent with the ErgoDox Infinity is V1.0.
2. The 1.0 board does indeed send numeric keypad codes. @YanboWu will need to verify the 2.0 board since no one else has them :) I tested using keyboardtester.com
Jan 28, 2016
eksuen
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Jan 29, 2016
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I twisted my costar stab wires for the enter and + keys. I did snap one accidentally and had to super glue it because I didn't have extras on hand. It's not perfect, but it works. If you are determined, you can make it work. Now...if only the version 1 PCB wasn't absolute garbage....
Jan 29, 2016
FAbs101
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Jan 29, 2016
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Are you able to take a picture of what you did?
Jan 29, 2016
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