How to Configure your ALT Keyboard
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Hey everybody! Thank you for purchasing your Massdrop ALT Mechanical Keyboard. If you’ve landed here, you probably want to take full advantage of the keyboard’s features, so you’ve come to the right place. We’ll start with the basics, then we’ll move on to complete custom configuration.
THE BASICS

Default Hot Keys Hold FN + listed keys to activate LED Keys
Fn + A: LED Pattern Select Previous Fn + D: LED Pattern Select Next Fn + W: LED Brightness Increase Fn + S: LED Brightness Decrease Fn + Q: LED Scrolling Pattern Speed Decrease Fn + E: LED Scrolling Pattern Speed Increase Fn + Tab: LED Toggle Breathe Effect Fn + Caps Lock: LED Toggle Scrolling Pattern Direction Fn + X: LED Toggle On/Off Fn + Z: LED Toggle Mode (Keys+Edge, Keys Only, Edge Only) Media Keys
Fn + Page Up: Volume Up Fn + Page Down: Volume Down Fn + Delete: Mute Function Keys
Fn + 1: F1 Fn + 2: F2 Fn + 3: F3 Fn + 4: F4 Fn + 5: F5 Fn + 6: F6 Fn + 7: F7 Fn + 8: F8 Fn + 9: F9 Fn + 0: F10 Fn + - : F11 Fn + = : F12 Other Keys
Fn + P: Print Screen Fn + [ : Scroll Lock Fn + ] : Pause Fn + Left Arrow: Home Fn + Right Arrow: End Fn + Up Arrow: Page Up Fn + Down Arrow: Page Down Fn + Escape: Backtick ( ` ) Fn + Shift + Escape: Tilde ( ~ ) Keyboard Option Keys
Fn + N: Toggle keyboard 6KRO/NKRO (Default state 6KRO)
CUSTOM CONFIGURATION

How do I configure my keyboard? Note: You will currently need a second keyboard to complete the 3rd step of this process. 1. Create your configuration. 2. Compile the firmware with your configuration. Use our web-based configurator tool to handle both steps at once: https://www.massdrop.com/mechanical-keyboards/configurator . See below for more information about our configurator. If you are comfortable with programming and want to use QMK functionality that our configurator does not support, you can manually create and compile your configuration by checking out the official QMK repository: https://github.com/qmk/qmk_firmware . ALT Keyboard is in the folder "massdrop/ALT". QMK setup instructions are here: https://docs.qmk.fm/#/newbs 3. Load the firmware onto your keyboard. To load the firmware onto your ALT keyboard, download the appropriate loader application for your computer's OS here: https://github.com/Massdrop/mdloader/releases. Then follow the instructions here: https://github.com/Massdrop/mdloader. We are working with Jack and the other QMK contributors to get the loader application integrated into the next version of QMK Toolbox to simplify this loading process. As part of the loading process, you will need to reset your ALT Keyboard. The reset button is in a hole on the under side of the keyboard:
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MASSDROP KEYBOARD CONFIGURATOR

https://www.massdrop.com/mechanical-keyboards/configurator When you first go to the configurator, you will be prompted to choose your keyboard. After choosing, you will see a top-down view of the keyboard and a layer selector on the right side. By clicking on a key, you can customize its behavior by selecting another key or function in the panel that appears below the keyboard. The currently available behaviors are: - Keys - Individual keys such as letters, numbers, media keys, and function keys. - Layer - Activate and deactivate layers. The ALT Keyboard ships with a keymap where the Fn key activates layer 1. - Modifier - Send multiple modifiers with a single key press or allow a key to be a modifier when held and another key when tapped. - Special - Behaviors specific to the keyboard. For the ALT Keyboard, these control the LEDs. After you have configured the behaviors to your liking, click the "Compile & Download" button in the top right to download the compiled firmware for your configuration. This typically takes around 30 seconds. You will need to load this compiled firmware onto your keyboard. See step (3) above for instructions. If you are logged in to Massdrop, you will see a "Save as a New Copy" button next to the "Compile & Download" button. Clicking this button will save your configuration, allowing you to revisit it and modify it. The next time you go to the configurator, you will see your saved configurations above the list of keyboards. About Layers Layers allow you to configure your keyboard with more behaviors than its number of physical keys. For example with the ALT Keyboard, by default, when you hold Fn + A to change the LED pattern, the keyboard is actually activating Layer 1 and sending the code for switching to the previous LED pattern. The physical key that is mapped to the letter A on Layer 0 is mapped to changing LED patterns on Layer 1.
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For each key, its behavior is determined by the highest active layer. For the highest active layer, if the key's behavior is "transparent" (denoted by a grayed-out "(trns)" on the keyboard display), then it falls back to the next-highest layer where its behavior is not transparent. The QMK documentation has some tips for working with layers:https://docs.qmk.fm/#/feature_advanced_keycodes?id=working-with-layers

Configurator Development Roadmap Our configurator tool is still a work-in-progress. Here is what you can expect to be added to the tool in the future: 1. Merge our QMK changes back into the main QMK repository. 2. Macros support 3. Support for changing some QMK settings 4. Support for more keyboards
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Jackavle
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Jan 17, 2021
My Drop ALT keyboard has its Fn (Mo(1)) locked and I can't unlock it back to use the default layer. It is not a hardware issue, I pulled out the physical switch and the Fn is still locked. Please help.
acallander
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Jan 14, 2021
Is there a pattern that lights up when you hit each individual key?
george.campbell
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Jan 13, 2021
for some reason when i plugged my new space cable into the drop alt keyboard the leds became significantly dimmer and i can’t raise the brightness with the fn + w command, help?!
sam_zate
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Jan 14, 2021
Is the new cable long? I'm not a subject matter expert by any means but maybe the chord might be too long?
Hxv0cCorrupted
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Jan 1, 2021
dont mind my name if your reading this but I love this keyboard and I just got it a little earlier today and im a simple guy and everything is so easy and it just a amazing keyboard
sam_zate
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Dec 31, 2020
For the price of this keyboard I shouldn't have to learn coding to make custom lighting effects..
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typh
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Dec 24, 2020
Got my Drop Alt today, was very apprehensive about flashing new firmware (bricked a Ducky Mecha Mini not long ago), but it worked flawlessly. I did want to ask - when setting LEDs, is there some way to create custom patterns, or edit the 10 standard ones? (without getting into actual QMK?)
arrr.nav
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Jan 4, 2021
Yeah, I'd like to know that too. I hope they make some easy to use software for this sometime in the future.
Kirk1
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Dec 16, 2020
can't download files from the configurator, after hitting Compile and Download button nothing ever happens. Waited ten minutes and guide says it should take around 30 seconds.
typh
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Dec 24, 2020
I just got my Alt today - I was able to compile from the configurator using the latest Firefox on Windows 10. Not sure what browser you're using, but maybe try a different one?
abrupt
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Dec 9, 2020
the files i get from the configurator never work... been looking for a solution since august my comment was never answered
robnester
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Dec 13, 2020
What OS is this on?
abrupt
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Dec 13, 2020
win. 10 ive tried different browsers, reinstalled a bunch of things.. nothing seems to help
Kwispy
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Dec 8, 2020
I've been trying to figure this out for a few days. I followed the process and in Command Prompt, everything reads success. The solid orange light on the alt disappears and then my computer just constantly makes the eject noise every 3-5 seconds until I disconnect it or reset it using the pin underneath. This is so frustrating
kwg98
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Dec 1, 2020
Have 2 drop alts in front of me. Same computer, same wire. One keyboard (purchased in August) flashes with led. Second Keyboard, arrived in mail yesterday, will not flash. Same bin file, same everything. Why will the newer keyboard not flash?
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