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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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faelanx
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Sep 26, 2021
why is there no f'ing insert key.
lazerwolph
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Jul 23, 2021
Hello! When I try to run the qmk firmware, I keep getting "ERROR: Parser: File is empty!": "Opening port 'COM3'... Success! Found MCU: SAMD51J18A Bootloader version: v2.18Sep 4 2018 16:48:28 Applet file: applet-flash-samd51j18a.bin Applet Version: 1 ERROR: Parser: File is empty! Error: Could not parse file! Closing port... Success!" I tried re-downloading all the files and its still broke. Any tips? Thanks in advance!!
lazerwolph
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Jul 23, 2021
SOLVED I had to rename the configurator file from "massdrop_alt_md_configurator.bin" to "massdrop_alt_md_configurator". Since its a .bin file, I didnt need to add the .bin extension on to the file name itself.
How can I copy a layer?
bob321
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Jul 2, 2021
I have a CTRL and followed this to have persistent memory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VsTKWfClhA (thanks for the guide!). My Control and Windows keys swapped one day when I was using my MAC. It impacts Windows too so it's not a keyboard setting in the OS. Has anyone seen this and know of a fix? I am guessing it's a FN+ key but I can't find it...
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bob321
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Jul 3, 2021
I re-flashed with a default config and Control/Windows keys are back where they should be. How did it get changed though? Very odd.
cgkades
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Jun 27, 2021
Just want to add here that the layout provided by drop gives a fraction of the actual patterns available. If you use the QMK Configurator, you'll get access to much more. Not sure why as I haven't looked at the source yet, but if you're disappointed in the lack of patterns there are more!
Ostreaf
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May 31, 2021
Accidently disabled win key on drop alt. How do I re-enable?
Ostreaf
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May 31, 2021
Leaving this here for any that might have similar problem: It wasn't win lock but instead my file explorer stopped working for some reason. I restarted it and it works now. (Restart file explored from task manager)
kb11
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May 18, 2021
Hi, i am a newbie here.Can anyone help me i just got my drop alt today and i did the configuration but after that my drop alt doesn't respond to me like i cant type or even no LED. It like the keyboard not connect to my pc even i use the original cable of the product and plug in the SS port. here is the code: C:\Users\Unit-11\Desktop\drop\gg>mdloader_windows.exe --first --download w.bin --restart Massdrop Loader 1.05 Massdrop Loader Copyright (C) 2018-2020 Massdrop Inc. This program is Free Software and has ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY Scanning for device for 60 seconds ......... Device port: COM4 (SAMD51J18A) Opening port 'COM4'... Success! Found MCU: SAMD51J18A Bootloader version: v2.18Sep 4 2018 16:48:28 Applet file: applet-mdflash.bin Applet Version: 1 Writing firmware... Complete! Booting device... Success! Closing port... Success! C:\Users\Unit-11\Desktop\drop\gg>
quicklytoo4
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May 20, 2021
try downloading the default keyboard profile and using that? then try a custom again? not much else I can recommend trying
kb11
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May 20, 2021
yes exactly what you said default profile from qmk work but custom one nothing
Okay so I got my alt high profile the other day and can’t seem to get the LEDs working on it. I got it flashed okay and the custom keymap I setup works just fine but all the custom color LEDs I set are just that pinkish white color. Did I get a faulty board or am I doing something wrong?
quicklytoo4
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May 20, 2021
did you set the color for all of them? (both layers and both the keys and edge lighting) double click them then click the color you want my first time I thought I messed up but then I pressed my FN key and the leds turned on lol so make sure you got them all
Please, assist to set default brightness of LEDs. Now, after every reboot I lower 14 times. I'd like to have it stored in the keyboard. How can I achieve it?
Bittabola
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Jul 4, 2021
Were you able to figure this out?
Unfortunately no. I heard from others that Drop's are only keyboards which do not remember previously set brightness. Very great build, but this is very annoying.
ankit1738
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Apr 22, 2021
There is no option in the configurator to add Screen Brightness UP/DOWN. I need these in my keyboard. Any way I can add these.
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