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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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?
LWNYC
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Nov 25, 2020
I programmed an ALT keyboard a while ago, can I easily transfer all the stuff I did on that onto a new DROP ALT keyboard that just arrived? (I totally forgotten what I did on the old ALT....)
LWNYC
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Dec 1, 2020
I ended up doing everything from scratch. BTW, do you know why under Apple new Big Sur OS, the media keys for play/pause, forward, etc., no longer works for any of my ALT or CTRL boards?
Nope
VppleJax
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Nov 15, 2020
Anyone else have a problem with their Ctrl, windows, and Alt LED lights not working? I've tried restarting it, plugging it in a different usb-c slot, and a different usb-a slot. Sucks that it came in like this...
YFGu0618
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Nov 20, 2020
It sounds like either your USB port does not have enough power or your cable is not so good that voltage dropped too much, these LEDs could draw insane amount of power...I was using a USB hub and have to plug in external power supply for those LEDs to work...and I even tried different cables for powering the hub until I found one that works...
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anthonylam02
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Nov 13, 2020
I've been following the given instructions for Windows and every time I attempt to actually flash my configuration onto the keyboard, I always receive the same error message: "Error: could not open applet file: applet-mdflash.bin" Can someone help me with this? Thanks in advance.
wybaugh
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Nov 14, 2020
Go back to the GitHub page. It's a separate file that you need to download and put in the same directory as the mdloader.exe
anthonylam02
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Nov 14, 2020
I've already done that and it still gives the same error message
intafon
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Nov 11, 2020
How do I create custom animations? I wrote code to generate custom animations for my K-Type keyboard which I could copy into the Kiibohd Configurator. I'd like to do the same thing for my Alt, but not sure how a) I'd generate the animations and b) how I'd compile the configuration.
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somedud
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Oct 28, 2020
Can someone help me? I use a mac. I downloaded my massdrop ctrl configurator, as well as applet-mdflash.bin and mdloader_mac. I then created a folder on my desktop and put all three of these files in the folder. The next step after this was going to the terminal and typing chmod u+x mdloader_mac into the terminal. Every time I do this, however, the error chmod: mdloader_mac: No such file or directory pops up. I've been stuck at this part for a few days now. Side note: I do not know how to code using QMK. Thank you and have a good day! :)
Jolzworth
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Nov 7, 2020
When you start the terminal, you will be in your home directory. Try cd ~/Desktop/YOUR_FOLDER_NAME which will "change directory" to the location with your files. Then try the chmod... command again.
Lorphex
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Oct 27, 2020
Still no macro support?
lerophoenix
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Oct 29, 2020
lmao
spydermayne
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Oct 19, 2020
Please do something
mase310
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Oct 13, 2020
I am not able to assign the 'menu' key using the massdrop configurator site for an ALT keyboard. Using the massdrop configurator site, followed by compiling, and flashing my massdrop ALT keybaord, I have successfully configured layer 0 and layer 1 keys on my ALT keyboard. However, I have tried multiple times to assign the 'menu' key to various keys on my ALT keyboard (on layer 0) and no matter which key I assign it to, then after flashing the keyboard, the assigned 'menu' key does nothing instead of acting like a 'menu' key. I hope someone can help me assign the 'menu' key. I am on Windows 10 and using the mdloader_windows.exe and applet-mdflash.bin files that were posted around Oct 6, 2020. When I tried the different QMK site to compile and flash, the menu key option worked, but I'd rather use the massdrop configurator, since it has controls for the edge lighting. Thank you!
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tjonathan
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Oct 14, 2020
I had possibly the same issue today. Try assigning the Application key instead of Menu. I think the keys are just named confusingly.
mase310
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Oct 15, 2020
I'll give it a try. Thank you for the suggestion! Edit: it worked, thank you!
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jordanssks1
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Oct 5, 2020
How do I disable the windows key on this keyboard???
Isaaru
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Nov 2, 2020
Becuase it ruins full screen applications of you dont have a really powerful pc. I think you can disable it in windows its self, and also just like any other key in the software.
Jolzworth
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Nov 7, 2020
To do this, I created a new layer (2) and set the windows key to NONE. Then created an a binding on layer 1 to toggle that layer off/on. That binding used TG(2) bound to the G key, for "Gaming", everything else was left as transparent. You can toggle the layer off and on using Fn+G
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