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SETTING UP YOUR ALT

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Thank you for your Mech Keys Builder or ALT Barbones purchase. It is now time to assemble your ALT. If you made your purchase through Drop’s Mech Keys Builder, you will have received all the necessary components to build your keyboard. If you bought the ALT barebones only, you will need to source the additional components.  We’ve created videos for you that go through the process of the keyboard assembly—starting with the components received through the Mech Keys Builder, moving on to installing switches, and finishing up with installing keycaps.

What is in Your Package?

Here are the components you should have if you made your purchase through Drop’s Mech Keys Builder. Keyboard:
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Keyboard Accessories:
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MX-Style Switches: 
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Keycaps: 
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How to Install Switches?

Here are the steps for your switch installation. Step 1 Position the Switch Correctly: 
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Step 2 Place the Switch into the Socket: 
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How to Install Keycaps?


Here are the steps for your keycap installation. Step 1 Positioning the Keycaps: You will likely receive copies of the same keycap in different sizes (for example: multiple shift keycaps). You will need to look at your keycaps to identify the differences in length and profile for the correct position.  Difference in Length: 
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Difference in Profile: 
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Step 2 Placing the Keycaps on the Board:
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Examples of Assembled Keycap Images on  ALT Keyboard for Reference: Drop White Skylight Series Keycaps:
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Drop + Matt3o MT3 /Dev/TTY Keycaps:
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You are now done with your assembly. Plug in the USB cable, attach the magnetic feet if you like, and take your new keyboard for a spin. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them below. 
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grimcitizen
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Apr 14, 2021
Well, just got my new Drop Alt and three keys don't work: the "0 (zero)", "P", and ";" keys. Tried switching out the switches, tried the different USB-C ports, nothing. Defective out of the box.
Mavericksreign
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Apr 15, 2021
1 of mine doesnt and its the FN key so no RGB
Rucifer
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Oct 28, 2021
Same here! My drop alt came with A and left arrows defective. Changing switches didnt work either. So disappointed!
Sockie
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Mar 6, 2021
Do the switches come already lubricated or do we need to lube them up before installation? Thanks!
Sockie
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Apr 5, 2021
Honestly I'm not sure - I've never lubed my own switches but this is my first time using non-clicky keys so it already sounds different from what I'm used to. They do feel good though!
heroinbob
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Apr 28, 2021
NO they do not come pre-lubed and if they do or even if they did.. factory lube job will be slightly better than switches with no lube.
downfalll
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Jan 1, 2021
I just ordered the Alt High Profile Case (Arctic), Alt PCBA, LED Diffuser, and Panda Stabliziers... I did not see it but do any of those items come with a power cable or do I need to order one...? (USB-C to USB)
Elbert
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Jan 12, 2021
The high profile case does not come with magnetic feet because it's already a fixed 6-degree angle. The standalone colored cases also do not include accessories, as they were meant for people who already had an ALT and simply wanted to swap to a different colored case.
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