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Handwiring a Kinesis Advantage keyboard #1

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pyrho opened this issue Jun 21, 2020 · 6 comments
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Handwiring a Kinesis Advantage keyboard #1

pyrho opened this issue Jun 21, 2020 · 6 comments

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pyrho commented Jun 21, 2020

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pyrho commented Jun 21, 2020

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limitedAtonement commented Nov 25, 2020

Wow, dude. That's intense. I just rewired my kinesis (no write up) and had the same problem as you: https://25.wf/images/rip.jpg. The solution isn't: throw away the circuit boards!! Just ignore it for the moment and when you're done, get a wire and solder between the two terminals of the broken lead. Just like what you did, but only fix the broken ones, not EVERY SINGLE CONNECTION!

Anyway, you're a brave soul, and the fact that you have a working keyboard now is a marvelous achievement! Great work!

The next problem I'm seeking to overcome is that I type with my hands under my desk: I converted my center drawer to a keyboard tray by removing the front of the drawer. As you mention, Kinesis Advantage is big. There is no room in the drawer for a mouse, so my mouse is on top of my desk. I don't use my mouse much, but it really is a pain to have to remove my hand from the keyboard and reach on top of the desk for the mouse. I have lived with this for a couple years, but I recently found a solution!: http://xahlee.info/kbd/iergo/kinesis_keyboard_trackball_by_hweller_2014-11-07-s1241x652.jpg

I've already ordered https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B002OOWB3O/, and plan to dissect it and transplant it into my keyboard :-D . I'll try to remember to come back and let you know how it goes.

Rock on!

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limitedAtonement commented Nov 25, 2020

Oh yeah, I meant to say a couple other things. When I contacted Kinesis about getting new printed circuit boards, he said that he's all out of the legacy ones.

Also, I tried to find it a couple times in your article, but why did you remove the logic chip and replace it with your own? That seems unnecessary...also, did you get the indicator LEDs working?

Cheers, mate!

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pyrho commented Nov 25, 2020

Thanks for the kind words !

Just ignore it for the moment and when you're done, get a wire and solder between the two terminals of the broken lead.

Haha yeah someone else mentioned that on reddit... I should have thought about that, but to be honest I've ripped more than a few....

As for the mouse, I'm using Apple's Magic Touchpad on the center, it works very well for me, see the attached picture:
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I've just sticked two little rubber pads (see bottom of the picture) on the bottom of the touchpad to stabilize it on the kinesis' curved surface, it's pretty steady.

I've seen the trackballs mods and would love to try that too! Please do share your experience when you get a chance to work on that.

Also, I tried to find it a couple times in your article, but why did you remove the logic chip and replace it with your own?

I wanted to install QMK on the kinesis, it's far superior that the original kinesis software.

did you get the indicator LEDs working?

Nope, did not try I don't really have a use for them.

Good luck with your mod!

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limitedAtonement commented Nov 25, 2020

I haven't heard about QMK; interesting! I'll be sure to keep that bookmarked.

Regarding ripped leads, I think I had four or five. I was pretty careful pulling off the switches. I think I only had one ripped lead on the first hand well (I didn't know about it until I was done soldering the switches back on, then checked everything with a multimeter), but apparently got hasty on the second one, so I ripped several there.

I didn't glue the new switches into place. I think you said they're "friction fitted", but I'm pretty sure it's better than that. I think they have small clips, but I didn't look carefully. They seem pretty well in place, and now that they're soldered to these boards in the back, I can't imagine them coming loose at all.

Cheers!

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pyrho commented Nov 25, 2020

I haven't heard about QMK; interesting! I'll be sure to keep that bookmarked.

Sure, you can take a look at my keymap for the kinesis if you feel like it.

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