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post #11 of 24
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Grief View Post
Why do you own so many mechanical keyboards?
Mostly because of curiosity but I do like swapping out keyboards with different switches every now and then. It's refreshing, especially when programming.

EDIT: I've removed the washers. I find that although they reduce the clack, key travel was reduced enough for me to notice it. Instead, I have unsoldered all of the switches again and replaced each blue switches spring with springs from MX black switches. End result is a heavier blue switch which is harder to bottom out.

Also, put all browns in the Rosewill.

Edited by skkhai - 9/1/11 at 12:21am
post #12 of 24
Hey skkhai, could you do me a big favor and take a picture of the PCB on the Rosewill focusing where the USB adapter was, on the other side of the controller. Mine is messed up and lets say I did a messy job with the ultra small 5 pin connectors on the USB. I need to see where all the traces went. Thanks
post #13 of 24
Thread Starter 
Hey Bulgdoom, unfortunately I sold my Rosewill and can't find my stash of pictures I took while doing this mod.

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I did find this picture off of google that might help. I should note that the above picture, as well as the pictures in this thread, are of the original first generation Rosewills that did not have the detachable cable. If you have the newer one with the detachable cable, I think your best bet is to make a new thread and ask for help either here or at geekhack.org.

Sorry I couldn't help.
post #14 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by skkhai View Post


Mostly because of curiosity but I do like swapping out keyboards with different switches every now and then. It's refreshing, especially when programming.

EDIT: I've removed the washers. I find that although they reduce the clack, key travel was reduced enough for me to notice it. Instead, I have unsoldered all of the switches again and replaced each blue switches spring with springs from MX black switches. End result is a heavier blue switch which is harder to bottom out.

Also, put all browns in the Rosewill.
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Ghetto Mx Greens! I've been wanting to mod an entire board to those switches like you've done. I believe I'll do it on my next Poker so I don't have to soldier anything (dunno how). Very nice work, and great pictures man.
post #15 of 24
did somebody say green?

only the greatest switch ever.
post #16 of 24
^My poker had a green space bar and man it felt soo good.
post #17 of 24
my phantom will be all greens biggrin.gif
post #18 of 24
What type of soldering iron and solder did you use to do this? Use a desoldering gun also?

About to convert a Filco to clear switches. I have Weller WES51 but nothing to desolder other than copper braid from Radio Shack. Seemed to work good on donor Cherry board but I didn't care about the PCB on that one.

Was thinking of ordering a Edsyn DS-017 or something similiar.
post #19 of 24
Thread Starter 
shawnoen, I have an old school Metcal iron I got back in the 90's... I don't know the model number off the top of my head but it's ancient. I didn't use a a soldering gun, just plain old copper braid and it took several hours and was a pain in the ass. Filco's leadless solder just didn't want to wick into the braid and I had to apply extra flux to the braid to get it to wick. I'm sure a desoldering pump would make the process a lot easier and would recommend one for a mod like this.

My most two favorite boards are my clear modded Filco and a ghetto green modded Filco. I just love heavy switches. biggrin.gif
post #20 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bulgdoom View Post

Hey skkhai, could you do me a big favor and take a picture of the PCB on the Rosewill focusing where the USB adapter was, on the other side of the controller. Mine is messed up and lets say I did a messy job with the ultra small 5 pin connectors on the USB. I need to see where all the traces went. Thanks

I'm also looking for pics of the Controller PCB for the Filco. It's amazingly hard to find on the net. There use to be some over at GeekHack but seem to have disappeared after GeekHack got Hacked.

How did you go with the soldering job on the Controller PCB? Have you got any pics? I'm about to start messing with the Controller PCB of my Filco.
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