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Hi guys, my next build will be all white. I really like the look of the quickfire pro that just came out, but I don't dig the red LEDs. How hard would it be to change these out. Are they standard LEDs or are they the small ones that are harder to replace? Thanks!
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Hi guys, my next build will be all white. I really like the look of the quickfire pro that just came out, but I don't dig the red LEDs. How hard would it be to change these out. Are they standard LEDs or are they the small ones that are harder to replace? Thanks!

They're easy to replace. You just need to unscrew the keyboard backcover ; might be some glue you'll have to cut/peel/melt off. Otherwise, desolder the LEDs, buy the ones you want that are the same rated voltage, etc and solder them on.
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Cool, where can I get info on what voltage the LEDs are?
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errm I don't know if this helps to calculate the voltage, but I took a few pics, all the LEDs seem to be connected to a number 151 on the PCB except for the caps,num, and scroll lock which seem to be connected to 102... no idea if it helps (could it be the resistor value in ohms?), i'm a newb when it comes to this stuff.

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Awesome thanks for the pics! Helps me get understand what I'm getting myself into with this. Seems pretty straightforward.
Please post any more pics you have! Especially the front panel piece of plastic...thinking about painting it white
Edited by tCoLL - 4/13/12 at 7:32pm
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Awesome thanks for the pics! Helps me get understand what I'm getting myself into with this. Seems pretty straightforward.
Please post any more pics you have! Especially the front panel piece of plastic...thinking about painting it white

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Top right of the PCB:

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Behind the Num, Caps, and Scroll lock (LED light spreader):

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Front + Back Panel:

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How the front and back panel are joined: 7 screws (1 hidden under the OK sticker which will void your warranty...) between each pair of screws there is also a sort of hollow square clip on which should come loose theoretically when pushed inward, however it feels really sturdy/unbend-able so i'd suggest taking your time and slowly working them loose so as not to accidentally break them.

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Also the PCB is obviously connected to the mini-usb port so be careful when taking it out, just yanking the PCB out might break it, you can pull out the end going into the mini-usb.

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I'd love to paint mine maybe a Beige color for that old school feel... tongue.gif
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Thanks so much!
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I've never had to change resistor values when changing the LEDs in a keyboard.
 
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