So this is just a super quick post about something not very related to TechArt stuff, but I recently bought a new keyboard as my Razer Lycosa Mirror finally bit it (the space bar finally stopped working for good this time...it's threatened to die a few times before but never fully given up)
So I bought a Tada68 from KBD Fans on recommendation from one of my friend's who is very much into custom keyboards (which I always said I probably wouldn't go down that route cause I know jack about custom boards). Anyways, it's shown up and since it's not a full keyboard I was missing a few creature comforts such as media buttons and I wanted my Home/End Keys back (since the board has PgUp/PgDown by default instead)
I had to try to look up how to change the keymap since I know you can program this keyboard to do a ton of things if you so desire, but I founda lot of outdated or just very convoluted info on how to get a new keymap installed on the board.
Now that I've done it I wanted to just write it down so maybe someone else will happen across it. This is how I managed to get my own key map on my Tada68.
Obviously I assume you have a Tada68 board as I have no idea how to do it for other boards (but I think some of them are pretty similar?)
- Watch this video on how to use the QMK Configurator This is the video that I found on how to setup a keymap for my board and it allows you to do it in a browser with no need to download extra softwares and all that jazz. It was super easy and straight forward (and the video is pretty short)
- After you've downloaded the compiled .bin file from QMK Configurator, I made a copy (in case I want to have different version and swap between them later on) and named that copy to FLASH.bin.
- NOTE: This next step "disables" your keyboard, so you'll have to use the right click menu to copy/paste etc. On the back of your Tada68, you'll see a little reset button, press it and it will make your board start to flash and should connect to your computer so you can access the on board memory.
- There should be a FLASH.bin file on your board already, copy this to somewhere else so you have a backup of it. Delete the file on your board and then drag your FLASH.bin file that you got from QMK Configurator on to the board and hit ESC,
NOTE: I've seen it said in other places to NOT do the eject device from computer as it can cause issues, so Please Please Please, hit the ESC key instead.
- That's it, you're done. You should have your keymap on your board all ready to go.
I by no means take responsibility for any damage that could be caused by doing it this way, but it worked completely fine for me ~3 times now (small key changes and what not) so hopefully it will work for you :)