MGK64 Update - Sound Dampeners
“Sound Dampening Foam™”.
…They’re just shelf liners.
Sound Dampener Build Log
Solid Grip EasyLiner Shelf Liner
Bought two 'cos I needed to use up Amazon credits and I wanted free shipping over $25.
Blah blah blah 'Chew is a sucker for subtle marketing shticks blah blah blah.
2 × 20" × 6’ rolls are more
than enough for one keeb. Or, like, twenty?
MGK64 - Plate + PCB Disassembled
Reminder that the only things holding this fiberglass plate to the PCB are the switches’ pins.
Also means that there’s a gap waiting to be filled, between the plate and the PCB.
…Brain made me think about cream-filled donuts. Because. Gaps. Filling. Thanks, brain.
MGK64 - PCB
Screws secure the PCB to the case.
There be a gap here too.
MGK64 - Aluminum Case (Bottom)
Shiny, shapely butt.
MGK64 - PCB + Case (Bottom)
[Pushes glasses up on nose.]
Ah, yes, this keyboard’s mounting plate uses the hm, tray mount.
[…Hurriedly sweeps cheatsheet under the rug to pretend I know what I’m talking about.]
MGK64 - PCB (Underside) + Kailh Hot-Swap Sockets
So much for the case’s acrylic diffuser thingymabob. Shelf liner completely blocks any light from shining through the PCB’s underside.
Shelf Liner - Cutting to Size
Top half of the aluminum case is extremely handy for accurate measurements.
Disassembled Case (Bottom) + Cut Shelf Liner
With the shelf liner cut down to an approximate size, it’s time to mark and punch out those screw holes.
Acrylic slab with it’s pre-cut holes helped lots.
Reassembled Case (Bottom) + Cut Shelf Liner
Jankity jank friggity frack I always extremely disliked using scissors and box cutters to cut straight lines.
MGK64 - PCB + Shelf Liner + Case (Bottom) Sandwich
Fiberglass Plate + Cut Shelf Liner
Now to repeat the process.
…Just add 60+ more individual holes.
Fiberglass Plate + Switches + Cut Shelf Liner
…This one pic took way
too many hours.
Just staring at it is giving me headaches. Ow.
MGK64 - Reassembled!
Can see the shelf liner peeking out from the space bar’s gaps.
…What unevenly cut edges? Where? Out of sight, out of mind.
Sound Samples: Shelf Liner(s) + Modded BOX Heavy Black Switches + KAT Alpha Keycaps + OEM Fog White Keycaps
For the sound tests below, I went with linears (Modded BOX Heavy Blacks) 'cos I wanted to hear bottoming out sounds. Clicky switches would be extremely distracting and probably would drown out any minute acoustical differences between the sound samples, especially with how fast I type.
Ah, forgot to keep those excessively IRL thingies from muh LTT post this time. Moooving it over here now…
…I was/am also very tired by this point and not in the right mood to do more switch-swapping. Any free time I had these past few days were consumed by shelf liners with a bazjillion holes, streaming HEARTBEAT, BSODs during said stream, BSODs outside of said streams, impromptu late-night Windows reinstallations to fix BSODs, cleaning up game directories/paths, fixing preferences/settings for all muh software stuff, and mildly stressing out over my poor start to the Mid-Week Madness Folding Sprint (still in semi-panik mode over whether I have the correct Passkey or not ).
Update: BSOD’s still happening. Might be a motherboard issue, not Radeon drivers or Streamlabs OBS (not even installed right now). Usually happens when I attempt to run [email protected], I think. Event Viewer gives me BugcheckCode: 292. Gonna update BIOS when I get back home and cross my fingers that it solves the issue. Plan B is to reseat the CPU, but I very much doubt that’ll do anything.
…Now that I think about it, I recall everything was running fine before I updated motherboard stuff through ASUS’s Armoury Crate bloatmalware. Armoury Crate is currently not installed on the freshly wiped PC, I really don’t want it to cumdump it’s bloatcrap in my drive.
On the plus side, I might have freed up more space on my OS drive.
Something something small victories and win the battle lose the war.
Not to mention I managed to somehow IDK injure the inside of my right cheek + jaw area, so eating, drinking, and idle mouth movements are a biiit of a pain. Also uncertain whether this persistent minor headache I’ve got is due to stressing over Hoshī, the cheek-jaw injury, the warm spring heat that dropped from outta nowhere, the side-effects from the second vaccine shot I received yesterday, or a wonderfully pleasant blend of all the above.
No. Biggie. Smalls.
'Chew iz 'kay. Iz 'kay. Just, haven’t been bukkake’d by this many issues in a while, ahaha.
Oh, YIL (Yesterday I Learned) the
left right part of my face twitches every now and then when I’m under more stress than usual.
Modded BOX Heavy Black Switches + KAT Alpha Keycaps + Bottom Shelf Liner Only (Fast)
Modded BOX Heavy Black Switches + KAT Alpha Keycaps + Bottom Shelf Liner Only (Slow)
Modded BOX Heavy Black Switches + KAT Alpha Keycaps + Top and Bottom Shelf Liner (Fast)
Modded BOX Heavy Black Switches + KAT Alpha Keycaps + Top and Bottom Shelf Liner (Slow)
Modded BOX Heavy Black Switches + OEM Fog White Keycaps + Bottom Shelf Liner Only (Fast)
Modded BOX Heavy Black Switches + OEM Fog White Keycaps + Bottom Shelf Liner Only (Slow)
Modded BOX Heavy Black Switches + OEM Fog White Keycaps + Top and Bottom Shelf Liner (Fast)
Modded BOX Heavy Black Switches + OEM Fog White Keycaps + Top and Bottom Shelf Liner (Slow)
Can’t really tell the difference between MGK64 w/o Shelf Liner, MGK64 w/ Bottom Shelf Liner, and MGK64 w/Both Shelf Liners. But keystrokes do sound a teeny weeny bit less echo-y with more shelf liners, I think? Er, if there is another audible difference, my ears don’t pick 'em up.
Difference between OEMs and KATs are easier to pick apart. Still prefer the sound of those good ol’ thocky OEMs over the KATs.
The Discord channel mini-project will probably be put on indefinite hold for now. Wanted to consolidate all my keeb Discord news (especially discounts, promos, and giveaways ) to one server, but: one, Discord has a limit of 50 servers to one account, and not every Discord server has announcements set up correctly (or relevantly ). Thought of writing up a Discord bot to handle the latter, but erm, would need to invest more time into learning Python, and I’m beginning to doubt whether it’s even possible*.
Asterisk(*): Possible as in, whether a bot could copy and paste messages from another server’s channel into my own without having the bot join the other server. Kinda sounds more like it breaks some TOS somewhere, lol.
Plus, I’ve got too many irons in the fire right now.
This Week’s Schedule: (ノ ゜_゜)ノ 彡 ┻━┻
Priority One is to deal with the constant BSODs.