You can get this controller in one of the following ways:
- Get it from me fully assembled
- Get it from JLCPCB semi-assembled, and you solder the card edge connector, the Pro Micro, 90degree 2x3pin header, and ground wire.
These boards at the moment only support QMK firmware for xwhatsit controller, and don't support original xwhatsit firmware. (Which is not an issue, especially because QMK firmware has superior stability)
The QMK firmware variant that supports these keyboards is "/universal" (used to be "/through_hole", but renamed).
Please PM me for details about the QMK firmware (currently running in closed beta).
Option 1. Get it from me
- Contact me in PM to check if I still have enough on stock, and to reserve the controller(s) for you.
- When I give you the go-ahead, donate 30 USD * (number of beamspring controller(s)) to MS Research Australia via the following link: https://kissgoodbyetoms.org/fundraiser/ ... undraiser/
* Note: The website is Australian, and donation amounts are in AUD (even though all it says is "$", so it's a bit confusing), so please check the exchange rate. At the time of writing 30 USD is around 42 AUD.
* Note2: I am not affiliated with this charity, I see none of this money, and I've never been in Australia. I have picked this charity because I have acquaintances suffering from MS, this organization seem to be collecting money exclusively for research, and I can set up this convenient fundraiser website, where I can keep track of anyone who donated for this purpose.
* Note3: Please do not donate before I give you the go-ahead. I may not have enough boards on stock, or if I do they may not be assembled and waiting for components to be delivered. If you donate without me giving you the go-ahead I can not guarantee to ship your boards.
- Let me know when your donation successfully went through, so I can check, and PM me your shipping address.
- I will send you, as a thank you, Compact Beamspring controller(s).
- Note: for all of the boards I send out I do this procedure to make the card edge connectors reliable: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=24511 These card edge connectors will be much more reliable than unmodified ones, and will not require sheets of paper to be inserted on the sides (like non-modded connectors sometimes require). Also be aware that it will require considerable force the mount, and unmount the controllers, similar to untouched original controllers.
Please expand the spoilers below to learn about how to order from JLCPCB:
- The right side of the card edge connector has a wider hole then where the sense PCB ends, so when mounting it please don't align the edge of the hole in the plastic with the sense PCB, but instead please align the pin centers. Furthermore I recommend aligning the center pin of the connector with the center pin of the sense PCB for best alignment.
- If the connector pins are modded like described here: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=24511 (all of the boards I send out are modded), then the connectors will be much more reliable, but also the connectors will be pretty tight, and will require significant force to slide onto the sense PCB, and to remove it. When removing it, I recommend grabbing the connector plastic corner that is close to the grounding wire, with needle nose pliers, and pulling with those. The forces you need to use to will be pretty high, but as long as you keep the forces in the same plane as the sense PCB, there is no danger.