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Diode broke - how I fixed it

Diode broke - how I fixed it

From:
Joe Fiorini
Date:
2015-10-18 @ 04:49
So on a whim I swapped out my cherry blues for some Gateron Browns I got
from Massdrop months ago (no preference, just wanted to try them and see
what I like better).

I ran into a couple problems soldering the Gaterons I thought I'd share
here for anyone's future benefit.

1. I had 4 keys not working after I finished soldering. 3 of them were
because the pins on the Gaterons bent under the PCB! After desoldering
each one, unbending the pin and soldering it back on I was in business!

2. But the 4th bad key was the REALLY weird one! I resoldered the
switch, no go. I replaced the switch, still nothing! I started messing
with the diode and the stupid thing cracked in half! I couldn't believe
it. Luckily I had a spare diode, but to fix it would mean resoldering
the entire keyboard AGAIN, which I really didn't feel like doing.

Then I got the bright idea to cut the broken diode off just under the
plastic, leaving a little leg on each side. Then I took the replacement
diode and soldered its legs to the legs of the previous one. Once I
tested the switch, I then trimmed the legs of the new diode. I hope that
was a good idea...?

After that, I had a 100% working Atreus with Cherry Browns.

Phew. Hope this helps someone!

-- 
Joe Fiorini

Re: [atreus] Diode broke - how I fixed it

From:
Phil Hagelberg
Date:
2015-10-19 @ 14:51
Joe Fiorini <joe@joefiorini.com> writes:

> Then I got the bright idea to cut the broken diode off just under the
> plastic, leaving a little leg on each side. Then I took the replacement
> diode and soldered its legs to the legs of the previous one. Once I
> tested the switch, I then trimmed the legs of the new diode. I hope that
> was a good idea...?

Yeah, that's totally a legit fix. The thing to remember is that the PCB
is just there to hold stuff in place; the important thing is the
electrical connections that it enables. If you find another way to make
those connections, it'll still work fine.

Nice work; enjoy the new switches.

-Phil