Flying Fox wrote:
I would say this is your perfect opportunity to try out that cheap mechanical from monoprice. Although MX Blue is the clickety clackety one so I am not sure if your office mates will appreciate.
Funny you should mention that, I actually thought of it shortly after I started this thread. I went and tried to order one, but they are now out of stock. My nearest office mate managed to order one yesterday (maybe he got the last one? bastard...
), so the noise would not be an issue regardless; he'll be over there clicking and clacking away. (My dead one had blues too, but with o-rings installed.)
I ended up swinging by the Micro Center on the way home from work and picking up a Ducky Zero. I considered ordering a "bare bones" (no keycaps) 'board from WASD and moving the keycaps from the dead one over since they've already got o-rings installed, but the Ducky was only $9 more than the keycap-less WASD since it was on sale. And the crappy Dell rubber dome I used for the day was really pissing me off, so this needs to get dealt with ASAP. Current plan is to use the Ducky at home, and take the RK-9000 from home to the office.
I will still pursue the controller board replacement idea, if that pans out I will have a spare.
Now I just need to decide whether I want to get another set of o-rings and go to the trouble of modding the Ducky (the RK-9000 at home has the o-ring mod too, so it is what I'm accustomed to). The Ducky also feels like it has an MX green under the spacebar, as the spacebar is noticeably stiffer (the RK-9000 had a blue there); that will take a little getting used to.
Yes, I am really picky about my keyboards.
Edit: And just as an aside for those of you who care about such things, the Ducky that Micro Center has on sale -- though it is still about double the cost of that (now out of stock) Monoprice unit -- has backlighting and media keys. I don't imagine I will make much use of those features, but they managed to add the media keys while still maintaining a very compact form factor, as the media keys go where the num/caps/scroll lock LEDs would normally go (the num/caps/scroll lock LEDs are inside their respective keys instead).
Edit 2: Something else that just occurred to me -- since they are backlight compatible, the Ducky's keycaps are necessarily "double-shot" molded. So the lettering won't eventually fade the way it tends to do on the Rosewills.
Edit 3: Arghh! Ducky Zero + Iogear GCS1104 KVM + older Linux systems = KVM glitchiness!
Didn't have this issue with the Rosewill. At least invoking the KVM's "HID Reset" sequence (NumLock-Minus-F1) seems to straighten things out when it happens, and the issue does not seem to occur
seems to occur less on newer (3.x) Linux kernels, so this issue should eventually (mostly) fix itself.
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