Programming KBD Keyboards via Bootmapper Client (TMK guide getting added soon here!)
I'm used to paying $350+ for custom aluminum keyboards, but was totally shocked when I received my $160 KDB75. The keyboard was packaged extremely well and arrived from China with no flaws, and weighted far more than I was expecting. It weighs more than my RS96. I never was really into the 75% layout, but I was never into the 96 key layout until I tried it, so I figured I'd give it a try since the price was definitely right.
But enough of the "review" part, lets get on to programming this guy. I always like to do guides because I know that being intimidated by programming a custom can often lead to people skipping buys they would otherwise join. This is a very easy one to program, so nothing to be afraid of here!
The first step is to simply download the Bootmapper client found here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/3bn9flirkb49ahz/BootMapperClient.zip?dl=0
After downloading it and running the .exe (I'm on Windows, there is an OSX version as well) you should see something like this:
The very next thing you will need to do is press the "Download" buttom:
This essentially grabs the layout that is currently on the keyboard and imports it into the Bootmapper program. You should see something like this now:
This is showing you the current matrix. Don't worry, you don't have to edit the layout by finding the key you want to change directly from here, there is a much more intuitive way. Simply click the "Toggle bootmapper" button:
Now that the bootmapper button is active, you will not be able to type normally. So during this process you can't swap back to browsing the web or typing in Slack, etc.
Once this is active you will press the key you want to remap, and it should get highlighted in red within the matrix. Simply click on the key you want to change it to from the selection of keys at the bottom. It should look like this, using Caps Lock as an example:
Make sure you uncheck "Apply to all layers" if you are doing anything on one of the FN layers! Otherwise this will change the key on every layer!
Now, speaking of FN layers you have up to three available, as you can see in the top left corner. This works just as programming any layer, simply click the layer button first, and then while in bootmapper mode hit the key you want to reprogram. Just be sure toset a FN button on your main layer so that you can access it. Bootmapper gives you easy toggle buttons for layers 2 and 3 (meaning hit it once and it stays on, hit it again to turn it off). This can be very useful for alternate layouts like DVORAK or if you want to set up a full layer of macros for a particular game.
One more very important thing to point out is lighting controls. You will probably want to put these on the normal FN layer. RGB mode controls the SMDs on the PCB for underglow, and LED mode, LED BrUp, LED BrDN only affect in switch LEDs. the LED on/off affects both.
Moving on to lighting!
To access the lighting features (both under PCB SMDs and in-switch LED's) go to Options from the main tab selection. You should see this screen:
At this menu the left side is all for controlling the SMDs for underglow. There are five effects: Fading, Immediately, Sequential, Static, and Flow. In-switch LEDs only have a Fading effect, or on/off at adjustable brightness levels.
Now lets head back to the main tab to flash the new layout to the keyboard. Make sure "ps2avrGB & ps2avrGB_split" is selected as the target:
After you have everything set just as you want, return to the main tab and click the "Upload" button. Make sure to have "Reboot after uploading" checked. This will now flash the new layout to the keyboard, and immediately restart it, leaving no need to unplug and replug the keyboard in.
Hopefully this got you off to a good start programming your keyboard! As always there is more that Bootmapper is capable of and I will document some of the more advanced features soon! Fow now feel free to ask any questions you may have though and I'd be more than happy to lend a helping hand!