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Dec
15
comment How do I repair a mechanical keyboard?
first choice should always be to contact the manufacturer of your keyboard for repair, of course.
Dec
11
comment Differences between Cherry mechanical keyboard switches?
OP said "I don't mind a clicky noise (I would actually prefer a bit of noise), I just don't want anything overpowering.". Buckling spring is the loudest option there is, short of typing by firing handguns at the keyboard.. youtube.com/watch?v=9J0ZAKd8mF4
Dec
11
comment Differences between Cherry mechanical keyboard switches?
@jour and as I said I think four times now, answers are free -- even encouraged -- to go "above and beyond" what was asked for. Not sure how many times I need to repeat this, but I guess I will keep doing so over and over until it sinks in :) I mean, who is going to complain about an answer that goes the extra mile for them?
Dec
11
comment Differences between Cherry mechanical keyboard switches?
@jour going back to the first revision: 1. OP explicitly mentioned Cherry Blue as a reference point 2. OP specifically mentioned noise 3. OP said "being sold in keyboards for a sane price". All three of these point directly to the question being best focused on Cherry switch mechanical keyboards. They are inexpensive (for mechanicals), can be somewhat quiet (unlike buckling spring), and they can be obtained fairly easily as they are not totally obscure -- most people can probably find a vendor that sells at least one or two different cherry switch mechanical keyboards.
Dec
11
comment Differences between Cherry mechanical keyboard switches?
@jour I paid $250 for the topre realforce -- that fails the "being sold in keyboards for a sane price" text that was in the original revision. Happy Hacking keyboard is $300 .. elitekeyboards.com/…
Dec
11
comment Differences between Cherry mechanical keyboard switches?
FWIW I had a Topre Realforce ($250+) and I did not care at all for the feel of the capacitive keys, way too mushy for me. I sold that off quickly. Definitely illustrates how the "you gotta try it yourself to see" factor can be a challenge for the more obscure keyboards...
Dec
11
comment Differences between Cherry mechanical keyboard switches?
@dan and FYI Razer BlackWidow uses Cherry Blue. I really don't think buckling spring is relevant to someone who said "I don't want anything overpowering [in noise]", plus there is exactly one vendor selling new buckling spring keyboards in the world that I know of. Not like you get a lot of choice there, compared to the zillions of new Cherry {insert color here} mechanicals there are on the market. Heck, just browse Newegg or Amazon in the mechanical keyboard category (I know I have been..), it's Cherry-tastic through and through.
Dec
11
comment Differences between Cherry mechanical keyboard switches?
@jour also, I challenge anyone to try buying a new mechanical keyboard right now, today, without being forced to learn about cherry switch colors. It is literally impossible, since the vast, vast majority of new mechanical keyboards being sold use Cherry switches in a rainbow of incomphrehensible colors... part of the reason I wrote the answer I did is because I needed to remind myself what the differences are when looking at the new Corsair keyboard, etc, and I already went through the mechanical keyboard buying process once!
Dec
11
comment Differences between Cherry mechanical keyboard switches?
@jour based on three bits of data -- 1. OP explicitly mentioned cherry blue 2. OP specifically mentioned noise (see my video link above) 3. OP said "being sold in keyboards for a sane price" it is clear that we're in "let's compare the most common mechanical switch type" territory. As I've said repeatedly, it is fine and encouraged even for some answers to provide more than what was asked for. I don't think a "let's compare all the really obscure mechanical keyboard switch types in ridiculous detail" question would be particularly useful to the OP. Let's focus on specifics.
Dec
11
comment Differences between Cherry mechanical keyboard switches?
@jour rolling this back; the OP specifically mentions Cherry blue -- and Cherry is by far the most common option -- and I think this question is best when it is specific. It is fine for other answers to go above and beyond to touch on different switch types, of course. (The OP also said he was concerned about noise and buckling springs are deafening, even louder than the blues which are quite loud, so personally I think that's a very unlikely choice.) edit: see this video youtube.com/watch?v=9J0ZAKd8mF4
Dec
11
comment Differences between Cherry mechanical keyboard switches?
it would be more helpful if you summarized the relevant threads here...
Dec
11
comment How do I repair a mechanical keyboard?
I'm doing some research on this, but have you tried taking the keyboards apart to start, just to check out the internals, etc?
Dec
9
comment Does a computer use fewer resources when programs are minimized?
best to wait until Win8 is released rather than speculating on what may or may not carry forward from very early betas.
Nov
21
comment Disable “Do you want to change the color scheme to improve performance?” warning
@will hmm, I am not sure this answer is correct. I do not have "Windows Troubleshooting" checked and I keep getting nagged with this dialog.
Oct
17
comment Can't change drive letter to previously used drive
yes, I had to reboot to remove D otherwise it'd be a live drive removal.. I guess that's allowed? I'm not ballsy enough to rip a drive out while the system is running!
Oct
9
comment How can I hide my IP without using a proxy?
I believe forms of this used to be possible in the early days of the internet, but the routers stopped allowing oddball traffic because as you stated, it doesn't make much sense and is often malicious. I need to dig up a citation on that, but it'd be mostly of historical interest.
Oct
6
comment Can two dual GPU ATI video cards run together in Crossfire?
this has nothing to do with the BF3 beta
Oct
5
comment ATI CrossFire instability and horizontal bands?
not enough experience to tell at this point. Nothing screamingly obvious...
Oct
5
comment ATI CrossFire instability and horizontal bands?
CPU-Z says link width x8, max supported x16.
Oct
5
comment How do I hookup a dual video card Crossfire rig to a single monitor?
you still have to install the internal crossfire bridge connector between the two cards though!