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How do I flash my keyboard?

asked 2018-02-08 12:09:45 -0500

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I have an Input Club keyboard that I purchased from a store and I want to flash a new layout or animations on it. How do I do that?

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answered 2018-02-08 14:10:51 -0500

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Flashing - MacOS

  1. Download homebrew (LINK)
  2. Install dfu-util (LINK) using homebrew with this command: brew install dfu-util
  3. Navigate to the directory you unzipped the firmware to
  4. Press FN + ESC on the K-Type to put the K-Type in flash mode (If this does not work, use a paperclip or other device and press the flashing button on the back of the keyboard it is located inside the small hole).
  5. Enter the command: dfu-util -D kiibohd.dfu.bin
  6. You're done, enjoy your keyboard

Flashing - Linux

  1. Using your system package manager install dfu-util, e.g.:

    • on Debian, Ubuntu and Mint: sudo apt-get install dfu-util
    • on Arch Linux pacman -S dfu-util
    • on Fedora sudo dnf install dfu-util
  2. Navigate to the directory you unzipped the firmware to

  3. Press FN + ESC on the K-Type to put the K-Type in flash mode (If this does not work, use a paperclip or other device and press the flashing button on the back of the keyboard it is located inside the small hole).

  4. With the K-Type in flash mode enter the command dfu-util -D kiibohd.dfu.bin

  5. If the above fails, try running the command with sudo (i.e. sudo dfu-util -D kiibohd.dfu.bin)

  6. You're done, enjoy your keyboard

Flashing - Windows

The following instructions are to be completed the first time you use the keyboard on a new computer. After you have installed keyboard drivers with Zadig and DFU-Util you will not need to install them again if everything is working properly.

  1. Download Zadig (LINK)
  2. Plug in any Input Club keyboard
  3. Run Zadig
  4. Select "Options" and then select "List All Devices"
  5. From the dropdown select "API Interface (Interface 5)" or "RawIO API Interface (Interface 5)"
  6. Using the arrows below select the driver libusbK (Version number will update)
  7. Click the large button that says "Install Driver", "Reinstall Driver" or "Replace Driver" (this depends on the devices you have used with this computer).

After you have installed libusbK on the API Interface we are also going to install it for the K-Type.

  1. Press FN + ESC on the K-Type to put the K-Type in flash mode (If this does not work, use a paperclip or other device and press the flashing button on the back of the keyboard it is located inside the small hole).

  2. With your K-Type in Flash mode you should see an entry in the Zadig dropdown entitled simply "K-Type" (Zadig will automatically update)

  3. Select the same libusbK driver from the driver list and press either "Install Driver", "Reinstall Driver" or "Replace Driver".

  4. Download DFU-UTIL (LINK) and unzip to a folder that you know the location of.

NOTE: The above steps are to guarantee that this process works on all Windows machines and is only to be done the first time you flash a keyboard on a specific computer.

  1. Download and install the current client side Input Club Configurator Link to latest

  2. Make any adjustments to your layout or your visual animations and click "Download Firmware" (Lightning bolt icon on top right)

  3. A pop up window will ...

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