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Dive
post Jan 12 2003, 04:38 PM
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Info taken from PSO World with permission from Layrinn.

"Hey, I thought I would bring this to your attention.

With the help of a friend, I have developed a fully functional PC keyboard adapter for use with GC PSO. I have posted further details in the Keyboard Information thread in the general forum. My partener and I have an informative web site in the works. You can view what we have so far here:

http://www.pantsofevilgamers.com/kb/

Please feel free to contact us through our web site if you have any questions or comments.

Sincerely,
Eric Konizer
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post Jan 12 2003, 06:02 PM
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Heya, everyone... here's a little more info for ya.

Right now, the project is in a testing phase. I have sent about a dozen
devices to my friends in order for them to help me thoroughly test it. I'd
like to give them a week or two to really put it through the wringer and
make sure the design is solid.
In the mean time, my partner and I will be working hard to come up with
a distribution scheme. We've been contacted by a few people willing to lend
their assistance, but right now a do-it-yourself kit seems to be the most
likely solution. Each adapter takes me well over an hour to build, and
that's with lots of practice! Since Adam and I both have very busy lives
apart from this project, it is not feasible for us to produce any kind of
significant quantity.
Don't hold me to this, but right now I think we would be selling DIY
kits for about $20 each plus shipping. Each one would contain all the
component needed to make an adapter, including the pre-programmed PIC
microcontroller. The kits would require basic soldering skills and a few
simple hand tools to assemble; it should take an amateur 2 - 3 hours to
complete. We would also try to offer fully completed adapters for a higher
price, but right now we have no estimate on that cost. Our primary goals
are to reach as many players as possible and to keep the cost as reasonable
as we can. Keep watching our web page as we will be constantly updating it
as our project moves forward.
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post Jan 12 2003, 07:28 PM
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hey there, first of all, allow me to bid you welcome to the AT Forums.

second thanks for the first hand information about your incredible project. hats off to you for taking things into your own hands and comming up with something invaluable to the PSO community.

i will be following your proggress carefully and will most likely invest in one of your kits.

thanks again!
-Sav/Grenade
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Layrinn
post Jan 13 2003, 11:17 PM
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Here's an update from Adam and myself:


Greetings all,

First off, I want to thank all of you on behalf of the two of us for your
amazing response. In just about 48 hours, we have received over 140 emails
about the project. We knew that word would travel quickly, but it's still
amazing that so many people from around the world play PSO and have the same
problem we did.

Because a lot of you asked specific questions, mostly about pricing and
availability, I will be doing a huge update to the FAQ on our webpage. I am
also planning on implementing a news page so that people can see both
progress on the project and when major page updates occur. This should
happen by late Weds. or early Thurs. of this week. That will save me some of
the trouble of trying to keep up with the swelling email list, and also make
info more quickly available to you. Those of you who have expressed interest
in building kits, doing web work, etc. will be contacted directly to discuss
options.

I know the big questions are when and how much? Right now, we have about a
dozen units shipping to testers around the country that should be arriving
late this week. After the testers run them through the gauntlet, we will
enter the kit assembly phase. At this point, it seems likely that we will
have some sort of ordering plan in place by the end of the month, hopefully
(but no promises) sooner. We're looking at about $25 US maximum per kit,
with shipping via USPS priority mail for $6 US; this will cover shipping
within the United States. Orders outside of the US will be dealt with on a
case by case basis to determine the most cost-effective way to get the
product to you. Our plan is to accept payment through PayPal once the
ordering is available. DO NOT SEND ANY MONEY BEFORE THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT
THE KITS ARE AVAILABLE! It will *not* guarantee you an adapter and will give
us a giant, giant headache. beigesmile.gif We need to get our ordering and distribution
lined up before anything else gets going. Trust me, we want to get this to
you as soon as we can.

The kit does require basic soldering skills, screwdriving skills beigesmile.gif and the
ability to strip the insulation off of wires. It will also help you a great
deal to if you can read English. It should take the average person about 2.5
hours at the most to build one. We cannot sell a completely assembled unit
because frankly, we don't have the time to make them. Eric is a full-time
student at Virginia Tech, and I work full-time and have a family. Luckily, a
good number of people have stepped up to offer their services for assembly.
We will likely allow anyone who wants to sell an assembled kit to do so, as
we will only be offering the kit. Hopefully, this will allow people to get
the kit in the form they want it.

You guys have really reminded us why we started this project, and any work
we can do to further support for the PSO community is worthwhile to us. I
will send an announcement to this list when the new FAQ and news page are
ready. Again, we humbly thank you for your enthusiasm and look forward to
providing a solution to you to help you further enjoy your PSO experience.

-Adam Cook


Woo! That's m'boy! I doubt any of you know Adam since he doesn't post here... but I just want to say that I couldn't be doing this without his help. For all of my technical efforts, he has matched me every step of the way with PR, organizational, administrative, and moral support. I couldn't ask for a better partner or a truer friend right now. By the way, Tuesday is his birthday, so wish him a happy one. beigesmile.gif

The only thing I'd like to add to his statement is to stress that we are trying to make arrangements with interested individuals to make a finished adapter available through them. What that means is if you want to build it yourself and save a little money, we'll sell you a kit for as cheap as we can. (and still stay in the black, of course beigesmile.gif) If you're not a technically-inclined type, we will hopefully be able to offer a completed kit for a little extra money. We are still working on the details, so I can't really say how much more it would be... But we do intend to reach as many PSO players as we can, and we're not going to leave anyone out of the loop just 'cause they can't solder.

Thanks again, everyone, for your wonderful support. YOU are the reason we're doing this.
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post Jan 14 2003, 07:35 AM
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Congrats on all the interest your adapter has created. You guys will probably be elevated to PSO gods now or something beigesmile.gif

And happy berfday to your bud Adam too! buttrock.gif


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post Jan 14 2003, 09:18 AM
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Hey we really appreciate you taking the time to give us the details on the kits and keeping us informed. I know that this will be a huge success and I think I speak for everyone in saying thank you once again.
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Dive
post Jan 15 2003, 08:59 AM
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Well we received our test adapter yesterday and it has worked great so far. At the moment I only have 2 ps/2 keyboards to test it on and the only problem I have had is a key sticking on occasion, but it's easily fixed by hitting the key once more.
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Layrinn
post Jan 15 2003, 04:37 PM
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Glad to hear it, Dive. The sticky key problem is rearing it's ugly head more often than I'd like. I only had that problem with one of the eight or so different keyboards I tried here at home. But it seems like everyone else is getting nailed on the first model they try! And for some folks, the problem has been pretty severe. I would like to arrange a time for all of the testers to meet up in a lobby some time this weekend so we can discuss how things are going. Please let me know when you and Bryn could make it.

And don't forget! Please write down the model number of each keyboard you test out and your observations of its performance and send the info my way!

Thanks again for helping me out with this project.
See you all soon!
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