First off I would like to thank Lancer for getting this for me for my B-day. Thats probably the best, most unexpected present I have ever recieved. Very Cool. 8)
Ok, Heres the plan. I want this thing to light up red. All of it. To go with Project13 and replace the Saitek.
let's take it apart.
First you have to take off the top edge/border area. This will get you to that silver keyed area in the middle. yeah I thought it was just a plate too. nope
This thing is connected with a whole bunch of screws. You have to be careful when pulling it up. The LCD is connected with this thin ribbon. Definately don't want to break that off.
once that is done you have to take out a bunch more screws in the silver part.
You have to take the screws out of these plastic things here with the rubber nubs on em. These nubs are for the buttons to bounce on. The plastic carries the light from the bottom inside the plex to these nubs.
There are four thing ribbons here too. It won't let you take up the plex and key section unless remove them too.
Crickies!! that thing is hard as heck to get into.....
How many screws does it take to get to the center of a G15 keyboard...
This many. Sheesh.
The whole thing is lit with 11 leds at the bottom of a 1/8" plex plate.
here's my problem. they aren't those surface mount LED's. They are these flat ones. LSdiodes only sells these in blue. I tested it out and 3mm LED's will fit in that gap just fine. So they will be replaced with 5000mcd red 3mm LED's from LSDiodes.
they also have these 3mm and 5mm LED's, also to be replaced with red.
those I think I can replace easy enough.
I took out all they keys last night and brought the keybaord into work today. Painted the silver red with several light coats after throughily cleaning it with alcohol. I plan on leaving the buttons and under the keys silver for contrast. Sorta like my case has the silver accents.
I also realized I am going to "have" to do this to my mouse now.....doh!
got a few coats of clear on there. A few more and the keys will go back on.
Will have an update soon...plan on installing the LED's this weekend if they arrive tommorow like they are supposed too.