Derek_Stewart wrote:The freeRoute application is a Java file and needs the Java runtimes installed.If this is not installed you can run the Java file: freeRoute.jar
I loaded Synapse so I can use the GUI for package manipulation and searched for jre that showed it was not loaded so I installed it. Now I can run the .jar file where the java open option didn't exist before and have kicked off the autorouter
however the layout editor software is still dead but who cares.
Thanks for your help.
Update: After 25 mins it finished with 38 vias but that run was just to check everything would actually work now I can look at the track widths, spacing, switch & connector orientations to get a better result.
I checked the switch I bought behind the rubber keyboard and even in the odd positions where it is pushed indirectly like space bar and enter keys it seems to work. The problem is not so much the force, where I feared the rubber membrane would collapse, it is more that the travel to press the switch is greater. An extra 1 or 2 mm on top of the switch even pressing against the rubber pad would make it pretty good and better than expected for my noddy keyboard. A lighter or squidgy switch would be even better and make it like a normal keyboard.
I have put the 9 & 11 pin connectors end to end on the side overhang instead of where the membrane ribbons came from at the top thinking I can use wires and take a loom around the bottom to the PCB connectors. Can you see any problems with that approach?