[GB] The Ergodox 76 “Hot Dox” now available on Kono.Store!



I’d love to get just the PCBs, without the sandwich cases. Would that be possible as well? Since I don’t need/want the cases, ~$150 is a bit much.


Hey elguey,

It will support thru hole LEDs but that would effectively make it not capable of hot swapping switches as you would have to feed them through the switches themselves. But the PCB does support the LEDs.


Hey McPeanutbutter,

We are planning on selling components of the kit once we receive the bulk order, currently estimated to arrive in March.

I will be sure to let you know when we have them available for sale, thanks for your question!


There was some talk above when it came to releasing case files and tenting kits. Any word on the tenting kit front?


Any updates on things like pre-order shipping dates, etc given it’s the end of March?


All orders are in transit to Kono’s warehouse. Last we checked with them they were going through US customs, so they should be shipping out soon. They’d have a more precise date for you as they are handling the shipment, but you can also take a look at their updates here: https://kono.store/pages/weekly-update


Cool, any updates on “We are also talking with a few community members to design a more permanent tenting tray accessory.”?


We are currently working on fulfillment of the group buy, but the tenting kit is being prototyped. We should have it available in about a month after the first orders have been fulfilled.


Just got my kit today! A little bit annoyed that despite being a “starter kit” it doesn’t come with any instructions on how the stabilizers are supposed to be assembled. I’ve never seen a stabilizer design of this kind, searching around I can’t find anything… anyone know?


Hi @snarfel, here is a build guide from Keychatter: https://www.keychatter.com/2019/04/09/build-guide-ergodox-76-hot-dox/

For mounting of the costar stabilizers, here is a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhRfIuKwqJo

Please let us know if you have any other questions and feel free to message us at contact@alpacakeyboards.com.



Figured I’d post here so anyone else can learn from my mistakes. So I’ve got the board set up (yay!), trying to flash it with my own layout on Windows 10 Pro (or Enterprise w/ my work laptop). I’ve made sure I’ve installed the latest QMK drivers for Windows. I fire up QMK Tools. It looks like it can detect the HotDox just fine as it’s constantly matrix scanning and any key presses are displayed. However as soon as I press the reset button on the back of the right hand PCB, it disconnects. When I attempt to hit flash, it says it can’t find the device. This might be more so an issue with QMK than with the PCB, not sure.

The QMK Tools in my screenshot looks notably different than that of shown in KeyChatter despite mine being the latest version, 0.0.9. KeyChatter seems to be different and more streamlined for reasons unknown: Edit: KeyChatter is using QMK Flasher despite being deprecated. I tried QMK Flasher anyways, same general issue


Hi @snarfel,

Thanks for this detailed feedback. Have you been able to flash the board?

We’ve received similar feedback from a couple other community members when they are using a Windows machine. It seems like a QMK Toolbox issue and we are working to get it resolved.

In the meantime, here is what one of the community members did to get the situation resolved. We are also posting a couple Reddit threads below with the information. We are also working with the Toolbox team to get a more robust fix and will be getting that done soon.

Community Member feedback: “I finally got QMK Toolbox to flash the hotdox–at least from my Windows 10 machine; I’ll try the same fix on my Windows 7. Discovered that other users had reported this QMK Toolbox problem as being a device driver issue–Windows installing ATm32U4DFU instead of Atmega32u4. Even after I removed ATm32U4DFU, Windows would try to reinstall the wrong driver. What worked was installing Flip 3.4.7 to get Atmega32u4 into a known location; then manually selecting from C:\program files (x86)\atmel\Flip 3.4.7\usb. On startup, Toolbox still says it can’t download the keyboard list, but that doesn’t seem to hinder the flashing.”

Reddit Thread 1: https://www.reddit.com/r/olkb/comments/89np03/qmk_problem_trying_to_flash_planck_in_qmk_toolbox/

Reddit Thread 2: https://www.reddit.com/r/olkb/comments/7dslu8/need_help_flashing_qmk_to_xd75re/dq0im6a/


Glad to hear a fix is in the works! Crazy to think this major issue has existed for 1.5+ years going by the Reddit threads while Jack has pumped out other things that run QMK like Planck v6’s. :confused:

Installing Flip from the official site and then doing the following step from Reddit in particular allowed me to flash:

In device manager, you should see a device under Unknown Devices for your keyboard while in bootloader mode. If you can see that device, you will need to add it using the Update Drivers option when you right click on it and then choose the drivers in the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Atmel\Flip 3.4.7\usb

Trying to update the drivers from the Keyboards > HID Keyboard Devices (x2) won’t work as Windows thinks it has the best drivers; you have to put the Hot Dox in bootloader mode so it will show as an Unknown Device and then update the drivers of the Unknown Device.

Here’s hoping that GNU+Linux gets QMK Toolbox GUI support in the near future. Thanks for all the quick responses and help! Looking forward to seeing the tenting solution and case files (so I can put in a CNC alum case request w/ Salvun or something)!


Got my kit and put it together over the past weekend. The process was super simple and everything aligned nicely. The switches are a combo of mostly Healios (stock), and box royals on items that maybe are single shot modifiers, volume keys, etc. Absolutely adore the kit and excited to see what the tenting option looks like when the design is ready.