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How would you handle...

Overcoming keyboard failures  

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  1. 1. what would you do?

    • abort
      13
    • spare keyboard or other input device
      9
    • not a worry, mechjeb/kos has this
      11
    • remotetech computer and mouse
      0
    • other (please explain)
      10


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new rocket

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space

and the keyboard dies

just replaced the batteries in my wireless keyboard and thought about the second worst time for them to die (I'm not even going to think about a failure like this on landing).

 

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That's a fair revert. I reverted when My cat jumped on the keyboard, triggering like 3 stages at once.

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This is just me tossing a random failure into the mix to see what others would do

as for me it would go something like:

why can't I switch into map mode?...

okay jeb, don't turn off the kos module

I'll see you in orbit

 

now to change the batteries.

fwiw, it's a much more annoying failure while writing code or designing databases, kinda knocks me out of the thought process

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My old keyboard was a little finicky and would randomly decide to stop working until the cord was jiggled furiously or it was unplugged and plugged back in.

As you can imagine this led to some white knuckle take offs/landings in KSP lol.

I think your vote needs another option: "Stare wide eyed and pray to Jeb that it starts working again" :confused:

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Sounds a lot like the "crash by infant" syndrome that happens at my house. Press space to launch, right daddy? ;)

Time to revert.

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Simple, just let it keep flying up and get batteries as fast as you can, plug it in, and resume. A little lost delta v doesn't mean anything.

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I stopped using wireless keyboard\mouse combo because of this. Invariably when something important needed doing in the virtual world, batteries decided it's the best time to give out last spark of the stored energy. Now i'm happily connected, and only have to worry about one of my dogs going on a gnawing spree :D

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Never use wireless-anything for any critical timed input apps, that is, gaming or flying the real thing...

 

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13 hours ago, 5thHorseman said:

That's a fair revert. I reverted when My cat jumped on the keyboard, triggering like 3 stages at once.

I've had plenty of those.

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I stick to wired input devices, solely because of issues like this :)

If it were me in that situation, idk.  Watch and see how far it goes anyway, probably...

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There definitely should be no shame in reverting from that, as it definitely qualifies as an out-of-game circumstance. However, I would definitely relish the challenge of getting the keyboard working again while the craft was still launching.  My keyboard is corded, but my mouse is wireless, and I have had an instance in-game of my mouse dying spontaneously(the handy-dandy light that informs you if the batteries are dying is hidden by my hand), and it almost screwed up a docking maneuver. I did get the batteries replaced in time, but that definitely got the adrenaline going.

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The rocket would crash while I'm more concerned about whether my £75 mechanical keyboard is broken. Later on I can revert the launch or restore a backup save as needed.

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Stuff like this (and the Kraken) is why I never played genuine hard career mode. I always left at least the quicksave option in there, because if the hardware doesn't fail you the software surely will sooner or later. I don't know how anybody can get through all of the tech tree without the program glitching out on them at least once.

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My wireless keyboards batteries tend to expire when a key is held down, so during launch is a common one.

I'm adept at flipping the keyboard, opening the battery compartment, and sticking one corner of the cover between the batteries. Usually this is enough, when they reconnect the keyboard is OK again. But I know I will need new batteries soon...

 

 

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I think I have quicksave enabled, but quickload disabled. I can still quickload by enabling it in the debug menu, but having it default off stops me hitting F9 without first thinking, was that KSP's mistake or mine?

I also have my entire KSP folder, including my saves, backed up to a cloud service every half hour or so. I've used those backup saves on multiple occasions, whether after a bug in an ironman save, or in a reverts-allowed save just when I forgot to F5.

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Upon realising that the rocket's control systems failed, the beurocrats ordered the termination of the mission and the removal of all mentions of the crew from the archives.

just kidding, I would......

IVA

USE THE ÜBER-COOL JOYSTICK THING

THROTTLE TO ZERO

EJECT COMMAND POD

MANUAL PARACHUTE DEPLOYMENT

SURVIVAL 

If the craft was unmanned, then I would have some fun seeing what happen to it.

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Since I play with a (mostly docked) gaming laptop, I always have the integrated keyboard and mousepad to work with when the main external ones fail.

I would be tempted though to 'accept' the unplanned control failure and just watch what happens. The mission has now become another test flight, intended to learn how (un)stable the craft is when uncontrolled.

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Laptop keyboard and KOS normally has me covered, but Mrs BLUESTREAK has the habit of calmly reaching over my shoulder and mashing the spacebar, usually at the worst possible moment. Teaching her how to play was the worst idea I ever had, she now knows EXACTLY which buttons to press and at what critical moments to do it. (Randomly hitting x and z is another one of her favourites) She then nonchalantly goes back to drinking her tea. I've had to learn how to KOS just to keep one step ahead of her.

 

NASA never had to put up with this...!

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2 hours ago, BLUESTREAK said:

NASA never had to put up with this...!

Maybe not NASA, but the FAA seems to get its share of it...

 

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