This tutorial will cover removing Outemu Blue switches from a TeamWolf Zhuque+ and applying the “Jailhouse Mod” – so-named as it stops the mechanical keyboard switches from “clicking” when depressed. What’s great about this mod is that it also retains the tactile feeling of the switch, and slightly increases the force needed to bottom out.
An interesting side effect was that these switches became very quiet! If there’s interest I can also post a video with a comparison of before and after, and compared to Zealios + Zealencios, Gateron Browns, Gateron Browns + Zealencios. Just leave a comment and I’ll see what I can do 🙂
Note that it took about 6 hours to do this for each switch on the board, though admittedly I was watching a movie at the time, and it was New Years Eve. Also be prepared for some eventual pain in your fingers: Outemu switches are a bit hard to pry apart in this fashion, but I’m open to suggestions for easier methods.
A “spudger” – available at Mac repair shops
A 2.5mm size flathead screwdriver
A switch removal tool (or a soldering iron, if the board is not hot-swappable)
Addressed in this update – left/vertical lean offset glitch, and files have been modified in order to prepare for future mods – good to see them thinking ahead already as many players are still whining about non-issues like sniper rifles and such. This patch also includes the 1.1 update which addressed issues that had users losing ranks, profiles and XP when switching from ranked to un-ranked or modded servers.
No apparent issues with the CoD4 1.2 patch yet – I’m keeping my ears to the ground.
Modding Call of Duty 4 is not as easy as modding other versions, but here are some tips to get you started if you never done it before.
First off, in order to get into the IWD files, you simply need to rename them to have a .ZIP extension, and open them in WinRAR, WinACE or 7zip. Alternatively, I found that associating all of the files to WinRAR, then opening the Main folder in WinRAR, I was able to select all of the IWD files and extract them to a new location so I could play with them.
In order to open the IWI files that you get after extracting the IWD files, you can convert them to DDS by using this IWI to DDS converter.
The cfg files that you have extracted are plain text and easy to edit.
Once you are done modding, you can repack the files as a ZIP file – just make a new archive, and specify the name to be the same as before, for example: C:\Program Files\Activision\Call of Duty 4 – Modern Warfare\main\iw_00.iwd would be “iw_00.zip”. Once the new archive is made, change the extension to IWD, the reload the Call of Duty 4 server.