General keyboard topics, including keyboard hardware and keyboard functionality in software.

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debian Xorg keymap refuses to use left alt as level 3 modifier, and resets layout on startx

so, I have a base debian install and installed Xorg and awesome on it. I've been trying to get my keyboard (macbook 2,1) to work properly for a couple of days now. Initially, I had used ...
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Keyboard unresponsive for first minute after booting Windows 8.1

When I initially boot into Windows 8.1, my keyboard responds very slowly, if at all, until roughly a minute after login. I can start typing, but there will be about 5-10 seconds between each keystroke ...
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windows 8 bind button to > and < mark

I am trying to rebind few buttons under windows 8.1 to get them working like they work under ubuntu. I have this layout on my laptop keyboard. I am trying to map , and . keys (1/2 buttons right from ...
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What is this keyboard “glitch”? [on hold]

Keyboards count as computer hardware, right? I type decently fast, 125+ WPM on most English and ~150 at my luckiest, which is pretty good compared to most people, but I've began noticing a bunch of ...
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Turn Apple Wireless Keyboard into a regular USB keyboard? (so it works in BIOS, etc.)

I have a PC and I would like to use the Apple Wireless Keyboard with it. As you likely know, this is a Bluetooth keyboard. The obvious solution that doesn't work is to simply use a Bluetooth adapter. ...
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Keyboard does not respond when in BIOS menu

I loaded 14.10 along side Windows 7. When I boot, I see the choices for Ubuntu and Windows in the BIOS boot menu, but the key board arrows doesn't work until after boot-up is complete. The BIOS ...
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How to change the binding of the 2nd backslash key next to 'Z' on international keyboards

I want to properly setup my international keyboard in xorg-server (which using xkb). My physical keyboard has the same [backslash]/[pipe] key in two places, one to the right of [Enter], and another ...
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Arrow keys jump more than one character

So i'm working in Eclipse. I probably press some random key combination and from then on my arrow keys work in a weird way. They jump to the end of the line instead of just one character. It's so ...
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External keyboard not recognized

I plugged my external USB keyboard into my new computer. I watched the driver installation and it supposedly installed the driver, but the Keyboard does not work even after several reboots on my new ...
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Changed the keyboard but keys are not working

I have a laptop with German keyboard layout and now changed to English layout. I opened the laptop and switched the keyboard with the newly purchased keyboard but when I turned the laptop on half the ...
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Configure keyboard keys as mouse clicks on specific points on screen? [duplicate]

Is there any software that would let me to configure different keyboard to keys to emulate mouse clicks on a specific location on screen? Im using win 8.1 x64. Actually I'm using an android emulator ...
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Are there any keyboard shortcuts for the Google search page? [closed]

I really hate having to leave my keyboard to select links after a Google search. Are there any keyboard shortcuts built in to the Google search page? A while back, I seem to remember being able to ...
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Control and shift keys not working [pressed together]

I have a weird problem with my logitech deluxe 250 keyboard. When I press shift key control key is pressed automatically and vice versa. No stick keys have been set up. I tried opening on screen ...
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How can I create a new keyboard? [closed]

How can I create a completely new keyboard with new fonts for android and/or iphone? I need to create a keyboard for a language that is spoken but not written yet. I have the fonts made already, I ...
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Getting Razer Blackwidow macro keys on linux

I've read Getting macro keys from a Razer BlackWidow to work on Linux and the python script didn't work for me so I compiled the haskell from source. I changed my product ID in main.hs and everything ...
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very specific key-combo failure with USB keyboard under OSX

I use a third-party external keyboard with my MacBook Pro. It's a ThinkPad USB keyboard with Trackpoint(I love having control of the mouse pointer without having to move my hands off the keyboard). ...
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How to turn off Caps-Lock toggle notification?

I've got a Sager laptop that for whatever reason, every time I press caps-lock it'll bring up this little window in the upper left telling me it's been turned on/off. This is a HUGE problem since it ...
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VMWare Windows on OSX : keyboard missing keys

Im running Windows 7 on OSX Yosemite with VMWare Fusion 7. Some keys were missing so following this answer I use a virtual keyboard manager and it works (Alt Shift L -> "|" for instance) However, I ...
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HP Windows 8 keyboard ignoring certain keys

I own a HP Pavillion 15 i3 notebook and I've noticed something wrong. Whenever I press the ~/` key or the '/" key (top left on the keyboard) Windows (or the keyboard) ignores my input. For example, ...
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Multiple laptop malfunctions

I am experiencing several issues with my Sony Vaio laptop. I don't know if they are related to a common underlying problem. Starting a few days ago, my laptop sometimes, but not always, just types ...
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Windows installation media cant detect keyboard and mouse

I just built a brand new computer. I inserted the windows 7 ultimate disk into the drive, and when prompted, pressed a key to boot from the CD. At this point, the computer itself is able to detect the ...
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Bluetooth wireless keyboard (Apple Wireless Keyboard) not responsive in Windows

From time to time, I have to turn off my Apple wireless keyboard to save battery when I'm away from the computer to run an errand, and when I come back to the computer, I would turn the keyboard back ...
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Can't press Ctrl and Shift while moving in games with WASD

When I'm playing video games like Portal 2 or Left 4 Dead on my Asus Transformer T100, I can not press/hold SHIFT (to walk slowly, instead of running) or CTRL (to crouch). Holding CTRL/SHIFT and then ...
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Can't move mouse cursor while typing on Acer laptop

I've been having issues with not being able to move my mouse while typing, and I've been everywhere I can think of to fix it, but nothing works. I went through my mouse settings and changed some ...
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ESC key on laptop keyboard not working - use a macro instead

I spilled beer on my laptop and now the esc key on my laptop’s keyboard does not work. I have Windows 8 installed on the laptop. Is it possible to define a macro to simulate the esc key? I am ...
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I cannot type a lower-case Q-Windows 7 Home Edition

I can type an uppercase Q but I cannot type the lowercase Q? I have tried restarting, checking settings but lower case Q does not work on any program.
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Change behaviour of `tab` key cycling through Firefox user interface components

Firefox 34.0 introduced an "enhancement" for the search bar that is normally located the the top left. When I open a new tab (Ctrl+t), it opens to about:startpage. In my case, this is a Ubuntu ...
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How can I trigger the touch keyboard in the guest in VirtualBox full screen mode on an Windows 8.1 Surface host?

Running VirtualBox on a Windows 8.1 Surface host, I am running a Windows XP guest with guest additions installed. When I have my Virtual Box machine in windowed mode I can tap the touch keyboard icon ...
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Num Lock (num pad arrow keys) stops working intermittently on mechanical keyboards

On my office desktop computer with a Corsair K70 keyboard, the arrows on the numpad will just stop working. Num lock key has no effect at all. This happens intermittently, maybe twice a month. This ...
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Instruct VMWare to Ignore certain keys

I am wondering if it is possible to have my guest OS in VMWare ignore certain key codes/key strokes. I have certain keys and keystrokes used to change the volume control and switch desktops in the ...
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How can I enable disabled layouts for Windows 8 touch keyboard?

The keyboard layout icons (lower right corner of this screenshot) from left to right: QWERTY, Thumb (split), Handwriting, and Standard. There are several articles explaining how to enable the ...
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Microsoft Pinyin New experience input style default language

I am using Windows 7. I enabled the Microsoft Pinyin New Experience Input for simplified Chinese. I know how to switch it between english and chinese keyboards. However, after switching the keyboard, ...
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xmodmap remapping doesn't work in java swing applications (like Intellij-IDEA)

I created a .Xmodmap file to remap my Caps_Lock to Mode_switch. This allows me to reassign my Arrow/Navigation Block of the keyboard to the home row. Everything worked fine, until I realized, that ...
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How to type Euro symbol in keyboard that only have `$`?

is there a way to type Euro symbol (something like shortcut) when my keyboard doesn't have that symbol ? My keyboard only have $. Each time I want to type Euro symbol what I do is copy paste from ...
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Toshiba satellite Keyboard ModleP755

I have a Toshiba satellite Laptop p755 model. It was working fine for about a year and half but one day the a, b, n, 7 (on the number pad), Enter and ←(left arrow) suddenly stopped working. The other ...
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How to use Keyboard Arrow Keys during LUKS key prompt?

I have recently installed Linux Mint 17.1 laptop, during set up I checked the checkbox to encrypt the installation drive. I chose my passphrase, everything installed fine. On reboot, I am prompted ...
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Why won't some Bluetooth keyboards pair in Windows 8.1?

I've got three different Bluetooth keyboards that I use on my Windows 8.1 PC. Apple Wireless Keyboard Logitech K810 Generic knockoff version on an Apple Wireless Keyboard by iClever I've been ...
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ctrl,shift and alt stopped working on my cyborg keyboard

My ctrl, shift and alt keys stopped working on my Cyborg Keyboard, which looks like this: FIrst I fixed it by disconnecting it and connecting it back and it worked for a few days. Then I fixed it ...
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Keyboard Keys not functioning consistantly

I have a HP Pavilion g7-2017us Notebook PC, I will be typing and all of the letters do not type when I press them. It is very sporadic and not any particular key.
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1qaz keys dont work and its not the keyboard

I have read a few of the other posts about keyboards not working but none seem to press on my issue. I built a friend a new PC about 4 months ago. 3 months ago 1qaz stopped working. She is not exactly ...
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Unexpected characters instead of keyboard input when using specific program in a remote session

I'm taking the Introduction to Operating Systems course, for running the operating system we study with (XV6) I need to use an emulator called Bochs. While trying to write input to Bochs I get ...
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What causes some keyboards to not be recognized and able to access the BIOS in post?

Why is it that some USB keyboards will allow you to access the BIOS menu like pushing F10 for example but others will not be responsive? How do you know if the key board will or will not work? And ...
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Remove Microsoft's Debugger hold on F12 Key in Windows 7

I'm running Windows 7 64 Bit and I read that Microsoft reserves the F12 key for debugging even if no debugger is working... http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms646309%28VS.85%29.aspx In Winamp ...
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How to find the numeric code(s) corresponding to arbitrary key?

How can I find out the numeric code(s) that my keyboard sends when I press some arbitrary key, or key chord, such as Ctrl-', or ⌘-5?
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Laptop keyboard outputting surrounding keys [duplicate]

A strange output problem. The laptop in question is a Dell Inspirion N5040. Today after powering up the keyboard is acting erratically. For example, pressing b and f keys output rfvb. F produces fvb. ...
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Add custom fn (function key) bindings to keyboard

my old laptop keyboard had a great functionality especially for programming. Holding Shift+FN+Key-Right selected the text from the current cursor position to the line ending. Shift+FN+Key-Left ...
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How to permanently set the key pressed event of any given key (eg: Right shift, a, b ,c)

I would like to keep a key pressed without physically holding it down in windows. I certainly do not want to have a key-repeat, just key pressed. Sticky Keys does not address this solution. I am ...
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How does a keyboard work at the “signal” level? [closed]

I understand somewhat that a keyboard is sending a signal, but to where? It sends a signal to a built in microprocessor, which then interprets it and then...? Is it microprocessor responsible for ...
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How do I change the input language for a program being run as another user?

On Windows 8.1, alt-shift changes the input language/keyboard for all programs. This works fine for applications that I'm running under my own user account. But if I start a program with "runas", ...
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Cant make native special characters for some reason

Whenever I boot up my PC and log in, everything is working properly until... I cant type the special characters (the default way) anymore for some reason. ALT + L should produce the Ł character ALT ...