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

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Key's not working unmodified or with SHIFT but works with ALTGR modifier

It' on a laptop under windows 8. It's a French-Belgian (fr-Be) keyboard. The touch right after 'p' is working strangely. I don't think it's a hardware fault, most a software fault. Also I've already ...
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can't access my bios with my usb keyboard no ps/2

my USB keyboard doesn't seem to be recognized at post. I have no ps/2 port. no port on my motherboard. Can't install my windows 7 cause I think is on gpt or else. I really need to get access to my ...
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Windows utility à la Android to type accented characters in capital?

As an alternative to the cumbersome ALT+(ANSI code) in Windows, Android provides a neat solution to type European accented characters in capital: The menu is displayed by long-pressing the letter. ...
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Chrome keyboard losses focus when using two finger scroll

I Have a Dell XP 15, Chrome 34.0.1847.116. When using two finger swipe on the touch pad in order to scroll, the tab wouldn't accept keyboard presses anymore, e.g. the Backspace wouldn't go back, ...
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Digital Function Keys is disabled after resume on Debian

I have a Lenovo X1 Carbon and I have Debian testing on it. Everything seems to work now except that the touch enabled digital display strip that is just above the keyboard ( not sure what it is ...
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Keyboard intermittently stops working on Ubuntu

I am running Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS on my desktop and my keyboard will occasionally stop responding for a few seconds. It immediately begins about a second or so afterwards, so nothing freezes. Just now I ...
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Why would 'special keys' affect regular key presses

This problem arose while developing in VS2013. I have code that captures shortcut keys using ProcessCmdKey and code that captures press and hold keys using Key_Down and Key_Up events on a canvas ...
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Shift+9 not working

I just got a Microsoft Natural 4000 keyboard to use with my mac. Using KeyReMap4MacBook, i was able to get the command/option/control keys mapped correctly. There seems to be 1 key that isn't ...
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Can I add more function keys?

Between Steam, recording software, and the key bindings in my games themselves, I sometimes have more functionality that I would like to bind to hotkeys than I have function keys on my keyboard. I ...
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Keyboard spacebar hickup when using Skype

I've downloaded the most recent version of Skype. However, when I start up the program my spacebar does not work as smooth anymore as it was before the start-up of Skype. Is there some hidden feature ...
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keyboard with programmable lighting (through API) [on hold]

I'm looking for a backlit keyboard where it would be possible for an application, to either turn on or off the light for a particular key. Imaging a video game where if you have 3 weapons, keys ...
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Tick character (`) randomly added when typing

I have a microsoft wireless keyboard (wireless comfort keyboard 5000) and I'm running on Windows 7. Every once in a while, as I type, a random ` character gets added and I know it's not a typo as the ...
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How do I re-attach my spacebar key (I took it off)?

I can't work out how to reattach my spacebar properly. I have tried for over an hour and looked for help online but nothing shows the type of spacebar I have with two metal bars the same size. How do ...
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QT Application on Debian 7 ignores keyboard

I'm trying to get a teamspeak 3 client to run over a tightvnc -> xrdp session on Debian 7. As far as I know, TS3 uses QT as its GUI toolkit. I can open the application and the window gets shown, but ...
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Keyboard resulting wrong keys before OS starts

My keyboard has recently started resulting wrong keys when I try to press any keys on keyboard before booting. The problem came literally out of nowhere. I have no idea why It stopped working and I ...
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Catching Ctrl + Alt + Delete

I have a Windows UI that I've designed in wxPython. I recently had a user report a rather unusual behavior to me -- when he'd unlock his PC he would be presented with a dialog asking him to confirm ...
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How can I remove a keyboard layout that isn't listed in the control panel?

Here's an interesting oddity: My work computer comes with a corporate disk image preloaded, and it is preconfigured with the German "QWERTZ" keyboard layout. Using the control panel, I added my ...
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Can you reassign keys on Mac for Logitech K310 washable keyboard ?

I know it's not being sold as compatible for Mac but as intensive typer I like the idea of having an always clean keyboard. I already read this review ...
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How to properly remap `<del>` to `<esc>` in vim?

I'm a happy owner of a TypeMatrix 2030, as well as a happy vim user. On this keyboard the <del> have a central place, while the <esc> is the top-left key as usual. So I would like to remap ...
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teamviewer virtualbox keyboard altgr key issue

My question is extremely similar to this one but the answer does not work for me. The host physical machine is windows 7. The guest VM is a Linux distro hosted in virtualbox. I access to the host ...
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Virtualbox causing weird behavior in Windows (keyboard issues, UAC popups)

After installing Virtualbox, whenever I run it, my PC (Windows 7 x64 SP1) starts doing a few things that make it unusable until I restart the PC: Clicking a shortcut or other button on the taskbar ...
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Can't connect bluetooth keyboard directly to vmware

I want the Vmware system use my bluetooth keyboard and my host use USB keyboard, so i disconnect the bluetooth adapter to the host , and connect it to vmware. And then pair it, it's all right and i ...
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Pressing any key stops mouse from working, Backspace acts as “home” (Windows 7, Acer Aspire 5560 MS2319)

The Acer Aspire 5560 MS2319 I'm working on has two seemingly related problems. Firstly, the backspace key deletes one letter then acts as a "home" key. Del also does this. Surrounding physical keys ...
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Turn off language alt+shift switching feature in Microsoft Word

MS Word keeps switching current writing language on keyboard layout change. I normally write documents in Czech using czech QWERTZ layout, but I also need to write some characters not present in this ...
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Odd sounds appear when I press my keyboard's keys for too long

So I'm using Acer, Windows 7. I suddenly have this odd problem where if I press a key, any key for too long, this odd buzzing sound appears, and for example, if I'm playing Music, the buzzing sound ...
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win98se driver for generic external usb dvdrw?

I'm looking for a Win98SE driver for a generic external usb dvdrw (no manufacturer/part number/serial number). I've been searchingthe net but only found some generic drivers for flash drives. ...
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Single key not working - not hardware issue

So my laptop e key stopped working. Naturally I figured it was a hardware problem so I plugged in an external keyboard and impressively all keys work except e. Now I'm baffled. I'm running Windows 7 ...
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'Make sound lower' button on my Lenovo z570 got stucked

'Make sound lower' button on my Lenovo z570 got stucked. How can I repair the demage? I'm not sure if it can be hooked cause its edges are very close to the keyboard lid
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How to press cmd-\ on german keyboard layout

I'm using a german keyboard layout and wan't to use the cmd-\shortcut but I'm not sure how to press \ as it is written by pressing shift + alt + 7. The same question goes for alt-cmd-[. Thanks
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What could account for losing control of keyboard and mouse after a suspend?

Update: Just now, it happened again. After waking the computer from suspension, it was sluggish. I pressed Ctrl-Alt-Delete, but this time, it froze everything right away, the mouse and keyboard had ...
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How can I fix the behaviour of special function keys in Windows 8?

I have a fairly basic Advent keyboard with backlit keys. The colour of the backlight is controlled with a special modifier key on the keyboard + F1/2/3/4. Since around the time of updating to Windows ...
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After tea spill (unsweetened), 2 keys are mixed up (but working)

For the first time in my life, I was not paying attention to my tea thermos next to my laptop... and made it fall onto the right part of my keyboard (numpad + right side of the keyboard, almost until ...
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Can you remove and replace keys (like a regular laptop keyboard) on a Logitech K310 Keyboard?

Two of my keys might have something in them and they're really sticky. When I press them down, it takes a while to come back up and my '2' key gets stuck, likely from sugars, etc. Can I do this ...
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windows keyboard on macintosh keymapping

I have a 2010 macbook pro that I use with an external cheap windows keyboard 103 key (im a college student) when i use it with an external display. I have my function keys set to be fkeys and not the ...
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How do I switch on the backlight on the WASD Code Keyboard?

I just got a http://codekeyboards.com/ keyboard but can't work out how to switch the backlighting on. Ideas?
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How to access BIOS with a remote keyboard [duplicate]

My Toshiba Satellite keyboard is broken but I have a USB keyboard. I want to access BIOS setting but I cant because my keyboard does not power on until after Windows starts up. What can I do?
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Windows 7 keyboard shortcut to open while closing explorer window

I traverse windows explorer mostly through the keyboard and can open the current file by just pressing return. That leaves the windows explorer window open which leads to clutter. My current ...
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How to change keyboard layout by command line

I'm using a software ChangeKey to reassign keys like CapsLock to Ctrl in windows 7. The software is GUI based, if I can change the key assignment by command line, it become much easier to setup new ...
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Keys interpreted by host computer (TeamViewer on Ubuntu)

What I want to do: I am trying to remotely control another Windows 8 x64 computer using the latest version of TeamViewer on Ubuntu 13.10 x64. I installed the latest 32-bit version DEB of TeamViewer ...
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Pointer and keyboard conflict during gaming

When I play Halo on my Dell laptop (standard configuration, Windows 7.0), I cannot use my pointer (to look) and press a key (to move around) at the same time....how can I fix this??
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Some keys not functioning consistently

My "5,6,0,caps lock and del" keys to be exact, are not working consistently. There are times that I have to press them repeatedly before it works, other times, they'd work effortlessly with normal ...
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How to permanently disable filter keys in Windows 8?

Is it possible to permanently disable the Filter Keys: Ignore Brief or Repeated Keystrokes Ease of Access setting in Windows 8? It seems to be reactivating itself. I'll notice that repeated letters ...
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PS/2 keyboard and mouse issues

I've experienced an incredibly weird problem with my PS/2 mouse and keyboard. For a few months now I've been running Windows 8.1 Pro and everything seemed to work fine. Today I removed all of the ...
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A keyboard key does't work first (unless pressed very hard) but starts to work better and better within minutes of struggling

I have a curious case with my laptop keyboard. When the keyboard is idle for some minutes (eg, 20, 30 minutes or more), at first re-use, the "n" key will not work, unless I press it really really ...
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How to access the terminal in Ubuntu GUI without a mouse

I have an embedded Ubuntu 12.04 system running with no monitor and I need to run a command in the terminal. I can connect a USB keyboard (or even a mouse, but a mouse would be difficult to use without ...
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Can I create a custom touch keyboard in windows 8

I am a graphic designer with a 2-in-1 laptop/tablet (specifically the Acer R7). I would like to use my digitizer pen in my Adobe programs while in tablet mode... however, I use shortcut keys quite ...
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Windows - Keyboard shortcut for paging right

Is there a way to page your window to the right via a keyboard shortcut? I know you can horizontal scroll with many mice, but I don't want to leave the keyboard. I'm working in notepad++ and ...
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How to change dead keys on QWERTY UK keyboard with US intl layout

The left dead keys are more ergonomic. Since my right hand is less supple, I wish to make the left shift key my dead shift key. Same for the Alt instead of Alt Gr. I would also like to change alt+ctrl ...
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How to highlight keyboard led using current locale

How does one make the keyboard led show his current locale? It might be useful for users using two locales (languages). Desired behavior: capslock led on keyboad is OFF for your first locale ...
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Windows not recognizing mouse or keyboard

I purchased myself a Wild Dog Performance from System76 for Christmas and I am loving it; I've been forced to use Windows at work and having a machine that runs Ubuntu perfectly is a welcome relief ...