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

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How do I manually talk with a keyboard in Windows 7?

A little background first: I recently obtained a 1985 IBM terminal keyboard and would like to make it function on a modern PC (In this case, with Windows) without the use of a microcontroller. So ...
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Pressing <shift> + ~ on QWERTY pt-pt layout, on Google Chrome Element Inspector, opens definitions in the console

This is a rather weird bug or annoyance. When I'm writting in the console, on the Element Inspector, and I click <shift> + ~ (to write the ^ character), the definitions show up. I have an ...
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Why do individual Keys on a notebook become hard to press?

From time to time some of the keys on my notebook stop working, unless I press them very hard. Those keys are also harder to press down. I have had this problem on previous notebooks as well. ...
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I can't type lower case Ñ or Ï in Windows 8

How do I type lower case Ñ or umlaut Ï in Windows 8? I have the US-International keyboard layout selected. When I try to type a lower case version of those letters (and possibly more), then it fails. ...
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Getting a Bloomberg keyboard to work on a standard machine

I have just gotten my hands on a Bloomberg Keyboard (Model CTB100) and it looks quite interesting... Its got a shed load of extra buttons (hopefully programmable), a USB port on the back, place for ...
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How can I stop Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center from randomly popping up?

I own a cheapo Microsoft keyboard (the Comfort Curve 2000) and wireless mouse (the Wireless Mobile Mouse 3000) that I use with my Toshiba Satellite laptop running Windows 8. They can be configured ...
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Are extra USB drivers ever removed from the system? (Windows 7)

On Windows 7 systems, whenever you plug in a new USB peripheral (mouse, keyboard etc.) the message always pops up that a new device has been detected, followed by one stating that drivers are being ...
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Windows XP SP3 Keyboard stops working

Here's the strangest thing I have yet to see in 20+ yrs of computer repairs. My in-laws Windowsx XP SP3 has stopped recognizing keyboards. The keyboards work fine in the BIOS, during the boot select ...
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USB Keyboard and Mouse slow to activate using docking station for Lenovo T430

I just recently upgraded to a T430. Happy with the laptop but one thing I find annoying is that when I use it through the docking station - it takes several minutes ie 3-5 for the USB keyboard and ...
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PC with Windows 8.1 boots from any key pressed

so I recently acquired and installed Windows 8.1 on my PC and yesterday I noticed that, while my PC is supposedly turned off, I can turn it on by pressing any key on the keyboard. I assume this is ...
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Windows 7 x64 is not installing driver for Das Keyboard

This is the Professional Model S. No need for drivers as it's plug and play, according to company. Here is what I have done up to now: Windows 7 x64 tries to install drivers but fails. ...
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Poor Keyboard battery life solved? [on hold]

Several months ago my wireless keyboard and mouse on imac snowleopard started to drain in a very short time. (week or two) None of the bulletin boards had the answer. My question was, what changed ...
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Remapping a keyboard key in windows 8.1

How can I remap keyboard keys in windows 8.1? I'm looking for a simple utility which will modify registry and would not require running at startup. I tried sharpkeys but, it does not seem to work in ...
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Permanently remap a key to an other xubuntu

I have seen many questions about how to remap a key, but somehow my problem is that it never remaps permanently. Here is my ~/bootstrap-custom.sh #!/bin/sh # remaps Caps Lock to Ctrl ...
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Installing different keyboard layout on live debian image

I've downloaded a debian vm image for some testing: http://exploit-exercises.com/download (280mb) It's a Debian Squeeze machine. I want to use the Belgian layout (which is AZERTY) in stead of the ...
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Remap Caps Lock to AltGr/Alt+Ctrl on Windows?

Does anyone know how to remap Caps Lock to AltGr/Alt+Ctrl on Windows 7? Closest I've come to solve it is using SharkKeys, but if I try to map anything with AltGr it says SharpKey doesn't know about ...
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windows 8.1 - mapping 1 key on keyboard to another [duplicate]

I am the less than happy owner of a Canadian ASUS laptop with a Canadian French keyboard, running Windows 8.1. The left shift key is really narrow and easy to miss. Immediately to its right is a key ...
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How can I use the Apple Bluetooth Keyboard on Windows 7?

I just bought the Apple Aluminium Bluetooth Keyboard, and obviously it doesn't work on my Windows machine. I'm guessing the drivers aren't installed. It says it has successfully paired with the ...
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Why can't I use Google Search keyboard navigation with Chrome?

Roughly about a week ago I stopped being able to use keyboard navigation in Google Search (i.e. press tab and up/down arrows). I had no issues before, and I've changed nothing as far as I can tell. ...
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I/O randomly freezes [closed]

I have a selfbuilt computer (the best kind!) which has been running extremely well for a computer of such a low specification (see below) since it was built, but recently I have been encountering a ...
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MS Sculpt Keyboard calculator/f-keys

I bought a Microsoft Sculpt wireless keyboard and mouse combo a bit ago and am quite happy with the mechanical function of the thing. However, xev doesn't want to report anything from the calculator ...
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OSX macro to simulate holding down mouse button

I would like to setup a keyboard macro on a Mac OSX that, when triggered by a keyboard command, (say ctrl+m), simulates the left mouse-click button being HELD DOWN. When I hit the combination again, ...
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Computer behaves as if Enter button is held down after unlocking computer

Lately I've been having a problem with my computer where, about half of the time when I unlock my computer, my computer acts as if I'm holding down the Enter key. This continues until I unplug my ...
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How to Convert additional Keyboard as PC Joystick / gamepad

I am playing EA sports Cricket game. 2 Player is identified/enabled in game only if I plug in the Joystick in to my laptop. Now my joystick is not working , I want to plug in my additional keyboard ...
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Logitech keyboard periodically “locks up”

I'm on Windows 7 with a wired logitech G15 keyboard connected via USB. If I hit the left "control" key twice in succession the keyboard goes into haywire mode: The lights on the keyboard that ...
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How can I remap a keyboard key?

One of my laptop's keys has fallen off. Is there any way I can remap the key, to another key which I'll 'sacrifice' cause I never use it?
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How to set Windows 7 backtick usage

Is there a windows 7 setting that governs the application of backticks? I don't know if it is the case on US keyboard layouts (is it?), but on my EN-UK layout if I press the backtick key then a vowel ...
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KVM to/from PCs

Is there a way to send keystrokes and mouse signal to a target machine without installing any type of software (even an OS) on the target machine? I want to do some repair and diagnostics-related ...
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How to disconnect Apple Wireless Keyboard without accessing the paired computer?

I have a bluetooth Apple Wireless Keyboard that is paired to a machine I cannot currently access to disconnect the keyboard. How can I unpair it from this computer to use it with another machine?
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TeamViewer keyboard input not working

I am logged into a remote computer with TeamViewer. I can see the remote desktop which is asking for me to enter my passcode. However when I type my passcode on the keyboard, nothing is being entered. ...
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Windows 7 USB drivers corrupted, can't use mouse or keyboard

I recently rearranged the connections of the USB hubs on my motherboard and when I next booted Windows 7 it seemed to corrupt my USB driver store. When the computer starts the keyboard and mouse are ...
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Keyboard and mouse not working in Windows 2003 Server / HPML350 G5 server?

I have currently commenced working at a new company which is using Windows Server 2003. I am able to remote desktop into the server and it all works fine. The only problem is if I go to the server ...
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Emulate Keyboard from PC for Playstation 4

I want to control my playstation 4 from my computer, as it would be a ps4 controller. I wonder how this is possible? In the past I found a thread explaining it. It was about to buy a microcontroller ...
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IBus apparently installed itself without my intervention, how do I investigate?

Just now when I booted Ubuntu/KDE, I noticed a "US" icon in the tray which I'm pretty sure wasn't there before. Right-click > About gives me a dialog which says IBus 1.5.8 IBus is an ...
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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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Windows swap my “SCROLL LOCK” and “PRINT SCREEN”. Why?

I have a PS\2 keyboard attached to my pc. The problem started when I fiddled a bit with MSKLC program, to set some special characters to unused combinations (Like SHIFT + ALT GR + " ' " to make a " ` ...
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Super Key over SSH

I connect to a headless Ubuntu server (no X) over SSH and run Emacs. In my ~/.emacs file I have defined a keyboard shortcut using the 's' (Super) modifier. This shortcut works when I run Emacs in a ...
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How do I change my keyboard layout on linux?

How do I reconfigure my keyboard layout on Linux, so that: Caps lock becomes a modifier key for a numeric keyboard layout on the place of M<>JKLUION. ; becomes a dead key so pressing it ...
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VMWare + Windows 8, wrong keyboard mappings

I've been running Mac OS X + VMWare Fusion for a long time, with no problems what so ever. But earlier today I upgraded to Mac OS X Yosemite, and after that VMWare didn't want to start my virtual ...
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Keyboard malfunction

I own a Razer Deathstalker and for the past couple of months have been experiencing weird symptoms with the keyboard. The issues when it first started occurring did not happen frequently, so I mostly ...
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How do I type accented characters in windows?

I heard that you can hold alt and type out some cryptic numeric code to get characters like accented letters. Is there a way to do this more like the mac way?
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How to keep per-keyboard layout settings?

I am using xmodmap (and sometimes xkbcomp instead) to adjust my keyboard layout (e.g. mapping Caps Lock to the Mod3 modifier). When I plug a USB keyboard into my laptop or insert a YubiKey (which ...
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Keys dead in Apple Wireless Keyboard after cleaning

I gave my Apple Wireless Keyboard a cleaning using a damp cloth and dishwashing soap. None of the keys have worked since. Although I was careful, some water may have gotten under one or two other ...
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Turn Off Key Repeat Globally

I want to turn off all key repeats when X starts up. I tried adding xset r off to /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc, and to other files in the same area, but this doesn't seem to work. Executing the same ...
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Function keys on Dell laptop requires Fn+F1-F12 (default is multimedia/oem key)

In most dell laptop (e.g. Studio 1555, Inspiron 1545, Inspiron 3000, Inspiron N5010 etc) the F1-F12 keys at the top of the keyboard are dual function with Multimedia/OEM keys such as volume and screen ...
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Laptop Keyboard Water Damage

I have an ASUS g75VW laptop that I bought a couple months ago. A few days ago I accidentally spilled a glass of water on the keyboard when I was cleaning up my desk (I about had a heart attack). I ...
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A few of my Toshiba laptop keys stopped working

Some of my Toshiba laptop automatically stopped working. Right now I am using a wireless keyboard and all keys work on it. I wonder if it is something I did accidentally in the bottom "Find" ...
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Dot instead of comma on numerical keyboard

Using polish language on Windows 8.1, comma is the default decimal seperator on numerical keyboard. Is there a way to change it to dot? I wouldn't like to change it in Excel or some other program, ...
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Use different keyboard language than display language

I use Debian 7.7 Gnome fallback. Has anyone managed to have one display language and a different input language in gnome-terminal or Vinagre? I want to have language-specific symbols inaccessible ...
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Windows XP runs New Hardware Wizard for usb keyboard and mouse, can't find drivers

I have a PC that up until a couple days ago was working fine. I moved it from one site to another and now when I plug in the USB mouse or keyboard (the same ones that were working previously) XP ...