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

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Mouse and keyboard is not working in VMware

I installed Mac OS X in VMware. With that setup, Mac's mouse as well as keyboard is not working in VMware. How do I get my mouse and keyboard working?
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X window (or whole linux system) replace Caps Lock with ESC *and* Control

on windows there are several key maps applications that replaces Caps lock with ESC on a single 'press and relase' and with a Control signal if hold and another key is pressed. Is there any way to do ...
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Surface RT doesn't show PIN pad on lock screen if keyboard detached in sleep

I've been seeing behavior with my Surface where if the keyboard is detached before the screen comes on (e.g. it is "asleep") then it never seems to recognize that the keyboard is no longer attached. ...
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switch keyboard layout for marked text

This is a very common issue for people working with more than one language: You start typing and when you look up at the screen you realize you were typing in the wrong keyboard layout (language)... ...
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xev says Caps Lock remap worked but other apps don't see it

I'm trying to remap Caps Lock to Control. Before I modify anything, xev reports the following for a press/release of Caps Lock: KeyPress event, serial 73, synthetic NO, window 0x2600001, root ...
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Mac OS X Caps Locks Key Flash on HD Activity

Is there an application or plug-in that can make the Mac OS X caps locks key flash on HD Activity. I have switched the binding on Caps Lock to Ctrl so light is sitting there idle. If this doesn't ...
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Keyboard Type “th” twice when typing “the”

When I attempt to type the word "the", my keyboard gives me "ththe". Note this does not happen when I type "this" or "that" or "th" by itself. Nor does "te", "et","eh", "he". The "th" only repeats ...
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Converting HID Input to Keyboard Emulation (Card Reader)

Firstly, thanks for taking the time to read this question. I'm a web developer, I have a customer trying to use one of my applications which collects swiped data. Usually, customers use Keyboard ...
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Right arrow key closes window

Whenever I press the right arrow key in any type of window the window will minimize.Very frustrating when it comes to playing video games. I'm using a Dell latitude D820. Any suggestions on how to fix ...
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How to change a keycode using setkeycodes

I have a Thinkpad Edge E130 running Sabayon (a Gentoo-based distro), and I'm fighting the well-know bug Xorg 255 keycodes limit. My laptop has the Fn+F4 hotkey for Mic Mute/Unmute. This is the ...
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asus zenbook prime keyboard

Recently my Zenbook prime's keyboard has had issues with its keyboard. Randomly, various keys will just stop working. Sometimes they work if I continually press them...sometimes not. Any idea what's ...
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Keyboard Issue with Synergy, Oracle Virtual Box & Linux Hosts

I'm getting weird behavior using synergy with Oracle Virtual Box VM over Linux Ubuntu systems. My setup has A Ubuntu Linux 11.04 (synergy server) with US International keyboard layout (workstation)...
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Pairing 2 laptops via bluetooth and using one keyboard to control the other

I'm using a Windows 7 laptop attached to my tv. I have a wireless usb keyboard attached to it, however, I'd love to be able to control my laptop via another laptop via bluetooth. Is this possible? ie ...
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Model M Keyboard inputs incorrect characters after logging in to Fedora

I recently bought a 24 year old IBM Model M keyboard. From what I gather, it'd been left on a shelf for the last 5 years, so you can imagine the amount of dust dirt and crap that was on it. Before ...
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Setting up Zhuyin input keyboard

I type up a lot of Chinese characters, and am quite used to typing in Pinyin. However, I'd like to teach my students, who were initially taught using Zhuyin, to use Pinyin, since Pinyin usage is far ...
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Keyboards and mouse of my Laptop (HP DV7) behaving weirdly

I have HP Pavilion DV7 laptop.. for last few weeks I am having problem with the key board and the mouse.Few keys gets pressed automatically. Then few keys performs wrongly like "shift" key acts as "...
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Keyboard that can't be removed in Windows 8

Somehow I ended up with four keyboards installed (English (United States), Japanese (Japan), Kannada, and Hindi. They are installed in the sense that the tray drop down displays these four, and when I ...
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Keyboard / keymap problems with Xubuntu 12.04 + NX nomachine

I'm running NX client on my Macbook Pro to connect to a Xubuntu 12.04 desktop at work. I have configured NX client to start up a console upon connection. I am able to connect to my remote linux ...
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Keyboard mapping program, different settings for different keyboards?

At work I have an Apple keyboard that a friend bought me. I used it for a long time on my desktop, but have recently switched to using my laptop for everything. On my desktop, I had long ago ...
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Virtualbox, using the same keybord layout of the host in the guest os

I'm using Virtualbox 4.1.12 on Debian x64 and my host OS is Windows XP Professional 64-bit. On Debian I'm using a custom keyboard layout that I set on system startup through the command setxkbmap. I'...
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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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Capture key events at system level to control e.g. alsamixer

In Linux window managers, it is easy to define actions for key events - e.g. in openbox: <keybind key="XF86AudioRaiseVolume"> <action name="Execute"> <command>amixer set ...
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Connecting Apple Wireless Keyboard on Fedora 15

I have an Apple Wireless bluetooth keyboard that I'd like to use with my Laptop running Fedora 15. The Bluetooth GUI tool is being extremely unhelpful. It simply shows the keyboard in the list of ...
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Command+Tab not working on MacOSX Client with Synergy

I have an Ubuntu 11.10 laptop paired with an Apple Wireless Keyboard. I'm using the answer on this question to swap the Command and Option keys so that they are mapped like a regular keyboard. This ...
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Camera Hand Mouse/Keyboard

Is there software out there that lets me control the computer purely through gestures using a webcam? I understand that it might need to have novel ways to process what used to be "keyboard input" (...
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Mapping Keyboard to different pictures

I modified the Windows Hebrew keyboard to place the Hebrew vowels in place of the number keys in the base state for easier use. (Standard access is through CAPLOCK+SHIFT+number). When you type a ...
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How to create a virtual keyboard in userspace?

I'm trying to generate keypress/release events similar to those produced by typing on a physical keyboard, but from a process that isn't attached to any actual hardware.
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Windows won't recognize Microsoft Comfort Curve keyboard

I bought a Microsoft Comfort Curve 3000 keyboard today. When I plug it into my PC, Windows shows it can't find the drive, and it won't recognize a single key. However, I can use this keyboard in the ...
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Apple Aluminum Keyboard Function Key Broken in Ubuntu

Using the latest Apple Aluminum keyboard, the "fn" key seems to have stopped working. I'm not talking about being swapped with standard OSX, I mean the "fn" key doesn't register whatsoever, rendering, ...
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Apple Aluminum Keyboard Function Keys Broken in Ubuntu 10.04

Using the latest Apple Aluminum keyboard, the "fn" key seems to have stopped working. I'm not talking about being swapped with standard OSX, I mean the "fn" key doesn't register whatsoever, rendering, ...
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How to remap brightness & volume keys on Asus AspireOne / Ubuntu Lucid?

I want to remap the following keys on my Asus AspireOne running Ubuntu Lucid: Brightness down (Fn-Left) -> Home Brightness up (Fn-Right) -> End Volume up (Fn-Up) -> Page up ...
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Had to reinstall Win10, now no USB devices work

I recently did a clean install of windows 10 Pro due to an MBR vs GPT issue (and my computer not recognizing my system disk after a soft reboot). Since the reinstall, no USB devices connected to the ...
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How to switch between just 2 keyboard languages on Windows 10

I currently have 3 keyboard languages in use, but I regularly use just 2 of them. I'm finding a way to switch between only 2 languages without a 3rd party software or a dedicated shortcut for each ...
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Keyboard arrows move windows between screens in Windows 10

A few days ago I updated Windows 7 to Windows 10, but now the keyboard arrows have a strange behavior. The PC has 2 screens and when I press the keyborard arrows (up, down, left and right) the active ...
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Linux USB keyboard with individual num key settings

I have a computer hooked up to the TV, with a wireless keyboard. The same computer has a regular monitor with a regular keyboard. Now the wireless keyboard is one of these compact ones without a ...
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How can I fix keys on my Dell laptop that have become harder to press?

A couple of days ago, my son spilled soda on one side of my laptop computer. Upon using it, I discovered that some of the keys in that area have become difficult to press down, they work just fine but ...
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How can I measure the shock absorption of a key switch?

One common criteria when choosing a keyboard is looking at the shock absorption of its key switches. How can I measure the shock absorption of a key switch? E.g., the actuation force can be measured ...
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Linux: How can the back/forward mouse buttons be configured to drag and resize windows?

My Logitech mouse has one extra button for going back, and another one for going forward. I figure I'd get more use out of them if I could instead use those two buttons to drag and resize windows, ...
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Asus N76VM backlight keyboard doesn't work

so i just bought an asus N76VM and the backlit doesn't work, i upgraded to win10 an re-installed all the drivers (atk package, keyboard filter...) and still not working, the keyboard doesnt light up ...
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Select full word in iTerm2 using alt + shift + arrow

Following this advice, I've configured Iterm2 to delete the word when Alt + Backspace. I would like to build a similar functionality for combinations of Alt + Shift + ← | →. With respect ...
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xterm translations: sending multiple keys

I'd like to utilize the multimedia keys on my keyboard in my xterm/tmux. I'd like to map the XF86Launch8 to the keys C-a F1 (ctrl-a being the tmux prefix key, the press F1, which is mapped in tmux to ...
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Corsair K70: Adjusting keyboard brightness triggers chrome reload

I am using a Corsair K70 (single colour backlit) on Ubuntu 14.04. If I cycle through the brightness setting (off, dim, normal, bright), transitioning from off -> dim caused calculator to open, and ...
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Sun Keyboard type 7 doesn't copy

I have a Sun Keyboard Type 7 and I cannot use the "copy", "paste", "cut" keys on the left on Linux Mint 17... they work on Firefox, but nowhere else. Is there a way to make those keys work globally? ...
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Toshiba Win10 Upgrade: No Function Keys (Brightness or Volume keys etc) after upgrade

I just upgraded from Win 8.1 to... Win 10, on my L50D-B notebook. Win 10 System crashed - black screen, locked-up desktop function, no touchpad function etc. None of the trouble shooting worked, so ...
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Remap Escape = Caps_Lock, Caps_Lock = Ctrl_L and Ctrl_L = Caps_Lock

I would like to swap keys using xmodmap as in the title. I would like the useless capslock to be bind to the escape key, the escape function to be bind to the bottom left control to and the ctrl to be ...
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How to assign new key on keyboard

s,d and g keys do not work on my keyboard. I would like to assign these keys to key combinations of other keys. For example pressing x key two times pretends like s key. Is there any software or ...
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Emulating laptop internal keyboard interface

[topic background] I have several older laptops (MFG 2000-2003) that have a missing keyboard. I`d like to test them if they are in working condition. All of them are in CMOS mismatch state (need to ...
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Can't type capital letters in virtual machine over TeamViewer

I have a computer that I access remotely using TeamViewer. The remote computer is running Linux Mint 17.2, and my local computer is running Windows 10. On this remote computer, I have several VMs I ...
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Can I wake the Windows 10 screensaver using the shift key?

Admittedly, this is a pretty trivial problem... I'm in the habit of using the shift key to wake up a sleeping computer (either in suspend or just in screensaving mode). I do this because it is a key ...
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shift key in windows 8.1 is typing other characters instead of 'shift'

A customer keyboard 'left shift' and 'right shift' keys are not working as a shift key. I checked the registry and there's no remap for those keys. This is what happens when I click shift. Those logs ...