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

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press a key to boot up windows 7

Hard disk crashed on sony vaio laptop, so I replaced it. fresh install of windows 7. every thing is ok, but when laptop is powered on, windows is starting shows up, and stops form a couple of minutes, ...
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Losing keyboard functionality; weird behavior

So, I'm running Windows 7 64-bit, and have a Microsoft Wired Keyboard 600 that is only about 1 - 2 months old. It has operated without issue since I purchased it, however as of today I have began ...
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Macbook only boot on target disk mode

Well, when I try to boot it stucks on grey screen with thunderbolt and firewire symbols, it is always trying to boot on target disk mode, I believe its a driver problem with the built-in keyboard, ...
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OSX Hungarian Lang, no hashmark(#) no star(*) characters

I cannont descibe this any better then show you this video I recorded. Showing keyboad viewer. Youtube video I am looking for a way to put hashmark and star to some alternate place without changing ...
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Keyboard stuck on Windows Key when Asleep

I have Windows 8 Enterprise x64 and a Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013 Edition. I am using a Dell XPS 9000. Whenever I leave my computer alone for a short period of time while it is locked, about 80% ...
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Select automatically the correct language based on keyboard hardware

I have this laptop with an English keyboard and an usb French Keyboard. French Keyboard in the office and English while travelling. Is there a way that Windows (Seven) picks the right input keyboard ...
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Edge keys stop working on eeepc

I have an issue on my eeepc where certain keys: the grave accent/tilde, tab, and caps-lock on the left, and the right-side fn key and sometimes arrows on the right, stop working seemingly at random. ...
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Annoying Fn keys

Whenever I'm trying to put my laptop on fullscreen mode with F11, but I don't hold in the Fn key at the same time, it only mutes my laptop, and it's really annoying! I know it's possible to change it, ...
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Make a key behave as a switch or a normal key based on how long it was kept pressed down, using AutoHotKey

I am currently using AutoHotKey to simulate the Happy Hacking Keyboard Pro 2 keys mapping on a Topre Realforce 89s. The script I created is available on github. I've used the Japanese key "muhenkan" ...
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When using the Kinesis Advantage keyboard, is it possible to press and hold the thumb keys without them terminating the keystroke?

I am using Mac OS X with a Kinesis Advantage keyboard and having some issues. I generally use Apple+Tab to switch applications, but when I do this with my Kinesis, it only opens the window switch ...
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Keyboard is not responding before windows boots

I have an older desktop computer running Windows XP, and the keyboard doesn't respond at any point before the Windows logon screen is displayed. I need to reinstall Windows, but I can't get to BIOS or ...
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In Linux, remap keys from second keyboard to unicode characters and shortcuts

I would like to get a second keyboard for just frequently used unicode characters and keyboard shortcuts. Ie, I would like to bind the "a" key on my second keyboard to opening firefox, for example. ...
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Some keyboard keys stopped working when control pressed

All of a sudden, some keyboard shortcuts seem to have stopped working in applications. The two I'm noticing it for are Ctrl+K and Ctrl+W. This is happening across multiple applications which should ...
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USB Wireless keyboards not registering Ctrl Alt Delete when computer boots

I've recently installed a new PC at work. Its a Dell Optiplex 9010. I bought a USB wireless keyboard and mouse from Dell and subsequently from Logitech to use with this PC. The Dell keyboard is a ...
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How can I share a WQHD monitor & Apple bluetooth keyboard/mouse between a Mac and PC?

I have a Mac Mini that is connect to a 30" WQHD (2560 x 1600) Dual-DVI monitor and Apple bluetooth keyboard and magic trackpad. I'm building a Windows 7 PC and I'd like to have my work space setup ...
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Caps Lock key not working in VMware Player

I am running Ubuntu 10.04 as a guest on VMware Player on Win 7. Recently I noticed that the Caps Lock key has no effect in the VM. SHIFT key works fine in capitalizing the typed keys. How can I make ...
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Configure key signals from keyboard

I just bought a LG Z355 Ultrabook, ripped off Windows 8 and installed Ubuntu, wich is working perfectly. It has an ABNT2 keyboard layout with 4 keys in the right side of the keyboard to give fast ...
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Load chrome's home page from the keyboard on a chromebook

Running a chromebook there seems to be no way to load the browser's, Google chrome, home page from the keyboard.
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How would you turn a tablet into a keyboard + easy-to-reach touchscreen (mirror the desktop) (not a touchpad) for a desktop PC?

How would you turn a tablet into a keyboard + easy-to-reach touchscreen (mirror the desktop) (not a touchpad) for a desktop PC? Numerous remote touchpads on Android I asked a question on ...
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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 stops responding 5 seconds after waking from sleep

I have been using my trusty HP Pavillion DV5-1251NR Entertainment Notebook PC for more than a year now. I had been using Windows XP x86 on it before switching over to Windows 7 x86 about nine months ...
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Types of laptop keypads connectors and compatibility

I have a Samsung N150 Plus netbook with a misbehaving keyboard repeating keys, mostly the return key. In order to test whether the keyboard is faulty, I remove a keypad from another HP laptop and ...
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Genius USB Keyboard KB-M220 doesn't work

I have a Genius USB Keyboard, model KB-M220. The guide says that it works in Windows 7. I have Windows 7 Professional 64 bits and the keyboard doesn't work here. This is how it appears in device ...
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Lost the shift+← and shift+→ key combinations

On my laptop I have somehow lost the shift+← and shift+→ key combinations. Setup: Ubuntu 12.10 OS Windows 7 running in Virtual box Synergyc running on the Linux Host Connected to Synergys running ...
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Laptop keyboard stopped functioning properly

Basically today out of blue my laptop keyboard started acting up. For example I press "s" but I see "`s" on the screen. Some keys don't work at all. And the weird thing is it keeps changing, in a ...
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What is Ubuntu doing with my keyboard shortcut?

I used to be able to use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+← → to cycle between workspaces and Ctrl+Shift+Alt+← → to move windows to different workspaces in ubuntu 12.04. Now for ...
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Shift+Alt key combination blocks input in terminal (Ubuntu 10.04)

I have a weird problem with polish accents on Ubuntu 10.04 in terminal (no X server). When I try to type big letter Ł, it works when it is typed by pressing right Alt+Shift+L. BUT when you press Shift ...
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Disabling specific keystrokes for specific users

I'm looking for a tool which allows me to disable specific keystrokes on a Windows XP/7 computer, without active directory, for specific users. For example: disabling alt + tab, but not alt + 2. ...
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5 pin DIN KeyBoard. System not booting

I have a BIW1B ver 1.0 mother board with 5 pin DIN key board Port. But now it is not working. I replaced a new port and soldered it back. Still no response. It does not have any ps/2 port or usb port. ...
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Compaq nc4200 screen cutting out and keyboard lagging after dropping - could I repair this?

I have a HP Compaq nc4200 laptop. I got it from a family member who no longer needed it, who got it from a sale of old office equipment, so it's at the very least third-hand, and somewhat battered. ...
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Script to unstick VNC keys?

I've run into dropped key events when connecting via VNC clients, leading to a "stuck key" (usually a meta key like CTRL or ALT) and searching around the common answer on how to solve it is often ...
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Keyboard not responding during boot

My keyboard just stopped responding during boot. So I cannot go to BIOS or select system which I want to start. It is USB keyboard and it was working before. I borrowed PS2 keyboard and it also isn't ...
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How to map 4th, 5th and more buttons of the mouse to keyboard actions

I am looking for a way to remap the four extra buttons I have on my mouse to keyboard functions like Ctrl, Shift, Enter and Delete
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Is there a way to move around an RDP window that's too big for the screen without using a mouse to move the scrollbar?

I keep thinking there might be a shortcut key you can hold down while you move around the screen with the arrow keys.
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Is it possible to map fn+down and fn+up to page down and page up respectively?

My Thinkpad has a Page Up and Page Down on top of the keyboard. It's too far away IMO. I'm more used to with pressing Fn+Down if I want to use Pagedown on other keyboards. I wanted to bring this ...
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usb keyboard messages

I have bought a (DIGITECH XC-4943) multi-media keyboard. It has no manual and some of the keys are not labelled. Is there a utility (or some delphi code) I can use to display the messages that each ...
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USB keyboard works in windows but not in games

I have a problem with a new PC i just built. It has 6 USB3 ports on the rear, and no USB2 ports. When I plug my Logitech G15 v2 in the rear USB3 ports it works fine in both BIOS and windows - ...
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mapping windows to support linux shortcut

I have an italian keyboard, and I'm constantly switching between linux (at home) and windows (at work) shortcut. As I work on a laptop without a numeric keypad, I found very difficult to insert some ...
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Linux, make shorcut keys and FN key always active

If I play full a screen game under Linux (Ubuntu 12.04 using GNOME Shell 3.4) I can not use some of my Fn keys, nor the GNOME Shell shortcuts. For example the Fn+volume, or brightness doesn't work, ...
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Device to become bluetooth?

Is there a device where I can plug in non-Bluetooth capable devices so that they would be capable of becoming Bluetooth devices? I can only find devices that are already Bluetooth by themselves and ...
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HP keyboard seriously misbehaving, presses additional keys. How to fix?

Some keys on the keyboard on my HP Pavilion 2000-428DX press another key at the same time, which renders it unusable. If I press I get ---------- ------- ESC or Q ESC + Q G or R G + R E ...
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Relative noise level of tactile keyboards

I'm hoping to replace my Apple aluminum keyboard with a more comfortable alternative. There are many great options out there—friends have recommended the Das Keyboard and the Tactile Pro—and I think ...
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How do I get Windows 7 to detect the G13 joystick as an analog Joystick?

Windows detects the G13 joystick, as seen by the screenshot above. But it doesn't react to it; wiggling the joystick does not alter the raw values Windows receives on the calibration dialog. What do ...
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Explorer window pops up when using my keyboards volume wheel

I have the weirdest problem right now, I don't know for sure when or how it started. Thing is: I have a keyboard with a volume wheel that I can twist to turn up/down my windows volume, but whenever I ...
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linux - disable use of keyboard button system wide

Can I disable a set of keys on my entire system? I often hit the back tick key whenever I hit the tab button and was wondering if there was a way to stop it from firing. Or is the only solution to ...
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Debian squeeze keyboard and touchpad not working / detected on laptop

They work before gdm3 starts. a connected mouse also stops working, but functions after removal and re-plug. no xorg.conf. log doesn't show any loading of drivers for kbd/touchpad [ 33.783] ...
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Can you re-purpose built-in laptop keyboard as a hotkey launcher?

I have a MacBook Pro - but I don't use the keyboard, I use a (more ergonomic) plugin keyboard. I have an x-keys (programmable keypad). I'm thinking of getting another one, but it just struck me as ...
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How can I truly and permanently for all applications in Windows 7 remap a key combo to a key not necessarily on the keyboard?

I tried using AutoHotKey to map Win + , (that is, the windows key and the comma key) to <, but it won't work for all applications. What are the reasons for this, and what can I do about it? ...
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Function keys are not working on HP Compaq NC6220

The Function keys are not working on my HP Compaq NC6220. I have Installed QLB from the HP website but same problem is still there.
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How to create keyboard shortcut for Terminal's “New Terminal/Tab” submenus?

I'm trying to create a keyboard shortcut for the Dev1 menu: What should I put in the shortcut preferences? I've tried: Dev1 New Tab>Dev1 >New Tab>Dev1 Shell>New Tab>Dev1 ...