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

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Why does my computer no longer recognize keyboards?

This is an Asus All-in-One from 2010 running Windows 8. The computer froze. Upon reboot, the keyboard was not detected and would not power up (the lights would not activate as they usually do.) I ...
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Letter keys are not working on Windows 8 sometimes?

I'm using a Razer Blackwidow and a wireless Logitech keyboard, I've install both Synapse 2.0 and Logitech Setpoint on my computer. The problem begin when I installed Kaspersky 1 week back, sometimes ...
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XEN 4.1.3 on OpenSuSE 12.2 not seeing keyboard of Dell XPS 1330

The title really says it all. When booting the XEN Hypervisor kernel, everything works flawlessly, except that the keyboard is not seen at all. If I plug a USB keyboard, it is recognized and I can ...
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USB disabled when installing CentOS 5.8

My USB keyboard does not response when installing CentOS 5.8 with options "linux noprobe". Given the fact that before installing from a burnt DVD, I once tried to install from a USB flash storage, it ...
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laptop keyboard backslash key stuck?

My laptop keyboard backslash key seems to have got stuck. If i open notepad it continuously starts writing. It stops for a while and starts again. But if i try to press the back slash key it does not ...
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Where are xmodmap settings saved?

I created my own keyboard layout and loaded it with xmodmap .Xmodmap. Now I want to go back to a default layout, but after a reboot the layout defined with xmodmap are still present. What files is ...
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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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Mac Keyboard Command key remapping doesn't work in Terminal

I'm using a Mac keyboard on Linux Mint 13 - Mate. I want to be able to copy/paste/cut as I done on the Mac, but on Linux with this Mac keyboard. I tried the settings I've found mentioned in several ...
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When Caps lock pressed it used to display cap's lock is ON, now it is not showing

When Caps lock pressed it used to display cap's lock is ON, now it is not showing. Dell studio 1569..re-installed win 7 64 bit.
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How to customized function key for Acer Aspire in windows 7

Many times, when copy and paste, i tend to click fn+c, fn+v instead of ctrl+c, ctrl+v, is there a way to map fn key to control key, when I do not need the fn key? Of course sometimes I need it to say ...
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Keyboard mapping faulty after water hazard on OS X SL 10.6.8

Immediately after spilling water on my Macbook (Late 2009 Unibody A1342) it went crazy and made mouse and keyboard input all by itself until I could turn it off. After replacing the topcase I'm still ...
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Left-most column of keys kills audio, Lenovo W520

In my Lenovo 520, I have found that hitting Tab kills the audio. This happens also with tilde (~), Caps Lock, and Shift. This happens if I hit the keys with normal force but if I press them very ...
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Numeric keys on Apple keyboard

I have an Apple keyboard. I have numeric keys on the {'J', 'k','l','u','i'.'o'.'p','m' } keys. When I set Num Lock to off, it stops Num Lock for 2 seconds, and re-enables numeric keys. I tried ...
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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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How do you catch and change keyboard characters with python?

I wanted to make silly custom keyboards, that would translate keystrokes to equivalents in silly alphabets (leetspeek, Cyrillic transliterations, upside-down characters..), but that turned out to be ...
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Mouse and keyboard malfunction on Windows 7

I experience intermittent problems where my mouse won't click and hold, so I cannot select text or draw a box or anything in Photoshop. I have encountered this issue with Adobe Photoshop CS4 and ...
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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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When using SCIM to type Hangul, space moves the syllable before going to the next word

When I type Hangul using the SCIM input on Ubuntu, when I press space, the last syllable automatically moves over a space, then adds another space. This goes away if I press a period and backspace it, ...
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Changing hotkey for keyboard layout in Windows XP

The hotkey for changing keyboard layouts in XP are bound only to Alt+Shift or Ctrl+Shift. Is is possible to enable a hotkey toggle, like holding Ctrl to toggle the alternate layout, and releasing it ...
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Spacebar not working (Ubuntu server / MAC client)

I am having the following problem. When I press spacebar on the server, the client receives this sequence META+SHIFT+Z. Thus, I can't input any space in the client. Server is an Ubuntu 11.10, client ...
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Create bluetooth device

Can I use my bluetooth enabled laptop to create bluetooth keyboards or other devices? ps: I would like to use my laptop keyboard on my PS3
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Keyboard Slow on a high power machine.

I am having a terrible time with my high powered machine. The keyboard is not displaying the keys as quickly as I type. Sometimes I have to wait up to a minute for the key to display. When I type ...
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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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What does the left control key on a Mac map to in Debian?

I'd like to use the left control key on my mac as the compose key in Debian, but I can't figure out what its equivalent is in the installation menu. My best guess is that left control on a Mac maps ...
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Is it possible to control the LED on Apple Wireless Keyboard on Linux?

I use an Apple Wireless Keyboard on Linux 3.0 and have remapped the CapsLock Key and use it frequently now and would like to turn off the LED as it has lost its function. There is a question regarding ...
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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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Keyboard layout based on scancodes?

I would like to make a new keyboard layout in Linux that moves the modifier keys around. The problem is that this needs to be an xkb layout, because I still need to be able to switch to the Qwerty ...
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disable 'play' key on media keyboard opening files in windows media player

Okay, this is admittedly a little obscure. I have a standard Microsoft keyboard that includes 'media' keys - play/pause and volume adjust / mute. If Windows Media Player is open, pressing these keys ...
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Keyboard-type (e.g. “EN”) doesn't show up for Windows under Parallels

I recently installed Parallels Desktop for Mac so that I could run Windows programs on my Mac. Unfortunately, when I add new Keyboards to Windows 7 (Control Panel >> Clock, Language and Region >> ...
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How can I map another key to act as Fn key on a Mac?

I have a non standard keyboard attached to my Mac, and it does not have a Fn key. I wish it did. Luckily it has another key "help" that I never use. How do I get my "help" key to be treated as the Fn ...
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Using a wireless keyboard (Microsoft wireless desktop 800) with a different receiver than what it was packaged with

I bought a wireless desktop plus mouse combo from Microsoft. It has one receiver for both devices. I'm currently using the mouse at home but not the keyboard. I brought the keyboard to work. Is there ...
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My umlaut/trema vanished on OSX, how do I get it back?

My native language (Dutch) uses the double-dot on top of vowels, aka "umlaut" or "trema". It looks like this: ё, Ü, Ö, ï you get the gist (copy&pasted from the web). Until recently, I was able to ...
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Pushing '~' gives me '=' character with the keyboard of Toshiba Dynabook Satellite J50

I have Toshiba Dynabook Satellite J50 laptop. It seems that something is wrong with the keyboard. For example, When I press the ~ key, = comes out. But the = is on another key which is adjacent to the ...
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How do I check if keyboard keys and/or LEDs on the keyboard are functioning correctly?

I would like to check if all the keys and LEDs on a keyboard are functioning correctly. e.g. Check if a key does not respond (or responds late) to a keypress, activates even when it isn't pressed, ...
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Strange behaviour of Shift-8 on keybaord under Windows XP

Recently trying to type the * character from my keyboard via the key sequence Shift-8 switches focus to an instance of Windows explorer if one is running. If no instance is running then I get the ...
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How to use more than one keyboard with different layouts?

I type in many languages, and switching between them is a waste of time. I would like to use several physical keyboards for different languages. So is it possible to use two or more keyboards at the ...
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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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Laptop keyboard doesn't illuminate in Mac OS X

The laptop keyboard is supposed to light up automatically (on my Apple Powerbook G4) when it's dark in the room. But it never does. I explicitly have to start the Lab Tick application to do that. ...
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Keyboard very unresponsive after resume (just upgraded to Lucid)

Yesterday I upgraded first from Jaunty to Karmic, and immediately after that to Lucid. Most things seems to have gone well, but I have a problem with suspend/resume. After resuming my Compaq-branded ...
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Pressing 'Enter' doesn't really work in Firefox

When I'm typing just about anywhere in Firefox on OSX and press enter, it simply doesn't do anything. This includes typing in a textarea element (which should take the cursor to the next line), in a ...
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Screensaver won't work with wireless keyboard connected

For months now my screensaver just won't start and I have no idea why. Now I've found out it's my wireless keyboard and don't know how to fix it. I don't know what had changed to stop this from ...
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Whenever I plug in another keyboard, key repeating rate is reset to some value

I have the following is my .xinitrc: xset r rate 250 100 & Which sets the repeat rate when you are holding a keyboard key to a pretty high value. However, whenever I plug in another keyboard, ...
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LenovoT440 Debian f1-f12 keys not functioning LXDE

Hello I am running Debian 8.1 Jessie on a LenovoT440 Thinkpad, everything seems to be working fine except the f1-f12 keys, which serve functions like mute, adjust volume, mic off, dim screen wifi off, ...
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F1 - F12 keys including F lock not working on my multimedia Microsoft ergonomic 4000 keyboard.

All was well for 2 years until last week my function keys (entire top row F1 - F12 including the F-Lock key) stopped responding. Most solutions to fix this issue recomend hitting the f-lock key. This ...
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Code for implementing “www.” button in virtual keyboard for firefox

Can anyone help me by providing code for implementing "www." button in virtual keyboard for firefox. A javascript code.
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Google Search Engine Results Page Keyboard Navigation

I am aware of the answer provided here. If you browse an official discussion, the only answer that can be found is also to switch on Instant search. I have a few problems with this. The main one is ...
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Getting macro keys from a Razer Tarantula to work on Linux

So this question is related to: Getting macro keys from a Razer BlackWidow to work on Linux Basically I have two older Razer Tarantula keyboards that I would like to use. (Specifically hoping to tie ...
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Keyboard outputting wrong characters

I have a compact Logitech 811 keyboard today i cleaned it with a towel i pressed many keys doing so and now i get wrong output from it like so 3 = u3 u = u3 t = -t y = 'y ' = 'y m = mz x ...
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Laptop keyboard/ USB keyboard/ onscreen keyboard not working on HP DV6

Yesterday I started to have an issue with my keyboard. I normally switched on the computer and it came to the log on screen . I tried to type in my password but I could not type it. Then I did ...
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Gigabyte aivia k8100 v2 - Keys seem to get stuck sometimes

I have a very random bug with my gaming keyboard. It sometimes acts like a key is pressed continuously but in reality it isn't. The keys also don't seem to get stuck but I still get this problem. ...