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

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Braces and Brackets not working in Windows 7 x32

I have a Logitech Compact Keyboard K300 keyboard with Windows 7 x32, but when I hit keys from ~ to | (including { and [), nothing is typed, I need to enetr Alt + 123 to get the brace. Note: I have ...
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Get keyboard scancodes in recent versions of linux

I'm trying to find out the scancodes for a set of foot pedals so that I can rebind them to more useful keys. In older versions of Ubuntu I was able to do this using /lib/udev/keymap as discussed here, ...
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Gaming keyboard G265 not responsive and backlight keeps flashing

My new Genius G265 gaming keyboard is not responsive and keeps flashing the backlight. In Windows I hear repeating ding sounds as if I removed the keyboard and plugged it back in. If I manage to turn ...
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Translate SSH terminal input to X.org's?

I just had an idea that it would be nice to ssh on to my PC using my mobile phone and remote-control the keyboard by writing to the terminal, using arrow keys etc. A sample use case would be scrolling ...
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Key mapping sony vaio [duplicate]

I have Sony Vaio laptop. My left arrow key is not working. The same key is used for Home with Fn key. I want to map it to the right Ctrl key, which is the key next to it.
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Behaviour of Caps-lock in Linux on VirtualBox, OSX Host

I'm running Ubuntu under virtualbox on a MacBook Pro and I'm trying to remap the Caps-Lock key to mod3 so I can use it as a replacement for the Alt key in Xmonad. I can remap the keysyms but the ...
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Can I use my wireless keyboard receiver to connect to Internet via my Wi-Fi router?

I have a desktop computer with Windows 7 and I recently purchased a Logitech wireless keyboard that has an "Unifying" transceiver. Can I use it to get Internet on my desktop by connecting to my home ...
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No way to allow simultaneous typing and mouse movement

I have a TOSHIBA Satellite P75-A running Windows 8.1 (64-bit). I have seen many questions here addressing the issue of laptop touchpads not working when a key is being held down. All of the answers ...
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Keyboard types by itself

I'm helping my sister and here is the issue she told me about: When she puts the typing marker in a typing bar (i.e Google search bar) it automatically starts to type a certain key (to be exact "s") ...
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How to disable caps lock overlay for games?

I know topics about video games are off topic for this site but I believe this question still fits because I am asking about other software/drivers that happen to interact with a game. I have an Acer ...
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Sane bluetooth keyboard setup for lightweight Linux desktop?

I have a pretty light Debian unstable setup, just xdm and a window manager, no fancy desktop environments or Ubuntu-whatever that a lot of guides seem geared towards. I'm trying to switch to a ...
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Sony VAIO Windows 7 keyboard goes into strange state on fumbled keystrokes

I am a bit of a fumble-fingered typist; I can hit several keys accidentally especially on a long reach to the lower left (e.g, towards or including CTRL, SHIFT, FN) or upper right (BS, DELETE, HOME, ...
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macbook pro - red screen 2 weeks after coke on keyboard

Two weeks ago I dropped a cup of coke on keyboard of my Macbook Pro 2009 17". Instantly the machine self turned off and I turned it upside down. 20 minutes after I dismounted the machine and had no ...
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How to remap my Kinesis Freestyle 2 PC keyboard to Mac Layout

I want to remap my Kinesis Freestyle 2 PC keyboard to Mac. I can do most of it by swapping the modifier keys within the keyboard preferences, however I want to switch the right CTRL key to be an ...
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Can you set the OSK to dockable in win8 metro app mode

I have a metro app and when the users enter textfields the on-screen keyboard is docked to the bottom, in desktop mode you have the ability to undock but not when in metro. is there a way to undock ...
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setxkbmap: how to apply options to a specific device only?

I have two keyboards, one used primarily for typing and the other for R&R. The latter is Razer Orbweaver, which is like a half of a normal keyboard with several other keys slapped in various ...
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Use letter keys to input number without Fn function

My keyboard does not have a Fn key, nor a number pad. But I would like to input lots of number with a number pad layout. I wonder if there is an application, which can change some letters, say, ...
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Unusual behavior of keyboard language switch

Lately I have faced with a problem in changing of the keyboard layout by hotkeys. First I have on my taskbar. Then I press Alt+Shift and get , but I still type in "EN" and additional icon gives menu: ...
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Synergy error - can't move mouse vertically on client screen

I'm using synergy - a software to share mouse and keyboard between many computers. I have two machines. One runs ubuntu 14.04, other runs windows 7. And synergy server is running on ubuntu 14.04, ...
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MacBook: Auto disabling builtin keyboard when an external keyboard is present

How to automatically disable builtin keyboard when an external keyboard is present? Thanks!
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MS Remote Desktop on OSX : Arrow Keys Being Treated As Numberpad

When Using MS Remote Desktop 8.0.x to connect from my Mac to a Windows VM on another host I have a key mapping problem. Windows treats the Mac's arrow keys as if they were on the numeric keypad ...
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USB keyboard works in bios, but stops working when installing XP sp2. PS/2 not an option

All, I have an old (2007) computer (Dell Optiplex 745) on which the hard drive failed completely. I have a new hard drive, formatted to NTFS but otherwise blank. The USB keyboard works fine in ...
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USB backlit keyboard power consumption

Does someone know the power consumption of an USB backlit keyboard like the SteelSeries Apex? I'd like to connect it to a Keyboard/Mouse USB Switch that goes to PC by one USB 2.0 cable. The mouse I'm ...
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How do you type the ligature “oe” character œ on a keyboard, without using ALT code?

I am running a PC on Windows 8.1. I have switched my keyboard's layout to FRA "French (Canada)" and have found most of the characters I've come across in my studies. However, the Internet has only ...
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Remap Multimedia keys Windows 7

I have a keyboard with multimedia keys. The keys are Email, Home, Bookmarks, Search, Back, Forward. It is an average keyboard, no fancy brand or software to use with it from manufacturer. Those keys ...
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Hold a key to temporarily switch keyboard layout?

I am using two different keyboard layouts on my keyboard. I can switch between them easily by using Alt+Shift shortcut. My question is whether it is possible in Windows 7 to hold some key to change ...
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Win key (keyboard button) not working

I recently updated my Windows 7 x64. Before the updates, everything was working correctly, no issues. After updating, my keyboard's Windows key is not working and neither are its shortcuts. I ...
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How to get to an input field with the keyboard in firefox?

Let's say I am doing a search in google and I want to come back to the input field to modify the search, I normally use the mouse to click, but these is a waste of time, after scrolling down, you need ...
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Can't type into password box on login

I'm running Windows 8 trough Boot Camp on my 15" MacBook Pro Mid 2010 (Model 6,2). This has been working well for a long time. Since yesterday I'm having this issue though, that Windows boots to the ...
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What keyboard layout is that

I got this asus mini pc with keyboard and I don't know for which country it is made for.
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What are the functions of the multimedia keys?

I got a Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop, but sadly the product manual does not explain the multimedia keys. Some of them are easy to figure out: F1 - Play / Pause F2 - Mute audio F3 - Volume ...
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HP Pavilion DV7: Keypad not working on Linux

I've recently got a HP DV7 laptop for free from a friend: As you can see in the picture, the laptop features a (modified) full size keyboard, including numeric key pad. The keyboard works as ...
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Capslock remap on old ps/2 keyboard

I have an old IBM keyboard connected to my laptop with a ps/2 to usb adapter. I'm having trouble remapping the capslock to the ctrl key in linux. Holding the capslock, remapped to ctrl, only works for ...
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Win 8.1 - escape key stops working

I have a weird issue with a new Lenovo Flex 14 (Windows 8.1) where my escape key stops working. I just restarted and it started working again, but now it's gone again. I know it's not working because ...
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Can I hack Ctrl-arrow key stop points?

When I hit Ctrl-← or Ctrl-→ in a text field, the cursor jumps to the beginning or end of a word. It stops at dashes, but not periods. It stops at white space, but not brackets, colons, or ...
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NumLock light on permanently on keyboard attached to Windows 7 laptop

I have a regular keyboard plugged into my Latitude notebook. The Num Lock light is ALWAYS on. If you press the Num Lock key nothing happens. How do I fix this so that the Num Lock key toggles Num Lock ...
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Keyboard press disables held mouse button (Dell XPS windows 8) (already disabled palm rejection)

I'm using a Dell XPS with windows 8 and a Cypress Trackpad. I was having problems because I need to use both the trackpad and the keyboard keys at the same time. I have already disabled the palm ...
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Stange experience in my laptop of certain keys not working

I actually asked this in HP support forums and their Customer Service Rep., but no one knows whats going on.So, I am throwing open this question here , esp. so that some Geek Squad guy, who has seen ...
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Turn on computer with wireless keyboard

I have a PC connected to my TV that I like to use from the sofa. I have a wireless keyboard (Logitech K400, this one) for the purpose. I would like to be able to turn the PC on (as opposite to just ...
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Windows 7 stalling and refusing keypresses

I have been getting an issue where when I type or press a key every now and again the keyboard and mouse stop working, this is only for a few seconds but when control comes back a series of beeps are ...
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USB keyboard 'shuts down' when holding keys

When I do not create a keyboard event (i.e. pressing or releasing a key) for more than 5 seconds, the numlock and other LEDs on my keyboard go off. When I'm holding a key for more than 5 seconds and ...
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Reinstalling Windows 8.1 PS/2 keyboard and mouse drivers

While troubleshooting PS/2 keyboard and mouse problems in Windows 8.1, in Device Manager I uninstalled the grayed out "Microsoft PS/2 Mouse" and "Standard PS/2 Keyboard" and rebooted. Those drivers ...
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Why does ` (backtick) not appear until after I press another key?

On Stackexchange sites I quite often have to use the backtic which can be got at usually as the key beside 1 (left side ) however when I press it the first time the ` doesn't appear until I press it ...
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How do I disable the mouse wheel backlight on a Posturite keyboard?

I recently began using a Posturite Number Slide Arch Keyboard (Model EZ-2018) on my Linux workstation. It came with few instructions; none of them dealt with keyboard function, but rather with ...
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Can't use some buttons on my keyboard

I have a probem wih my keyboard on my computer. some day ago the t z backspace buttons have stopped working, but today the a s d f J k l é right shift buttons too. Today when I turned on my ...
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Flaky keyboard after Windows 7 comes out of sleep

I am sometimes getting wierd mouse/keyboard when my laptop comes out of sleep. For example, pressing the , key always results in a <, regardless of caps lock being on or not. Its pretty bizarre. I ...
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What is this thing on the cord of my IBM model F keyboard?

I found an IBM Model F keyboard (the AT version, not the PS/2 or Terminal versions) at a yard sale for $1. When I opened it up, the cord has a black box with a wire and a ring connected to it. What is ...
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Keyboard is not working in BIOS and Windows is corrupt

A month ago I replace my windows with ubuntu and that time I install ubuntu version 12.04 and after some time I update my ubuntu 12.0.4 to 12.10 and ubuntu 12.10 is not working after that. So I delete ...
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Keyboard issues with GRUB upon cold boot

I am facing a very weird issue with my keyboard while using GRUB. I'm going to be as detailed as possible and outline all the methods I've tried to fix this issue. Let me first describe the issue ...
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How to control multiple PCs with one pair of mouse and keyboard?

I found two softwares: Mouse Without Borders and Synergy. They allow to move my mouse without borders on multiple PCs. I'd like to control all of the PCs at once. In example: I have 3 PCs with ...