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

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Key's not working unmodified or with SHIFT but works with ALTGR modifier

It' on a laptop under windows 8. It's a French-Belgian (fr-Be) keyboard. The touch right after 'p' is working strangely. I don't think it's a hardware fault, most a software fault. Also I've already ...
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can't access my bios with my usb keyboard no ps/2

my USB keyboard doesn't seem to be recognized at post. I have no ps/2 port. no port on my motherboard. Can't install my windows 7 cause I think is on gpt or else. I really need to get access to my ...
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How to disable text overwrite mode in Netbeans (CentOS)?

Everytime I type some text, it is overwriting what I have typed. I assume that the mode is set to overwriting, I want to insert the text not overwrite it, but I can't disable it because my insert ...
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Windows utility à la Android to type accented characters in capital?

As an alternative to the cumbersome ALT+(ANSI code) in Windows, Android provides a neat solution to type European accented characters in capital: The menu is displayed by long-pressing the letter. ...
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Chrome keyboard losses focus when using two finger scroll

I Have a Dell XP 15, Chrome 34.0.1847.116. When using two finger swipe on the touch pad in order to scroll, the tab wouldn't accept keyboard presses anymore, e.g. the Backspace wouldn't go back, ...
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Digital Function Keys is disabled after resume on Debian

I have a Lenovo X1 Carbon and I have Debian testing on it. Everything seems to work now except that the touch enabled digital display strip that is just above the keyboard ( not sure what it is ...
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Keyboard intermittently stops working on Ubuntu

I am running Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS on my desktop and my keyboard will occasionally stop responding for a few seconds. It immediately begins about a second or so afterwards, so nothing freezes. Just now I ...
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How to use rupee symbol in Dell keyboard?

I have Dell Latitude laptop and it has both Indian rupee symbol and euro in keyboard. But don't know how to use it. What keys can I press to insert the symbols? I'm using Windows 7. Any help?
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Why would 'special keys' affect regular key presses

This problem arose while developing in VS2013. I have code that captures shortcut keys using ProcessCmdKey and code that captures press and hold keys using Key_Down and Key_Up events on a canvas ...
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Shift+9 not working

I just got a Microsoft Natural 4000 keyboard to use with my mac. Using KeyReMap4MacBook, i was able to get the command/option/control keys mapped correctly. There seems to be 1 key that isn't ...
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Can I add more function keys?

Between Steam, recording software, and the key bindings in my games themselves, I sometimes have more functionality that I would like to bind to hotkeys than I have function keys on my keyboard. I ...
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Keyboard spacebar hickup when using Skype

I've downloaded the most recent version of Skype. However, when I start up the program my spacebar does not work as smooth anymore as it was before the start-up of Skype. Is there some hidden feature ...
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keyboard with programmable lighting (through API) [closed]

I'm looking for a backlit keyboard where it would be possible for an application, to either turn on or off the light for a particular key. Imaging a video game where if you have 3 weapons, keys ...
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Tick character (`) randomly added when typing

I have a microsoft wireless keyboard (wireless comfort keyboard 5000) and I'm running on Windows 7. Every once in a while, as I type, a random ` character gets added and I know it's not a typo as the ...
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Ubuntu 10.04 Keyboard and Mouse Freezing Problem

I had a partition setup with Windows XP and Ubuntu 8.04 dual booting. I recently upgraded to Ubuntu 10.04 by installing fresh from CD but leaving the previous /home folder as is. Things seemed to be ...
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Can I configure windows-7 to enable function keys on my keyboard by default upon reboot?

I have a keyboard from Logitech that has a F-Lock key that is required for the function keys to produce F1 through f12 instead of special functions for things like 'new' and 'reply'. Each time I ...
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How can I disable the F Lock key on my Natural Keyboard 4000?

How can I disable the F Lock key on my Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 (v1.0)? I don't want to physically disable the key so I would like a software fix. The keyboard is connected by USB ...
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Flashing LEDs on 101-key Unicomp PS/2 keyboard

Background Purchased a Gigabyte motherboard (GA-78LMT-USB3) with a new computer about a week ago. The keyboard is a Unicomp 101-key PS/2 keyboard, which is what I am using to type this question ...
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Is it possible to add volume controls & shortcut keys to a mechanical keyboard which does not have the keys?

I am going to purchase a mechanical keyboard, but it will contain no volume controls or program short-cuts. Assuming I purchase a plain keyboard, is there a technology available that would provide ...
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QT Application on Debian 7 ignores keyboard

I'm trying to get a teamspeak 3 client to run over a tightvnc -> xrdp session on Debian 7. As far as I know, TS3 uses QT as its GUI toolkit. I can open the application and the window gets shown, but ...
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Key Repeat no longer works on Windows 7 Lenovo Windows 700 laptop

The title pretty much sums up my problem. I can type fine, but holding down the key doesn't repeat, including the arrow keys which is super-annoying. "Filter Keys" in the Ease of access center is ...
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How do I re-attach my spacebar key (I took it off)?

I can't work out how to reattach my spacebar properly. I have tried for over an hour and looked for help online but nothing shows the type of spacebar I have with two metal bars the same size. How do ...
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Windows 7 misses keystrokes from internal keyboard after hibernation (on Acer Aspire 5820)

I face a very strange symptom on my Acer Aspire laptop (with the factory default Win7 install and divers. Windows update running). After waking the computer from hibernation, it is a pain to type, ...
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Keyboard doesn't work after Windows resume from sleep (S3) — how to fix?

I have a weird issue with my keyboard after resuming from S3 sleep: I can type perfectly for maybe 5 seconds, but afterwards the keyboard ceases to work until I hibernate or restart (or sleep again -- ...
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Catching Ctrl + Alt + Delete

I have a Windows UI that I've designed in wxPython. I recently had a user report a rather unusual behavior to me -- when he'd unlock his PC he would be presented with a dialog asking him to confirm ...
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Keyboard resulting wrong keys before OS starts

My keyboard has recently started resulting wrong keys when I try to press any keys on keyboard before booting. The problem came literally out of nowhere. I have no idea why It stopped working and I ...
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How can I remove a keyboard layout that isn't listed in the control panel?

Here's an interesting oddity: My work computer comes with a corporate disk image preloaded, and it is preconfigured with the German "QWERTZ" keyboard layout. Using the control panel, I added my ...
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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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Enable numlock on a laptop

Good day. Yes, I know there should usually be FN + <*> but on my Envy 17 3D there is no such combination. I tried FN + everything, it does not change anything. Tried to look in bios, no luck ...
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Can you reassign keys on Mac for Logitech K310 washable keyboard ?

I know it's not being sold as compatible for Mac but as intensive typer I like the idea of having an always clean keyboard. I already read this review ...
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Windows 7 - Change Region and Language settings using a script

OS: Windows 7 64-bit I have a machine that has had its "Region and Language" settings all set to "Canada". What I need to do is change all those settings to revert back to the default of "United ...
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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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How to properly remap `<del>` to `<esc>` in vim?

I'm a happy owner of a TypeMatrix 2030, as well as a happy vim user. On this keyboard the <del> have a central place, while the <esc> is the top-left key as usual. So I would like to remap ...
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teamviewer virtualbox keyboard altgr key issue

My question is extremely similar to this one but the answer does not work for me. The host physical machine is windows 7. The guest VM is a Linux distro hosted in virtualbox. I access to the host ...
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Sony Vaio Keyboard light never turns off

I formatted my Sony Vaio Vpc F13wfx/bc, and all components has working correctly, except for the keyboard backlight. The problem is that the keyboard light never turns off. I tried to install ...
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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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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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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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Pressing any key stops mouse from working, Backspace acts as “home” (Windows 7, Acer Aspire 5560 MS2319)

The Acer Aspire 5560 MS2319 I'm working on has two seemingly related problems. Firstly, the backspace key deletes one letter then acts as a "home" key. Del also does this. Surrounding physical keys ...
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Dell laptop keyboard doesn't work

I'm trying to fix my in-laws laptop, it's a Dell Studio 1745 that's running Windows 7 64 bit. The problem is that most of the keys on the keyboard do not work. The function keys work and the caps ...
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Virtualbox causing weird behavior in Windows (keyboard issues, UAC popups)

After installing Virtualbox, whenever I run it, my PC (Windows 7 x64 SP1) starts doing a few things that make it unusable until I restart the PC: Clicking a shortcut or other button on the taskbar ...
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Can't connect bluetooth keyboard directly to vmware

I want the Vmware system use my bluetooth keyboard and my host use USB keyboard, so i disconnect the bluetooth adapter to the host , and connect it to vmware. And then pair it, it's all right and i ...
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Turn off language alt+shift switching feature in Microsoft Word

MS Word keeps switching current writing language on keyboard layout change. I normally write documents in Czech using czech QWERTZ layout, but I also need to write some characters not present in this ...
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Odd sounds appear when I press my keyboard's keys for too long

So I'm using Acer, Windows 7. I suddenly have this odd problem where if I press a key, any key for too long, this odd buzzing sound appears, and for example, if I'm playing Music, the buzzing sound ...
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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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Certain Keys on Keyboard won't work (not even via on-screen Keyboard)

So i recently spilled some beer on my keyboard and i noticed that the "T" key stopped working. So I swapped it out with a new keyboard but now the problem persists? But about 10 minutes after i ...
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win98se driver for generic external usb dvdrw?

I'm looking for a Win98SE driver for a generic external usb dvdrw (no manufacturer/part number/serial number). I've been searchingthe net but only found some generic drivers for flash drives. ...
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Single key not working - not hardware issue

So my laptop e key stopped working. Naturally I figured it was a hardware problem so I plugged in an external keyboard and impressively all keys work except e. Now I'm baffled. I'm running Windows 7 ...
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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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ASUS UX31A Keyboard Backlight Turns Off After Lid is Closed and Reopened

Close the lid and then open later and the keyboard backlight turns off. The fn+f4 key does not turn it back on. I have to restart the laptop to get the keyboard backlight back on. Is there a ...