I have both an azerty and a qwerty keyboards on my computer.

The azerty keyboard (FRA) is a real keyboard. The qwerty keyboard (ENG) is a magnetic track card reader recognized as a keyboard.

My windows 8 (but could be any windows) is configured with both FRA and ENG regional settings and I can switch easily between the two configuration using ALT+SHIFT.

I am wondering if there is any way to force the keyboard disposition (for one or the other) at a hardware level, perhaps by using a specific driver file or a specific software ? The main objective is to be able to use both inputs without having to change the keyboard layout in windows.

Many thanks for your help and/or your ideas :)

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    How are the keyboards connected to the computer through the USB? In my experience I have been able to connect two USB keyboards to a single computer and both keyboards allowed input.
    – GeekyDaddy
    Jan 11 '16 at 21:02
  • I need to check with two real keyboards !
    – snowflake
    Jan 12 '16 at 7:52
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    I guess you need a driver which takes care of input from the keyboard and pass it to your OS in its own layout, despite the preferred layout set in OS settings. Or, a script which will make the switch for you, automatically. As you said you can easily switch between those layouts via two keys. I would walk on that easy way.
    – Ert
    Mar 5 '16 at 14:29

The card reader could be setup as an OPOS card reader. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OPOS Many manufacturers have OPOS drivers along with how-to setup instructions.

Use a google search to look for your exact model and manufacture, Unless it is something that belongs in a museum, there should be resources.

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