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

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Grub 'incompatible license' error

The other day, I was using a laptop for general desktop use when its keyboard began to act up. Most of the keys on the keyboard's right side stopped working entirely and key combinations such as Ctrlu ...
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Sun type 5 keyboard via serial port replicator

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 on an HP G60 laptop with a Targus serial port replicator to USB and a custom cable between the keyboard and the replicator I ran modprobe sunkbd. Nothing works for the Type ...
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Why is my Yellow Dog keyboard layout wrong? [closed]

I just installed Yellow Dog on my PowerBook G4, and it worked, and noticed my mac keyboard. Then, suddenly, the layout went wrong. Most keys don't do anything, and I have letters instead of arrow ...
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How to distinguish input from different keyboards?

I want to write an application in Python that you can use with your default keyboard and a specially designed one for the application. I will design it simply by using a small numerical keyboard with ...
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Ctrl-a does not take me to the beginning of the prompt while I am working within a GNU screen

To navigate to the starting and end of a command, I usually use Ctrla and Ctrle. However, when I work within a GNU screen, those keybinding do not work becuase perhaps they are being used by the GNU ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 Gnome 3 “freezes” randomly - not a normal freeze though

Since upgrading to 12.04, I've randomly experienced this strange phenomenon where my mouse mostly doesn't work and keyboard mostly does. I have not been able to identify a cause for this. Sometimes it ...
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Switching on numlock by default in Linux Mint

Whenever I boot in to Linux Mint the NumLock is switched off by default. As my username consists of some numbers, I need to switch on NumLock each time. I want it to be switched on by default each ...
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Laptop keyboard occasionally stops working

I have a dirty solution that is to plug a USB keyboard in and execute the following command: setxkbmap -rules evdev -layout us -model evdev Afterward my keyboard will work. This solution only ...
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Fix keyboard chattering/bouncing on the software side

I have a mechanical keyboard (Noppoo Choc Mini with Cherry MX Blue switches) and after a few weeks, some key presses are getting sent two times even though I press a single time. I found out that this ...
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Perform an action when a wireless keyboard is connected

I need to perform a command when I connect a bluetooth keyboard. How can I 'listen' this event?
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Mouse and keyboard not working in FreeBSD 9.0

Could not use keyboard and mouse at KDM log in screen in FreeBSD 9.0 KDE Typed on nano: hald_enable="YES" dbus_enable="YES" local_startup=${local_startup} /usr/local/kde4/etc/rc.d" kdm4_enable="YES" ...
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Logitech G110 Multimedia Keys in Linux Mint 14

I know that plenty of questions have been asked about multimedia keys, but I'm having trouble finding a solution for my specific problem. I have a Logitech G110 keyboard, which (besides the macro ...
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How to permanently swap esc and caps lock in xfce / xubuntu?

I followed some post a while ago, and it said to make an ~/.xmodmap file like so: ! Swap caps lock and escape remove Lock = Caps_Lock keysym Escape = Caps_Lock keysym Caps_Lock = Escape add Lock = ...
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Why grp:lctrl_lshift_toggle still keeps right keys as switch triggers?

I ran the following command in my terminal: setxkbmap -layout us,ru -option "grp:lctrl_lshift_toggle,ctrl:nocaps" but for some reason, the effect is the same if I specified "grp:ctrl_shift_toggle" ...
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Map Super+[Left|Right] to Home/End

How do I map key "Super" so, when combined with Left/Right, it produces keycode Home/End? My current setxkbmap: setxkbmap \ -model pc105 \ -layout 'us(dvorak-intl),us(alt-intl)' \ -option \ ...
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Overriding functionality of special keys on CM Storm Trigger keyboard

I have a CM Storm Trigger Keyboard. This has some special keys, which can be programmed to trigger certain macros. There are special "M" keys for macros on the left-hand side, and there are two ...
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Script to turn off laptop keyboard if USB keyboard is present [duplicate]

My laptop keyboard is broke (Esc keeps randomly being pressed, can't fix it), so I've bought a USB keyboard instead. I want to write a script that will run at login which will check if my USB keyboard ...
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Cannot type accented capital letters in kde-konsole

If i try to type a capital letter with accent (e.g. Ř) in kde-konsole, I get the following result: ˇR - the letter and the accent as two characters. The normal behaviour is that after pressing ˇ ...
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German umlaut on Danish keyboard

I use standard Danish QWERTY keyboard (on Debian, if the distro matters). Is it at all possible to write German umlauts such as Ä, Ö, Ü by some key combos (that is without changing the layout to ...
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How can I automatically disable my laptop's built-in keyboard in X.org?

Distro and X.org Version Information I am using Ubuntu 12.10 with xserver-xorg/quantal 1:7.7+1ubuntu4. Disabling Built-In Keyboard in X11 I have a laptop with a built-in keyboard that no longer ...
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Getting keyboard to work in debian 6.0 in order to unlock root partition

I just installed Debian 6.0, encrypted / and now I'm trying to boot. When GRUB comes up, I select Debian, it loads the initrd and asks for the root password, however I can't enter anything, because ...
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keyboard lockup after hold ctrl key

With Fedora 17 I have a PS/2-connected keyboard. If I hold just the left CTRL key down for a period (say 5 seconds) then the whole keyboard locks up. The USB-connected mouse still works and I can ...
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Making the keyboard eject switch work

My keyboard switch for ejecting the CDROM does not work though it displays an eject button on the screen. I need to make it work. I know ejecting a cdrom using system call is as simple as ...
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How to clear keybinding

I'm in Linux (if it's relevant: Fedora 17 x86_64, 3.6.11) and my laptop's PageUp key has gone ultrasensitive on me. I'd like to disable it (remap it to nothing at all) as I've never liked it where it ...
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Turn off Caps lock when Escape is pressed

Is there any way to disable CapsLock whenever Esc is pressed. Yes, I use VIM! I actually have an alternative all-caps keyboard layout on Ctrl-6 but I find it cumbersome and would prefer to just have ...
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The key codes for Caps Lock, Shift, Left Control and FN key?

Can somebody please provide the key codes for these keys: Caps Lock Left Shift Left Control Option key FN The key code I'm talking about is something along the lines of \<Esc>[200~, although ...
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How to force release of a keyboard modifiers

Sometimes, when I use synergy between my machines when one is using full-screen VirtualBox guest I get stuck with some weird key modifiers turned on. If they exist on my keyboard (like Shift_L) I can ...
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Custom keyboard layout is reset to default after standby or reboot

I designed a keyboard layout for myself, after I run xmodmap it works OK, but after standby or reboot, the layout turn back to qwerty. How can I set it as default? My OS is Debian Wheezy with XFCE4. ...
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Have Sun keyboard moon key (116) not shut down my computer

On my Sun keyboard, the top-rightmost key (with a moon image, right above the keypad) shuts down my computer. I'd like it not to, as I hit it by mistake now and then. In /etc/default/keyboard, I only ...
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Certain keys (arrows, page-up, page-down) not working in rdesktop-vrdp

I start and stop my VM headless style. Start VBoxHeadless -s Windows -v on -e "TCP/Address=0.0.0.0" -e "TCP/Ports=3389" Stop VBoxManage controlvm Windows poweroff And I connect to it using ...
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Fprintd - How to customize

I'm making a system based on web technologies, which means that my interaction with hardware is very limited (keyboard/mouse). I would like to modify/write some code/driver that makes my fingerprint ...
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Adjusting keyboard sensitivity in a command line terminal?

When using a tty login shell by entering Ctrl-Alt-F1 from an Ubuntu 12.04 install on a laptop the keyboard seems overly sensitive and if my finger lingers for a moment on a button I end up with ...
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How to change a keycode using setkeycodes

I have a Thinkpad Edge E130 running Sabayon (a Gentoo-based distro), and I'm fighting the well-know bug Xorg 255 keycodes limit. My laptop has the Fn+F4 hotkey for Mic Mute/Unmute. This is the ...
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Unix User Level Keylogger

I need to record my own keystroke data for some academic research. I wrote a regular keylogger for Windows, but now I need to write one for a Unix environment, with the constraint that I have only ...
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Configuring Xorg lvl5 symbols

I configured Lvl3 via editing /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/typo. But I found no documentation, how configure lvl5. I tried to add 2 more entries in this file, like this key <AD05> { [NoSymbol, ...
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Netbook w/ Fedora 17 and USB Numpad at Boot Disables Internal Keyboard

I have a netbook with F17 installed. No X, just text console. The system boots fine and the internal keyboard works. I can plugin a USB numpad after boot and it functions reliably. However, if the ...
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Log number of keyboard hits

How can I log a keyboard hit via shell script? My aim is to log the number of keyboard hits of a login session on my Ubuntu system. Note: I do not want to log the keystrokes itself, only the number ...
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Create and set custom keyboard layout

I want to create and set a custom keyboard layout with setxkbmap. I created a file in ~/.xkb/prog with this content: partial default alphanumeric_keys xkb_symbols "basic" { include "latin(type4)" ...
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What's stealing my F11 key?

I've just installed Arch Linux with LXDE and Openbox on my Asus Eee PC 1000. I can't get my F11 key to work in any application. It doesn't appear to do anything when I press it. I installed xev, ...
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What is the Mode_switch modifier for?

Playing with xmodmap I encountered a modifier key I hadn't heard of: Mode_switch. It seems to have something to do with inserting special characters. I assigned it to a key but it seems to have no ...
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Filtering the keyboard input

I have a program that takes input from the keyboard and presents a nice visualization. The purpose of the program is so that my infant can mash on the keyboard and get the computer to do something. ...
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How to use the Meta/Alt Key with tput?

I want to redefine keybindings for the commandline of a lisp dialect. The commandline is actually modeled after Vi and implemented with tput/terminfo. I want an alternative version with Emacs ...
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Keyboard/mouse do not work when connected to USB hub, but only on Fedora - works on other distros

For the record, the same problem happens in openSUSE, too, and the solution is the same. It is fixed in both Fedora 18 (as far as I could tell: I just booted a live CD) and openSUSE 12.3. I installed ...
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Debian Wheezy, VirtualBox, HP DV6-7099EL problem with AltGr

I just bought a HP DV6-7099EL laptop (Italian keyboard). I'm going to install Debian in a week or two, I just want to test the computer without touching the partitions (just in case I need ...
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K800 USB Wireless Keyboard - keyboard repeat rate intermittent problems

Any advice as to how to debug this: My K800 USB Wireless Keyboard's repeat rate intermittently stops working. It will start behaving erratically and when holding a key down it will either not repeat ...
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detect if key is pressed from script

I would like to detect if a key is being pressed when running a script. I have the following script: #!/bin/bash sleep 0.5 xte 'str sometext' I run this script using a shortcut to paste "sometext" ...
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Backspace, del, arrow keys not working with interactive programs in Tilda

I currently run Openbox on a light netinstall of Debian. In Tilda, when I use a program like nslookup or winexe, some of my keys do not work properly. Backspace generates ^? Up generates ^[[A ...
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OpenSUSE - Apple Wireless Keyboard - Switch “fn” and “ctrl” key?

I'm trying to configure the Apple Keyboard so that the "fn" key and the "ctrl" key are swapped. So far I swapped the "cmd" and "alt" key, the "°" and "<" key using xmodmap. Information for that can ...
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How to get keycodes for xmodmap?

I'm trying to use xmodmap to remap Alt / Super keys on Dell L100 keyboard, and have trouble getting the keycodes. For instance, using xev doesn't give me keycode for Alt FocusOut event, serial 36, ...
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Set window manager's meta key depending on connected Xserver

Situation A linux server is running an xdm supporting XDMCP, it is connected to from various different Linux and OS X boxes using XDMCP via an X -query <server> command. Once the user is ...