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

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keyboard hard remap keys?

I am trying to find a way to remap keyboard keys forcefully. I tried using xmodmap and setxkbmap, but they do not work for one specific application. Such commands work for other normal ...
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Type backquote and caret without doubleclicking the key

I'm using the danish keyboard layout, and I'm running debian jessie with awesome. I want to type the backquote character ` or the caret ^ character. However these are used for diacritics like à and ...
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Corsair Vengeance K-95 Keyboard & Linux [closed]

I've been thinking that I want a mechanical keyboard, currently I'm using a logitech G510 which is perfect with it's 18 programmable keys (I'm using it with this) but I hear a lot of people drooling ...
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linux with KDE, disable CTRL+F9 combination key

On my linux (ubuntu) with KDE, when i press CTRL+F9 the system shows all the opened windows as miniatures, allowing me to select one by clicking on it. Unfortunately, the very same key combination is ...
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numlockLed is enabled but numpads are not working

I have put the following code to enable Numlock at boot time. #!/bin/bash for t in /dev/tty[0-9]*; do setleds -D +num <$t; done in start up script. it is working fine on OS level. but after ...
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Bash script run file redirect the license and difent key press to a dialog graphic tool

i am trying to show the license from the ".run" script file in specific , the "TeamSpeak 3 Client" .run , file I am trying to make this with "zenity" , "mate-dialog(s)" and "kdialog" ok right now i ...
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Use/Grab the only keyboard with no user logged locally

I have a raspberry pi running some software (I have the source) that needs user interaction and has a special (USB) keyboard with only 3 keys. The program runs on framebuffer (SDL) and is launched ...
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Enabling Numeric Keypad

I have trouble with the numeric keypad (NumLock keys) being unusable while typing. While I don't think it's GUI specific, this happens both in Gnome and KDE. Sometimes it works in TTY, other times it ...
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Keyboard key is not recognized even with showkey

I am using Ubuntu 12.04, in a laptop that I carry around and use with different physical keyboards (as I don't feel comfortable with laptop keyboards) For one of those keyboards (Dell SK-8135) the ...
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is this a keyboard hardware limitation?

I have remapped Caps_Lock to Ctrl_L on an ancient mechanical keyboard. It is still impossible to use the caps lock key to produce key combinations like C-e. xev shows the following sequences are ...
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Bluetoothctl: No default controller available

I'm having issues connecting my Logitech K810 Bluetooth keyboard in Debian Jessie with BlueZ version 5.23-1, kernel 3.16.0-4. The keyboard works fine most of the time but sometimes it doesn't work at ...
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Dead keys not working in Java Swing applications

I'm currently using Ubuntu 10.10 and Netbeans 7.0 and I can't type accented letters with dead keys any more. It's not a version specific problem seems it's related with Swing since I've got the same ...
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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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USB not working in OpenBSD 5.6 installer

I'm trying to install OpenBSD 5.6 amd64 on my 2012 Mac mini (quad-core Intel i7), but USB stops working partway through the boot sequence, as evidenced by my lighted keyboard going dark. Without a ...
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Switch Fn key state

I have this issue with Lenovo Thinkcentre Edge. Its keyboard has Fn key, which acts in my Ubuntu (with Fluxbox) as if it is always "active/pressed". I can't use standard F1-F12 keys unless I hold ...
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Enable numlock only for external keyboard

I'm not sure this is possible, but I thought why not to ask. I have a laptop without a numeric block, and use it sometimes with external keyboard. Numlock for the internal keyboard = useless, so I ...
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“usb 3-2: can't set config #1, error -110” - USB keyboard works in Windows 8 laptop but on PC only until Linux boots

I tried 2 new USB keyboards that work until Linux starts booting. When booting I saw: [ 8.365211] usb 3-2: New USB device found, idVendor=1a2c, idProduct=0b23 [ 8.404863] usb 3-2: New USB ...
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Grabbing keyboard control in shell script

I have a certain shell (zsh) script which reads one character at a time and performs an action afterwards. In the shell, this is realized by "read -k" in a loop. I want to execute the script as a ...
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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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Mapping key bindings

Background: I got an Acer Chromebook yesterday and I am running Ubuntu on it (I am also somewhat new to Linux). The keyboard does not have dedicated Home and End buttons since in ChromeOS there are ...
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Keyboard error in Fedora 20 (virtualbox)

When I press the ALT key it also presses the CTRL key in the guest machine (Fedora 20). This prevents me from typing [ ] { } ~ ... and so forth. My current workaround is: After I press ALT I press ...
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Autohotkey Equivalent?

Is there an equivalent product/method for AutoHotkey. For those that don't know, its a product that allows you to program your mouse movements and keyboard. This allows me to "macro" certain functions ...
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keyboard shortcut for inserting text

how to set a keyboard combination for inserting special string in current window at current position? for example, when I'm on Firefox address bar, or Chrome address bar, and press Alt+Ctrl+N it ...
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How to disable USB Keyboard at run time from udev.c not from udev rules

I want to disable my USB keyboard at boot time (in some scenarios) without modifying udev rules, as I know udev rules only works when a device is attached or detached from the target. Is there any ...
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OpenSuse 11.1 Keyboard Issuses

Im having some repeat issues with my keyboard being unresponsive. Im using opensuse 11.1 with a 2.26.27* kernal and it seems to be getting worst. When the keyboard dies (although the mouse works) , ...
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USB keyboard doesn't work with Debian installer

I have a wired USB keyboard. I've written the latest netinstall Wheezy image on my USB pendrive (using dd). It boots but the installer doesn't recognize the keyboard! (The same pendrive works on my ...
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A ton of input at the login appears to lock the machine?

Occasionally my one year old son will come into my office where my machine is at the command line login prompt. As my little geekling is wont, he starts banging on the keyboard like Daddy does. As ...
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Mint 17 via EFI stub on 32-bit MacBook, keyboard doesn't work; fine with Grub bootloader

I'm not necessarily looking for a solution, although that would be great... mainly an explanation. On a MacBook 1.1 using rEFInd boot manager, if I boot Mint 17 Cinnamon 32-bit via the Grub ...
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Keyboard doesn't working in boot menu on VirtualBox

I've just trying use CentOS 6.5 LiveCD on VirtualBox but all my attempts fail. When the system starts I see "Automatic boot in 10 sec ..." - if I do nothing, the message disappears after 10 seconds ...
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How can I set the keyboard right on X?

Note: forked of this per recommendation here. I made a foolish typo for UTF-8, and expected that when I fixed it, the keyboard on X would work right. Since making this errant change, I was no ...
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Control and up/down keys in terminal for use by emacs

Is it possible to use C-up and C-down when running emacs in the terminal window (when starting emacs from the command line with the -nw flag)? What should my terminal send when I press C-up and C-down ...
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key replacement (like autohotkey?) [duplicate]

I have several broken keys on my laptop keyboard, which I replaced with key commands in Windows using autohotkey. Autokey, the closest linux alternative, has fallen out of development and won't run on ...
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Unable to load a USB keyboard driver on Debian machine

I have a pretty simple driver for USB keyboard: #include <linux/module.h> #include <linux/kernel.h> #include <linux/usb.h> #include <linux/usb/input.h> #include ...
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Linux kernel dropping custom keyboard scan codes

I have a vintage IBM 122 key model M keyboard that I am adapting for use on a modern computer. I am using a Teensy 2.0 to do the encoding and to handle the USB side of things. I borrowed the firmware ...
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Copy and Pasting Script for the Alphabet and Numbers [closed]

How would I create the following shortcut? Ctrl+Win+A = Copy selected text to a unique "A" variable. Win+A = Paste the text which is binded to the unique "A" variable. And then extend this to the ...
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AltGr key released when rappidlby pressing other keys

I have a Norwegian Lenovo USB keyboard. When I hold AltGr and press v and b rapidly, it produces “bvbv instead of “”“”“”. I get the latter, expected, result when pressing v and b slowly. Never ...
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Is there a way to turn on the function key indicator based on capslock status on Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga?

The Caps Lock key comes with no LED indicator light on newer ThinkPad models. The Fn key has a light for when FnLk (function lock) is turned on (as if that's more important that the Caps Lock key‽). ...
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Connecting usb keyboard, bluez-simple-agent missing

I'm attempting to connect my Logitech k810 usb keyboard to my Debian Jessie machine. Connecting using this guide has worked well in the past. The problem is that a step in the guide requires the ...
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How do keyboard input and text output work?

Suppose I press the A key in a text editor and this inserts the character a in the document and displays it on the screen. I know the editor application isn't directly communicating with the hardware ...
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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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On an Apple Keyboard under Linux, how do I make the Function keys work without the fn modifier key?

I use an Apple wired keyboard on Linux. By default the function keys (F1, F2, F3, etc) require the fn key to be pressed for them to work. Without the fn key, these keys control the features like ...
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First key pressed repeates forever

I just installed CentOS 6.4 on an old machine I acquired for a development box, but I am running into keyboard issues I can't get around. I start the machine and go to type a user name in and ...
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Disable Keyboard & Mouse input on unix (under X)

How can one programmatically "freeze" the Keyboard & Mouse temporarily, so that no one could mess with the system? There are several possibilities where this is useful. For instance, I have a ...
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Archlinux ARM Rasperry Pi decryption fail

I have created an encrypted Archlinux partition on my SD card, but currently I am unable to decrypt it. I am using the key "Xö&(4n=%YF3Ü!BN" which includes german letters. So for this I have ...
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Debian Wheezy on Samsung NP900X3A some Fn Keys don't work

I've gone through all questions and tutorials on how to solve this problem. They weren't meant for my Laptop version but "close enough". Unfortunately they didn't help. This is the case. # ...
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Resync NumLock light with NumLock status

I plugged a second keyboard into my computer to test something, and now my NumLock light is out of sync with the lock status (the light is off when NumLock is on, and vice-versa). How can I get the ...
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command line retrieve list of all valid kbd layouts, variants and toggle options (to use with setxkbmap)

Is there a way from command line to retrieve the list of all available keyboard layouts and relative variants? I need to list all the valid layout/variants choices to be used then from setxkbmap. ...
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disable mouse and keyboard on Ubuntu 14.04

I use only ssh access to my 'slideshow' computer (it, and a big TV screen are located in a public room). I'd like to disable generally (not X only) all of the USB slots, and the PS2 keyboard/mouse ...
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How can I write a non-breaking space? [closed]

When I write a question, I'd like the space between the final word and the question mark to be non-breaking, and this very sentence is an example of it (this is why it is awkward), how can I do that ? ...
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How does an emulated keyboard work?

I have read that some USB devices emulate a keyboard and the information these devices send will be as if the information was typed on a keyboard. For example: a magnetic card reader can use an ...