I had seen the Lenovo fixes, but that didn't seem to fit this situation.
At least now, in these explanations, I can see why it's often suggested to
remap the CapsLock as an extra CTRL key.
Others suggest physically rewiring the thing; switching the wires. That
isn't possible in this one. This is a $30 plastic keyboard that should have
cost 9 bucks max. I'll rewire the nice but sick one, whenever the soldering
iron is dropped off here.
Thanks again everyone.
On 4 July 2012 02:49, Chuck Anderson <cra(a)wpi.edu> wrote:
See here for the gory details. As you can see, there
is pretty much
no easy way to turn Fn into a generic key, especially not a Ctrl key.
There may be a hard way that involves loading a custom ACPI DSDT and
creating custom actions for every combination of Fn and every other
key--if there are even enough non-overlapping codes to do it. Also
bare in mind that these are IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad specific docs:
On Tue, Jul 03, 2012 at 10:29:27PM -0400, E Johnson wrote:
How did you create the custom action??
(need the commnds)
On 3 July 2012 22:22, Chuck Anderson <cra(a)wpi.edu> wrote:
> More specifically, it is handled by the ACPI BIOS in SMM (system
> management mode). You might be able to hook it via acpid, but
> probably not in a suitably complete way to emulate Ctrl for all uses.
> I was able to create a custom action Fn+F9 on my laptop to power down
> the optical/hard drive bay so I could eject it.
> On Tue, Jul 03, 2012 at 06:52:21PM -0400, E Johnson wrote:
> > Oh. Well, that explains why I can't get the keymap code, thank you.
> > I guess that explains why it's a fix in the BIOS too, if the BIOS
> > it.
> > But I need the keymap code. Need to do CTRL-C and CTRL-V a zillion
> > times/day, but the distance between CTRL and C and V in this
> > too short. If CTRL was an inch to the
left, life would be normal &
> > arthriitic effects would be reduced.
> > Thank you very much, Mike.
> > Liz
> > On 3 July 2012 18:32, Mike Frysinger <vapier(a)gentoo.org> wrote:
> > > On Tuesday 03 July 2012 17:10:12 E Johnson wrote:
> > > > I can run xev to get the keymap codes, for all keys but this FN
> > > > Apparently the FN key
won't give any output by itself, at least
> > > > this method.
> > >
> > > many (most?) keyboards process FN in hardware. the OS doesn't get
> > > chance to
> > > see it. so if you do FN+down arrow to get page down, it's the
> > > itself
> > > that is sending the "page down" key. the OS doesn't see
> > > and
> > > translate it to "page down" in software.
> > > -mike
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