SuSE 10.3 with Microsoft Natural Keyboard 4000 doesn't work - Hardware

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  1. SuSE 10.3 with Microsoft Natural Keyboard 4000 doesn't work

    Hi group,

    I have a strange problem with my new keyboard and I can't solve it.
    I would like to work with the F-keys but they doesn't act right. There
    is no response when I press any F-key .
    When I run "xev" and press F1 I get the following:

    ################################################## ###################
    KeyPress event, serial 31, synthetic NO, window 0x3800001,
    root 0x64, subw 0x0, time 1651434284, (-456,234), root386,714),
    state 0x0, keycode 245 (keysym 0x0, NoSymbol), same_screen YES,
    XLookupString gives 0 bytes:
    XmbLookupString gives 0 bytes:
    XFilterEvent returns: False

    KeyRelease event, serial 31, synthetic NO, window 0x3800001,
    root 0x64, subw 0x0, time 1651434452, (-456,234), root386,714),
    state 0x0, keycode 245 (keysym 0x0, NoSymbol), same_screen YES,
    XLookupString gives 0 bytes:
    XFilterEvent returns: False
    ################################################## ####################
    and also for F2 I got
    ################################################## ###################
    KeyPress event, serial 31, synthetic NO, window 0x3800001,
    root 0x64, subw 0x0, time 1651509029, (-57,159), root785,639),
    state 0x0, keycode 135 (keysym 0x0, NoSymbol), same_screen YES,
    XLookupString gives 0 bytes:
    XmbLookupString gives 0 bytes:
    XFilterEvent returns: False

    KeyRelease event, serial 31, synthetic NO, window 0x3800001,
    root 0x64, subw 0x0, time 1651509205, (-57,159), root785,639),
    state 0x0, keycode 135 (keysym 0x0, NoSymbol), same_screen YES,
    XLookupString gives 0 bytes:
    XFilterEvent returns: False
    ################################################## ########################

    Please what can I do to activate these keys ?

    thx
    Dennis

  2. Re: SuSE 10.3 with Microsoft Natural Keyboard 4000 doesn't work

    On Wed, 09 Jan 2008 22:44:26 -0800, dennis wrote:

    > Hi group,
    >
    > I have a strange problem with my new keyboard and I can't solve it.
    > I would like to work with the F-keys but they doesn't act right.


    On my MS Wireless Internet KB there is a key at the top right, in line
    with the F keys which says "F Lock". Every time you boot the computer you
    have to press that key to get the function keys to work. Perhaps you have
    the same setup as me?

    Larry

  3. Re: SuSE 10.3 with Microsoft Natural Keyboard 4000 doesn't work

    On 16 Jan., 01:42, "Larry Gagnon" wrote:
    > On Wed, 09 Jan 2008 22:44:26 -0800, dennis wrote:
    > > Hi group,

    >
    > > I have a strange problem with my new keyboard and I can't solve it.
    > > I would like to work with the F-keys but they doesn't act right.

    >
    > On my MS Wireless Internet KB there is a key at the top right, in line
    > with the F keys which says "F Lock". Every time you boot the computer you
    > have to press that key to get the function keys to work. Perhaps you have
    > the same setup as me?
    >
    > Larry


    Thanks a lot..that was the problem...;-))

    dennis

  4. Re: SuSE 10.3 with Microsoft Natural Keyboard 4000 doesn't work

    Larry Gagnon wrote:

    > On Wed, 09 Jan 2008 22:44:26 -0800, dennis wrote:
    >
    >> Hi group,
    >>
    >> I have a strange problem with my new keyboard and I can't solve it.
    >> I would like to work with the F-keys but they doesn't act right.

    >
    > On my MS Wireless Internet KB there is a key at the top right, in line
    > with the F keys which says "F Lock". Every time you boot the computer you
    > have to press that key to get the function keys to work. Perhaps you have
    > the same setup as me?
    >
    > Larry


    Is there a solution to activate the F-lock at boot time ?
    I activated the numlock like this, but it would be handy if the F-lock could
    be activated also

    in /etc/kde3/kdm/Xsetup

    add after
    #! /bin/sh
    # Xstartup - run as root before session starts

    the following
    /usr/bin/X11/numlockx on
    --
    MarcB

  5. Re: SuSE 10.3 with Microsoft Natural Keyboard 4000 doesn't work

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    MarcB wrote:
    > Is there a solution to activate the F-lock at boot time ?
    > I activated the numlock like this, but it would be handy if the

    F-lock could
    > be activated also


    I have one of these keyboard and unfortunately there isn't a solution
    for this, not even for windows that I'm aware of because of the inherent
    hardware design of the keyboard.

    The only solution I can suggest is to buy a later model (maybe from the
    4000 series) where the light is on from book, and if you want it off you
    have to turn it off by hand, which is of course a massive improvement.

    I'll wait until the next cup of coffee kills my current keyboard as
    they're 20+ a pop.

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    Sheridan Hutchinson
    Sheridan@Shezza.org
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  6. Re: SuSE 10.3 with Microsoft Natural Keyboard 4000 doesn't work

    On Wed, 16 Jan 2008 18:33:56 +0000, Sheridan Hutchinson
    selected combat throttle and flew into a
    dogfight with:

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    >MarcB wrote:
    > > Is there a solution to activate the F-lock at boot time ?
    > > I activated the numlock like this, but it would be handy if the

    >F-lock could
    > > be activated also

    >
    >I have one of these keyboard and unfortunately there isn't a solution
    >for this, not even for windows that I'm aware of because of the inherent
    >hardware design of the keyboard.


    I have one of these keyboards - I'm using WinXP and it always boots
    with the F-lock on (indicator lit). I am using the IntelliType
    software and that might make a difference, but I can't find a specific
    setting. Perhaps WinXP remembers the last setting?

    YMMV
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    I've been drinking from the Fountain of Youth ...
    .... not to mention the Dog and Duck, the Kings Arms, and
    the George and Dragon

  7. Re: SuSE 10.3 with Microsoft Natural Keyboard 4000 doesn't work

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    The ZebraMan wrote:
    > I have one of these keyboards - I'm using WinXP and it always boots
    > with the F-lock on (indicator lit). I am using the IntelliType
    > software and that might make a difference, but I can't find a
    > specific setting. Perhaps WinXP remembers the last setting?
    >
    > YMMV


    Given that when you boot the machine the light is on, this tells me that
    you are running a later revision of the keyboard where Microsoft fixed this.

    AFAIK there is no software access for accessing the F-key, i.e. the
    F-key appears to be purely in the keyboard hardware and not visible by
    the PC probing.

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    Regards,
    Sheridan Hutchinson
    Sheridan@Shezza.org
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