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How to switch keyboard keys?
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azpcy

Joined: 03 Apr 2006
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PostPosted: Mon 03 Apr 2006, 00:51    Post subject:  How to switch keyboard keys?  

I booted Puppy from a CD (new), desktop is fine, but several keyboard keys are switched. P is Z and reverse, also @ key is not available. Suggestions appreciated.
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Location: Karlsruhe, Germany

PostPosted: Mon 03 Apr 2006, 01:15    Post subject:  

In the setup-menu there is a keyboard-wizard.
The alt-key might need a fix, but try the wizard first.
http://www.murga.org/~puppy/viewtopic.php?t=6034&highlight=altkey
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Joined: 04 Oct 2005
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PostPosted: Mon 03 Apr 2006, 06:50    Post subject:  

That reminds me, since this is the 'Hardware' section, in principle, any key can, of course, be remapped both in HW (but rewiring can be difficult) or SW. For those of us engaged in recycling really old and s/h kit, this is often useful if a key is missing, non-functional or the membrane is dirty and one can't be bothered to strip the beast and wipe the layers over with switch-cleaner pads or silver paint any breaks. Remapping may be the only option for those old IBM k/b s which fall apart into a thousand pieces when opened - I know, I found out the hard way!
Just for the record, non-membrane k/b are best put through the dishwasher and left upside down in the sun to drain and dry. Indeed, most modern electronics can be cleaned up in this way; monitors require a hosing down, though, as they won't fit into most d/w s unless the board is completely removed, which is overly tedious.
For those experiencing the k/b language selection issue like azpcy, it becomes absolutely essential to identify your country location. It is my view that John should insist on this info being displayed for everyone, simply because it is so helpful in offering assistance, not just of a regional nature.
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