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Old 07-06-2003, 06:53 PM   #1
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Question linux driver for windows multimedia keyboard

i am a rookie linux guy just wondering if there are any linux drivers for a windows multimedia keyboard or if there is a multimedia keyboard available for linux?
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There are no drivers specific to any keyboards, as far as I am aware. But then, there is no need to have specific drivers! All keyboards work in the same way, the keys are represented to the computer as a set of codes - scan codes (amongst others). The computer interprets these codes and displays a character associated with it. Now, the 'special' keys still have scancodes. All the Windows 'drivers' do is interpet these extra scancodes and do something with them - run a command or program, or something. Usually there will be a program that allows you to define the functionality of the keys yourself, rather than stick with the defaults. Under Linux, you can do exactly the same. Run xev and press a button - watch and see how the code section of the output changes. You could edit some config file (I forget which) to add functionality to these keys - ie add an instruction/command to them - or you could use a program called xbindkeys instead. It gives you a gui interface to select your key and assign a function to it.


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