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Old 05-17-2008, 03:30 PM   #1
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Shortcut keys on top of my keyboard...

I'm using one of these Compaq keyboards with 8 shortcut keys across the top. They are for quick-launching things like my browser, file manager, email client, etc...

When I try to set keyboard shortcuts in Fedora / Gnome, it doesn't recognize that the keys are pressed. Does this keyboard require special drivers in order to make those keys work?

Old 05-17-2008, 04:32 PM   #2
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I ran into a similar problem with a Dell. I do not remember the exact command but there is one that will "listen" for key-press and then report "what" key it was. Then I took that information and added some "stuff" to my ?xorg.conf? to get them working correctly (or correctly for me anyway).

On my newer system and newer install of Fedora (7 or might have been 8 when it first released -- so not really all that new ) it picked them up correctly right out of the box.

I'm sorry I can not be more specific at this time. I'll try to remember to look at that system when I'm at home and see if I can't get more specific for you if no one has posted anything more accurately before then...


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