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Old 01-22-2004, 06:52 AM   #1
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Question Will Microsoft Internet Keyboard Quick Keys work?

I have I Microsoft internet keyboard, and I was wondering if I could make those little quick keys on the keyboard (you know email, internet,calculator,etc.) to work with Linux. I have Mandrake 8.1.
Old 01-22-2004, 08:42 AM   #2
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I believe this should help. :_)
Old 05-02-2004, 07:32 AM   #3
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You have MDK, right?

1. put your Supplementary Apps CD into the Cd-rom drive, and browse to the packages starting with lineak. Probably you got two of them. Install them.
2. run lineak -l. This will list all supported keyboards. You have Microsoft Internet Keyboard.
3. Type lineak -c MIK
This will create the config file in your $HOME dir.
4. Edit this file manually. It is probably in $HOME/.lineak/lineakd.conf
(Anyway, lineak -c MIK will tell you where the config file is. )

Open this file and add whatever commands you want. Your Keyboard can be much more convenient than it is under Winxox. For example, I don't use Back, Forward and stop keys for internet or multimedia. Back key creates a new invoice, and the forward key opens my accounting soft.

5. At last run lineak -f $HOME/.lineak/lineakd.conf and have fun.
(NB. You can replace $HOME/ with the name of your home dir.


N.B. You can do all this via GUI. Run lineakconf
However, it is very easy, and maybe better to run it from the konsole. If at any time lineakd returns warnings such as "pid 2345 is already running", run "su", and "kill 2345" then restart lineakd: run lineak -r

P.S. I am not sure lineak is included in MDK8.1
Old 05-05-2004, 08:43 PM   #4
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Sorry to quasi-hijack the thread, but could someone possibly translate this into something I can understand:

Checking to see if it is empty
brandname = "Microsoft"
modelname = "Multimedia Keyboard"
My Documents=101
My Music=188
My Pictures=228
--- X manager initialization error ---
The keycode 0 cannot be used, as it's not between the
min(8) and max(255) keycode of your keyboard.
Please increase the 'maximum' value in
then restart X.

There's a little more prior to that, but it's identical to the guts lineakd.conf.
That "=0" I guess is what's causing my problem, but I can't find any reason for it to exist, nor can I figure out how to get rid of it.


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