Keymaps. Keyboards. ...

Janina Sajka janina at
Tue Nov 13 12:43:57 EST 2001


It's interesting to me that you get a scan code for the fn key. That 
should prove valuable in the end, though I'm not in a position to advise 
how to code for it. What I think would be very useful on the Thinkpad is 
to create a key function, perhaps FN+Control that pops up the keyboard. 
Thinkpads are great machines, but the Shift+ScrollLock thing to access the 
pop up numeric has got to go.
 On Mon, 12 Nov 2001, Buddy Brannan wrote:

> Hi guys,
> OK, I actually have a keyboard layout that I like better than the last
> one I submitted. I shifted everything down one row for the most part,
> moved the stuff on the bottom up to the number keys on the top,
> changed a couple of other keypad assignments...but it's more
> consistent with the keypad definitions on the numeric keypad. I think
> I might build a kernel with that keypad so I can use right alt-q to
> silence the Speakup boot messages on my laptop. But I'm running into a
> little behavior, and I wonder if anyone has a clue what I can do about
> it? ("Don't press that key" is an answer I've already thought of.)
> The FN key on my Thinkpad A21M does not, as I mentioned, activate an
> embedded numeric keypad. It does do some other things (at least in a
> non-Linux OS). In Linux, however, all it seems to do is stick a
> message like
> Keyboard: Unknown scan code 0e 63
> It's something like that, but obviously i'm not typing this on that
> keyboard.
> I tried running showkey, but it did the same thing with that
> particular key.
> Anyone have any ideas about this particular key and how I can make use
> of it (or at least get rid of the error message)?

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