keyboard initialization in freebsd

Tim Judd tajudd at
Wed Mar 26 10:25:32 PDT 2008

Jim Stapleton wrote:
> Can anyone give me information on keyboard initialization during
> boot-up related to my issues listed below?
> In 6.2, my system booted up, and worked fine. [alt][ctrl][f#] would
> switch consoles, and I was happy.
> In 7.0, the same would not happen. After googling, I found some
> multimedia keyboards, like mine, had keys to switch F# to a "special"
> key. I hit a few keys that had weird pictures that didn't really
> describe what they'd do, and I turned my F# keys, back into F# keys.
> Were there any changes between 6.2 and 7.0 that would cause 7.0 to
> start up the keyboard in the alternate F# mode?
> Note, xev didn't recognize a keypress from any [F#] key when it was in
> the alternate mode.
> Thanks,
> -Jim Stapleton
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I have a Microsoft keyboard that places functions like "Save" "Open" 
"Reply" "Reply All" in the Function row keys F#.  There is a Function 
lock key I have to use in order to use F# keys as F# keys.  Annoys the 
crap out of me because it's no longer a keyboard and just a headache.

Do you have a key on the top right of the keyboard that is labeled like 
a white F surrounded in a black square?  That's my Function lock key, 
and it displays an LED saying that I can now use my F# keys as F#.

Good luck.

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