keyboard initialization in freebsd

Jim Stapleton stapleton.41 at
Wed Mar 26 15:29:21 PDT 2008

On Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 1:25 PM, Tim Judd <tajudd at> wrote:
> 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.

Yeah, mine is MS too. As I said I got it working by pressing one of
the buttons also. I was just wondering what changed between 6.2 and
7.0. There were no issues in 6.2

-Jim Stapleton

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