keyboard initialization in freebsd

Tim Judd tajudd at
Wed Mar 26 19:01:49 PDT 2008

Jim Stapleton wrote:
> 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
I haven't used my MS keyboard on 7.0 yet.  the box it's hooked up to is 
a test box and i'm going through a torture session quickly.  :P

I'll check it soon though.  Are you looking for any feedback, any 
special specific feedback?


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