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Q: Remapping keyboard in Windows XP ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Remapping keyboard in Windows XP
Category: Computers > Hardware
Asked by: beachboyvta-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 09 Aug 2002 15:19 PDT
Expires: 08 Sep 2002 15:19 PDT
Question ID: 52783
I have a new Compaq Presario 1500 laptop, running Windows XP home.
In the bottom left corner of the keyboard, where the Ctrl key should
be, they put the [Fn] key.  They placed the Ctrl key one key to the
How can I remap these keys?
I have found articles on how to remap, but cannot find the scancode
for the [Fn] key.
Subject: Re: Remapping keyboard in Windows XP
Answered By: lazerfx-ga on 09 Aug 2002 15:32 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
I'm afraid that after doing some research, I have to say that this
isn't possible.  The FN key doesn't return a scancode - instead, it
modifies the scancode of the key it is pressed with, inside the
keyboards circuitry.

Linux on a Compaq 1711T
Information on the overall details of the running Linux on a Compaq,
however the information that is of use to you is about 1/2 way down.

Linux and BeOS on a Compaq Presario 1800T
Again, about 1/2 way down the page is a section entitled, "The damn Fn

From personal experience, I can say that laptops do include some
'fancy circuitry' into them, which enables them to do things like set
the brightness/contrast in hardware (using the Fn key), and this
bypasses the normal BIOS systems - in effect, the system never
actually sees the Fn key, so you can't remap it in XP.

I'm sorry it is not possible to re-map the Fn key, however you at
least be satisfied in knowing that a lot of other users of the Compaq
systems also dislike this button.

Search Methodology
how the compaq FN key works

how the FN key works

compaq presario FN key scan code

beachboyvta-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Not the answer I wanted to hear, but I learned a lot in the process.

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