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dave12345
Jul 3, 2010, 01:29 PM
hi - i just had my topcase / keyboard replaced on my white macbook - it has the f1/f2 screen brightness - f4/f5 volume layout - however the keys are mapped to the new function key layout with the volume keys on f11 & f12.

Does anyone know if i can reconfigure the f key layout ? maybe reinstalling snow leopard will do it ?


cheers for any help...



mrsir2009
Jul 3, 2010, 01:46 PM
Go to the keyboard section of the system preferences, go to the "keyboard shortcuts" tab and hit "restore defaults". That should do the trick.

EspressoLove
Jul 3, 2010, 01:51 PM
I use fantastic KeyRemap4MacBook (http://pqrs.org/macosx/keyremap4macbook/index.html).
It's a bit geeky and takes a tad of tinkering, yet much better than Function Flip (http://kevingessner.com/software/functionflip/) which is easier, but suck balls royally on my three Macs.
Choice is yours.

It would help if you state :
1) what exactly has changed (only key icons, or actions of keys as well (Mac keyboard does/might have it's own controller, IDK))
2) what is it you want - key actions back where they were physically, regardless of what icons show; or other way around ?

dave12345
Jul 3, 2010, 02:20 PM
Go to the keyboard section of the system preferences, go to the "keyboard shortcuts" tab and hit "restore defaults". That should do the trick.

hmmm - that didn't work unfortunately

dave12345
Jul 3, 2010, 02:26 PM
It would help if you state :
1) what exactly has changed (only key icons, or actions of keys as well (Mac keyboard does/might have it's own controller, IDK))
2) what is it you want - key actions back where they were physically, regardless of what icons show; or other way around ?

the keyboard has been replaced but it seems to be the same layout as before - the configuration is osx has changed so that the action of the function keys does not match the icons on the keys

i want the function keys to work according to the icons on the keys - in this case - f1 = brightness down - f2 = brightness up - f3 = mute - f4 = volume down - f5 = volume up



cheers

dave12345
Jul 3, 2010, 02:43 PM
I use fantastic KeyRemap4MacBook (http://pqrs.org/macosx/keyremap4macbook/index.html).



this did the trick - thanks - if anyone knows of a fix without having to install a 3rd party app that would be great!


cheers

EspressoLove
Jul 3, 2010, 03:39 PM
this did the trick - thanks

Glad it worked for you, took me sometime.

the keyboard has been replaced but it seems to be the same layout as before - the configuration is osx has changed so that the action of the function keys does not match the icons on the keys

i want the function keys to work according to the icons on the keys - in this case - f1 = brightness down - f2 = brightness up - f3 = mute - f4 = volume down - f5 = volume up


I don't really got it:
1) your KB was from old days (without playback keys and volume on F10-f12)?
2) They replaced KB with the same layout ? (FN keys)

Then you say it's the config of OSX has changed?
Can you specify?
And do "new" functions of FN keys map to a newish layout?

I'm trying to figure out what happened, and if it's beyond simple change of layouts (or maybe new "controller" with a new FN keys "mapping" slapped together with old layout?)