Aluminum keyboard Howto: Remap alt and cmd keys, use eject as sleep

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by andrewsh, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. andrewsh macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2010

    I have spent some time modifying the apple aluminum keyboard firmware in order to make it function as I wanted in Windows.
    What I have achieved until now:

    a) I am using the eject button as a sleep button (this also works in windows)
    b) Swap alt and cmd buttons

    There are no extra drivers/utilities involved. Everything is stored in the apple keyboard firmware and works even without bootcamp software.

    If there are others interested, please post and I will make a tutorial.
    This is primarily for users interested in using their aluminum keyboard on a windows PC
  2. skorpien macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    I would definitely be interested as I currently have issues when switching between OS X and Windows in Boot Camp. As it is now, the keys on my Apple keyboard that correspond to Alt and the Start Menu are swapped and I constantly have to go through a readjustment period every time I switch. One question though, would one have to remap the keys everytime one switches between OS X and Windows or is there a way to set it up so that it only swaps when in Windows?
  3. andrewsh thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2010
    Unfortunately no.
    The change is in the keyboard itself and is OS independent. So if you swap the keys, they will get swapped for both Windows and Macos.
  4. skorpien macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    Thanks, andrewsh. That's slightly disappointing, although I should have suspected as much when you were talking about changing the firmware on the keyboard (slight blond moment).

    I'd still be interested in a tutorial in case I choose to use an Apple keyboard for any Windows based PCs I may purchase in the future.
  5. kramerica2 macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2009
    Using the freeware sharpkeys for windows you can swap the command and alt (or any other key) only in windows, without changing anything in the firmware. However, you can't assign actions to keys not found in a standard windows keyboard like the eject or F13-F19.
  6. skorpien macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    Thanks kramerica2, I wasn't aware such a program existed.
  7. Patrick J macrumors 65816

    Patrick J

    Mar 12, 2009
    Oporto, Portugal
  8. yma macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2008
    Remapping other keys

    Hey I was wondering if anyone could tell me how to remap the question mark & colon keys. They stopped working a few days ago and it's driving me a bit nuts not having them. I was hoping to map them to keys I don't use often. Anyone know how I would do this <insert QM>

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