New keyboard on a *gulp* WINDOW XP box

bobflores

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 16, 2007
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Boulder, CO
Just looking to assign/use the top row of keys on the new flat keyboard on a windows XP work machine (macs at home and trying to "macintize" as much of my work PC as possible).

Are there any suggestions for workarounds or drivers for the new keyboard that will allow me to us the volume controls, eject button, play/ff/rw keys on this keyboard with a PC?

btw... LOVE the new keyboard. Very nice tactile feedback without being "clicky". Love the flat design (never understood why so many keyboards are tilted so radically forward).
 

SuperCompu2

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Jul 23, 2006
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MA
I believe there are many free keymapping programs out there for XP (I want to say there's even something in the Control Panel, but I havent used XP in months :))

It shouldn't be too hard. Browse the likes of Download.com and such. You'll find something
 

PhatBoyG

macrumors regular
Jun 8, 2007
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Tulsa, OK
I bought the iMac keyboard for my Dell laptop based on the short travel for quick typing. It plugs in and works fine, but a few of the keys don't register.

I haven't tried any of the key mapping tools, but several that I have looked at were for layout/nationalization only and not the unregistering keys.

The 'fn' key maps to nothing, 'eject' is dead, most of the F13+ keys are assignable in Visual Studio, the keypad = key is dead and there is no Pause/Break that I can find thus far for Control+Break operations.

I'm going to write a quick key logger (based on some code from CodeProject) to see if those keys are active or not or can be hooked to redirect to the other features. We'll see how it goes. I'll post if I find anything more out about this keyboard on Windows XP.
 

mike dunx

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Oct 15, 2006
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Central FL
but I havent used XP in months :))
me neither. and I'm proud to say that i love the feeling. actually there's not even any windows computer in my house anymore, i just convinced my dad to switch the family computer over a month ago. now everyone's happy.

edit:sorry for the off topic post bobflores
 

Davieis

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Aug 20, 2007
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Melbourne, AU
My friend installed the Bootcamp driver CD on his XP desktop machine and apparently it maps the keys perfectly. He showed me a screenshot, and even those little transparent signs which pop up when changing volume, muting etc worked - on Windows!

If anyone could somehow extract Bootcamp's keyboard drivers it would be brilliant.
 

PhatBoyG

macrumors regular
Jun 8, 2007
125
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Tulsa, OK
Well, I downloaded the BootCamp 1.4 DMG but I can't read it. I was hoping to be able to get the keyboard driver from that file to load it in Windows XP.

Anyone able to help me out? I'd like to try the BootCamp keyboard driver for the new iMac AL keyboard.