Using the Delete Key in Boot Camp (Fn + Delete) ---- HELP!!!!!

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Red Sox, Nov 3, 2007.

  1. Red Sox macrumors regular

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    I'm running Windows XP thru Boot Camp, and according to the Boot Camp Installation Guide, it says that pressing Fn + Delete on a mac keyboard is equivalent to the "Delete" key on PCs. This is not working for me, and it's pretty important that I have it working. Does anyone else have this problem?

    The problem I'm having is on one of the new updated MacBooks, BTW.
     
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  3. TheStu macrumors 65816

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    Just throwing it out there... but you did install the drivers right?

    If it is a new Macbook, then the drivers are on your Leopard Disk.
     
  4. Red Sox thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes I did, twice. It's the only shortcut that doesn't work. I just don't get it. The Fn key does function with other keys, so it's not like its physically broken or anything.
     
  5. bearboykahlo macrumors newbie

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    I can confirm that I having the same problem. I also have the new Santa Rosa Macbook.
     
  6. Red Sox thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh and I just realized that the Printscreen doesn't work either! I sure wish Apple would do something about this.
     
  7. robby818 macrumors 6502a

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    Try F14 for printscreen, I think it works on my Al iMac :)
     
  8. Red Sox thread starter macrumors regular

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    MacBooks only have up to F12. According to the Boot Camp guide, F11 is the same as PrintScreen, but it doesn't work. F11 is assigned to a different function in many Windows programs , so I don't see how it would work anyways.
     
  9. Andy-V macrumors 6502

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  10. Red Sox thread starter macrumors regular

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    Until Apple fixes this problem, here's a great temporary fix:

    www.autohotkey.com

    I assigned (Command + Backspace) as Delete using this simple line of code:

    #Backspace:: Delete

    And then I put the script in my Startup folder so that it runs every time I boot windows.

    I actually prefer this more than Fn + Backspace.
     
  11. barneythedog macrumors newbie

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    another workaround for printscreen

    i am a pc guy originally, so the first time I hit this problem I ran the on-screen keyboard (I thought this was under accessories, but cant find it right now) - it is a bit annoying because you have to have it open, but you can put it way down at the bottom so that it is mostly off the screen, and still see the printscreen button.
     
  12. Wind Owl macrumors newbie

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    ... Yeah but then you can't backspace a full word with Ctrl-Delete
     
  13. carlrac macrumors newbie

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    Ditto

    Having the same problem on my MacBook...

    I also find it really irritating that the fn key is where ctrl key is on most laptops, as it makes playing many games awkward (the main reason i bothered putting xp on my laptop!)

    Anybody know any way of at least switching the command and ctrl keys so it's the same as OSX??
     

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