Whose is smaller

Richard Hanson me at privacy.net
Mon Sep 27 19:42:47 CEST 2004


Anna Martelli Ravenscroft wrote:

[This post primarily contains solutions to Anna's problem with the
Fujitsu LifeBook P2000's key locations. But, there's also some 2.4x
MSI Installer anecdotal info in my footnote.]

> Cameron Laird wrote:
> 
> > Is Linux practical on these boxes?  How do touch-typists like them
> 
> Well, mine is dual boot. I'm currently experimenting with Ubuntu on my 
> Linux partition... I'm really REALLY hoping for a linux kernel with a 
> decent 'sleep' function to come up RSN because I despise having to work 
> in Windoze XP instead of Linux. Ah well, at least the XP hasn't been too 
> terrible to work on - it runs surprisingly smoothly, particularly with 
> Firefox and Thunderbird for browsing and email...

My Fujitsu LifeBook P1120 is (was) only single-booting Win2k, so I
can't help with the Linux "sleep" function as yet -- I'll be working
on dual-booting Win2k and Linux on the P1120 as soon as I get the
requisite hardware to rebuild things. The "sleep" function is a *very*
high priority for me, so if and when I find a solution, I'll post it
if you're still needing such -- may well work for your P2000 as well.

> And I can touch type just fine - except for the damn capslock key (there 
> is NO purpose whatsoever for a capslock key as a standalone key on a 
> modern keyboard, imho). 

It seems *many* folks agree; read below.

> I've had only minor problems with the touch 
> typing that I do - and that, only due to the slightly different layout 
> of the SHIFT key on the right side compared to where I'd normally expect 
> to find it: keyboard layout is a common bugbear on laptops though, 
> regardless of size....

[I lost all my recent archives in a recent series of "crashes" -- so I
regoogled this morning for the info herein.]

On Win2k, and claimed for WinXP, one can manually edit the registry to
remap any of the keys. I originally did this on my P1120 with Win2k.
Worked just fine.

(I had saved to disc before a Win98SE crash just a few minutes ago
;-), the manual regedit values. If you're interested in 'em you may
post here or contact me off-group. The email addie below works if
unmunged -- ObExplicit: replace the angle-bracketed items with the
appropriate symbol.)

Also, there are tools available from both MS, and for those who don't
like to visit MS ;-), free from many other helpful folks.

If my memory serves, I liked best the (freeware, I believe) tool
KeyTweak:

<http://webpages.charter.net/krumsick/KeyTweak_install.exe>

available from this page:

<http://webpages.charter.net/krumsick>

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MS's tool is Remapkey.exe. (NB: I have not tried this tool --
*usually* my firewall blocks MS :-) [which required an unblocking to
install 2.4ax because of the new MSI Installer[1] :-) ].) This tool
may already be on one of your MS CDs in the reskit dirs (I haven't
looked in mine).

In any event, one webpage:    

<http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp/t1014389848> 

describes Remapkey.exe as:

"... a nifty tool put out by microsoft (sic). Make sure you get the
correct version for your OS. Not resource intensive like other dll
apps."

The page has these links (quoted herein): 

For individual downloads:
<http://www.dynawell.com/support/ResKit/winxp.asp>

Free from Microsoft site, for full downloads
<http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=9d467a69-57ff-4ae7-96ee-b18c4790cffd&displaylang=en>

or shorter link:
<http://www.petri.co.il/download_windows_2003_reskit_tools.htm>

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I also have links to a few other freeware (some open-source) tools for
all versions of Win32. I won't add them now, but repost or contact me
if you want more info from my research.

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Additionally, I found many solutions for Linux, but haven't
investigated those as (as I said) I have not yet installed Linux on my
Fujitsu LifeBook P1120. Again, if you have trouble locating a Linux
key-remapping method, let me know as I found lots of links for the
better OS :-), as well.

(I do note that after several reinstalls on the P1120, that I was
finally used to the capslock and shift key locations well enough to
avoid wrongly hitting them very often. As they say, though, your
mileage may vary.)


Richard Hanson
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[1] On this HP Omnibook 900B even after downloading the requisite MSI
Install file, I experienced multiple errors trying to install 2.4a3.2
on Win98SE. I finally got 2.4x working, but I note that the helpfiles
are still missing the navigation icons. I have the MSI Installer error
messages if Martin or anyone is interested. 

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