Keyboard mapping on the Toshiba M200

Posted Tue, Mar 14 2006 20:32 by bill
I was reading Richard Tallent's blog entry about a CAPS lock problem which turned out to be a keyboard scan mapping problem, and it reminded me of one of those things that's always been on my virtual TODO list to fix in regard to the Toshiba M200.
 
The problem with the M200 is there is no left windows key, instead it's up the top right of the keyboard.  They also have moved the ` ~ key to the bottom of the keyboard where the windows key would normally go. 
 
So I decided to put a windows key back on the left of the space bar.  but that meant I'd have to remove the right windows key or something else would have to go.  Well I decided that the Insert key was the most useless key on my keyboard, so that could be the windows key, but it was on the wrong side of the space bar.   ah ha !!  The ` ~ key is really a pain where toshiba put it.  I can never find it (well I can but I really do have to search). 
 
So my solution was to physically swap the `~ key with the Ins key. You just pry the keys up from the back and they snap off, and just press them back in place and they snap back on (BTW: nice to see Toshiba uses metal brackets unlike some cheaper keyboards on laptops these days)   Now the Insert key is on the left of the spacebar.
 
The final part is to swap the mappings, making the Insert key, which is really the old `~ key the windows key, and the fixing the new `~ key mapping.  This reg file will do that trick:
 
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
 
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]
"Scancode Map"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,03,00,00,00,29,00,52,E0,5B,E0,29,00,00,00,00,00
 
 
For more information on the keyboard scan mappings, see the article at :http://www.usnetizen.com/fix_capslock.html
 
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