HomeHome  PortalPortal  FAQFAQ  SearchSearch  RegisterRegister  Log in  
openFate
openFATE - openSUSE feature tracking
Latest topics
» Difference between 42.2 and 42.1
by findoctr Thu Dec 15, 2016 7:53 pm

» openSUSE Leap 42.1 ?
by findoctr Fri Feb 05, 2016 8:09 pm

» Happy Turkey Day
by findoctr Thu Nov 26, 2015 1:45 pm

» Happy 4th of July!
by bozo Sat Jul 04, 2015 12:56 pm

» It's been a while ...
by bozo Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:34 pm

» Mondo chillers
by bozo Wed Feb 18, 2015 5:11 am

Navigation
 Portal
 Index
 Memberlist
 Profile
 FAQ
 Search
IRC Channel
You can also find us on IRC's freenode.net as #suseunbound.

Share | 
 

 Old keyboard / Superkey

View previous topic View next topic Go down 
AuthorMessage
Laz
Gecko
avatar

Posts : 201
Join date : 2012-06-13
Location : Delta BC

PostSubject: Old keyboard / Superkey   Wed Aug 22, 2012 11:59 am

Sometimes when booting a live version of Linux there is a need for the "Superkey" to enter options. Quite a trick if an older laptop, or keyboard is involved.

Is there an alternative to the "Windows" key? I have an NRA attitude towards giving up my 1984 IBM keyboard.
Back to top Go down
bdquick
Admin
avatar

Posts : 583
Join date : 2010-02-22
Age : 38
Location : Central Iowa

PostSubject: Re: Old keyboard / Superkey   Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:34 pm

You can get a new one with a windblows key http://pckeyboard.com/

Which distros are asking you to push the windows key? I don't remember ever seeing that.

_________________
I'm here where ever here is.
Back to top Go down
Laz
Gecko
avatar

Posts : 201
Join date : 2012-06-13
Location : Delta BC

PostSubject: Re: Old keyboard / Superkey   Fri Aug 24, 2012 10:32 pm

I suppose I could always use the wife's miserable keyboard, but that old IBM will follow me to the grave.

The superkey is used in Ubuntu to overcome a BSOD conditions, via Grub.
Back to top Go down
bdquick
Admin
avatar

Posts : 583
Join date : 2010-02-22
Age : 38
Location : Central Iowa

PostSubject: Re: Old keyboard / Superkey   Fri Aug 24, 2012 11:01 pm

Is it old enough it as an AT connector?

_________________
I'm here where ever here is.
Back to top Go down
Laz
Gecko
avatar

Posts : 201
Join date : 2012-06-13
Location : Delta BC

PostSubject: Re: Old keyboard / Superkey   Sun Aug 26, 2012 12:52 am

Yes it has the DIN 5 connector. I had to get a mini DIN 6 adapter for it a few motherboards ago, but that's all it ever needed.
Back to top Go down
bozo
Admin
avatar

Posts : 402
Join date : 2010-02-23
Location : Way out in the sticks in the Gold Country of California

PostSubject: Re: Old keyboard / Superkey   Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:29 am

I don't blame you for wanting to keep it. Mine's from '98, and I won't give it up either. I did manage to find a new cord for it thats got a mini DIN connector on it.

clown

_________________
"The trouble with quotes on the internet is that you never know if they are genuine." - Abraham Lincoln
Back to top Go down
bdquick
Admin
avatar

Posts : 583
Join date : 2010-02-22
Age : 38
Location : Central Iowa

PostSubject: Re: Old keyboard / Superkey   Sun Aug 26, 2012 12:44 pm

Soon you'll have to add on a usb adapter too, since ps/2 ports aren't starting to disappear.

_________________
I'm here where ever here is.
Back to top Go down
Laz
Gecko
avatar

Posts : 201
Join date : 2012-06-13
Location : Delta BC

PostSubject: Re: Old keyboard / Superkey   Sun Aug 26, 2012 2:23 pm

bozo wrote:
I don't blame you for wanting to keep it. Mine's from '98, and I won't give it up either. I did manage to find a new cord for it thats got a mini DIN connector on it.

clown
It is still the gold standard among keyboards. A good, solid made in the USA product.
Mine has been clicking for 28 years now, and is as good as it was in 84. Just in case, I have a spare packed away in plastic and dessicant, but it looks like I'll never need it.
Back to top Go down
Laz
Gecko
avatar

Posts : 201
Join date : 2012-06-13
Location : Delta BC

PostSubject: Re: Old keyboard / Superkey   Sun Aug 26, 2012 2:27 pm

bdquick wrote:
Soon you'll have to add on a usb adapter too, since ps/2 ports aren't starting to disappear.
I hope there will be one, as the market for these will be rather limited. If not, then I may have to look at a "Das Keyboard", which is also a Cherry switch based product, or just not bother upgrading again. I can't use the full power of the one I have now anyway.
Back to top Go down
bdquick
Admin
avatar

Posts : 583
Join date : 2010-02-22
Age : 38
Location : Central Iowa

PostSubject: Re: Old keyboard / Superkey   Sun Aug 26, 2012 6:22 pm

The "clicky" keyboards have gained a resurgence the last few years, and there are a few companies that keyboards with real metal switches. I've also seen sites selling new in box, old stock.

_________________
I'm here where ever here is.
Back to top Go down
Laz
Gecko
avatar

Posts : 201
Join date : 2012-06-13
Location : Delta BC

PostSubject: Re: Old keyboard / Superkey   Mon Aug 27, 2012 2:06 pm

Somewhere I have seen you mention that you own a Lenovo laptop. I understand those have the best keyboards among all comers. How do you find it in comparison to others?
Back to top Go down
bdquick
Admin
avatar

Posts : 583
Join date : 2010-02-22
Age : 38
Location : Central Iowa

PostSubject: Re: Old keyboard / Superkey   Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:55 pm

It wasn't me with the Lenovo. I mostly have Dells in my house.

_________________
I'm here where ever here is.
Back to top Go down
bozo
Admin
avatar

Posts : 402
Join date : 2010-02-23
Location : Way out in the sticks in the Gold Country of California

PostSubject: Re: Old keyboard / Superkey   Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:43 pm

My wife has a Lenovo. The keyboard is decent, but nothing like our desktop keyboards. I think I might like my Compaq's keyboard better.

clown

_________________
"The trouble with quotes on the internet is that you never know if they are genuine." - Abraham Lincoln
Back to top Go down
Laz
Gecko
avatar

Posts : 201
Join date : 2012-06-13
Location : Delta BC

PostSubject: Re: Old keyboard / Superkey   Sat Sep 01, 2012 1:22 pm

I guess in the end it's whatever you get used to. If you touch type it's pretty important. The chiclet type prevelant on most laptops does not lend itself to this. I had a Compaq back in the nineties, and as I recall it was pretty good, but a bit too small for my hands.
Back to top Go down
bozo
Admin
avatar

Posts : 402
Join date : 2010-02-23
Location : Way out in the sticks in the Gold Country of California

PostSubject: Re: Old keyboard / Superkey   Sat Sep 01, 2012 2:04 pm

I've got a pretty good sized laptop; gives it room for an almost full-sized keyboard, including the numerical keyboard, a feature I really like. There's a minimum of function key + whatever key combinations. It is a tad soft when you're used to an IBM keyboard, but it could be much worse. My problem is with the touch pad. I constantly drag my thumbs over it, changing the position of the cursor. I've ended up just turning it off and using a wireless mouse. I like that better anyway.

_________________
"The trouble with quotes on the internet is that you never know if they are genuine." - Abraham Lincoln
Back to top Go down
Laz
Gecko
avatar

Posts : 201
Join date : 2012-06-13
Location : Delta BC

PostSubject: Superkey / Magic Key / Sysreq   Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:24 pm

Well, it has taken six months, but I finally stumbled on the answer, and here it is for whoever is interested:

http://www.howtogeek.com/119127/use-the-magic-sysrq-key-on-linux-to-fix-frozen-x-servers-cleanly-reboot-and-run-other-low-level-commands/
Back to top Go down
bozo
Admin
avatar

Posts : 402
Join date : 2010-02-23
Location : Way out in the sticks in the Gold Country of California

PostSubject: Re: Old keyboard / Superkey   Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:03 pm

Good article, with a bunch of stuff I wish I could remember. I see it will allow you to get on after the BSOD situation, but it's not really a general substitute for the windows key, right? Or did I miss something? I guess I don't really know what the windows key is used for.

clown

_________________
"The trouble with quotes on the internet is that you never know if they are genuine." - Abraham Lincoln
Back to top Go down
bozo
Admin
avatar

Posts : 402
Join date : 2010-02-23
Location : Way out in the sticks in the Gold Country of California

PostSubject: Re: Old keyboard / Superkey   Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:14 pm

I just checked and found I had to turn it on. I guess Open SUSE isn't one of the distros that has it turned on by default.

I just tried Alt + SysRq + h and it didn't work, Sad Now I have to wait for a lock-up, and see if it works then.

clown

_________________
"The trouble with quotes on the internet is that you never know if they are genuine." - Abraham Lincoln
Back to top Go down
Laz
Gecko
avatar

Posts : 201
Join date : 2012-06-13
Location : Delta BC

PostSubject: Re: Old keyboard / Superkey   Tue Feb 26, 2013 6:14 pm

I didn't see an h option, but tried some of the others with varying success.
alt - sysrq flashed the screen. Repeating it terminated all extensions and logged me out.
alt - syrq -re was supposed to terminate all processes gracefully NOT. crashed the system requiring a hardware reset. Going back to the article, I should have waited a few seconds between keystrokes.
I have to rely on written memory more in the future.
Back to top Go down
Sponsored content




PostSubject: Re: Old keyboard / Superkey   

Back to top Go down
 
Old keyboard / Superkey
View previous topic View next topic Back to top 
Page 1 of 1

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
SUSEUnbound :: Help Section :: Hardware-
Jump to: