Microsoft Multimedia Keyboard

Microsoft Multimedia Keyboard 1.0a driver


This is a natural style (split) style PS/2 wired keyboard. For the most part this acts like a typical PS/2 keyboard, what makes this keyboard interesting from a MythTV viewpoint are the extra function keys above the normal keyboard. The "extra" buttons some above the "normal" keyboard can be used to make this act like an oversized remote control.

KnoppMyth Instructions

Not sure how much of any of the following is of value, given that KnoppMyth has been replaced by LinHES, but is left here for possible historical interest.

Media Buttons

There is no obvious way to enable a few of the extra keys, so using the file below will leave a few "dead" buttons. To use the buttons we edit (or if it doesn't already exit we create) the .xmodmaprc file in the mythtv user. For most this means we are working with the /home/mythtv/.xmodmaprc file.

! Keymap for Microsoft Natural Multimedia Keyboard 1.0A ! "My Documents" - Picture in picture keycode 239 = V ! "My Pictures" - No keycode ! "Mute" keycode 160 = bar ! PlayPause keycode 162 = P ! Stop keycode 164 = Escape ! VolUp keycode 176 = bracketright ! VolDn keycode 174 = bracketleft ! Skip Back keycode 144 = Left ! Skip Forward keycode 153 = Right ! "Media" - Switch capture cards keycode 237 = Y ! "Mail" - switch between screen modes keycode 236 = W ! "Web/Home" - Program Guide keycode 178 = M ! "Messenger" - No keycode ! "Calculator" - On screen display keycode 161 = I ! "Log Off" - No keycode ! "Sleep" - Sleep timer keycode 223 = F8

Unlike the fast forward or volume buttons there is no clearly linked function for some of the buttons. In my case I tied those keys to functions that seemed to work for me, but go with what ever "extra" functions work for you...

Save the above. To bring the above functions up immediately enter:

xmodmap /home/mythtv/.xmodmaprc

Now you need to make sure the above will come up each time the MythTV system is rebooted. Under KnoppMyth Release 5 F27 this can be done by editing the file /usr/local/bin/KnoppMyth-run and changing the line:

CMD2='exec mythfrontend -logfile /var/log/mythtv/mythfrontend.log'

to:

CMD2='exec xmodmap /home/mythtv/.xmodmaprc | exec mythfrontend -logfile /var/log/mythtv/mythfrontend.log'



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