Subject: Question about keyboards and new pcs.
To: None <email@example.com>
From: Brian Buhrow <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 11/19/2000 23:39:21
Hello folks. I realize this question might seem a bit off topic at
first, but I thought someone here might know the answer.
My wife just acquired a new HP Pavilion Pentium based
computer running Windows ME. She's considering making it a dual-boot
machine, switching between Windows and Unix. While I think most things
will work fine, I notice that the keyboard for this machine has a number of
extra keys, as well as a volume knob. These keys have labels like:
play, forward, stop, Internet, shopping, travel, standby, mute, etc.
They are arranged above the function keys, and around on the left end of
the keyboard. They are small rubberized buttons, much like one finds on
My question is, what do these keys look like to the operating
system? Are they simply macro keys which generate pre-programmed key
sequences? Are they additional key scan codes, beyond the original 101 or
103 key definitions?
How does the "volume" knob look?
Any enlightenment would be most helpful.