[ltp] Those dumb forward/backward keys on X220

Chris Schumann linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Thu, 22 Sep 2011 10:42:58 -0500

On 09/22/2011 10:39 AM, Richard Neill wrote:
> On 22/09/11 16:01, Yves-Alexis Perez wrote:
>> On jeu., 2011-09-22 at 08:49 +0300, Michael Livshin wrote:
>>> Those two keys above Left and Right.
>>> Is there a way to disable them, preferably on the Xkb level or below?
> Check with xev  (the X event viewer) what they do.
> On my thinkpad, they are distinct keycodes, and can be killed off with 
> xbindkeys.
> On my Ultranav thinkpad-style USB keyboard (used for the desktop pc), 
> these keys fake "Alt + left-arrow" and "Alt + right-arrow". This makes 
> them impossible to kill in software: I resort to lifting the keycap 
> off the keyboard, physically destroying the switch (the little rubber 
> springy thing can easily be pulled off) and replacing the keycaps - 
> this has the extra advantage that they sit slightly lower, making it 
> easier to press the real arrow keys.
> Richard
Wow, that's harsh. I (finally) realized the arrow keys have ridges on 
them so you can tell you're touching one without looking. They're also 
convex while the back/forward keys are concave... at least on my T400.