Section: Maintenance Commands (8)Updated: March 2, 2005Local indexUp
send_to_keyboard - send to the keyboard device
send_to_keyboard is a simple program which allows you to send actual control codes to the keyboard device to enable or disable certain functions. For example, some of the IBM keyboards require:
send_to_keyboard ea 17
in order to enable the extra keys. This helper application is actually used from lineakd(1).
Some keyboard functionality can be turned on at boot time using kernel parameters. An owner of the Chicony Multimedia keyboard mentions that booting with the kernel parameters set to: i8042.direct=1 atkbd.set=3 atkbd.extra=1 will enable functionality of the extra keys on his keyboard. Put those in your lilo.conf or grub menu.lst and special functionality may be enabled at boot time.