Fixing the F3 key on a Kinesis Keyboard

I've used my beloved Kinesis Advantage keyboard for over half a decade. Occasionally, I've had the issue that Eclipse stops responding to the F3 key for opening declarations. After checking all the key settings, I found that Eclipse was correctly configured. That lead me to use xev where I found that the F3 and F4 keys were behaving differently than the other function keys.

Resetting the keyboard memory (Program+Shift+F10) had no effect. Resetting it completely (holding F7 while plugging the keyboard in) also had no effect. Strange.

Finally, I found the answer on the Kinesis FAQ. My F3 and F4 keys were behaving like multimedia keys (see manual to configure these). This feature can be disabled by holding = and pressing P for PC (you can also use W for Windows and M for Mac).

6 comments:

  1. Wow...you saved my behind! I use my Kinesis for my job (I telecommute as a medical transcriptionist). Without my F3 and without my beloved Kinesis, I'm toast. Thank you so much! :-)

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  2. Thanks for this. Helped me as well!

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  3. My thanks as well! This also fixed my Ctrl-Alt-Delete keys which weren't working.

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  4. So much frustration saved, you have.

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  5. Thank you sooo much! I'm also a medical transcriptionist and needed my F3 to work for, well, work. :)

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