This page summarizes some tips for improving work with personal
computers. I have done this since I keep forgetting these
things. This page has a prominent paragon: Simon's Win32 Cheat Sheet.
Wheel Mouse configuration
To operate a wheel mouse on the USB port, use the following entry in your /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 file:
Note the protocol entry IMPS/2. This makes the difference between a non-wheel and a wheel mouse: PS/2 supports non-wheel only. The fact that the mouse is attached to the USB port doesn't need to be reflected in this configuration.
Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "off"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Disable the CapsLock key and turn it into a Ctrl
In the KDE control center, choose "Regional &
Accessibility", then "Keyboard layout", then "Options". There,
under the "Control Key Position" list, choose "Make CapsLock an
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Fixes for the Biggest PC Annoyances
The caps lock key is also annoying on Win2k machines. There seem
to be some tools that shut it off (or, better yet, transform it
into a control key). There is even a Microsoft web page that talks
about it (Scan
Code Mapper for Windows 2000, new link is here). They give an example of swapping the
CapsLock key with the left control key. It's also very easy to turn the
CapsLock key into a control key:
- Run the registry editor (REGEDIT).
- Open the key "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout"
- Add a new value "Scancode Map" by right-clicking and choosing "binary value".
- Select the new item (double-click) and enter the numbers
00 00 00 00 . 00 00 00 00
02 00 00 00 . 1D 00 3A 00
00 00 00 00
These are five 4-byte values that tell the system to map the CapsLock
key to a control key. (Don't enter the dots; they are just for better
- Close the registry editor and reboot.
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Last modified: Thu Apr 11 17:10:01 MEST 2002