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Pet peeve.

The dang 'Windows' quick key (a frigging useless key if there ever was one) is right next to the 'alt' key...TOO near. Usually I am aware enough to keep my finger resting on the alt key for quick deployment and to look around wherever I happen to be. However, at 2am when I am experiencing <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/div.gif" alt="" /> 'mind-haze' it is quite easy to press that windows key by mistake. It does not *usually* completely crash the game, but it does send the game into conniptions and always screws up the sound so bad I have to save and restart to begin play again.

1. Is there a way to 'disable' the windows key in a control panel somewhere? I have tried sticking pieces of toothpicks under it to prevent the problem, but it hurts and my wife gets upset at my 'unauthorized modifications' for my 'silly game'(grrrrr! she knows NOTHING! heh heh)

2. I have tried physically ripping the key off, but my wife caught me, and 'put the kaibash' on that action.

3. Am I the only loser who can't seem to put my fingers in the right spot <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/biggrin.gif" alt="" />...(again... my wife comments on this one sarcastically as well) <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/winkwink.gif" alt="" /> LOL

Sincerely (from a devoted alt key addict)

Bogmonkey





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<img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/ouch.gif" alt="" /> yes, I hateed this too. I never look, and if only it was shift instaed of alt. SHIFT IS EasY TO HIT!!! HEH.


but yeah, I've had tons of problems with it, maybe they can make it easier. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/sad.gif" alt="" />



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I like number 3! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/biggrin.gif" alt="" />
very funny!! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/eek.gif" alt="" /> ....or not! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/puppyeyes.gif" alt="" />


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My boyfriend had the same problem... one day he came home VERY excited... he found a keyboard (black even!) that has no Windows key!! He loves it.

Prior to that what he'd do is remove the key, break the part off that made contact and then put the key back on. The key was lower than the rest, but it fixed the problem and didn't leave an empty socket.

Also, if I remember correctly it seems to me that I once had a keyboard that came with software that allowed me to disable my Windows key... but I obviously don't have it anymore <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/ouch.gif" alt="" />

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You might be able to disable the key with a Windows Tweak program. I don't know of any off the top of my head. Larian should include this feature (Disable Window key) in their coming games.

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WinKey Killer 1.7 - "Disables the Windows keys and context menu key. Great for preventing interruption of DOS or DirectX games."


Windows Key Disable - "This Program will disable the windows Key on your keyboard. This is very useful if you it when your playing games and you accidently hit the key and the game exits. This can be quite annoying so Ger Co. Created Ger's Windows Key disable"


Registry tweak for Windows XP (this or something similar might work in 9x/ME);
http://www.windows-help.net/WindowsXP/tune-151.html

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You guys can't be serious.
I never touch this board...except for (trying to) typing.
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uh, no, I'm not, well, I am.

it happened to many times. didn't you use alt?

oh yeah, you have a screwy keyboard, with keys in the wrong places and stuff?

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let me share with u my way of avoiding the windows key.

i usually rest my palm by hovering just above CTRL, SHIFT, windows, \, Z keys with my thumb resting on the spacebar & my middle finger on the tab key. that way, when the game jumped me (i can't recall which scene/part made me jump), i automatically pressed the spacebar which pauses the game. this give me time to assess the situation & not pressing the wrong key.

by resting my left hand that way, i can easily slide my thumb from the spacebar to alt-key without hitting windows key by mistake.

learn your twitch & make it work for u.



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Yeah, I usually try to play with one section of the keyboard. You should see my keyboard configurations for FPS games! The only problem is that Divine Divinity uses the whole keyboard for it's hotkeys, particularly the F1-12 keys, somy hand has to keep moving.

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Quote


3. Am I the only loser who can't seem to put my fingers in the right spot <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/biggrin.gif" alt="" />

Sincerely (from a devoted alt key addict)

Bogmonkey






Nope. I have done it quite a bit! Hate it, but I do find it useful in some circumstances...boss is walking by and I need to get it off the screen...wife is entering the room and I am needing to get rid of the x rated game! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/winkwink.gif" alt="" />

Has its pros and cons, but namely cons! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/devil.gif" alt="" />

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try taking of the windows key by using a screwdriver or such
and put it back after u finished playing <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/winkwink.gif" alt="" />
or never put it back <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/biggrin.gif" alt="" />

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I do it practically every time. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" />

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So is "bogmonkey" a typo or is it intented?


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FYI- 'Bogmonkey' is not a typo...it refers to the mummified remains of monkeys found (oddly enough) in some European bogs. The Monkeys looked lifelike and surreal even after several hundred years (due to an odd curing process that occurs with all the tannin in the moist depths), I like that. And there you go...

P.S. Thanks to the poster with the key fixes - that did the trick! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/party.gif" alt="" /> I no longer have to deal with the nasssssty problem anymore.

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Interesting. Do you have some resources (texts, links) about that for me ?

By the way, there exists a collection mady by Microsoft employees called the "Kerneltoys", which include a small program / driver which disables the windows key, if I remember correctly.

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You know I am not sure how many times i have died becasue of this while playing diablo2

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What I want is something that will just disable the leftmost windows key (I use ctrl and alt on the left of the keyboard). Hmm. <Goes off to search the web>

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Then you might try looking for the above mentioned "Kerneltoys".


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[color:"orange"] Thanks raze for the disable windows key
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