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Dell Studio 1555: missing PAUSE/BREAK key

Hi everybody,

I've just received my brand new Studio 1555 Laptop but I was disconcerted when I noticed that there is no PAUSE/BREAK key. This is a key that I actually need for a few applications.

Could you please let me know which is the shortcut to reproduce the PAUSE key?

Along the same line, it looks like that also the embedded numerical keypad (i.e. small blue numbers on JKL UIO 789) is gone. That was useful to type accented letters with FN+ALT+0234 (and the like). Any way to reproduce that behaviour?

Thank you for your assistance.

H.

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Single laptop keys can be bought on www.singlelaptopkeys.com

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I had exactly the same problem - My DELL Vostro 3550 has no Pause/Break key ... but I need one in order to operate the software that we write correctly.

Eventually I managed to get this working by adding a new KEY to the Registry. (I am running Win7 Professional)

1) click the START, then type REGEDIT into the search box. This will start the registry editor.

2) Explore the Registry, expanding each element

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE

-SYSTEM

  -Current Control Set

     - Control

          - Keyboard Layout

Click on the Scancode Map, and EDIT the key values to match that shown below.

i.e. to have values of  :  00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,46,e0,44,00,00,00,00,00

Once Done you will need to re-boot your laptop, but after that you can use <Ctrl><F10> as the pause/Break Key.

(Option)

If you want you can copy/Paste the text below into a *.txt file.

Save the file onto your desktop and rename as New_Reg_Key.reg      because of the *.reg extension you can then double_click the file to add the new registry key.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]

"Scancode Map"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,46,e0,44,00,00,00,00,00

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Hi!

I was referred to this post because I do not have a break key on my Inspiron 15R.  I have been programming loops in VBA.  I have downloaded SharpKeys, but when I go to add or edit a registry, there is no option to change to a "break/pause" key.  I cannot use F10 because I have media option there, but I don't even know if its possible to add a break key because where it says "Map this key" (from key) to "This key", there is no break option.  There is a lot of "unknown keys," but I have no idea what the scan code is for the break.  I would love to use my PrntScr button instead of F10 for a break key, but I'll do whatever is necessary. 

I think of myself as a "techie" person, but I don't understand how to read this code: Scancode  Map"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,46,e0,44,00,00,00,00,00.  

If this somehow identifies a break key, it would be great if someon interpreted it.  I'm thinking this is for an F10 key though... I just need the scancode for a break key. And in sharp keys, the codes are shortened to like 0xE04A (E0_4A)

-Chelsea

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Read the last two posts (especially @gorchards'" one

en.community.dell.com/.../20155393.aspx

you may also follow the link given by @timp32

msdn.microsoft.com/.../gg463447.aspx

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I want to use ctrl+pause/break for my DOSBOX.

Ctlr is obviously available but pause/break is not there on my keyboard.

I cannot even find it in sharpkeys to remap.  Please help.

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I can confirm this works on Windows 8, but you need to create a binary value called "Scancode Map" under "Keyboard Layout"

Michael

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Just for those who couldn't remap Pause key with previous solutions (like me):

I could remap Pause key with the following values:

to Del key:
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,1D,53,EO,00,00,00,00,00

to F10 key:
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,1D,53,EO,00,00,00,00,00

Understanding the "Scancode Map" hexadecimal value, you can remap any key with any keu.

These are the details:
00,00,00,00 this is the header (leave it as four 00s)
00,00,00,00 these are flags (also leave them as four 00s)
04,00,00,00 this is the number of pairs that we will remap starting with 02,00,00,00 for just one pair, 03,00,00,00 for two, 04,00,00,00 for three etc.
32,E0,3A,00 the first remap all the remaps are in the format 2-byte target, 2-byte original and we want the Caps Lock key (3a,00) to become the Web key (scan code 32,E0) so Caps Lock,Web
65,E0,37,E0 the second remap Print Screen key (37,E0) maps to the Search key (65,E0)
E0,20,E0,46 for the final pair the Scroll Lock key (E0,46) is remapped to the Mute key (E0,20)
00,00,00,00 this is the null terminator (leave it as four 00s)

Source
http://backup2.we-convince.com/keyboard-remap-for-writers
Key Codes
http://stanislavs.org/helppc/make_codes.html

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Sorry, I couldn't delete the previous message. These are the right values:

to Del key:
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,1D,E1,53,EO,00,00,00,00,00

to F10 key:
00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,1D,E1,44,00,00,00,00,00,00

Understanding the "Scancode Map" hexadecimal value, you can remap any key with any keu.

These are the details:
00,00,00,00 this is the header (leave it as four 00s)
00,00,00,00 these are flags (also leave them as four 00s)
02,00,00,00 this is the number of pairs that we will remap starting with 02,00,00,00 for just one pair.
1D,E1,44,00 the first remap all the remaps are in the format 2-byte target, 2-byte original and we want the F10 key (44,00) to become the Pause key (scan code 1D,E1) so F10,Pause.
00,00,00,00 this is the null terminator (leave it as four 00s)

Source
http://backup2.we-convince.com/keyboard-remap-for-writers
Key Codes
http://stanislavs.org/helppc/make_codes.html

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CTRL + FN +s 

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In light of how many people has this issue, one would think the information would be posted on Dell's web site.  Why don't they have a break/pause key.?  Why don't they have the control sequence already coded to a key.

Does anybody from Dell read this??????


I guess we should inundate the Dell executives with these questions.

Dell Computer Corporation att: Michael Dell

1 Dell Way, Round Rock, TX 78682

I assure you mr. Dell would love for you to send the complaint directly to him, because he does not have people for that kind of things.  : )

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