03-30-2011 12:17 PM
I JUST got a new Lenovo SL510 (2847D2U) yesterday; my first. So far I am pleased with it. I do have a couple of issues. The first is the position of the CTRL key.
Looking through the Lenovo site, this forum, and using Google, I see that this is a common problem users have. I came from a Dell Latitude 6410. Apparently Lenovo has responded and provided a BIOS setting for this. However, in the initial BIOS of this system (1.40) and now 1.44 there is no such setting.
Is there anyway I can swap the FN and CTRL keys?
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03-31-2011 06:53 AM
I don't think it's possible for the SL series
03-31-2011 12:32 PM
I hope you are mistaken. So far I am impressed with this laptop; however, the placement of the CTRL key is important to me and may force me to return it. Even if I can train my finger to find the second key in, I already sense that it will cause significant pain as it forces the finger to curl under.
There is a version 1.37 of the BIOS which purports to switch the keys. There is also someone else who has hacked a more recent BIOS versions. I would much prefer to have an official solution, especially in light of the fact that Lenovo produced a solution in Oct-Nov of 2009. I hope Lenovo folks prowl these forums and may have a more positive message.
Thanks and regards,
04-06-2011 11:51 AM
OK - Not being able to switch the CTRL and FN keys is a big deal to me. If you use Emacs you'd immediately know why. I have turned the CapsLk key into a CTRL key which helps; however, that is not as good as I'd like. I think overall the ThinkPad is an AWESOME laptop. This keyboard, stupid key positioning aside, is AWESOME! The construction just feels good.
If I upgraded to the L512 or Z560 ThinkPads would I be able to swap the CTRL and FN keys in the BIOS?
04-06-2011 01:18 PM
Personally I don't have a problem with the key positioning. I use visual studio where ctrl-key combos are used everywhere and it's no problem for me. I think it's just what you get used to, and you're used to something different, which is completely understandable. God forbid if I had to use a Dell, I'm sure I would complain about the same thing!
The L410/412/510/512 series does not have the option you want.
If you wanted to wait for the upcoming L420/L520 series, they will have it. In fact I *think* all of the upcoming 2011 thinkpad products will have that feature.
As for the Z560, that's not a thinkpad (it's an ideapad) so you would need to ask on that forum. I'm sorry that I don't have one to check.
04-06-2011 06:21 PM
**bleep**... I am constrained in that I am trying to buy a replacement laptop after losing my job. I do not have a lot of time to wait for new models. (What!? You didn't start producing this year's models last year like they do with cars? Shocking!)
I am starting to hate Lenovo for making me make tough choices. You guys should be ashamed of yourselves!
As a problem solver I have even considered re-wiriing the keyboard. However, I would screw up the warranty regardless of success so I won't... for another two years.
Thank you for your quick response.