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Issue with external keyboard on Lenovo Thinkpad T430

2020-01-31, 11:33 AM

OK, Windows key on external keypad works OK.  Windows key plus shortcut keys (for example, Windows +T in Chrome for opening a new tab) does NOT work.  Normal alpha keys work AOK.  

 

Device manager shows the 3rd party external keyboard as installed without issue.  The keyboard works on another computer (MacBook Pro 13") without issue.  Keyboard in question is a steelseries 6gv2.

 

Interestingly, the issue is also occuring with the Lenovo thinkpad's very own keyboard (Windows + T not working!).  

 

what gives?  

 

O/S is Windows 7 - have just acquired the T430 2nd hand, so trying to test everything is AOK, etc.  

 

I had an issue with sound not working via the lenovo's speakers too, but solved that (uninstalling realtek device drivers and letting Windows auto-install new drivers).  

 

I hate Windows with a passion, but sadly, this laptop is designated to be used as my astro laptop for working in the field (PHD2, ascom drivers, mount control, acquisition software, etc).  There's pretty much nothing that runs native in OS X/MacOS sadly, so I'm being forced to run Windows crap.  

 

I've owned several laptops in my life, and never had an issue with an external keyboard working out of the box, so this is very frustrating.  15 years in IT, experience in many different operating systems (mostly UNIX or GNU/Linux to be bluntly honest).  

 

I haven't had a chance to RTFM yet for the T430, so I'm guessing it's a unique Lenovo config issue.

 

Anyone got any ideas?  

 

Cheers,

 

Dave

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Re: Issue with external keyboard on Lenovo Thinkpad T430

2020-01-31, 11:35 AM
Ignore my thread/question, brain fail at my end, too many years since I last used Windows lol...it's ^ + T, not windows key + T. ugh!
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