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G74sxpoo
04-17-2012, 08:01 PM
I accidentally hit it when playing games and it launches a retarded calculator and take the focus off the game.

How can I turn it off??

fostert
04-19-2012, 02:40 AM
insert and lock 3/8" bit, plug in drill and start pressing! Really, that key does nothing else anyways...at least I haven't been able to train it to do anything else in Linux.

57degrees
04-19-2012, 02:04 PM
You need to return the machine to the seller and buy a different machine.

BrodyBoy
04-20-2012, 03:37 AM
I haven't tried this myself, but if you want to give it a try, I'm curious whether it'll work (without getting someannoying pop-up instead of the calculator).

Go into the \system32 folder and rename calc.exe.

zsld0423
04-20-2012, 03:40 AM
I'm trying to work on some way to re-map or disable the calc key, nothing yet :( But I don't have work tomorrow so i'll be trying to find some way to get rid of the stupid thing lol

BrodyBoy
04-20-2012, 03:45 AM
I'm trying to work on some way to re-map or disable the calc key, nothing yet :( But I don't have work tomorrow so i'll be trying to find some way to get rid of the stupid thing lol
I've tried several times to remap it....I can't. I can't even get a scancode from it.....

So I'm thinking, if you just want to get rid of the darn calculator pop-up, killing the program it launches might be a solution.

zsld0423
04-20-2012, 03:49 AM
I've tried several times to remap it....I can't. I can't even get a scancode from it.....

So I'm thinking, if you just want to get rid of the darn calculator pop-up, killing the program it launches might be a solution.

renaming the calc.exe in system32 doesn't stop it from opening :( I took ownership of it, changed the name, and threw something else in with the name calc.exe and it still opens the calculator. the calculator is bound to that key regardless of it not being accessible in system32

zsld0423
04-20-2012, 04:10 AM
BrodyBoy, do you happen to know the key-code for the calculator key binding? like how Arrow Up is E0_48?



edit: nevermind my good news if you saw it... having issues with it now. I can successfully change between Numlock On or Off by pressing the "\" key, but now it keeps going back to NumLock ON state seconds after pressing "\" but it wasn't doing that a few minutes ago. guess there's more work to do...

edit again: Idk what to make of this, I did a quick removal of the registry edit and then added it back in, and it's working for now... but idk for how long haha

yet again: sent a PM to Chastity and MarshallR about the calculator/numlock issue, but i'm not real hopeful at the responses I'll get lol

BrodyBoy
04-20-2012, 07:29 AM
BrodyBoy, do you happen to know the key-code for the calculator key binding? like how Arrow Up is E0_48?
No...that was what I was saying. I can't even get that out of it! It's like the damn thing has a direct line to the BIOS or something. I have some programs that can remap keys, and a couple that simply report what codes are sent by a keypress. In every one of them, I hit that key and get no feedback....just the calculator pop-up. It's really annoying.


edit: nevermind my good news if you saw it... having issues with it now. I can successfully change between Numlock On or Off by pressing the "\" key, but now it keeps going back to NumLock ON state seconds after pressing "\" but it wasn't doing that a few minutes ago. guess there's more work to do...

edit again: Idk what to make of this, I did a quick removal of the registry edit and then added it back in, and it's working for now... but idk for how long haha
Yeah, I've ben able to remap NUMLOCK to other keys, and get the numpad to operate as you'd expect if it were "normal." But I have never been able to disable the calculator key. No matter what I do, every single press will open its a new calculator. It's bad enough that they put the key there and made it (apparently) unmappable. But it's crazy that you can't even disable it.


yet again: sent a PM to Chastity and MarshallR about the calculator/numlock issue, but i'm not real hopeful at the responses I'll get lol
I wouldn;t expect any help. Chastity's not really around here anymore, sand Marshall is helpful where he can be. But keep in mind....the key works as designed. This is not actually an "issue," per se.....it's just a feature nobody likes.

zsld0423
04-20-2012, 02:13 PM
well great lol. when I went through the BIOS modding software, I didnt see anything regarding the calculator. But idk, maybe I didnt look hard enough. Guess I'll scan that again

BrodyBoy
04-20-2012, 04:48 PM
well great lol. when I went through the BIOS modding software, I didnt see anything regarding the calculator. But idk, maybe I didnt look hard enough. Guess I'll scan that again
I've done that too! (We think alike. ;)) But I didn't find about it there. Earlier, I didn't necessarily mean that it really IS a BIOS function....just that it seems so intractably resistant to software manipulation that it almost feels "hardwired" into this machine. I can't imagne why they thought it would be a good design choice.

kukoman
04-22-2012, 12:47 AM
The way i disabled the Calc key was to rename calc.exe in the C:\Windows\SysWOW64\calc.exe , just take ownership and delete all the other users :-)

BrodyBoy
04-22-2012, 02:05 AM
The way i disabled the Calc key was to rename calc.exe in the C:\Windows\SysWOW64\calc.exe , just take ownership and delete all the other users :-)
That's what I was thinking, but another owner just found that it didn't work for him....that's odd.

Thanks for the feedback.....it's good to know you got it to work.