VirtualBox

Ticket #1871 (new enhancement)

Opened 6 years ago

Last modified 4 days ago

Keyboard Mapping

Reported by: Gorfox Owned by:
Priority: minor Component: guest additions
Version: VirtualBox 1.6.2 Keywords:
Cc: Guest type: Windows
Host type: Mac OS X

Description

bonjour,

I use a MacBook Pro to virtualise Windows XP Pro OS. My request is the possibility to use the Mac OS X 10.5 Keyboard Driver For Windows XP "in the DVD" or a VB driver that Map the unusual Mac keybord for a Canadian french configuration. The work around is to use a external USB keybord with te conventionnal layout It is the only way I have found to type the useful "@" key entry. Not a very pratical solution when your on the go. Denis.

Attachments

Swedish Keyboard Layout Virtualbox.zip Download (254.3 KB) - added by m_eiman 4 years ago.
Swedish Keyboard Layout For Windows
English UK - Apple MacBook Pro.zip Download (253.4 KB) - added by linickx 4 years ago.
English UK Keyboard Layout for MacBook Pro
English-UK-Apple.zip Download (253.0 KB) - added by cstefkivoila 4 years ago.
United Kingdom Keyboard Layout For Windows
FrenchKeyboardLayout-AppleMacBookPro.zip Download (249.1 KB) - added by julou 4 years ago.
French keyboard layout for Windows (Apple MacBook Pro)
FrenchKeyboardLayout-AppleMacBookProRetina.zip Download (253.6 KB) - added by Mangeurdpommes 4 days ago.
French Apple MacBook Pro Retina keyboard mapping for windows

Change History

comment:1 Changed 6 years ago by pauldoo

UK Keyboards on the MacBook (Windows XP guest) have similar problems.

All of these characters are hard to get: #\"@~]¬|

comment:2 Changed 6 years ago by julou

+1

Using a classical french keyboard on my macbook and have the problem. Is there a way to add a keyboard description through the guest additions, or install a driver???

Thank you for your help.

Thomas

comment:3 Changed 5 years ago by dwt

Same problem on a mac book pro. (German keyboard).

comment:4 Changed 5 years ago by mTorres

Same problem Here:

MacBook (Spanish keyboard)

So +1 for this issue.

comment:5 Changed 5 years ago by mTorres

Ooops, I've not tested until now, but with vbox 2.04 it works, the only thing is that the keys '<' and 'º' are changed (but working...)

Thanks to vbox team!

comment:6 Changed 5 years ago by dwt

I'm still unable to get \ (bachslash) and @ (at) in Ubuntu on a Mac Host with a german Keyboard (VirtualBox 2.0.4)

comment:7 Changed 5 years ago by Stiiv

I have this same problem with my MacBook Pro (Canadian French) running OS X 10.5 I'm using (in fact, trying to use) VB 2.1.2.

I can't use tha Alt key to produce a characters in the guest OS. In OS X, I set the keyboard settings to "Français canadien - CSA" or "Québécois" but none of them resolve this issue. In my case, Guest OS is Ubuntu 8.10.

With Parallels, I don't have this problem. I can use the alternate key by using the "small ENTER key".

The problem doesn't seem to be related with the guest OS but with Virtual Box.

Unfortunatly for me, because of this problem, I have to use Parallels. I would prefer VB. I already use VB 2.1.2 in my computer running Ubuntu 8.10 and I'm very please with it.

You did a great work by creating VB, but please, resolve this issue.

Stiiv

comment:8 Changed 5 years ago by dwt

I could get this fixed inside of the Ubuntu that I hosted inside of VirtualBox by going to the Keyboard settings and choosing the propper keyboard and remapping some keys.

That means to me that it is an issue that could be easily solved with the paravirtualized keyboard drivers.

Here's how  I did it (in german though, sorry for that)

I found the solution  in the virtualbox forum

comment:9 Changed 5 years ago by Stiiv

Yes it works for Ubuntu (and probably others linux distributions). But the bug remains (not resolved in Virtualbox 2.2) and I didn't find any solution for Windows for witch I also want to use as a guest in Virtual box.

If someone has a clue for Windows, please write it here or... Please VB team resolve that issue.

We're in 2009. More people buy macbook computer but also need to run Windows... Pleeease ! ;)

comment:10 Changed 4 years ago by m_eiman

For Windows you can probably create a modified keymap using:

 http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/goglobal/bb964665.aspx

If you try it and get it to work, I'm sure others wouldn't mind if you put your resulting DLLs here.

Changed 4 years ago by m_eiman

Swedish Keyboard Layout For Windows

comment:11 follow-up: ↓ 12 Changed 4 years ago by ssalmine

m_eiman: Uh, how to actually use this keyboard layout? I use Finnish (I think it's the same as swe) keyboard, and installed your plugin, but still no luck when running Win 7 on Macbook. Thanks, ssalmine@…

comment:12 in reply to: ↑ 11 Changed 4 years ago by m_eiman

Replying to ssalmine:

m_eiman: Uh, how to actually use this keyboard layout? I use Finnish (I think it's the same as swe) keyboard, and installed your plugin, but still no luck when running Win 7 on Macbook. Thanks, ssalmine@…

Just run the installer, then select the "Swedish Virtualbox" keyboard layout somewhere in the regional settings in the control panel. At least that's how you select it on XP, don't know where they put it in Win7... Should be more or less the same, though. If you have the Language Bar in the task bar you should be able to select it that way.

Changed 4 years ago by linickx

English UK Keyboard Layout for MacBook Pro

comment:13 Changed 4 years ago by linickx

I have uploaded a UK keyboard mapping which works on my Macbook Pro, there a  Readme Here comments welcome :-)

Changed 4 years ago by cstefkivoila

United Kingdom Keyboard Layout For Windows

comment:14 Changed 4 years ago by cstefkivoila

Thanks linickx for your keyboard mapping. :) Unfortunately, it doesn't work with the 'normal' UK keyboards. So I created the UK keyboard mapping for the USB and Wireless Apple UK keyboards and I uploaded it to this forum. Please click on the following link to read a post about this mapping:  http://www.logikdev.com/2010/02/18/apple-uk-keyboard-layout-for-windows/

Changed 4 years ago by julou

French keyboard layout for Windows (Apple MacBook Pro)

comment:15 follow-up: ↓ 16 Changed 4 years ago by julou

I finally spent time to create the french layout for my macbook pro. Attached above in case it may be useful to other folks. Enjoy :)

comment:16 in reply to: ↑ 15 ; follow-up: ↓ 17 Changed 4 years ago by Valentin

Replying to julou: Many thanks! Made a big difference to me. I have a quick question though: Why is the key for '@' (second row, left of the key for '&') exchanged with the key '<' (last row, next to 'w')? Is this something easy to change or is there a special reason for it?

Best regards

V.

I finally spent time to create the french layout for my macbook pro. Attached above in case it may be useful to other folks. Enjoy :)

comment:17 in reply to: ↑ 16 ; follow-up: ↓ 18 Changed 4 years ago by julou

Replying to Valentin:

Replying to julou: Many thanks! Made a big difference to me. I have a quick question though: Why is the key for '@' (second row, left of the key for '&') exchanged with the key '<' (last row, next to 'w')? Is this something easy to change or is there a special reason for it?

Not sure to remember precisely, but I think I simply didn't manage to fix this problem. You may give it a try as all files are in the zip ;)

T.

comment:18 in reply to: ↑ 17 Changed 4 days ago by Mangeurdpommes

Replying to julou:

Replying to Valentin:

Replying to julou: Many thanks! Made a big difference to me. I have a quick question though: Why is the key for '@' (second row, left of the key for '&') exchanged with the key '<' (last row, next to 'w')? Is this something easy to change or is there a special reason for it?

Not sure to remember precisely, but I think I simply didn't manage to fix this problem. You may give it a try as all files are in the zip ;)

T.

Bonjour everybody ! And thank you julou and Valentin. I adapted your mappings for the MacBook Pro Retina french keyboard layout. Files are attached above and I'm using this mapping with windows XP and Seven.

Changed 4 days ago by Mangeurdpommes

French Apple MacBook Pro Retina keyboard mapping for windows

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