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Link to this post 14 Aug 10

Hi, I installed debian stable with a custom realtime kernel ( on a macbook 2, today. After installation I recognized that the keyboard didn't work correctly. But as I found the following site the salvation seemed to be closer to me. I got the right mac key to work as third level chooser but still can't switch to an other console. At Xorg I didn't have a look at it, yet. Because as I tried some inappropriate layouts I had to use the rescue system!

So finally I need help with the keyboard setup on a macbook 2 for console and Xorg.

What I did till now:

add the line below to '/etc/console-tools/remap'
s/keycode 126 =/keycode 126 = AltGr/;

run `loadkeys` command

run `dpkg-reconfigure -p low console-data` and selected the "pc / qwertz / Swiss / German / Apple USB" keyboard layout even it's a built in keyboard

Link to this post 17 Aug 10

Finally I got it. I've never installed Linux on a macbook before, so I didn't know that the function switch key <Fn> must be used in combination with <Ctrl>, <Alt> and function keys.

Link to this post 17 Aug 10

I'm glad you got it working but it's very frustrating to have a thread end like that with no information. For the benefit of any one else who may be having the same issue, could you tell us how you managed to get it going? A small step-by-step list would be great or at the very least a bit of knowledge to point us in the right direction.


Link to this post 17 Aug 10

I just run the commands and configuration which I wrote in the first post then I was able to use the right apple key as third level chooser. After searching with google for a while I figured out that switching occurs as described in the second post. But in Xorg I still can't access third level symbols. I inserted the following line in the keyboard section:


Now it's running debian unstable!

Link to this post 18 Aug 10

Congratulations on your success. I am sorry that I did not respond, but your issue was foreign to my skill set and I would not have had anything to offer.

With that being said, thank you very much for sharing your issue and resolution here, you have through a few words given guidance to others that will encounter this issue in the future.

Link to this post 18 Aug 10

Now I got it on Xorg, too. Run the following commands:

`xmodmap -e "keycode 134 = ISO_Level3_Shift"`

The first command is for retrieving keycodes and the second assigns it to 3 level switch.

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