Dell Studio 1555: missing PAUSE/BREAK key

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Dell Studio 1555: missing PAUSE/BREAK key

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Hi everybody,

I've just received my brand new Studio 1555 Laptop but I was disconcerted when I noticed that there is no PAUSE/BREAK key. This is a key that I actually need for a few applications.

Could you please let me know which is the shortcut to reproduce the PAUSE key?

Along the same line, it looks like that also the embedded numerical keypad (i.e. small blue numbers on JKL UIO 789) is gone. That was useful to type accented letters with FN+ALT+0234 (and the like). Any way to reproduce that behaviour?

Thank you for your assistance.

H.

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  • Try...

     

    Start, search. Type

     

    osk

     

    hit enter. The On Screen keyboard will display and you can use the pause/break key from there.

     

     

    Rick

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  • H,

    I too was surprised to see the Pause/Break missing.  Looks like Dell decided it is more important to have a cd eject button instead of the Pause/Break.  I am a programmer and need that key for debuggining purposes.  Fortunately, I was able to remap the F10 key to be Pause/Break.  There is a greak free keyboard remapping program called smartkey which can be downloaded from http://www.randyrants.com/2008/12/sharpkeys_30.html

    Here is the registry setting for setting the F10 to act as the Pause/Break in Win XP. 

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]
    "Scancode Map"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,46,e0,44,00,00,00,00,00

  • Hello necolaman, thanks a lot for your suggestion!

    This remapping program looks really useful and powerful, I'll try it right now!

     

  • I also need the pause key for an application.  Do you know if tje above will work on Windows Vista platform?  Thank you very much for your assistance.

  • Try...

     

    Start, search. Type

     

    osk

     

    hit enter. The On Screen keyboard will display and you can use the pause/break key from there.

     

     

    Rick

    #DellRockStar

    What is a Dell Service Tag and how do I locate it? 

     

     

    Original poster, If you have solved your problem, can you please mark the correct thread(s) with your solution. Thanks 

    Welcome to Dell Community!

  • You are right to use the On Screen KeyBoard..But one more think in it there is NO Break Only Pause... 

  • OSK is not working with my DEBUG environment

    The SharpKey program does the job, you can do the registry change also immediately without sharpkeys!

    bub

  • How you can change the registry, Please guide us.

  • Start => REGEDIT => Navigate in the left tree panel to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout => In the menu, select Edit..New..Binary Value, Give it the name 'Scancode Map' and data '00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,46,e0,44,00,00,00,00,00' => Finished!

    If you're not too experienced, use that program SharpKeys, less risky and it does the job just fine!

  • Go to www.singlelaptopkeys.com , they gonna help you.

  • Single laptop keys can be bought on www.singlelaptopkeys.com

  • I had exactly the same problem - My DELL Vostro 3550 has no Pause/Break key ... but I need one in order to operate the software that we write correctly.

    Eventually I managed to get this working by adding a new KEY to the Registry. (I am running Win7 Professional)

    1) click the START, then type REGEDIT into the search box. This will start the registry editor.

    2) Explore the Registry, expanding each element

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE

    -SYSTEM

      -Current Control Set

         - Control

              - Keyboard Layout

    Click on the Scancode Map, and EDIT the key values to match that shown below.

    i.e. to have values of  :  00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,46,e0,44,00,00,00,00,00

    Once Done you will need to re-boot your laptop, but after that you can use <Ctrl><F10> as the pause/Break Key.

    (Option)

    If you want you can copy/Paste the text below into a *.txt file.

    Save the file onto your desktop and rename as New_Reg_Key.reg      because of the *.reg extension you can then double_click the file to add the new registry key.

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]

    "Scancode Map"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,46,e0,44,00,00,00,00,00

  • Hi!

    I was referred to this post because I do not have a break key on my Inspiron 15R.  I have been programming loops in VBA.  I have downloaded SharpKeys, but when I go to add or edit a registry, there is no option to change to a "break/pause" key.  I cannot use F10 because I have media option there, but I don't even know if its possible to add a break key because where it says "Map this key" (from key) to "This key", there is no break option.  There is a lot of "unknown keys," but I have no idea what the scan code is for the break.  I would love to use my PrntScr button instead of F10 for a break key, but I'll do whatever is necessary. 

    I think of myself as a "techie" person, but I don't understand how to read this code: Scancode  Map"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,02,00,00,00,46,e0,44,00,00,00,00,00.  

    If this somehow identifies a break key, it would be great if someon interpreted it.  I'm thinking this is for an F10 key though... I just need the scancode for a break key. And in sharp keys, the codes are shortened to like 0xE04A (E0_4A)

    -Chelsea

  • Read the last two posts (especially @gorchards'" one

    en.community.dell.com/.../20155393.aspx

    you may also follow the link given by @timp32

    msdn.microsoft.com/.../gg463447.aspx

  • I want to use ctrl+pause/break for my DOSBOX.

    Ctlr is obviously available but pause/break is not there on my keyboard.

    I cannot even find it in sharpkeys to remap.  Please help.

  • I can confirm this works on Windows 8, but you need to create a binary value called "Scancode Map" under "Keyboard Layout"

    Michael