No Break key on Studio Keyboard

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No Break key on Studio Keyboard

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I originally posted this tot the desktop forum and was told I should have posted to the laptop forum instead. So here it is
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I have a Studio xps 16. It is missing a number of keys found on other Dell keyboards such as Pause, Break, ScrollLock, Numlock etc.

I am doing some software development on it and need to have a CTRL-Break combination to break into running code. On my Latitude the fn+Pause keys were the Break key so to get ctrl-Break I did CTRL+FN+PAUSE. 

There apparently is a registry entry that can be set to do scancode mappings

   Computer\HKEY_LOCALMACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout\Scancode Map

but

• The Pause/Break key cannot be remapped. This special key generates a 3-byte
scancode, but the Scancode Map registry entry only allows for the remapping of
2-byte scancodes.

I called Dell Tech Support and they said to buy and attach an external keyboard ( !?!? ).

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solution
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Starting osk.exe and then holding down the CTRL and Fn keys and clicking PAUSE on the On-Screen Keyboard did the trick.

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  • Have you tried <cntrl>-c? How about Fn-Delete?

    XPS M1530, Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit
    Inspiron E1705, Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit
    Dimension 9100, Windows 8.1 Pro 32 bit
    Inspiron 660, Windows 8.1 Home - 64 bit
    Compaq DX 4370G, Windows 8.1 Home - 64 bit
    Asus T100 Tablet, Windows 8.1 Home - 32 bit

  • Ctrl-C isn't likely to work???

    Tried Fn-Delete - no go.

    This is really frustrating - i've spent a small fortune on my XPS - and i have been really pleased with it - but there is no BREAK key. This means it's pretty useless - i really don't want to have to lug an external keyboard around.

    Does anyone have an answer - there must be a way of simulating the BREAK key - there are so many software systems that need it.

  • Try <ctrl><alt><esc>

    If no-go, do a search on the web.

    XPS M1530, Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit
    Inspiron E1705, Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit
    Dimension 9100, Windows 8.1 Pro 32 bit
    Inspiron 660, Windows 8.1 Home - 64 bit
    Compaq DX 4370G, Windows 8.1 Home - 64 bit
    Asus T100 Tablet, Windows 8.1 Home - 32 bit

  • <ctrl><alt><esc> Works as Ctrl - Break on XPS 17 running Windows 7

  • There might be another solution with program "AutoHotKey".Writing the right(simple) code should make it possible to use just one key instead of using a combination of keys

    http://www.autohotkey.com/

    The general example below works with windows7/64bit - I don't have a program that requires the "Break" key otherwise I would have given it a try.....

  • Deel XPS 17 l702x

    mapping: Scroll Lock -> Home, Pause/Break -> End

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]
    "Scancode Map"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,03,00,00,00,1d,e1,4f,e0,46,00,47,e0,\
      00,00,00,00


  • Try:

    [Ctrl]-[Fn]-[F12] for Ctrl-Break

    [Fn]-[F12] for Pause

    [Fn]-[F5] for Scroll Lock

    Hope this helps - worked for me on some other Dell models.

  • Hello Paul, 

    At my Dell XPS 15 the combination  Ctrl-Fn-Delete does the trick. No external keyboard needed

    Kind greetings from Austria,
    Derk Jan 

  • I have an XPS L502X. I found that Fn+Insert works. I was able to pause/unpause the game in Company of Heroes. 

    I've been looking for the answer to this for a couple years. I tried all the different key mapping software without success. Finally found it by just trying random things. 

    Hope this helps.