Clearing Remapped Keys & Macros on Gateway 2000 Anykey Keyboard Many Gateway 2000 systems were shipped with

Anykey keyboards. These are identifi ed by the presence of extra cursor keys pointing in diagonal directions and also extra keys such as PROGRAM MACRO, SUSPEND MACRO, REMAP, and REPEAT RATE. These keyboards are programmable - any of the keys can be reprogrammed as macros or can be remapped to other keys. Most people do not use these features, but it is VERY common to find that any number of keys have been accidentally remapped. To clear all macros and remappings: Press CTL-ALT-SUSPEND MACRO. The Program light on the keyboard will blink a few times for a few seconds and a ll macros and remappings are then cleared. If the Program light does not blink when pressing CTL-ALT-SUSPEND MACRO, the CTL or ALT keys may be remapped. To reset them: 1. Press REMAP once 2. Press CTL twice 3. Press ALT twice 4. Press REMAP once 5. Press CTL-ALT-SUSPEND MACRO to clear all macros. The repeat rate is set by pressing the Repeat Rate key and then one of the top row F keys, with F1 being the slowest rate and F12 being the fastest. A key can be remapped (copied to a different location on the keyboard) by pressi ng the Remap key once, pressing the key to be copied, and then pressing the new key that will serve as the new destination for the old key's command. Reprogramming a Key on the AnyKey Keyboard Use the following instructions to reprogram a key on the AnyKey keyboard: 1. Press the REMAP key. 2. Press the key (or key combination) you want to reprogram. For example, to remap the F9 key, press F9. 3. Press the key (or key combination) you want to map to the key you pressed in step 2 above. If you want to remap the key to itself, press the key you pressed in step 2 again (that is, to reset a key, press REMAP, then press the key you wa nt to reset twice. For example, to restore the original functionality of the F9 key, press F9 again . Back to the top Resetting the Entire AnyKey Keyboard When your keyboard is malfunctioning due to incorrect AnyKey programming, you ma y be unable to determine which keys to reset, especially if more than one key or

Press the function key that produces the rate you want. You may choose any one of eight di fferent rates. press REMAP. If these keys a re remapped (that is. . exit co mpletely out of Windows to the MS-DOS prompt. using the procedure in the preceding section (for example. 2. The Program LED stops flashing and the new repeat rate is set. 2. press CTRL+ALT+SUSP END MACRO. you may need to reset th e entire keyboard. To set the repeat rate: 1. the reset may fail. then plug it in again or restart the computer. NOTE: This procedure only works if the CTRL or ALT keys have not been reprogramm ed. then press the Repeat Rate key again. When the Program light stops flashing. The Program indicator light on the keyboard flashes for a few seconds . Back to the top Keyboard is Programmed Incorrectly To reset the keyboard to its default state: 1. and repeat the reset instructions. (The Suspend Macro key is i n the upper-right corner of the keyboard. If the Program indicator light does not flash when you press CTRL+ALT+SUSPEN D MACRO. To reset the entire AnyKey keyboard to the default settings. If this happens. you must reset the CTRL and ALT keys individually. to reset the CTRL key. Press the CTRL+ALT+Suspend Macro key combination. you can reset the entire keyboard . This setting overrides any setting made using t he DOS MODE command or Windows Control Panel. CTRL). In this case. the process is complete. indicating that the keybo ard has been reset.a key combination has been reprogrammed. unplug the keyboard from the central processing unit (CPU). skip this step and continue with ste p 2. Press the Repeat Rate Key (found in the upper-right corner of the keyboard). Back to the top Slow Keyboard Repeat Rate The AnyKey programmable keyboard allows you to select the rate at which keys rep eat when you hold down the keys.) The Program light on the keyboard flashes momentarily. Ensure the NUM LOCK. If the computer is running Windows. The Program LED should begin to flash. CTRL. CAPS LOCK. and SCROLL LOCK LEDs are off. After you reset the CTRL and ALT keys. Function keys F1 through F8 produce the following repeat rates: F1 2 CPS F2 3 CPS F3 5 CPS F4 7 CPS F5 10 CPS F6 15 CPS F7 20 CPS F8 30 CPS 3. ranging from 2 characters per second (CPS) to 30 characters per s econd. If the keyboard hangs (stops responding) after performing th e above steps. they do not respond).

and then pressing the new key that will serve as the new destination fo r the old key's command. Pressi ng the Remap key and then pressing the same key twice (known as remapping a key t o itself ) resets it to its original function. The Program light on the keyboard will blink a few times for a few seconds and a ll macros and remappings are then cleared. and macro programming. Pressing Remap again before compl eting a remapping cancels the operation. arrow keys. and even other keys programmed with macros. After remapping the old key will retain its origina l function even after being remapped elsewhere. The AnyKey keyboard is extensively programmable. The Program light flashes as long as . pressing the key to be copied. After it is remapped somewhere else. keys used in co njunction with shift. The Program light on the keyboard will flash as long as it is awaiting remapping commands. A macro is programmed to a key by pressing the Program Macro button once. On each key press the Program light will pause flashing momentarily to signal that a keypress has been registered. 2. F keys. The keyboard treats bot h sets of F keys as separate. A key can be remapped (copied to a different location on the keyboard) by pressing the Remap key once. implied or otherwise. To reset them: 1. and even special keys like modifiers. regarding this product's performan ce or reliability. Enter. Any key can also be programmed with a macro. 5. the original or 'old' key can be remapped to a different function or have a macro programmed to it. pressing the key that will have the ma cro assigned to it once. 4. alt. and then entering the commands to be programmed. Press Press Press Press Press REMAP once CTL twice ALT twice REMAP once CTL-ALT-SUSPEND MACRO to clear all macros. the CTL or ALT keys may be remapped. and Remap. numbers. Pressing Remap after at least one remap ping has been completed will save all the remappings but will cancel an incomple te one if it is in progress. and control. This takes two forms: Remapping . If the Program light does not blink when pressing CTL-ALT-SUSPEND MACRO. numbers. remapped keys. Back to the top To clear all macros and remappings: Press CTL-ALT-SUSPEND MACRO. Any other key on the keyboard includi ng letters. The extra F keys on the left of the keyboard are essentially reserved for h aving macros programmed to them. Repeat Rate. effectively creating two copies of the same key. we make no warranty. cursor movement. Suspend Macro. however Remapping or programming one of the F keys will not change the function of its counterpart. Macros are multiple presses of various keys in sequence of arbitrary l ength.The AnyKey keyboard is manufactured by Gateway. The only keys on the AnyKey that cannot be programmed i n at least some way are those used to control the programming itself Program Mac ro. And se quence of key presses is valid input including letters. a vendor independent of Microsof t. an d the Space Bar can be programmed. 3. though they mirror the function of the F keys a long the top of the keyboard before they are programmed. Multiple keys can be remapped without pressi ng Remap again The Program light will continue blinking after one key has been r emapped and the keyboard will await more remapping commands with the same method as before.

This keyboard can be programmed simply by pr essing the Program Macro key. If a macro includes the press of a key that has another macro programmed to it the second macro will be ignored and the original function of the key will be programmed into the new macro. Keys that have bee n remapped do not reset themselves while macros are suspended. and all remappings reset. unofficially dubbed version 2 . these labels are unlaminated plain paper printed with a simple dot matrix printer and over time turn yellow and brittle a nd are easily damaged. Caps Lock. [edit] Features T he programmability of the AnyKey results in complex rules being forged pertainin g to its behavior. with manufacturing dates starting in 1990 and ending in 19 96. Simply . Pressing a programmed key will play ba ck all the keypresses that were programmed into it at the current repeat rate of the keyboard. Pressing Program Macro for a second time ends the programming session and save s the macro to the target key. to the right of the Program inscription. There is no upperbound limit to the length of a macro except the tot al free memory remaining in the keyboard. an FCC Part 15 warning. all macros deleted. In addition. m embrane. The second known version is part number 218 9014-00-211. Macros must be progra mmed on this version by holding down control and pressing Program Macro. Pressing the Suspend Macro key will cause the Pr ogram light to go out and will cause all keys programmed with macros to behave w ith their usual functions instead of their programmed macros. and in some minimal areas of behav ior. the Anykey logo. and the least pertinent p art of the model number: 2189014-XXX . however. If the keyboard's memory is cleared the program light goes out un til new programming is entered. Holding control and alt and pressing the Suspend Macro key clears all of the keyboard's programming. Pressing it again before entering any programming input cancels the operation. version 2 keyboards lack the AnyKey inscription on their fa ce. However.the keyboard is accepting programming input. This keyboar d is held together with screws as is the previous version. and Scroll Lock keys cannot have macros assig ned to them. marking. It has an AT style plug and has Gateway 2000 in raised. The silver label on the reverse still bears the AnyKey moniker. There is a silvery gray label on the underside bearing the Gateway 2000 name and logo. If a macro includes a key that ha s been remapped the macro will be programmed with the remapped function of the k ey and not its original function. with the same AT style plug and chassis. Functionally. The Number Lock. The oldest known version. The internals of this version of keyboard are held together with many small yellow zinc plated screws that hold the metal plate. Their most common vintage is 1992. The version and vintage of an AnyKey keyboard can be determined by reading a small paper label on the underside. painted lettering on its upper left face with a gold painted Gateway G logo. It has AnyKey printed on the upper right face. These keys can be remappe d and remapped to. As long as there is some saved programming in the keyboard the Pro gram light will remain solidly lit as long as the keyboard is plugged into a run ning computer. The y differ in their connection method. If a macro is too long to fit in the keyboard' s memory it will be truncated at the point that the keyboard ran out of programm ing memory. Pressing Suspend Macro again relights the Program light and restores the macros to all programmed keys. Afterwards it will go dark and all keys will be reset to their or iginal function. unofficially dubbed version 1 . and plastic support layer together as well as holdin g all of the above into the chassis. generally placed near the lower center ove r the third screw hole. It pauses momentarily when the key to be assigned the macro is pressed to indicate that the keypress was picked up . Unfortunately. rubber dome layer. but they can be included in other macros. is of an unknown part number . the keyboard's FCC ID number. [edit] Versions At least three versions of the AnyKe y are known to exist. the various versions of the keyboard are almost identical. which is believed to be a maximum of 1 6 kilobytes based on the controller board's inclusion of an Atmel AT28C16 EEPROM chip. The se are visually very similar to version 1 keyboards. The Program light will flash while the keyboard eras es its memory. A key can be cleared of its macro by pressing Prog ram Macro and then pressing the key twice. the labels are very often placed such that o the date is placed directly over one of the scr ne of the more important numbers ew holes that must be accessed to dismantle the keyboard. An Anykey that has bee n serviced undoubtedly has some of its date and model information destroyed.

replaced with raised lettering that is very diffi cult to read. The very ex istence of the Anykey undoubtedly became a thorn in Gateway's side through confo unded users who had broken their keyboards by accidentally reprogramming them. As with the version 2's. h owever. The third known version is the latest. keyboards of this version are difficult to properly reassemble due to the ir lack of screws to align the internals.pressing Program Macro does nothing. this version's chassis is held to gether with screws but the internals are held together and bound to the lower ha lf of the chassis by many plastic pegs that are a part of the support layer. . the actual manufacturer of the AnyKey. and they AnyKey was deemed too complicated by most home and office users w ho were not intimately familiar with the poorly documented keyboard. The advanced programmability of these keyboards confused most nontechnical users. The se are pushed through the lower chassis and melted into a mushroom shape. Unlike said previous versions. M axi Switch. the most commonly available information about the AnyKey on the Internet is how to reset it in the event of accidental reprogramming. this keyboard must be prog rammed by holding control while pressing Program Macro. holdin g the keyboard together and making it impossible to disassemble for service with out breaking or carefully drilling out the heat fastened pegs. Inside. After being disma ntled. This version has a PS/2 style plug and like the ver sion 2 does not have the AnyKey inscription on its face. Its part number is 2191011-99-911 and it is creatively dubbed version 3 . The silver gray label on the reverse is done away with. [edit] Value Gateway bundled or offere d the AnyKey keyboards with most of their desktop systems from 1990 to 1996. Its most comm on vintage seems to be 1994. Manufacturing of the AnyKey ceased circa 1996 and Gateway stopped offering them shortly thereafter. this version's c ontroller board is longer and narrower with a slightly different layout than pre vious versions. The raised lettering is otherwise identical to the writing on the labels of previous versions. To wit.

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