Modern keyboards come with a bunch of crap and useless buttons but often few media keys.

My current one has play/pause, vol +/- and calculator only.

I would like to remap the XF86Calculator button to be "next track" but it just keeps bringing up the calculator as normal. The next track button is not pressed.

I have one successful mapping which sets the Pause button to trigger the command xdotool key XF86AudioPlay

Some others will work XF86Back, insert, letter keys.

I cannot remap some keys to the exact same operations, including the calculator button. I am using the key capture function so I know the XF86 code is correct

Any ideas?

  • By "calculator", did you mean "numpad", or it is really a calculator button? – Andrew T. Apr 3 '15 at 13:24
  • It's a calculator button XF86Calculator – cassiopeia Apr 3 '15 at 14:34
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    Have you tried going into System Settings - keyboard - shortcuts and to disable the calculator there first before trying to re-define it??? Please feed back so I can convert this to an answer... ;-) – Fabby Apr 9 '15 at 8:57
  • That worked at first. Now any of the keys I edit in the keyboard editor break permanently. I have rebooted. – cassiopeia Apr 9 '15 at 20:46

Very much a workaround but I have instead used compizconfig to map these keys to CLI commands for banshee rather than trying to use the media keys.

Works 100% in banshee therefore but no use if you're using other media players.

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