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    Soundwave
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    Keyboard Remapping! (ROOT REQUIRED)

    I've got a bilingual dock with that extra backslash key just to the right of the stubby shift key and there are several redundant buttons (like auto brightness and screenshot) and I have a browser button that I'd like to remap to Dolphin, etc. etc.

    So first I got the External Keyboard Helper Pro app, as well as the Total Commander app

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...keyboardhelper
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...TotalCommander

    By itself it's not all that useful since I want to remap apps to the special buttons, but out of the box, you could use it to remap that annoying extra backslash key. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to use it to remap the special buttons because the ASUS firmware snatches all the keyboard events before EKHP can do anything about it.

    So I had to unmap those special keys first.

    So off I went into Total Commander and browsed to

    /system/usr/keylayout/

    and made a backup copy of "asusdec.kl" on my main storage. OK if this is greek to you, give up now and cry yourself to sleep with your unmapped and crippled bilingual keyboard and shake your fist at ASUS because it's better than bricking your tablet and shaking your fists at me.

    Total Commander has this button on the bottom toolbar to remount the filesystem as RW and if you haven't yet rooted your tablet then it's off you go to either root your tablet or to cry yourself to sleep with the other people with the unmapped and crippled bilingual keyboards. No seriously, that's why the title of the post says "ROOT REQUIRED." That is the equivalent of a sign that says MEN'S WASHROOM where real men go into the can to roar in a manly fashion while sitting on the throne doing their manly business while reading the news on their WORKING TF201 PRIME.

    Anyways, the real men who are still here can try editing the asusdec.kl file or they can have my manly copy. You might have to rename the old unmanly asusdec.kl to something like asusdec.kl.bak so that my manly asusdec.kl file can sit in its place because I think that even though Total Commander may have remounted the drive in RW mode, it doesn't seem to like copying one file to overwrite another.

    My asusdec.kl file remaps that extra backslash key to the left shift key and it unmaps the auto brightness, screencap, browser and settings buttons. You can probably see the "#" symbols that turn those lines into comments. Once those keys are unmapped, the firmware will no longer snatch the events and then you can use EKHP to do things like map Dolphin to the browser key, or the DroidLight to the Auto Brightness button, or the Camera to the screencap key, etc.

    Code:
     key 41    GRAVE                   WAKE UNLOCK
    key 2     1                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 3     2                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 4     3                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 5     4                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 6     5                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 7     6                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 8     7                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 9     8                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 10    9                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 11    0                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 12    MINUS                   WAKE UNLOCK
    key 13    EQUALS                  WAKE UNLOCK
    key 14    DEL                     WAKE UNLOCK
    key 15    TAB                     WAKE UNLOCK
    key 16    Q                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 17    W                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 18    E                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 19    R                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 20    T                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 21    Y                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 22    U                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 23    I                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 24    O                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 25    P                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 26    LEFT_BRACKET            WAKE UNLOCK
    key 27    RIGHT_BRACKET           WAKE UNLOCK
    key 43    BACKSLASH               WAKE UNLOCK
    key 58    CAPS_LOCK               WAKE UNLOCK
    key 30    A                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 31    S                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 32    D                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 33    F                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 34    G                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 35    H                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 36    J                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 37    K                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 38    L                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 39    SEMICOLON               WAKE UNLOCK
    key 40    APOSTROPHE              WAKE UNLOCK
    key 28    ENTER                   WAKE UNLOCK
    key 42    SHIFT_LEFT              WAKE UNLOCK
    key 44    Z                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 45    X                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 46    C                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 47    V                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 48    B                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 49    N                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 50    M                       WAKE UNLOCK
    key 51    COMMA                   WAKE UNLOCK
    key 52    PERIOD                  WAKE UNLOCK
    key 53    SLASH                   WAKE UNLOCK
    key 54    SHIFT_RIGHT             WAKE UNLOCK
    key 29    CTRL_LEFT               WAKE UNLOCK
    key 217   SEARCH                  WAKE UNLOCK
    key 57    SPACE                   WAKE UNLOCK
    key 100   ALT_RIGHT               WAKE UNLOCK
    key 97    CTRL_RIGHT              WAKE UNLOCK
    key 115   VOLUME_UP               WAKE UNLOCK
    # key 142   SLEEP                   WAKE UNLOCK
    key 105   DPAD_LEFT               WAKE UNLOCK
    key 103   DPAD_UP                 WAKE UNLOCK
    key 108   DPAD_DOWN               WAKE UNLOCK
    key 106   DPAD_RIGHT              WAKE UNLOCK
    key 158   BACK                    WAKE UNLOCK
    key 238   WIRELESS                WAKE UNLOCK
    key 237   BLUETOOTH               WAKE UNLOCK
    key 60    TOUCHPAD                WAKE UNLOCK
    key 224   BRIGHTNESS_DOWN         WAKE UNLOCK
    key 225   BRIGHTNESS_UP           WAKE UNLOCK
    # key 61    BRIGHTNESS_AUTO         WAKE UNLOCK
    # key 212   CAPTURE                 WAKE UNLOCK
    # key 150   EXPLORER                WAKE UNLOCK
    # key 62    SETTINGS                WAKE UNLOCK
    key 165   MEDIA_PREVIOUS          WAKE UNLOCK
    key 164   MEDIA_PLAY_PAUSE        WAKE UNLOCK
    key 163   MEDIA_NEXT              WAKE UNLOCK
    key 114   VOLUME_DOWN             WAKE UNLOCK
    key 113   VOLUME_MUTE             WAKE UNLOCK
    key 172   HOME                    WAKE UNLOCK
    key 139   MENU                    WAKE UNLOCK
    key 104   PAGE_UP                 WAKE UNLOCK
    key 109   PAGE_DOWN               WAKE UNLOCK
    key 107   MOVE_END                WAKE UNLOCK
    key 102   MOVE_HOME               WAKE UNLOCK
    # key 86    EUROPE_2                WAKE UNLOCK
    key 86    SHIFT_LEFT                WAKE UNLOCK
    Once you're done replacing files, don't forget to remount the filesystem as read-only and then restart your tablet, man!
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    Soundwave
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    Thank you! I've been wanting to do this since I bought this keyboard and tablet so that I can launch Dolphin. This solution works great.

 

 

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