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Win XP Sticky Keys
« on: September 17, 2004, 03:04:27 am »

I'm having a problem with Win XP standard edition and the game. Windows gives me a popup window when I repeatedly press the right shift key (fire when shooting creatures on planets) and asks about sticky keys. Everything i've tried to tell it to do doesn't work, and if I still repeatedly press the shift key, windows keeps giving me the popup. It's maddening and i've lost about six planetary landing craft because of the stupid popup window.

I've done a search for keys.cfg on my entire system and there appears to be no .cfg file for mapping the keys at all anywhere on my computer. Please help!

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Re: Win XP Sticky Keys
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2004, 04:18:45 am »

I believe it can be deactivated somewhere in the control panel.  I used to have this problem too.
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Re: Win XP Sticky Keys
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2004, 08:29:03 pm »

It is possible to *hold* the shift key as well, that's what I always do. You'd be rid of the problem, methinks.
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Re: Win XP Sticky Keys
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2004, 01:35:12 pm »

Press Shift 5 times to bring up the popup. Then click settings, and make sure "use shortcut" does not have a check in it.  That should eliminate the problem =)
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Re: Win XP Sticky Keys
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2004, 07:16:32 pm »

An alternative solution:
  • Repartition hard disk.
  • Install Linux.
  • Install Ur-Quan Masters.
  • Play without sticky keys.
WARNING: May cause loss of data.

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« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2004, 12:48:25 am »

Is Linux really that much better?
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« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2004, 02:37:22 am »

Not necessarily; it all depends on what "the right tool for the job" happens to be.  If all you want from a machine is something to check email and surf the Internet, and listen to MP3s, it's probably worth looking into, on the grounds that it is all but immune to worms, email attachment bombs, etc., and it has the ability to do everything you need to do.

If all you want to do is play some games, and knock out a word processing document or two, Linux is at the moment not the best choice (game developers shun it as a platform due to low market share, and its Office suites take some getting used to if you've been raised on MS Office), but it is gaining ground daily in this arena.

If you're looking to build a mailserver/webserver/gateway/etc. Linux or FreeBSD are miles ahead of Windows boxes as far as price, performance security and stability are concerned.  In fact, I would posit that setting up a Windows box as a server on the public Internet is a character flaw.  Smiley
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Re: Win XP Sticky Keys
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2004, 09:08:44 am »

and on that note... know any good sites with info on someone wanting to 'make the switch' (as in take a file server/file share (win compatible user account based) /internet share (NAT) /internet security (firewall)/packet router box to linux)?  I kinda 'grew up' on windows based platforms (and HATE their server aspects but I have them working most of the time).

The only non-critical function in that mess is file server and the only places I have seen involve only partial answers.
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« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2004, 10:36:49 am »

I haven't really found a good one yet; The way I've generally seen it done is by whipping up a "scratch machine" or setting up a side partition and installing there as if it were a new machine.  The newer Linux distros generally have everything and the kitchen sink included, so if you know basically what you're looking for, you'll find it in there.

I'm not an expert on that end (having switched to the decidedly non-newbie-friendly Gentoo some time ago), but I'm told Mandrake is one of the easiest distributions to just try out.
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