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    Problem with external keyboard

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    Problem with external keyboard
    Hi,

    Im using MacBook Pro (Snow Leopard) with external keyboard and I have a big problem. It seems that the OS doesnt recognize the key with symbols < and >. Im also using Windows over Parallels so that key should be also for the symbol | (alt gr + <). Instead of < and >, I get ^ and . What to do?

    Im using german keyboard.

    Cheers.

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    Problem with external keyboard
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    Are you running a US copy of Windows as a VM in a US copy of Parallels with a German keyboard? Please provide details.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Are you running a US copy of Windows as a VM in a US copy of Parallels with a German keyboard? Please provide details.
    Im running a US copy of Windows with German copy of Parallels. And German keyboard.

    The key doesnt work even on Mac alone, without Parallels (it gives ^ and instead of < and >).

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    OK, I understand. You're going to need to either get everything German or US not a mix of both. There may be a way of remapping the keyboard, but to be honest, it may cause more problems than it's worth.

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    wanecors opposite,
    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    OK, I understand. You're going to need to either get everything German or US not a mix of both. There may be a way of remapping the keyboard, but to be honest, it may cause more problems than it's worth.
    But the keyboard doesn't work even on Mac alone. Does it mean that I can't use German keyboard on English version of OS X? Cause, again, if you forget about Parallels, it still doesn't work as it should.

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    I guess I should have asked first: What kind of German keyboard are you using? Is it an Apple keyboard (Aluminum or blue tooth) or just an ordinary USB model?

    The reason I ask is because an Apple keyboard should work regardless of the language. The mapping would be different, but it should work. I can't say the same for other keyboards though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    I guess I should have asked first: What kind of German keyboard are you using? Is it an Apple keyboard (Aluminum or blue tooth) or just an ordinary USB model?

    The reason I ask is because an Apple keyboard should work regardless of the language. The mapping would be different, but it should work. I can't say the same for other keyboards though.
    No, it's not Apple keyboard, it's called Cherry and it's a tipical Windows keyboard. Everything is working normally, but that key...

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    Yeah, it's kind of what I suspected. A German Apple keyboard is what you really need to get full compatibility. Maybe you can remap the "Cherry" keyboard although that may prevent it from working correctly.

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