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I am currently using the Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard on Ubuntu 12.04 and for some reason I can't get the play/pause button to work when using VLC. I made sure ...
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    Problem with Microsoft keyboard drivers


    I am currently using the Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard on Ubuntu 12.04 and for some reason I can't get the play/pause button to work when using VLC. I made sure to make VLC my default media player and I tried to go into the hotkey options in VLC, but I couldn't define the play/pause as the corresponding button on my keyboard. Do you guys think I'm missing a keyboard driver?

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    Pressing a key (any key - not the AnyKey) generates a binary key code which the OS and/or GUI interprets. Chances are that your Linux system and/or GUI (Gnome, XFCE, KDE, et al) are not configured to interpret them. This is easily fixable. Go to System->Preferences->"Keyboard Shortcuts" (or whatever similar tool exists for U1204 - mine is for RHEL 6.4 / Gnome).
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