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Multimedia keyboard driver goes free

By Chris Williams. Published: 30th Oct 2003, 23:54:41 | Permalink | Printable

STD gets into Christmas spirit, early [Updated]

Stuart Tyrrell Developments, RISC OS arm of Advantage6, have made their driver for PS/2 'multimedia' keyboards available online for free. RiscPCs, A7000s and Omegas all sport PS/2 sockets, unlike the USB only Iyonix.

"The drivers, as supplied with our own MultiMedia Keyboard, are suitable for most current multimedia PS/2 keyboards, and may easily be modified to support extra functions as necessary", Stuart of AdvantageSix told us earlier in an email.

"!STDMMK enables functions to be associated with multi-media keypresses - for example shortcuts for WebsterXL web browser, CD controls, volume etc."

We're reminded of the time when drobe.co.uk gave away multimedia keyboards to a few lucky winnders, in association with Cerilica. Happy days.

Update
Ladies and Gentlemen, this just in. Stuart Tyrrell has emailed us to say: "Despite the MMK drivers being offered without support, we've had a few requests to make it easier for people to add their own action files. I've just uploaded a new version of !STDMMK to the website which allows for this.

"Also I've set up an email address so that people can send in their favourite action files for us to publish."

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Nice, just tried this with my Microsoft Natural Multimedia keyboard, it seems to work nicely with the exception of the volume/track control buttons, which seem to give an SWI name not known error. Well done STD.

Andy. In a good mood.

 is a RISC OS Userandypoole on 31/10/03 12:34AM
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Ah, fixed the SWI errors now. For some reason, CDFS wasn't running and RISC OS didn't think I had a CD drive.

 is a RISC OS Userandypoole on 31/10/03 12:40AM
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Ah good, as my Castle Aura just died and I replaced it with a Microsoft Internet.

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 31/10/03 7:38AM
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simo: Should work nicely then. After a bit of experimenting, I have just found that you can change what the buttons do.. I'll have to play with that later - I'd prefer it to load !Oragano rather than !WebsterXL.

Andy. Tired.

 is a RISC OS Userandypoole on 31/10/03 10:03AM
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What I really like about this program is that the user can very easily alter what each key does. For example you could have, via Quantum Software's !Keystroke program, an action to load your mail program, then load your web browser, move its window to your favourite position and open a new mail window perhaps. Lots of possibilities. :grin:

 is a RISC OS Userquatermass on 31/10/03 10:08AM
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Thanl to STD, my son's A7K+ has a minikeyboard with extra MM buttons - tried it and it works fine. (Might have to open it to connect the CD audio now though :( )

 is a RISC OS Userjess on 31/10/03 10:45AM
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Eeek - I meant Thank you to STD. (Is there any way to edit comments to fix typos?)

 is a RISC OS Userjess on 31/10/03 10:47AM
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I wonder if any of the Cerilica MMKs given away by drobe are still in use. I know of at least one of them which came to a sticky end.

-- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 31/10/03 12:26PM
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Mine's still going strong and always appreciated whenever I'm using my RPC.

 is a RISC OS Userape on 31/10/03 4:03PM
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Is there a USB multimedia keyboard drive available - preferably for the Iyonix?

Cheers, Grahame.

 is a RISC OS UserGrahameP on 1/11/03 10:40PM
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Is there a module, or a way to control the sound volume? Or, how can i do that? Sure, i can set a value, but how do i get the actual volume?, to rise or lower it?

any hint?

thnx

...eric

 is a RISC OS Usercrow on 4/11/03 9:02AM
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Does anyone know if it works with the Cerilica MMK?

 is a RISC OS Userharmsy on 4/11/03 10:59AM
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I can't see any reason why it shouldn't, but it'd be worth a try to find out I suppose.

 is a RISC OS Userandypoole on 4/11/03 11:20AM
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Erk. In the rush to get V0.06 out, I didn't notice a problem with the squished version :smash:. V0.07 fixes this. I hope. Sorry to those who got 0.06 :rolleyes:

 is a RISC OS Userstdevel on 4/11/03 6:10PM
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