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Another Japanese Keyboard update – Fix

Posted by Steven Westwell on February 20, 2008

Following up directly on the previous post, the following vbscript should add the required registry values for the japanese keyboard driver to be used by the Japanese IME:

Option Explicit
Dim ReturnValue
ReturnValue = FixJPKB()

Function FixJPKB()
DIM iRetValue
Dim WshShell

iRetValue=1
set WshShell = CreateObject("wscript.Shell")

WshShell.RegWrite "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\i8042prt\Parameters\LayerDriver JPN", "kbd106.dll", "REG_SZ"
WshShell.RegWrite "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\i8042prt\Parameters\OverrideKeyboardIdentifier", "PCAT_106KEY", "REG_SZ"
WshShell.RegWrite "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\i8042prt\Parameters\OverrideKeyboardSubtype", 2, "REG_DWORD"
WshShell.RegWrite "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\i8042prt\Parameters\OverrideKeyboardType", 7, "REG_DWORD"

Set WshShell = nothing
iRetValue=0
FixJPKB=iRetValue

End Function

WScript.Quit(ReturnValue)


Since this looks like it may also affect non Japanese IME’s I will update following some tests in case handling of the Korean keyboards is required or if this affects alternate IME’s

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USB Japanese Keyboard Driver issue (with Vista)

Posted by Steven Westwell on February 19, 2008

Following up on my previous post about selecting the correct driver for the Japanese IME, the following microsoft kb article shows how this issue can come about with USB keyboards, and how to edit registry values to select the right driver:

 http://support.microsoft.com/?id=927824

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Kodo

Posted by Steven Westwell on February 6, 2008

Kodohttp://www.kodo.or.jp 

 Last night we went to see Kodo, a group of Japanese Drummers, and they were great!

I got home from work and was shattered, not really feeling in the mood to be going to a concert, but tickets had been bought and I was interested to see Kodo live.

Considering we only picked up tickets last minute, our seats were central and we had a really good view of the stage.  The show was split into two halves entitled “Spirit” and “Dance”.

Spirit

the first half of the show appeared to focus more on the music, drumming and occasional singing.  all of which was very very good.  There were several very epic displays of what could be achieved with some very clever techniques, which both sounded and looked very awsome.

Dance

The second half of the show had a bit more ceremony about it and contained a bit more showmanship.  This half of the show also included a huge drum and a serious amount of stamina and strength which was very very impressive.

 The show ended with all 15 members of Kodo present that evening playing and several rounds of applause.

Summary

Awsome show!

Kodo Blog: http://heartbeat.cocolog-nifty.com/kodo_blog/

It’s definately worth catching Kodo live if they are playing in your area, and if they are not pick up their cd! 🙂

Steven

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Japanese Keyboard on Vista

Posted by Steven Westwell on February 6, 2008

Problem?

so as part of our global deployment of Windows Vista, we found that the Japanese users of the Japanese IME had an issue with the keyboard layout being incorrect.  The hirigana, Katakana and romanji where correct for the most part, however the symbols “, @, (, ) and * etc were in the US locations, not as they should be on a Japanese keyboard.

Others in the UK will be familier with typing <shift> + 2 expecting ” and getting @, well this is the same thing fundamentally, just complicated with the IME layout not being something that can be switched by the users locale.

Solution?

After digging around I managed to find a few excellent posts on this problem and showing the solution for Windows NT, 2000, XP etc… It would appear to be one of those consistent issues that has been with the OS for a long time.

It was enough to point me in the right direction and I thought it was only fair to post the Vista specific solution here.

The problem is the IME seems to get its keyboard layout directly from the keyboard driver, rather than the keyboard locale settings that typically control layouts.  In order to fix this the Japanese keyboard driver must be selected manually.

below are the step by step instructions for an english OS, I may attempt to translate into Japanese soon, or at least include screenshots from a Japanese client to show the dialogue boxes:

  1. Open the Device Manager
    1. Open the start menu
    2. Right click on computer
    3. Select manage (Entering PA account details when prompted)
    4. Select device manager
  2. Change the Keyboard Driver
    1. Open the keyboard tree
    2. Right click the keyboard
    3. Select “update driver software…”
    4. Select “browse my computer for driver software”
    5. Then select “let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer”
    6. Uncheck the “show compatible hardware” checkbox
    7. Then choose the (Standard Keyboards) as Manufacturer and Japanese PS/2 Keyboard (106/109 Key) as Model
    8. Then select next
    9. The driver will then be installed, then click close

After the next reboot the default layour will be the Japanese layout, and the ” symbol will be in the correct place when using the Japanese IME.

Thanks to:

Cameron Beccario: http://blogs.msdn.com/cambecc/archive/2005/01/24/359359.aspx / http://journal.nullschool.net/

and

Michael Eng: http://www.daydream.org.uk/meng/jpkbnt4/

Cameron’s blog was an interesting read, and also lead me to find a very cool and interesting to read about Japanese language school: http://www.yamasa.org/acjs/english/index.html

Regards,

Steven.

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