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I was wondering if anyone found a way to program and utilize macro keys (the latter being the more important of the two) on a Razer Blackwidow 2013 Ultimate on Windows 8 such as third party tools that use the Razer APIs to deal with the macroes (assuming someone reverse engineered the Synapse stuff to be able to make that). I found pre-Synapse drivers for OTHER Razer keyboards would let me remap non-macro keys but that's it. The usual solutions such as compatibility mode etc etc do not work (trust me i've tried everything that, say, a Microsoft MVP would suggest to try).



Am adept in registry, CLI [including PowerShell] and willing to modify binaries and do other potentially-system-corrupting and warranty-voiding actions to get this working if necessary so any and all dangerous fixes are welcome.

Windows 8 gives no errors when I manually try to force install all the drivers I have on a working Windows 7 box for it and it is correctly detected as a Blackwidow 2013 on both USB 2.0 and NEC USB 3.0 controllers but Razer's Synapse 2.0 apparently does some API voodoo with the kernel that Windows 8 doesn't jive with.. as it says Please connect a Synapse enabled device.

Razer tech support gives the predictable canned answer of since Windows 8 is not in a cardboard box inside brick and mortar stores it is not "released"... Given their track record I don't have much faith in them having a driver released on the day of Windows 8's "general availability" date which is later this month.

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Edited by xomniversex - 10/3/12 at 2:30pm
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Usually the FCN key is firmware hardwired in with little exposure to the outside world.

Although the Apple wireless Function key IS.
Code:
Fn has keycode 464

Windows conveniently ignores that one.
Edited by ripster - 10/3/12 at 4:26pm
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