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I was in the market for a new keyboard, so I found bought a used Lycosa for $30. I did my research and was aware of all the problems associated with it, however my keyboard worked perfectly. One thing about the keyboard bothered me though, and that was the lack of a mute button. This was a major con for many users and people considering the keyboard. I am so used to having a mute button that it became an annoyance, and so I sought a way to bind it onto the Lycosa.

In the Lycosa configurator, there is no option to bind a mute button onto any of the keys. However, if you have another keyboard with a mute button, it's very easy to do. So here is how to do it.

1. Take out an older keyboard that had a mute button and plug it in. I'm not sure if it works using a ps/2 keyboard, but it worked with a second usb keyboard on Win7 64. In my case I used my old Zboard.
2. Open up the Lycosa configurator. You should have the latest drivers but it may also work on older versions.
3. Press a key you'd like to bind your key to. I used the "Pause Break" key since I've never used it and a quick google search shows that it is near useless for me. Plus it was right next to the touch panel so that was a plus.
4. After choosing a key, go down to the Macro Key Fuction, and hit the Mute button on your older/second keyboard. This should still register as mute even in the configurator. This is how the config looks like for me below:


I knew a lot of people were turned off by the fact that there was no mute button. I hope this helps any one who want a mute button on their Lycosa, because I was so fed up I contemplated about selling the keyboard just because of the lack of a mute button.
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...or you could have just downloaded SharpKeys.
    
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Thread Starter 
Yeah I just saw that thread actually.
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post #4 of 7
I have my mute button on Mouse Button 9 or something on my G500... too much buttons, have no clue what to do with them

I approve of this idea!
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I don't have a Lycosa, but this is damned near brilliant. Good thinking, man.

+1 for you.
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Update:
The quoted post right below is now a vital part of this post for anyone who wants to remap the Pause/Break key:
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Originally Posted by clownfart View Post
Here's how to remap the Pause/Break key with SharpKeys. The tutorial shows you how to remap it to the delete key, but you can map it to any key if you know the code.
Fortunately, the page he linked to has all of the information you will ever need.


Anyway, on with the original post:

I have an alternative for those who are unable to do this:

SharpKeys: http://sharpkeys.codeplex.com/

Here are some screenshots:




That "Type Key" button opens up a dialog box where all you have to do is press the key you want to select from the list. Here are screenshots:





Obviously, I pressed the letter 'T' on my keyboard. But it looks like I pressed Shift first, or left the Caps Lock key on; however, it always displays the capital letter when pressing Alpha Keys.


Here's the first thing seen when SharpKeys is opened (this is also to show my current mappings):





Since this is just a graphical registry editor, it is not left running in the background. You just click "Add", then select the key you want to change in the left pane, and then select what you want that key to become over in the right pane.

Then you click OK and you're brought back to the main window. This is where you click "Write to Registry". Then it asks you to Log Off and back On again for the changes to take effect.

So this is a decent alternative for people who don't have the option in the OP.
Edited by TwoCables - 5/9/10 at 11:10pm
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post #7 of 7
Hello! I bought this same keyboard a few days ago and I faced this same problem.

I tryed your sugestion but didn't work for me.

So I created an easier way to do it.

Follow this:

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/create-a-shortcut-or-hotkey-to-mute-the-system-volume-in-windows/


Create a shotcurt with “C:\Windows\nircmd.exe” mutesysvolume 2 on C:\ or anywhere

Then configure ur Lycosa Configurator. Select the Pause button (or any key) then configure it to Launch a program. Then point to your Shotcurt (.lnk file)

Profit!
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