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    #101  
    I tried manual and ipk and nothing.neither one went to reboot. on 3.04 and never messed with any kb stuff before but no matter how I do it I get no arrow keys.
    the ipk installed and I removed it and rebooted then try the wosqi linux command and nothing.everything returned ok just no reboots. no error type messages at all.
    any help?
    thanks
  2. #102  
    Quote Originally Posted by Maverickz View Post
    Yes this is new thread. The original post was deleted because the instructions that I copied from the other thread by isagar2004 contained illegal redistribution links to the novaterm tool that is owned by Palm/HP. This thread just links to the official webOS SDK as the source for the novaterm tool to avoid any infringement. I have also added instructions to use WOSQI instead. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

    I have finally been able to find the right control codes to get arrow keys (left, right, up, and down) working along with Home and End Keys!

    Special Thanks to:
    Dmitry (Compvir) for creating the patching script.
    isagar2004 for the install instructions.

    If you look at the first screenshot you will see the L and R arrow keys on either side of the numbers in the top row.

    The second screenshot shows the secondary KB when you press the +=[] key. You will notice it now has all 4 directional arrows and two funny looking boxes between the repositioned ~ and < keys. These are Home and End respectively. While I rearranged this keyboard a bit, the only keys that are missing are some of the emote keys.

    One thing to note is that while holding Shift and using these keys you can highlight text, and then if you can press, hold, and release just right, you can bring up the cut/copy menu. Unfortunately there does not seems to be any cut or copy key codes so we cannot use these functions directly from the kb. Still this is a huge improvement.


    If you need this added to a different layout, PM me and I'll see what I can do.



    INSTALL INSTRUCTIONS:

    Let's begin.

    First of all, you must enable developer mode on your TouchPad. To do this, just tap the Just Type and enter this code: webos20090606
    The developer mode application will appear in the search results. Open it and turn on developer mode, DO NOT set a password. It is recommended to restart your device after that.
    Install Preware if it isn't already installed: Application:Preware - WebOS Internals

    You also need a command line tool to access the device's Linux operating system later on this guide. You can either use novaterm which is installed as part of the official webOS SDK, or you can use the command tool that is built in to the webOS Quick Install (WOSQI) that you used to install Preware earlier. I have received reports that this DOES NOT work with XTerm but it may work with other command line tools. I have not tried them all to see.

    The installation:

    - Download keypatch.zip.
    - Unzip this wherever you want on your hard drive. It should create a subfolder named keypatch. This is the script needed to install the patch.
    - Download the qwertyarrows.zip file from the link at the end of this post.
    - Unzip the qwertyarrows.zip file into the keypatch folder created earlier.
    - Connect your TouchPad to your computer and select the USB Drive option on the TouchPad's screen. This will create a new drive letter in Windows Explorer for your TP (remember this drive letter).
    - Copy the keypatch folder to your TouchPad.
    - Disconnect your TouchPad by right clicking the drive icon for the TP in Windows Explorer and selecting Eject.
    - Remove and reconnect the USB cable from your TouchPad but this time hit "Close" on the USB Drive prompt.
    - Open a command window using novaterm or WOSQI.
    --- If you installed the SDK, the default path for novaterm is c:\program files\palm inc.\terminal. Double-click the novaterm.bat file to open novaterm, click the File menu and select "Connect".
    ---If you did NOT install the SDK, you can use the WOSQI tool. Open WOSQI, click the Tools menu and select "Linux Commandline".
    - Navigate to the keypatch directory by typing cd /media/internal/keypatch and press Enter.
    - Create a template file by typing sh patch.sh generate and press Enter.
    - Apply the patch by typing sh patch.sh patch qwertyarrows.json and press Enter.

    Be patient. This process might take about 10 minutes. When this completes it should reboot the operating system automatically.

    - When done, close the command window, disconnect the USB cable and enjoy your more functional virtual keyboard.

    UNINSTALL INSTRUCTIONS:
    Should you ever want to revert to the stock virtual keyboard you can do so as follows.
    - Connect the USB cable to your TouchPad and hit "Close" on the USB Drive prompt.
    - Open the command window as you did to perform the install.
    - Navigate to the keypatch directory by typing cd /media/internal/keypatch and press Enter.
    - Type sh patch.sh revert and press Enter. This process will take couple of minutes and when it completes it will reboot the OS and the keyboard will be back to normal.

    DIY KEY CODES:
    For advanced users that know how to and want to modify their own keyboard layout files here are the known control key codes. They are all Type = "S". At this time I have tested all codes up to 0033 and this is all I have found that was useful. I am still looking for cut/copy/paste functionality.

    0001 Tab
    0003 Backspace
    0004 Enter
    0010 Home
    0011 End
    0012 Left Arrow
    0013 Up Arrow
    0014 Right Arrow
    0015 Down Arrow
    0016 Page Up
    0017 Page Down
    0020 Shift
    0023 +=[]


    KEYBOARD LAYOUTS:
    Standard US QWERTY keyboard with Arrows
    I need a bit of clarification, PLEASE:

    On my Win XP system, I right clicked on the "keypatch.zip" file and selected unpack all - this resulted in a folder called "keypatch" being created and that folder contained only another folder named "keypatch" and that second level folder contained a bunch of files.

    I followed the same unpack process for the "qwertyarrows.zip" and that resulted in a folder named "qwertyarrows" that contained the .json file

    My question(s):

    Do I move the "qwertyarrows folder into the higher level or lower level "keypatch" folder?

    And, if into the lower level one, which level of "keypatch" folder (upper or lower) do I move onto my TP? (And then access with the command line portion of the process)?

    Sorry to be so dense, but ... new to the game of patching this way (always relied on Preware or Internalz for patching so far) and not sure exactly how it all works .....

    Dave
    ... Not really and definitely willing to help.
  3. #103  
    Dave.. having unzipped the 'qwertyarrows' file, place the file into the already unzipped 'keypatch' folder that has those files in it (so that they are all in the one keypatch folder only) and chuck THAT one 'keypatch' folder with ALL the files in it into the TP and then proceed with the command line install.. (Winzip likes to double-wrap the folders it seems.. just use the 'inner' one!)

    Or use Jason's excellent new direct WOSQI install method posted earlier here @ #85. Be patient it may take a while to install!

    Last edited by Mutoidi; 11/17/2011 at 05:19 PM.
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    #104  
    ok so I am out of space in dev /. are there any utils that I can use to clear up logs and temp files?
    I have cm7 installed and muffle, download, and most common patches installed.
    heres the df space in capture
    thanks for any help
    jack
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  5. #105  
    Quote Originally Posted by ninopan View Post
    Looks great...just tried it but it did not work. I am using the German setup (qwertz keyboard)...I suppose it will only work with US qwerty, right? Any chance to get a patch for other keyboards such as qwertz? That would be a great extension... Thx!
    There are much more patches in the original thread (the link is in my signature). Go there and find the QWERTZ patch and even one that patches all three layouts with the arrow keys.
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    #106  
    excellent patch. Installed in less than a minute with Jason's method.

    Thank you!!
  7. #107  
    Quote Originally Posted by Thundar View Post
    SORELY needed!!!!

    Donation on the way.

    Thanks!
    Hi,
    Could you please let me know how did you install keyboard arrows as I am reading all of the thread and don't know how to start step by step without doing anything wrong. In simple terms steps please. I have Touchpad but not that literate in computers. Appreciate greatly your help.
    Thank you
    Kim
  8. #108  
    Quote Originally Posted by lucky in red View Post
    Hi,
    Could you please let me know how did you install keyboard arrows as I am reading all of the thread and don't know how to start step by step without doing anything wrong. In simple terms steps please. I have Touchpad but not that literate in computers. Appreciate greatly your help.
    Thank you
    Kim
    Probably the simplest method is offered @ post #85 here.. if you can connect your TP to another online computer by USB?

    If so, you should install 'WebOSQuickInstall' on your PC/Mac, if you have not already.. the details may be found here:

    http://forums.precentral.net/hp-touc...ted-guide.html

    Go straight to the section: '.. With housekeeping out of the way, it's time to install some patches and tweaks that are going to make the touchpad run MUCH faster, smoother, and remarkably more responsive..'

    Having 'WOSQI' installed, open and connected to your TP, drag in your already downloaded (from post #85) and unzipped 'qwerty-keyboard-with-arrows_1.0.0.ipk' file and click on the 'Install' button! Then enjoy a cuppa whilst it installs!

    Hope this helps a bit.

    Last edited by Mutoidi; 11/17/2011 at 06:24 PM.
  9. #109  
    Arrow keys are definitely one of the most missed virtual keyboard features so this is a nice mod. I just tried it and mostly works fine. Didn't work with the remote desktop client from the app store but guess that's OK cause it's better used with the bluetooth keyboard anyway. Nice job, thanks.
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    #110  
    Thanks, this make my supercool touchpad even superer and cooler
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    #111  
    I tried the thumb keyboard patch and it didn't do anything. Then I realized it only patches the keyboard doesn't install the whole thing. So then I tried the QWERTY one. It halfway worked. I get the left and right arrows next to the numbers but when I use the extended characters where all the up and down etc should be, that one is same as before. Any ideas?

    Also, where does one find the different key boards to start with? I'd like to see how the thumb keyboard runs.

    This is a lot more convoluted that adding a keyboard in Android.....

    But then, it is a whole lot better in my opinion to run webOS. So smooth.............
  12. #112  
    I wasn't really fond of having the arrow keys 'split' around the number keys. For me they were harder to use that way, and the numbers were too far to the right... on a normal keyboard the #1 is above and a little left of the Q, and the #0 is above and left of the P. The arrow key layout given in this thread has the #1 above the W, and the #0 is slightly right of the P.

    I edited the layout slightly to put both arrows to the right of the numbers, leaving the 1 to the far left directly above the Q. For me this alignment makes use of the arrows far easier, and aligns the numbers more closely to a normal keyboard (though certainly not exactly).

    Alternate qwertyarrows.json attached. All other instructions for installation remain the same. To install mine I first removed the keyboard patch, then re-installed with my modified file. It might be possible to just directly install with the modified file over the original, but I did not try it... no interest in making a mess!
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  13. #113  
    Installed and works as advertised except with quickoffice and picsel smart office. Perhaps this has been mentioned elsewhere but didn't find it.
    thanks
  14. #114  
    Quote Originally Posted by mrawlins View Post
    Installed and works as advertised except with quickoffice and picsel smart office. Perhaps this has been mentioned elsewhere but didn't find it.
    thanks
    everything works fine for me in QuickOffice. I don't have picsel smart office so I can't speak to that.
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    Works well.
    Read instructions twice & then install
  16. #116  
    Absolutely awesome! Thanks! This was my first homebrew patch on the TP and once I figured out how to get around the developer mode password problem (I stupidly created one previously), this went off without a hitch. I love having the arrows on the TP. I got the Pre on launch day and this has been my biggest gripe about WebOS. My husband got my Pre and I got an Evo. I got used to the Android keyboards and forgot all about the arrow problems until I got the TP.

    Thanks again. Great job!
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  17. #117  
    Works great, I love it! Very easy to install too.
  18. #118  
    Yes I agree with the others this is awesome! Thank you so much. I had not done one of these patches as such so the "be patient" part is important. I sort of expected to see the prompt come back from the first command but before it did I entered the second sooner than the prompt came back but it just went on and went into the patch application right after the template generation. I sort of expected the 10 minutes or so after the after the patch application began. Gave me a bit of aprehension and borderline panic for a bit there. Since I have not used the touch pad much yet I dont have a great feel for it but seems like a real nice addition to the keyboard.
  19. #119  
    @ 'Johnsonx42'

    '..I edited the layout slightly to put both arrows to the right of the numbers, leaving the 1 to the far left directly above the Q. For me this alignment makes use of the arrows far easier, and aligns the numbers more closely to a normal keyboard..'

    Nice touch, Yes!
    It is probably just that bit more 'ergonomic' with the arrows right next to each other. Also if/when one 'overshoots' with the cursor, return is easier!

    I uninstalled and replaced with your file and reinstalled.. so can't tell you how a direct install with the modified file over the original goes, I'm afraid.
    Someone braver than I may choose to explore that!

    Thanks anyway!

    Last edited by Mutoidi; 11/18/2011 at 03:55 AM.
  20. #120  
    Quote Originally Posted by johnsonx42 View Post
    I wasn't really fond of having the arrow keys 'split' around the number keys. For me they were harder to use that way, and the numbers were too far to the right... on a normal keyboard the #1 is above and a little left of the Q, and the #0 is above and left of the P. The arrow key layout given in this thread has the #1 above the W, and the #0 is slightly right of the P.

    I edited the layout slightly to put both arrows to the right of the numbers, leaving the 1 to the far left directly above the Q. For me this alignment makes use of the arrows far easier, and aligns the numbers more closely to a normal keyboard (though certainly not exactly).

    Alternate qwertyarrows.json attached. All other instructions for installation remain the same. To install mine I first removed the keyboard patch, then re-installed with my modified file. It might be possible to just directly install with the modified file over the original, but I did not try it... no interest in making a mess!
    Thanks, I too like the idea of both arrows on one side. Any way to get this as an IPK package?
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